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I'm going to post some pictures of whatever I'm working on each day.  This doesn't exactly show how to
make a quilt top, but it will show a quilt top being "born."  Hopefully, it will be a little like a quilting blog.
I think the most important thing to know about how to make a quilt, is that there are as many right ways to
make a quilt as there are people who are happy with the quilt they've made.
I'll just do one page and then delete from the bottom as the page fills.  All of the information from my Today's
Work page is archived on Flickr if you want to see older entries.
If you click on these pictures, you can get a real close-up shot, where you can see mistakes, dust and all
kinds of fun things!
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
"Chocolate & Cherries" is all done
and the binding will be in the
"chocolate."  I love using this layout
with the octagons, I think this is my
third time using it :)  
I love this fabric both for the
bright rainbow colors and also
for all of the spikes :)
I used four different stacked sets in
this larger star, instead of one cut
from the focus fabric, to give a
more fractured look.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Lots of moving around of pieces and I
think this is the layout I'll use.  Off to
make the pieces for the other two
corners and then I'll know for sure.
Monday, April 27, 2015
"Rainbows at Play" is all done and the
binding will be in black.  Love the way
these bright colors show up on the black :)
I love this fabric, not only for the
beautiful flowers but also for the
touch of zebra in the background :)
I'm going to use the same layout as in
the last quilt top, "Rainbows at Play,"
but it will look very different in this
fabric.  Again, I used four different
stacks to make this star, although
someday I'll try this size star with just
one large set of stacks.
Starting to take shape :)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The stacked blocks are all
done.  I want to do the binding in
that turquoise fabric shown in
the upper right, so I'm going to
add something using a little bit
of that fabric in the spaces that I
have left to fill.
"Ring of Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in the turquoise used in
the little "butterfly" blocks.  I think those
little blocks really added to the circle
appearance of this design!  
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This fabric looks like it would have
a very short repeat, but, no.  I was
able to stack eight repeats with the
black motifs and the background
stripes four and four.  If that
sounds confusing, it was :)
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The unusual stacking is working
fine.  It does look like I'm using
two different fabrics!
I'm going to use some of the colors
from the focus fabric in these alternate
blocks.  I made one block to get my
pieces right before I started strip
piecing.  I do think I'll change out that
orange for the slightly duller orange
below the block.
Friday, May 1, 2015
OK, so I changed both the orange
and the purple!  I do think the
alternate block on the top goes
much better with the stacked
blocks, so now I'm happy :)
Now it's beginning to take shape!
"Southwestern Sunset" is all done and the binding will be in black.  I'm so
pleased with the way this alternate block works with the stacked octagons :)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
The little wine glasses are making
some nice geometric looking blocks :)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Love the color and line on this fabric!
I think I'll use these strip
pieced Kaleidoscope blocks
for alternate blocks.  I like the
offset strip, so, another way to
use those one inch strips!
I think everyone has their own sewing
process.  For me, once I'm committed
to a design, I like to sew a bunch of
different parts of the blocks, then
press them all, then go back to the
sewing and do the next step on each
group.  Keeps me from getting bored
and this way, with each sew/press
stage, I'm usually finishing something.
On the alternate blocks, I'm
turning every other one the
opposite way because, well
just because I like seeing
them both ways :)
Monday, May 4, 2015
"Wine Fest" is all done and the
binding will be in the green fabric.  
I really like that alternate block
used with the octagons and I'm
sure I'll revisit that combination!  
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
This was such a fun
fabric for stacking :)
A beginning...of what I'm
not sure yet.  I think I'll just
keep bordering this in kind
of a medallion style.
This picture is a little closer
to the true colors than the
last shot.  This is a design
as you go project :)
Many decisions!  In the first picture, the triangle units are ready to be sewn on - they're half and three quarter
Lemoyne Stars in two different sizes.  The second picture shows that completed.  The third shot is trying out a
pieced border.  The four units would fit perfectly, so eight on a side would work, however I wanted a border
before the pieced border, so I used nine units and added the inner border in a width to make those nine units
fit.  Pictures 4, 5, 6, and 7, I'm auditioning for that inner border and deciding which direction to use the pieced
border.  The last picture shows the inner border on and the pieced border ready :)  
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
"Timeless Red & White" is all done and the binding will be in the
solid red.  This was fun to just get a bunch of coordinating
fabrics out and start from the middle, planning as I went.  
However, it's also lots of measuring and not being sure how
things will look, but I'm really happy with the end result :)  
Both color and
motion....Woo-hoo!
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I decided on pinwheels
for this fun fabric :)
I don't usually mix mirror image stacks
with regular ones, but I like these
together, so I'll use the mirror image
ones for alternate blocks.  This is one
of those unusual fabrics where the
back side is just a bit lighter than the
front, so it's good for mirror images.
All ready for the setting
triangles and then I can
sew these together :)
Friday, May 8, 2015
"Sassy" is all done and the
binding will be in the bright focus
fabric.  I really like the way these
two blocks form circles :)
You can really see the difference
between the regular blocks and the
mirror image blocks in this close shot.
Poor picture because this fabric
is much nicer in person!  
Anyway....stacks :)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Good, I have a plan :)  I think one of the things
that keeps piecing so interesting for me is that
there is so much difference between the time
when I'm thinking about what I want to do and
then the time when I know and I just need to do
it.  I like both times....it's like I enjoy all of the
seasons and really like that they change.
Still not a good picture of the colors, but this will have
to be a mystery fabric until I can get a good picture!  
The reason I like octagons so much is that you can
make some and see what they look like before you
have to decide how to set them or what fabrics to use
with them.  I do think I'll use that piece of the focus
fabric in this one because it really is pretty.
All ready to sew these
together.  It's always nice to see
the blocks sewn together, but
this one will be particularly nice
because so many of the
octagon corners are flipping out
on the design wall!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
"Golden Age" is all done and
the binding will be in the
border fabric.  Really like this
layout and may have to do it
again in scrappy octagons!  
I'm going to try the same
design as the last quilt
top, but this time with
scrappy octagons.  We'll
see how it goes......
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
I don't have all of the octagons made yet,
but I wanted to see if I should put the light
octagons in the black line and the dark in
the light line, like on the left or the other way
around, as on the right.  I'm going to go with
the one on the right because this has so
much going on anyway but the one on the
left intrigued me and I may revisit it.  I was
surprised at how different the two looked.  
When the corners are on the octagons that
would also increase the difference.
I haven't decided on the
center yet, but I think I'll go
ahead and sew together
what I can so I'll be able to
see more clearly what I
need for the center.
I decided on this block for the
center and I'll be able to use the
black & red floral for my border.  
You can see how scrappy the
background is in this close up!
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
All done and I haven't decided on the
binding yet, probably either a red or
black print.  Fun working on this and
remembering the original quilt tops
the fabrics were used in :)  
I decided to use some white and
to make some of the ten degree
dresdens with a square stacked
center and the rest of them the
way I usually do.  We'll see how
it comes along :)
I've worked with this fabric before
and used the ten degree ruler and
a rust colored fabric with it.  I'll try
to do something a little different
with the ten degree ruler this time.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I'm having fun using all of these
different stacked blocks together.  I
haven't sewn the centers to the
blocks yet but just have them
pinned up there.  Hopefully, when
this is together, the whites will
show as the dominate design.
Friday, May 15, 2015
"With White" is all done and the
binding will be in a blue to match
the blue in the focus fabric.  Lots
of piecing to get that many
repetitions and I really like the way
the white, which is a background,
becomes the focal point!  
Quite Bright, Right?
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Yeah!  That's what I wanted to see
:)  Some of the motifs in the fabric
are large enough so you get some
areas of color but the design is
also intricate enough to give great
variety in the stacks.
Sometimes, when I have a
bright focus fabric, I like to
make it even brighter :)
Sunday, May 17, 2015
I liked these octagons to start
with, but as I added each of
the five background solids, I
liked them even more :)
Monday, May 18, 2015
"Spicy" is all done and the
binding will be in an orange, one
shade darker.  I love the
combination of the blend in the
background and the colorful
designs in the octagons :)  
You can see some of the
octagon designs in this
close picture.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Normally, I'd call this
fabric pretty bright but,
after the last quilt top,
this seems subdued!
I think this is what I'll do with this
fabric.  Funny, even when I'm
not actually making octagons, I
make things that look like
octagons....I like octagons :)
I think I'm going to use these
blocks as a center and work
out with something different.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I really wanted to use the stripe in
this focus fabric in some way.  
Finally, I decided on these mitred
corners on the central square.  
Now, to decide on a border.....
Thursday, May 21, 2015
When I cut those eight large
triangles for the background, I
wanted all of the trees to be
"growing" from the middle out and I
also wanted to use stacked fabric.  
So, I ended up with a number of
four stacked, large triangles, which
I wanted to use, so I decided on
this border.  Since the trees in the
print don't "grow" straight, the four
triangle squares have a nice twisty
look to them.  Here's hoping that
the border fits well!
Border pieced are made but
before I trim and apply them, I think
I'll go veg out in front of the TV :)
"Tropical Medley" is all done and the binding will go back to the focus fabric.  I
love this border because you can use anything - log cabins, squares, four
patches, nine patches, hearts, etc.- where I've used the stacked hour glass
blocks.  I've used the border a lot but it still remains a challenge for me!  This
top turned out to be 62 inches square, which is big for me.   
Friday, May 22, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Something for the golfers!
It'll be fun to decide how
to set these :)
I'm going to use these scrappy
homespun blocks for my alternate
block.  I haven't decided on the
corners for the octagons yet.  They'll
probably be black, but I'll wait until I
have more blocks made to decide.  My
computer is being most uncooperative,
so, if I disappear for a bit, it will be that!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I decided to use the focus fabric
for the setting triangles and it will
also be the binding, so things
would be pretty dark if it weren't
for those white spaces where
the octagon corners will go.  So,
I think I'll go for something bright
for the octagon corners :)
Monday, May 25, 2015
"Gone Golfing" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus
fabric.  I love making stacked
blocks out of the novelty fabrics
because the geometric designs
you get are always a surprise :)  
You can see the focus fabric
in the setting triangles.
Yes, each one is very different!  Once I
get to the navy background areas that
don't have much design, I'll get some
blocks that are more subtle.  These
blocks will be fun to arrange :)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
This large scale print should
give many varied blocks :)
Lots of variety :)  I'm
putting them up on the
design wall in rough color
groups, which I don't
know if I'll use yet or not.  
I'm thinking of an eight by eight
arrangement, so this will be enough
blocks.  I'm looking forward to
arranging them and deciding on the
corners for the octagons :)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
"Color Drift" is all done and the binding will be in a navy blue,
which is also the background color, although it looks black in
the picture.  After I'd arranged the octagons by predominate
color, I used six different fabrics for the corners of them to get
this drift effect.  This looks almost like a One Block Wonder, but
the  octagon corners are really a great design tool :)  
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The last top was so enjoyable to make, I think I'll try another one :)
That's enough octagons, so on
to the corners for the octagons
and arranging them :)
Saturday, May 30, 2015
This is the arrangement I'll use and I've
chosen fabrics for the octagon
corners.  I'll take them off the design
wall a bunch at a time and keep my
camera handy with this picture, so I
know where to put them back after I
get the corners on.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
One of my favorite accent fabrics, the
zebra, is beginning to show :)  My initial
plan was to use zebra for two of the
corners on each block and then the
other fabrics I picked for the other two
corners.  Since I wasn't sure how much
the zebra would show, I put it on the
pink and yellow sections first and
decided that it would be too much on
all of the blocks.  So, I'm using it on
just some of the outer corners of the
other sections.  I also rearranged my
blocks a bit after the corners were on.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"Zebra Capers" is all done and the
binding will be in the zebra fabric.  
Loved working with these colors :)  
I'm going to try these two fabrics
together in some stacked octagons.  
Hopefully, there will be enough
contrast to make the Kaleidoscope
circles show in the design.
Well, the circles certainly show up!  
They won't be quite as clear when the
corners are added to the octagons,
but I think they'll still show :)
The octagons are finished, so now I
need to decide on the corners.  I like
the way the circles show so well, which
makes it tempting to use just white and
cream for the corners, so the top
would look pretty much like this.  
However, I'm also thinking of some
brights.....we'll see.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The tie-dye that I used for half
of the corners really changed
the look of this top!
Thursday, June 4, 2015
"Leopard Capers" is all done and the
binding will be in the lighter stacked
fabric.  Obviously, I decided to go for
the white and brights for the corners :)
I'm going to start with these stacked
Shoo-Fly blocks.  I don't know what
else I'll do, but I know I want to keep
this pretty airy with a lot of white.
Love this fabric!
Friday, June 5, 2015
While I like both of these blocks, I'm
not so sure that I like them together.  
That's OK, I have enough of this
fabric that I can make two different
quilt tops if I still don't like this look
after I get more made :)
I decided to use the Shoo-fly
blocks in a different quilt top, but I
do know what I want for my
alternate squares for these now.  
I'll arrange these by value and
then start on my alternate blocks.
I arranged my blocks to have an area
of lightness and I'm changing the size
of the central red square in the
alternate blocks to enhance that look.  
The smallest red square sets in at half
in inch and I'm increasing them as I go
along in quarter inch increments.
"Red & White Delight" is all done
and the binding will be in white.  I
think the different sizes in the
red squares made the area of
light show up well :)
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Now, this is an interesting fabric!  I only
have three repeats of this but the
repeats are very large.  
Thinking....thinking.....
The blocks worked out so that I
could make a sunflower path :)  
I'll look at them again, to see if I
want to rearrange any and then I
can sew them together.
I went with as split nine patch so I
could use the tree repeats on each
side.  The focus fabric is such a
large scale print that I chose the
bright yellow and blue to give some
definition and I'm also cutting my
squares at 3.5 inches, which is
larger than I usually use.  We'll see
how they look!
Sunday, June 7, 2015
"Sunflower Path" is all done and
the binding will be in the blue
dotted fabric.  I was really glad
that the blocks worked out so I
could make the sunflower path :)  
Monday, June 8, 2015
Woo-Hoo, I'm all excited!
My daughter wrote and my son
illustrated two children's books!!
The books are available on Amazon
- just click on the book to go there.
Love these colors and the white
designs show up so well, so I'll
keep making these :)
This is a very large scale print and
I have four repeats, so I think I'll
start with some mitered boxes.
This fabric made some
interesting blocks!  Now, to
work out the setting.....
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
I decided on an on-point setting and
the sashing and cornerstones that set
in at three quarters of an inch.  This
really brightens the blocks!
"Orange on Cobalt" is all done and
the binding will be in the orange
used for the cornerstones.  Really
like the way the cornerstones show
up, especially in the border area.  
Here's another close-up of
Orange on Cobalt.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Love this stripe :)
Hexies it is :)  I don't know yet if I'll
color group these or leave them
random, like this.  We'll see.....
Friday, June 12, 2015
Coming along!  Looks like a
bunch of colorful starfish :)
Ready to sew these together!  I
tried a few different layouts in a
more free form look, but kept
coming back to this straight one.  I
used two different oranges in the
background to give a little texture.
"Hexies & Stripes" is all done and the
binding will be in the solid orange.  I'm
so pleased with how vibrant this is!  
Saturday, June 13, 2015
The gold metallic in the
one orange fabric shows
so well in person :)
Curls, swirls, stars, stripes and
a gold metallic edging, all on a
black background.....could a
stacker ask for more!
This fabric is sure giving a
lot of variety in the stars :)
Sunday, June 14, 2015
As I make my blocks, I'm working
along on a design and moving
things around until I see what I
like.  I love my design wall!
Monday, June 15, 2015
The sections are coming together
:)  I want to bind this in red, so I
used red in the central design and I
think that will be enough so the
focus fabric isn't too overwhelming.
"Stars & Stripes" is all done and the
binding will be in red to match the
central design.  When doing all of the
measurements for this kind of setting,
it's really nice to get the sections all
fitting and sewn together!  
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I had a lot of slightly different black
scraps, most in the shape of a large
triangle, from cutting bias bindings.  
Log Cabins seem a good way to use
those.  I think I'll use this Crossed
Ribbons setting, but I'll see when I get
more blocks.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The arrangement on the left is what I
had as I was making the blocks.  On
the right, I reversed the position of the
black and colored areas.  I like both of
these, but I think I'm going with the one
on the right this time :)
Thursday, June 18, 2015
"Scrappy Crossed Ribbons"
is all done and I haven't
decided on the binding yet.  
How I love Log Cabins :)
In this picture, you can see some
of the different shades in the
scrappy black solids.
I have quite the accumulation of
scrappy, solid black triangles!  There
are a lot of smaller ones, so I decided
to make a bunch of HSTs that I'd trim
to two inches.  These set in at one and
a half inches, so they work well with 3.5
inch squares. I think I'll work along on
these and use them in something like
the picture on the right.
Friday, June 19, 2015
It's filling in :)  I tried to mix it up a
little in the middle section where
the colors meet so they're wouldn't
be such a clear definition of the
color change.  I'm anxious to see
what the HST blocks look like when
their outside seams are taken.
OK, I think this is what I'll do.  
The pink, turquoise, yellow
color group is one of my
favorites, but I usually use it
with white.  This time I'll try it
with the black :)  Now, to fill in
those white spaces.
Woo-hoo!  
Ready to sew this together :)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
"Tiny Triangles" is all done and the
binding will be in black.  I've seldom
worked with the HSTs that set in at
an inch and a half and never before
this many in one quilt top.  However, I
love the way they look and I'll have to
use them more often!  
You can see some of the fabrics in this
close up.  I'm heading off for
VACATION!  See you on the 29th :)
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I said I'd be back from vacation on
the 29th, because I thought I'd need
a day to get back to sewing, but I was
wrong, it was easy to get back :)   I
wanted to use some light  satins with
the black cotton, so I'm going with
Kaleidoscope blocks.  In person, the
shine of the satin looks so good
against the depth of the black :)
"Circles of Satin" is all done and
the binding will be in the black
cotton.  I'm really pleased with
this!  I don't think I'd want to cut
and sew the small, slippery satin
pieces every day, but, once in a
while, it's very special to work
with satin :)  
I'm trying some of my bright/dark satins
with this gray swirled cotton in a
checkerboard setting.  The squares
set in at three inches and I'm going to
do the colors randomly.
Monday, June 29, 2015
The satin has so many different
looks, depending on the light :)
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"Squares of Satin" is all done and the
binding will be in the gray cotton.  
Maybe it's just me, but I think the satin
is much more difficult to cut than to
sew!  Love it in these simple squares
and the flatness of the gray really
shows off the shine of the satin.  
I was organizing my solid color scraps
and got sidetracked into making this
little piece.  It's only 18 x 28 inches,
which seems to be about my limit for
improv :)  The binding will be done in
green, either solid or scrappy.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Love these colors!
Starting with some octagons.....
Almost done with the
octagons, so time to
decide on a setting :)
I was planning to set my octagons
with Irish Chain blocks as an
alternate.  Gray like used in the
octagon corners for background and
a white chain.  However, now I'm
feeling more scrappy, so I pulled a
bunch of grays, a couple of oranges
and a little turquoise for an accent.  
We'll see how it looks :)
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I'm going to add the scrappy gray
squares and one nine patch to each
octagon block.  I had tried a four patch
with the orange, but felt it was too
much color in one spot, so I changed
to the nine patch.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Well, I have my new computer and
now, all I have to do is learn how to
use it!  I'm a little backed up on
pictures, so I'll just put a few on now.
"Periwinkle Plus" is all done and
the binding will be in the periwinkle
blue fabric.  This is a new design
idea, using the octagons in halves
to make the circles :)
"Scattered Octagons" is all
done and the binding will be in
the gray border fabric.  I really
like this design because the
octagons and the nine patches
aren't all in a row but rather in
a wavy line :)
This is one of my favorite stacking
fabrics.  I've used it at least two other
times for stacked quilt tops.  
I'm using twelve repeats to
make two octagon blocks and
setting them in a circle, as in
the last quilt top.
Tuesday, June 7, 2015
The picture on the left looks like I
just threw the half octagons at the
design wall!  On the right the center
seams are sewn in the octagons
and it's much easier to arrange
them.  I'm going to sew in some of
the centers before I decide on half
blocks to make the border.