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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.
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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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Really enjoying these
vibrant colors :)  I'm trying
to keep my blues medium to
dark and my oranges to the
yellow side of orange.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
All ready to sew this together.  
I can picture this block in a lot
of different color
combinations, so I'll probably
make it again sometime :)
"Scrappy Cabin Steps" is all done and the
binding will be in the dark blue with wavy
gold stripes, cut on the bias.  I had debated
about using a border, but then after I
decided on the binding, I went with the
border so the binding will show up better.  I
really enjoy using a Log Cabin block and
changing some of the elements of it.   
Thursday, September 11, 2014
I'm working on a floral, light to dark
progression with the hot pink centers
remaining constant throughout. I want
to get some pooling of the fabrics as I
go.  Hopefully, I won't have to go to the
really dark florals because I'd like to
keep this one pretty light.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I love watching this kind of
quilt top change as the
rounds are added :)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
There are still several more rounds
to go, but I think I can still keep this
with an overall light look, while
getting some light to darker effect.
The florals blend so easily that I'm
glad I worked for some pooling of
fabrics to give some shape.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Ready to sew this together :)  
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Close-up so you can see some of the
very diverse florals in this.
"Garden Glow" is all done and the
binding will be in the hot pink used
for the block centers.  Love the
way this turned out!
I still felt like working with florals, so
I'm going to use two inch strips for a
Scrappy Trip.  I decided to do the
blocks in a gradient so I've sorted
the strips from light to dark.  While I
am anxious to start making the
blocks, I find the value sorting much
easier if I cut, or pull from my precut
strips, all the strips I'll need before I
begin making the blocks.  Some of
these fabrics I'll use in one block
and some in two blocks.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
I'll probably use one of these two
settings - the Barn Raising or the
squares on point.  Bonnie Hunter's
Scrappy Trips is such a nice block
to make and it looks different
depending on the settings, use of
values and size of the strips used.  
No wonder so many people have
made these!
Still haven't decided!  
Hopefully, I'll decide soon so I
won't feel the need to
rearrange the blocks into
each layout every time I put a
few blocks up on the design
wall.  I really like both layouts,
but I imagine one will stand
out to me soon :)
My garden is growing :)  I'm
going to go with this setting
for this one, but I'm sure I'll
try the Barn Raising setting
at some other time!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
"Floral Crisscross" is all done
and the binding will be in a
light floral.  So pleased with
the way this one turned out!  
Close-up of Floral Crisscross
Lots of florals!
Friday, September 19, 2014
I've pulled strips for another Scrappy Trip and this time,
it will probably be in the Barn Raising setting.  Strips on
the left are the florals I used for Floral Crisscross and
the ones on the right are what I'm going to use now.  
Most of the center three rows are from novelty prints
that have too many different colors in them to fit into
any color catagory.  Also, my black and whites are
much darker and lighter than for Floral Crisscross, so
I'm interested to see what I get :)
Saturday, September 20, 2014
I'm pretty sure I'll use the Barn Raising setting for
this one, but there is still lots of room for different
looks just by turning the blocks.  I'll see when I
get more blocks done.  Just like the last top,
these are cut from two inch strips and there will
be 36 blocks, so I needed 36 strips in each of the
five value groups.  I cut my strips at eleven
inches to give a little room for sub cutting.
Lots of choices and I'm sure
there are many more!  I'll need
to look at these for a while.......
Sunday, September 21, 2014
I mean, there are only thirty six blocks,
but I can't seem to stop arranging
them!  I think my problem is that I like a
lot of them, but I need to choose just
one :)  At least, I overcame the
temptation to see how many
arrangements I could get if I set them
on point or if I added a few blocks that
were different - oh, my!
Monday, September 22, 2014
"Scrappy World" is all done and the
binding will be in a black print.  While I
liked a number of the layouts, I
decided on this one because it had
both the straight lines in the center
squares on point and also the illusion
of motion in those corner pieces.  I find
this block so pleasant to make and with
so many layout possibilities, I can see
more of these in my future :)  
On a quilt top that's based on
value, instead of color, it's fun
to change the picture to black
and white.  It really gives a
good idea as to whether or not
the design is showing.
Here's a close-up of some of the
fabrics used in Scrappy World.  I
think value quilts are so much
fun because you can use such a
variety of fabrics.
These are very subtle, but I
think they'll give some
background interest....we'll see.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I want to make another quilt
top using the stacked
octagons as background, so
I'm going to try this piece.
I'm just putting the blues up there as I make them and I'll arrange
them later.  A few days ago, my iron died after several good
years, so I can't complain considering how long it was on each
day.  So, I pulled out my back-up iron to use until the new iron I
ordered got here.  I guess all irons now have automatic shut-off,
however this back-up iron of mine is johnny-on-the-spot when it
comes to turning off!  Every time I go to the cutting table or the
sewing machine for a very short time the iron turns off.  Even if I
give it verbal instructions, ranging from, "Please don't turn off, I'll
be right back", to "Seriously, don't turn off!" to "Darn it, don't you
dare turn off or I'll use you to iron plastic wrap!!!"  None of these
comments have worked at all and I'm really looking forward to
getting my new iron :)
Starting to fill in a little.  What
looks like black here is actually
navy blue.  My new iron arrived
and it doesn't shut off until eight
minutes have gone by - that's
more like it!
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
To make my blue blocks, I picked out a
bunch of blues from my strips that
were already cut to 2.5 inches to start
with.  I intentionally chose about six
less than I would need, so that I could
see what areas needed to be filled in
after most of the blocks were made.  
Now, I'm deciding on those six blues for
the remaining blocks.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The blues are somewhere near the
middle, between matchy and scrappy,
so I'm happy with them.  The Tri Recs
stars set in at six inches, which is
smaller than I usually make, but it goes
with the other blocks.  The rest is more
octagons for the background.
Friday, September 26, 2014
Blocks are done and time to
sew it together :)
"Stars & Zig-Zags" is all done
and the binding will be in the red
fabric.  I really love the subtle,
circular designs you get from the
octagons in the background :)  
Saturday, September 27, 2014
A thick & thin Log Cabin, using
1.25 and 1.75 inch strips.  I love
seeing the curves begin to show!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I kept these blocks small so the
curves would be very gentle.  
Log Cabins sure are a great way
to use strips, probably why
they've been around for so long!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
"Wavy Logs" is all done and
I'm going to use a scrappy
binding on this one.  Love
the curved Log Cabins :)
I sorted my 1.25 inch strips into color
groups and also made groups of plaids,
florals and prints that had so many
different colors in them that they didn't
fit into any group.  These Courthouse
Steps blocks have a center that sets in
at two inches and the steps set in at
three-quarters of an inch.  I think I may
just stay with this simple plan and these
three color groups, we'll see....
Thursday, October 2, 2014
These are nice little blocks to
make!  I'm trying to get the full
range of values in each of the
three color groups so it doesn't
get to look boring.
All ready to sew these together.  It's
funny, these aren't wonky but,
because of the random mix of light
and dark in each color group, the
blocks do look wonky.  I'm interested
to see how they look when sewn
together :)  At this point, I think I'd like
to use this block again because it's
great to make and it uses pretty small
pieces of strips.  I only had to cut
some more turquoise for this - I have
lots of 1.25 inch strips!
Friday, October 3, 2014
"Block Party" is all done and the
binding will be in hot pink.  Love
these sizes for the Court House
Step block and I'm sure I'll use
them again sometime!  
Saturday, October 4, 2014
The last few quilt tops have been
scrappy ones, so I felt like working
with just two fabrics for a change.  
Love this rose fabric and I think it
goes well with this dotted white,
which is one of my favorite
whites.  This is the Tri Recs star
cut from a 3.5 inch strip.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Often, I'll use an alternate block with
the four patches turned the other way
to go with the Tri Recs stars, which
gives an Irish Chain effect.  This time, I
turned the four patches to go around
the center part of the block and it gives
some nice circles when combined with
the stars.  I decided to change some of
the outside pieces of the blocks and
replace the pink floral with green.
The blocks are finished and I'm
anxious to sew them together
because, when the white from
the four patches meets the white
from the stars, I think the circles
will show well.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
"Watercolor Roses" is all done
and the binding will be in the
pink floral.  I'm pleased with
this design and am wondering
how it would look scrappy....  
I wanted to use some leftover stacked
triangles, so I'm going to try this
double octagon block.  In each block,
I'll use two eight stacks from the same
fabric.  Should be pretty scrappy!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Since I'm usually making octagons or
hexagons with triangles, I'm used to
sewing the small ends together.  This
block doesn't work that way so I have
to keep reminding myself what goes
with what :)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
These are all ready for their
corners.  Fun to see how each
block would turn out with the two
sets of stacked fabric :)
"Triangles to Circles" is all
done and the binding will be
in the gray border fabric.  
Loved making this!  
Friday, October 10, 2014
I want to make more double octagon
blocks, so I'm going to try this fabric
with the huge flowers.  This time, I'm
going to use the same stacked fabric
for all the blocks instead of using
stacks from different fabrics for each
block, as in the last quilt top.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
A beginning!  There were so
many possibilities for the
background color on these, but I
liked this dark evergreen fabric.
I used the striped fabric for the
corners to enhance the circle look.  
I think I may go with the nine blocks
and add a pieced border.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
I think I'm going to border with some
staggered octagons, so I'll make the
border first and then use a spacer strip
around the body of the quilt top to
make the border fit.  I'll make the
octagons and see how they look.  If I
don't like them for this quilt top, I can
make a second top with them :)
Monday, October 13, 2014
Instead of placing the octagons
randomly in the border, I'm going to go
from lights on the four corners into
darks in the centers.  I took the picture
so I can look and see if I want to
rearrange any of the octagons before I
sew them together.  This value
arrangement may not even show up
very much....we'll see :)
"Evergreen" is all done and the binding
will be in the striped fabric, cut on the
bias.  I went through so many different
ideas for this top in my mind, but I'm
glad I decided on this one :)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
These are cut from 3.5 inch strips, with
the Easy Angle template, so the
finished HST is 3.5 inches.  I'm going
to keep the watercolor batik constant
in all of the blocks and do scrappy for
the other side of the HSTs.  We'll see
where this one goes.....
Love working with batiks!  For one
thing, the wonderful color and
secondly, they press so well :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
On the left are the blocks just as I
made them and put them up on the
wall.  On the right is the arrangement
I'll go with - I tried to get a light
diagonal near the center.
"Dreamscape" is all done and the
binding will be in the blue marbled
fabric used in each block.  I did
rearrange the blocks yet another time
before I sewed them together :)   
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Since I just did some cool
colors in the batiks, I wanted
to go to some warm colors :)
I was anxious to see how my colors
were going to work, so I made some
partial rows.  I'm happy :)  A friend
had commented, on the previous
picture, that this looked like dragon
scales.  I couldn't get that out of my
head and as I was thinking of how
one would get close enough to a
dragon to see the scales, and
"Dragon Selfie" came to mind.  I have
a lot of fun in my sewing room :)
This is adapted from a design by
Toadusew Creative Concepts Studio.  I
changed the size on the black to be
more narrow than the two other strips
in the quarter Log Cabin blocks, just
because I didn't want too much black.   
This is the kind of top that makes me
keep sewing because I want to see
what the next line looks like :)
Friday, October 17, 2014
"Dragon Selfie" is all done and the
binding will be in black.  This one has
been fun from beginning to end :)  
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I decided to try the quarter Log Cabin
block as a trellis, since the last one
looked so much like a trellis.  I used
different sizes for the pieces, so I'd
have more flowers and less shadow
and trellis, and I changed the dark strip
from black to a dark gray so the
shadow wasn't quite so stark.  I also
turned the block up-side-down so the
shadow would be on the under side of
the trellis.  We'll see how it goes as I
add flower drifts.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Just need to work out the sides
and the bottom blocks and then I
can sew it together!  I think the
trellis will be about the right
width once the seams are taken.
Monday, October 20, 2014
OK, this turned out to be a good
width for the trellis and the shadow
so I'm happy!  I thought a good deal
about how to do the sides, top and
bottom and decided to make these
triangle blocks that are a little more
then half a block in size.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"Garden Trellis" is all done and the binding
will be in the gray shadow fabric.  I think the
shadow on the trellis really adds a lot to the
look :)  Since the "trellis" is all one fabric,
this top could be made very quickly by strip
piecing the blocks and then applying the
diagonal "trellis" all in one piece.  However, I
made it with individual quarter Log Cabin
blocks because I'm much better at getting
my rows lined up well if I have the reference
points from each block to match up when
sewing the diagonal seams.  
I feel like working with scrappy reds,
lots of scrappy reds!  So, I'm going to
try a scrappy trip in reds, keeping
one strip with a light design.  These
strips are 2.5 inches, but I'm
subcutting the strip set at 3 inches to
make the patches a rectangle
instead of a square.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
This low contrast, monochromatic
scrappy sure looks different than
my usual scrappy!  
Growing :)  Love all
of this red!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
"Really Red" is all done and the
binding will be in...wait for it....red!  
Loved working with all of these reds :)   
Friday, October 24, 2014
This fabric is certainly a
change from the bright reds
of the last quilt top!  Let's
see what it can do :)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
With this much contrast, I
should get some pretty good
circles, once the alternate
blocks are up :)
I wanted the corners on the alternate
blocks to be just a little different than
the other blocks and this piece was
perfect because of the background
color, which is a pale blue/gray.  The
red dots were a real bonus :)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
All ready to sew these
together.  I like making the
border by using different
designs in the final row of
octagons.
Monday, October 27, 2014
The blocks are sewn together and I
think the circles show very well,
however, the scallop formed on the
outside by the partial blocks kind of
gets lost.  So, I'm going to add a
narrow border as shown at the top to
make that edge show a little better.  
I've used a slightly darker black &
white fabric for the corners on the
outside of the border blocks, to make
the center blocks stand out more and
I'll use that same darker fabric for the
border and binding.  
"Dizzy" is all done and the binding will
be in the border fabric.  I think this
was a good way to use that focus
fabric, which I really didn't like very
much:)  Sometimes, strange fabrics
make good stacked blocks!  
I've been having some website
issues, but they seem to be OK
now.  Good to be back!  I'm
working with these pretty batiks :)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This is sort of a bargello, Trip
Around the World combination.  
I'll make four of these and then
see what I want to add.
These sure look different, depending
on which corners are put to the
middle!  I think I'm going with the one
on the left and now that I have an idea
how they look, I can add some more
strips to each section.
I added some strips to the center and
the sides, which aren't sewn on yet, to
get this elongated diamond shape.  I
could put one more strip on each side,
but then I'd have one little lone light
square in each corner and I didn't want
that, so I'll stay with this size.
"Batik Diamond" is all done and
the binding will be in a dark
blue batik.  Love the way this
turned out and this will be a fun
method to play around with :)  
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I wanted to try a straight set Trip
Around the World in florals.  I like
being able to move the strip sets
around, so I'll leave these all unsewn
until I'm sure what arrangement I want.
Friday, October 31, 2014
All ready to sew the strips
together.  I'm really enjoying this
and can think of so many other
fabric combinations I'd like to
make in this design.  We'll see
how I feel about all of that after I
match all of these seams :)
Saturday, November 1, 2014
I'm sewing this together in sections, top,
then center row, then bottom.  Probably
more practical to sew it together in long
vertical seams because then you
wouldn't have two horizontal seams
across the center, however, I find the
very long strips annoying to work with, so
sections for me :)
"Floral Trip" is all done and the binding
will be in a dark floral.  The Trip
Around the World is great to make in
this straight set and some day I'll have
to try the traditional on point setting.  
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Close up of some of the fabrics
used in Floral Trip.  All florals, but
very different colors and scale!
Monday, November 3, 2014
I wanted to try another of the quarter
Log Cabin tops, this time in these
watermelon colors in batiks.
I wanted to get all of my fabrics up
there before I had to go out to run
some errands, to be sure I liked
them together.  I'm happy :)
All ready to sew these together :)
"Shades of Watermelon" is all done
and the binding will be in the black with
pink batik.  Loved the colors in these
batik fabrics and the quarter Log
Cabins blocks are great to make :)
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I'm going to try some split Court
House Steps with this group of
African looking fabrics.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I could set these as on the left with just
the alternating court house blocks,
however, I wanted to split them on the
diagonal as on the right.  I think I'll use
this spiral layout, but I'll wait until I have
more done to be sure on the layout.
Lots of different layout
possibilities!  My original thought
was the first one, however, I'd like
to use the black fabric for some
setting triangles, so I want to set
these blocks on point.  If I were
using option six, I'd change the
rows around so that the black and
white would be on the outside of
the side blocks and would be
followed by the darker black
setting triangles.  I think I'm going
with number two :)
Friday, November 7, 2014
"A Touch of Africa" is all done and the
binding will be in the black print used in
the setting triangles.  I seem to be
drawn to the asymmetrical settings!  
The next picture is a close-up so you
can see the black & white fabric, which
just looks gray in this picture.  
A Touch of Africa - close-up.
I want to try a Trip Around the
World in homespuns.  I'm very
curious to see how they look :)
Saturday, November 8, 2014
So nice to get the first group of strips
up so I can see what it's going to look
like.  Unless something goes terribly
wrong from this point, I'm really going
to love this one :)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
All ready to sew
these together :)
"Homespun Trip" is all done and the
binding will be in a plaid, but on the
bias.  Love the way this turned out :)  
Lucky me, I was gifted with three Moda
Charm packs from three different
lines.  I'm going to use them all
together in this design, which has
many names, but I think of it as
Stretched Stars.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Blocks are done and I'll
rearrange a few but I'm leaving
them in kind of a random layout
instead of grouping colors.  
Then setting triangles and sew
them together :)
"Stretched Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in black.  These were
such great fabrics to work with and I
like this design because you can still
see the individual prints.  
Friday, November 14, 2014
I'm doing the Stretched Stars again,
this time in homespuns because I love
seeing the plaids on point.  I thought of
using something like a tea dyed muslin
for the points, but then decided to go
all out and make them plaid as well.
I'm using the stitch and flip method to
apply the corners.  After I've sewn the
little squares onto the larger square, if
I line up the sewn seam on my cutting
mat, I can trim down one side of  five of
the blocks at once.  Then I move the
ruler to the opposite side and trim
those triangles off.  I know that I could
sew another seam on the triangles
before I do any cutting and I'd end up
with HSTs and all of those homespun
triangles would be great for some Bear
Paw blocks, but I wouldn't use the
yellow plaid for that anyway, so I'll just
save the triangles unsewn.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Love the plaids :)
Ready for setting triangles and
then I can sew them together. I
keep thinking of other fabrics I
want to make into these blocks!
"Plaid on Plaid" is all done and the
binding will be in the yellow plaid, cut on
the bias.  Love seeing all of these
plaids together :)  I especially like the
areas around the edge where the
on-point yellow plaid meets the straight
cut yellow plaid!  
Sunday, November 16, 2014
This is the first strip set for
another Trip Around the
World.  All of these novelty
fabrics have something to do
with the sea.  We'll see how
this color mix works :)
Monday, November 17, 2014
I think this is the layout I'll
use.  The little purple
squares in the corners will
be OK because I'll use that
fabric for the binding and it
will kind of tie it in.
I'm sewing these together in the way recommended by
Wanda Hanson on her blog, Exuberant Color.  The top
and bottom of each strip is sewn together at the middle
and then the strips are sewn together with one long
vertical seam.  I hadn't done it this way before because
I thought I'd have trouble with that very long seam, but
it's no trouble at all and I find this way much better than
what I had been doing, which was to sew the top
together, then the bottom and then the center seam.  If
you haven't seen Wanda's blog, get a very large cup of
coffee and visit, you have a treat in store for you!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
"Trip Under the Sea" is all done
and the binding will be in the
purple fabric seen in the four
corners.  Fun to use all of these
novelty fish fabrics together!  
This is one of the light fabrics that's
hard to photograph!  I'm going to make
some stacked octagons to use as
background with this.  The bottom is
my torn edge and notice how the
design doesn't go straight across the
fabric.  This is an advantage for
making stacks because it will give the
blocks more variety.
The design in the octagons is
very delicate, which I think will
work well for background pieces.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I've used this overall design
several times and just changed
parts of it each time.  I think it will
work well for this fabric.
Starting to fill in :) These blocks are
six and a half inches, but I made the
pinwheels four and a half inches, so
I could border them on two sides
and have their positions varied. I'll
arrange the yellows for color once I
have them all done.
All ready to sew these together.  
Once I've done that, I need to
get a picture outside so the
colors will show better!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"Pinwheel Path" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus
fabric used for the octagons.  
Love this, but couldn't get a good
picture inside, so the next picture
shows the actual color!  
Friday, November 21, 2014
This picture, taken outside,
shows the true colors in the
focus fabric :)
I'm going to try these three
fabrics together in some 24
blade stacked Dresdens.  I'm
anxious to see how they look :)
I love seeing the different designs that
emerge when combining three, stacked
large scale prints.  I will eventually turn
these into octagons and I'll decide on
the centers and corners after I see
more of the blocks made.
It's so much fun to make these
that it's kind of hard to stop
making them long enough to
decide how to set them!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I've trimmed a sliver off of each of
eight sides of the circles to turn
them into octagons.  Now to decide
on the centers and corners.
"Shades of Autumn" is all done
and the binding will be in the brown
checkered fabric.  I'm really
pleased with the way everything
blended in this one :)  
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Shades of Autumn - close