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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
|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.
|There are a lot of mediums in both the light
and dark here and I wasn't sure if they would
carry this design but they seem to be working.
If they hadn't, I'd have arranged the blocks in a
Barn Raising or Straight Furrows design, which
are more definite designs.
|"Shining Cabins" is all done and I
haven't decided on the binding
yet. This one is made with one
and a quarter inch strips, so they
set in at three-quarters of an inch.
|I only have three and a half repeats
of this fabric, but it's a very long
repeat of about seventeen inches.
|I'll start out making some four
patches with the sections of
fabric where I have four repeats.
|After I got some blocks made, on the left, it was
time to figure out what to do with them. The
focus fabric has such cute cherubs in the print
that I wanted to center them. Then I made a few
more of the three stacks and I think I'll use some
form of the arrangement on the right. I can see
that I want some sashing between the blocks and
also that I want an accent color or two added.
|Filling in the spaces and deciding
what comes next as I go along.
|"Cherubs" is all done and the binding
will be in the red with random inserts of
the lighter red. Fun to use two, three
and four stacks in the same top :)
|This was a good fabric to use
for framing a motif.
|My computer has been down
for a few days, so here's a
catch-up collage of the
|"Splash of Summer" is all done
and for the binding, I went back
to the focus fabric. What a fun,
bright fabric to work with!
|I like making these scrappy bargello trips. It takes a few blocks to get into it, but then it goes well. I'm using a
six by six block layout and two inch strips. So, I pulled 36 each of light, light-medium, medium, dark and solid
black. The strips are fifteen inches, which allows for a bit extra. The strips are super scrappy, except for the
solid black, or course. I make the strip set and then subcut into one inch, one and a half, two, two and a half,
three and three and a half. The blocks are in two different orientations, the first shown on the bottom left.
When the second orientation is added, on the bottom right, I think it makes a cool design :)
|Here are the two blocks used for
this design. I could have used a
little more contrast on the right
hand block to use as an example :)
|A lot of different large
scale prints in this!
|"Scrappy Bargello Trips" is all
done and the binding will be in
black. Love working with value!
|These simple, quarter Log Cabins
use a 2.5 inch plaid, 1.5 inch red and
2.5 inch scrappy blue pieces. I'm
deciding on the zig zag arrangement,
like at the top or all facing up and
arranged in a light to dark. Think I'll
go with the light to dark.....
|"Red Shadows" is all done and the
binding will be in the blue fabric
used in the border triangles. I
think these quarter Log Cabins as
such fun to make, I'm going to
make another top with them!
|Another quarter Log Cabin top. I
pulled greens that had a design and,
in some of them, bits of another
color. The colors are off in this
picture but hopefully, as it fills in, I
can get a better shot.
|Ready to sew these together. The
blocks on the bottom look black but
they're really dark green. I was a bit
off on my placement of the blocks on
the design wall :)
|Tuesday, June 13, 2017
|"Shadowed Greens" is all done and
the binding will be in one of the greens
from the quilt top. This is nice to make
- just combining the lightest and
darkest two fabrics for the top row and
the bottom row and then continuing
that way throughout, working toward
the center, where the blocks are made
with the same fabric.
|I've accumulated a lot of 2.5
inch solid squares. Each pile
is a different color, some very
close, but still different.
|I'm pairing the colored squares with
black & white prints that are heavy on
the white. Some of the prints are so
tiny that they read as gray in the
picture, but in person, the black &
white shows. Since this is the third
quarter cabin top I've made in a row, I
guess this is now a series :)
|"Color Pops" is all done and the
binding will be in another black &
white. Black, white and colors is
always fun to work with! The blocks
that look black in the picture show up
their colors much better in person.
|Same block....my hope for these,
once I get them made and
repositioned, is that the skinny zig
zag will show in some places and
in others it will be overtaken by
the busy novelty prints. We'll see.
|On the top left, the blocks are finished
and put up randomly as they were
done. Top left, the blocks are
arranged by value of the background
fabric. The bottom picture shows the
blocks turned so the zig zag shows.
Off to sew them together. Actually, by
changing just a few from the random
layout, I would have been happy with
that. Hmmmm... maybe next :)
|A"Peekaboo Zig-Zags" is all done
and I think the binding will be scrappy
- I mean, why not! Really like the way
the zig-zags come and go :)
|Back from vacation and I had a great family time.
Now, back to piecing - best of both worlds :)
Blocks are done. I arranged them as on the left
while I was putting them up on the wall and then
tried the off center Barn Raising on the right.
Both arrangements are totally random and I
could arrange them by value, however, I think I'll
go with the arrangement on the right.
|"Pink & Purple & Orange, Oh,
my!" is all done and the binding
will be in a purple. What fun to
work with these colors :)
|I keep thinking I'm done with this
block for now and then another
fabric combination comes to
mind! Here, I choose fabrics to
match the different colored dots
to make the diagonal zig zags,
some of which will repeat.
|"Polka-dots & Zig-Zags" is all
done and the binding will be in
the polka-dot fabric. Always
nice to work with solids - just
very different from prints!
|Time to sort through the This & That
box of leftover blocks and ideas that
didn't become a full quilt top. When
I pull these out, it's pretty
overwhelming, but, if I just start
pulling some blocks and combining
them to make some sizes that will fit
together, a quilt top begins.
|From the picture on the left to the
one on the right, I changed out a
few blocks, moved a few blocks,
added a bit, changed that wide
green spacer border on the upper
left, added spacer strips where
needed and sewed it together.
|I include "This & That" in the name
of all of the quilt tops made from
the This & That box and then I add
the name of a block, so I can find
the quilt top. Here's the basket
block this top was named for.
|"This & That with a Basket" is all
done and the binding is in a
gold, orange, brown print. This
kind of top is such fun to make!
|I think that's it for
this one.....now, to fit
|"This & That with Stars & Spinners" is all done and I think
the binding will be scrappy. The next picture shows some
details. This one turned out larger than my normal and I
had a hard time getting a picture! I hadn't planned to
make it this large, but I couldn't stop adding blocks :)
|These blocks are all from the
This & That box. I think with a
little filling in, cutting down and
making a few more blocks,
these will work together.
|The square in a square blocks from
the This & That box had madras plaids
in them, which didn't go too well with
the homespuns in the other blocks.
So, I made some new square in a
square blocks with homespuns. In the
center I cut down the log cabin block
and bordered four of the blocks to
bring them all to the same size.
|"This & That with a Bear" is all done
and the binding will be in a green.
The next picture is a close-up where
you can see the bear! That's
another eighteen blocks out of the
This & That box :)
|In this close-up you can
actually see the bear - well,
half of him anyway :)
|The blocks on the left are all from the This & That box. The top
ones are from patriotic fabrics and the bottom ones just red,
white and blue. I'm trying to decide if I want to try the top blocks
together with some blocks from the patriotic fabrics shown on
the left. All of the ones laid out on the left are four stacks. I
haven't checked my six and eight stack boxes of already
stacked fabrics to see if there are any patriotic ones in there.
|I decided to just use patriotic
fabrics. Starting to shape up :)
|Ready to start sewing these
together. I may have to
add and/or subtract as I
work on fitting things in.
|There's very little mindless sewing in this
type of quilt top. Each section is like a
different little puzzle where you need to
figure out the sizes for setting the pieces
together and then work out how the
sections will go together. I really enjoy
doing it but it does take some extra time.
|"This & That in Red, White & Blue" is
all done and the binding will be in a
navy with white stars. I think the
inner border of stacked half-hexies
looks like patriotic bunting :)
|Another bunch of blocks
from the This & That box. I
think I can add to these and
make this setting work.
|I decided to stay with traditional
looking fabrics for the backgrounds.
I worked out the large setting
triangles in the border by laying out
the striped pieced triangles and then
cutting something to fit with them! I'll
need to use a spacer strip at the
ends of the border, as you can see
at the top, but I think it will work
since it will it right in with the strip
piecing in the triangles.
|"This & That with Ohio Stars" is all done
and the binding will be in the border
fabric. I had no idea what I could do
with those original blocks I pulled from
the This & That box. I'm really happy
with the final result. Working with all of
these miscellaneous blocks is helping
my piecing skills!
|Again, from the This & That box! I think
that for a number of years I preferred to
make blocks rather than set them. Now, I
like doing both things, which is good.
Thinking about the shoo fly blocks. First, I
thought of setting them on point with just a
light plaid in the setting squares. Then I
pulled some different blocks from the box.
While I like the Drunkards path blocks, I
think I'll use them elsewhere and go for
the final super busy layout in the lower
right hand corner. I think, once I get
those set they'll work out. Now, to decide
on a background fabric.....
|"This & That Shoo Fly" is all done and the binding will be in the
lighter of the two red background fabrics. I think the Shoo Fly blocks
made an interesting inner round when set next to each other.
|I'd like to use these three blocks in the
same top, but I don't know if that will
work yet. There aren't any other
blocks in the This & That box that
seem to go with these, so I think I'll
make some blocks, probably stars, and
see what I can arrange.
|A general plan - now, to work
out how to put it together.
|Sewing together sections,
everything based on a two
and a half inch square.
|Sunday, July 16, 2017
|Sections are all sewn, now
to sew them together.
|"This & That Drunkard's Path" is all done and the binding will be in
scrappy tans. I really had fun with the background on this one!
|"This & That Churn Dash" is all done
and the binding will be in a dark purple
to match the flowers in the border
fabric. I like the way those stacked
blocks combined to form some star
designs and the lighter red in the
center blocks gives a little glow.
What looks like black on the left
side is really dark purples.
|I made some new blocks, added
to some blocks and cut down
some others, so now everything
is the same size. Now, to decide
on the setting triangles.
|"This & That with Purple Frames" is all done and the binding
will be in the purple used to frame some of the blocks. Quite
an assortment of different kinds of stacked blocks.
|These blocks are made mostly from
recycled plaids and I don't have
anything else in the This & That box to
go with them. So, I'll go to my
collection of recycled plaids and made
some more blocks.
|"This & That Plaids" is all done and
the binding will be in a red plaid, cut
on the bias. That funny mark on the
right hand border isn't in the fabric,
just in the picture :)
|I pulled the lighter blocks and put
them on the design wall to see if I
could combine any of them. I
decided on the blocks on the upper
right and sized some down. Then I
added frames to the six in the
middle. I was glad to have the pink &
white check fabric! Hopefully, better
picture coming of the colors.
|"This & That Pastel" is all done
and the binding will be in a pale
yellow. Eighteen more blocks
out of the This & That box!
|Next up....a bunch of green and
light 4.5 inch four patches. So
|I think these two blocks will make
a nice secondary pattern.
|On the right, the blocks are ready to be
sewn together. I put up the picture on
the left, with some star pieces not sewn
just to show how different the Tri Recs
star looks when the star points are dark
instead of medium, as in the green I
used. Yes, the colors on the dark star
are off, but it does show the difference :)
|"This & That with Green Stars" is all
done and the binding will be in a
green print. Love watching the
circles emerge in this design!
|I think I like this
arrangement, so I'll start
sizing them to fit together.
|"This & That with Piano Keys" is all
done and the binding will be a red
print. Took some blocks away and
added some others over my
original layout. I love making
these, which is a good thing since I
still have many pieces and blocks
in the This & That box!
|Wondering how many of these I
can use together............
|Here's a general plan,
however, as I start to sew
sections together, this may
change quite a bit.
|"This & That Citrus" is all done and the binding will be
in a yellow. This one was particularly challenging to
set because blocks needed to meet sometimes
vertically, sometimes horizontally and sometimes on
the diagonal. The block in the lower left really doesn't
have any black, but is different purples. Actually,
everything that looks black is really purple!
|I pulled more blocks, eliminated some
and now I'm just playing around with
layouts. I think I'm going to size blocks
up to match the Ohio stars that are
framed in red and then work on a
layout for twenty blocks.
|Starting to fill in.....
|"This & That with Two Ohio Stars" is all
done and the binding will be in a red
plaid, cut on the bias. I love the
background fabric in the second block
up from the bottom, on the left!
|Next up....some kaleidoscope blocks
made with leftovers from strip sets. I'm
going even use sets that have light
sections in them and we'll see how that
looks. There will be repeats but I'm not
going to try to put them in the same
block but instead scatter them.
|Ready to sew
these together :)
|"Sun Kissed Kaleidoscopes" is all done
and the binding will be in the yellow.
The circles really show on this one!
|A plan for using some
1.5 inch pieces..............
|This is such a nice
block to make :)
|"Scraps on Solids" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the orange
fabrics used in the quilt top. This
turned out to be a good way to use
small 1.5 inch pieces!
|Time for some little
|I'm making the crazy blocks at 3 x 5
inches and then adding the black &
white 1.5 inch strip to bring the
blocks up to five inches square. The
seams aren't taken here, so the
black & white will only be one inch
wide, but I think the curvy motion will
still show. This is one of my all-time
favorite black & white fabrics!
|The blocks are done and I'm starting to
sew them together. Considering how
many seams there are, they're going
together very well. It's funny, on the
black & white fabric, which on the front
is exactly the same, you can see on the
back that one piece of the fabric is dark
on the back and the other very light!
|"Crazy" is all done and the binding will be in
black. Now that's scrappy! If one were using
this as a lap quilt, it would be fun to just sit
and look at all the different fabrics :)
|I decided to add a few little
turquoise accents along the way.
|Ready to sew
|"Fractured Heat" is all done and
the binding will be in the
sashing/border fabric. Love it!
|Scrap triangles!!! That group
doesn't even include the solids
and the stacked scrap triangles. I
think I'll use the greens on the right
and make more crazy blocks.
|Top left - some 3 x 5 blocks. I decided to set these on point this time.
Top right, I tried setting them next to each other as in the last two tops,
but, with this busy sashing, there wasn't enough contrast with the
blocks. So, then I tried scrappy dark green alternate blocks - no.
Bottom left, I tried the green floral plaid - too busy. Then I tried the
light floral squares and liked them. Bottom right, a plan! I'll use some
of the busy dotted sashing fabric in the setting triangles. As always,
you can click on these pictures to make them larger.
|"Crazy in Green" is all done and the binding will be in the
striped green used in the setting triangles. So glad to find
something I like to do with scrappy triangles!
|I'm using 1.25 and 1.75 inch strips
for these Log Cabins and they set
in at six inches, so the curve is
very gentle on each block. I think
this is the layout I'll use, but I may
change when I see more blocks.
|I think I'm going to try this layout. I
haven't used this before, so I won't
be sure until I see all of the blocks
made, but so far, I like it :)
|"Cabin Weave" is all done and the
binding will be in a red print. I like
this layout and will have to try it
again sometime with regular
straight Log Cabins!
|Starting another layout with the curved
Log Cabins. I may need to replace the
second block in from the left on the
bottom because my lights don t' seem
light enough, but I'll wait until I have
more blocks to see. This is a
traditional Drunkard's Path layout and
since a curved Log Cabin is the same
as a Drunkard's Path, I think it will work.
|I think that's all of the blocks with the
dark circle. The rest will be in the
reverse values. So far, it doesn't look
like much, so I'm anxious to see it with
the rest of the blocks up to see if my
values are OK and the design shows.
|WOW - this one is hard to work out where the blocks go! The one on the
left has some misplaced blocks, one of which is around the middle at the
bottom. They're hard to place because not only do you have to pay
attention to the light/dark but also the size of the logs. I think the layout on
the right is correct, but it's hard to tell without the seams being sewn, so I'm
going to sew one quadrant together, then sew the other three to match it.
Then I'll turn to quadrants to the proper orientation.
|The picture on the left that I'm trying to
do is one of the many traditional
Drunkard's Path layouts. On the right,
the upper left quadrant has been sewn
together and I turned it to check the
blocks in the upper right quadrant. So
much easier to see when the blocks
are sewn together!
|"Swirling Cabins" is all done and I haven't decided on the binding
yet. The block placement was a challenge on this one but I love
the result! The "logs" set in at three quarters of an inch on one
side and one and a quarter inch on the other side.
|"Yellow & Orange Cabins" is all done
and the binding will be in a yellow &
orange print. I like all the different
designs this kind of Log Cabins make
when they're set together. The "logs"
set in at three quarters of an inch.
|After all of the yellow and orange
of the last quilt top, I wanted
something in cool colors, so a
light to dark Log Cabin in purples.
|I'm always excited to see what
the next round looks like when
doing this kind of quilt top!
|Getting darker :) I see I
have two blocks turned the
wrong way in the upper left.
|Ready to sew these together. Love
making this kind of top! As I get to
those last rounds where there's only
one, two or three blocks in the round,
it's a challenge to keep cutting enough
fabrics to get a good variety.
|"Purple Cabin Fade" is all done and the binding will be
in a purple. The process of making this kind of top is
enjoyable the whole way through :)
|Thinking about how to use
these cute little paper dolls.....
|There were eight different paper
dolls, so I cut them out and tried a
few arrangements. I decided on the
bottom left and then framed them in a
double pink. I'll going to go with
1930's repro fabrics because that's
what the dolls look like.
|A plan! These fabrics always
please me. The red with little white
mice, the black with circus figures,
the Uncle Sam hats, etc.
|"Paper Dolls" is all done and the binding will be in the double
pink used to frame the dolls. Making this sure brought back
memories of many hours spent playing with paper dolls :)
|I think I'll scatter some other
kind of block among these,
after I get more cabins made.
|Right now, it's looking like there's
too much white around the stars.
I'll wait until I get all the stars made
and then I may take the corners of
the star blocks or cut them down
and do a round of the light scrappy
pieces around them. We'll see......
|The more I looked at the colored
stars on white, the more I realized
they just weren't what I wanted. So, I
tried one in white on scrappy with
larger star points, like on the upper
left and that's the look I want :)
|The box on the left is cut to size one
and a quarter inch strips to be used for
Log Cabins - lights on the left - darks
on the right. I have another box of one
and a half inch strips also cut into "logs"
and I add to both as I'm working along
and come to smaller pieces of fabric.
When I pair the lights with white, as in
the current quilt top, it always surprises
me at how dark they look!
|"Five White Stars" is all done
and the binding will be either a
light blue or light scrappy -
haven't decided yet. What
would I do without Log Cabins!
|It's been almost two months since I've
made a top with stacks! Love this
swirly fabric and I've used the first half
of it in the past to make my usual
octagons. This time I'll use it for a
|This block takes three sets of
stacks, one set to surround the
central yellow square, one for the
HSTs and the last set for the four
squares. So, I'm working with four
repeats of the fabric. Everything is
based on a 3.5 inch square.
|Ready to make the alternate
blocks. I like making these
because I get to choose the
different sets of stacks for
|This design changes so much as
each new element is added!
|"Blue & Yellow Symmetry" is all
done and the binding will be in
the blue border fabric. Lots of
different stacks in each block!
|I'm going to make three-stacks with
these two stripes and then
combine them into hexagons.
|So far, so good :) I think
these have a jewel look.
|Coming along! As I got nearer the
edge, I replaced the lighter stripe with
the dark turquoise fabric and then I
replaced the dark stripe with the dark
green, which looks like a black in the
picture. I'll probably arrange the
hexies in the center to get a little
more grouping of color.
|I'm being very slow at
sewing this one together. I
blame Netflix :)
|"Jewels" is all done and the binding will be in one of the
stripes, cut on the bias. Hard to get the colors right in
the picture - really more green instead of yellow and the
triangles that look black are green.