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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.
|This block looks very different
in these fabrics than it did in
the last quilt top.
|I'll move a couple of these
and then they'll be ready to
be sewn together.
|"Seaside" is all done and the binding
will be in the turquoise border fabric.
The colorful fish prints showed up
well in the sea of blue!
|I want to combine these in
|I decided on this stacked mini Lone
Star block. I'm using the two
background fabrics to create some
secondary designs because these
stars have a lot of background.
|I'm using the fabrics in the same
position in each star and I was anxious
to see the second star to see if they
would be kind of the same but
different. I think they are :)
|I love making these because, while I
have a general idea of what each
one will look like, the final star is
always a bit of a surprise :)
|"Pink Mini Lone Stars" is all done and the binding will be in the lightest of the three
pink florals. The blocks are made from four, eight stacks from three different
fabrics, cut from 2.5 inch stacked strips. Since these blocks are large, this top
finishes at 64 inches square, which is large for me, but I do like the design.
|I wanted to try some of these
mini Lone Stars with scrap
triangles left over from other
quilt tops. These aren't sewn
together yet because I'm trying
to see a way to piece them
where they share some of the
|The small stars are the size I
usually use for Lemoyne Stars, but
after making so many large stars,
they just seemed so .....well,
small! I may switch these around -
I'll look at it a bit and decide.
|"Gypsy Stars" is all done and
the binding will be in the black
with white. Bright colors look so
good on black & white!
|Lucky me - I was gifted with some
charms and fat quarters in these
brown - cream-turquoise fabrics. I
added the hot pink and am going to do
square in a square blocks.
|Square in a square blocks
are so nice to make!
|"Square in a Square" is all
done and the binding will be in
the border fabric. This is
such a great block, no wonder
it's been around so long!
|While I make some octagons, I'll
think about how to set them.
|I like the unusual
colors in this piece!
|Time to figure out how to
|I wanted to use some sections of the
focus fabric in this and I think I'll
include one more to make it three. For
some reason, I just like an uneven
number better in things like this.
|"Octagon Paths" is all done and the
binding will be in the focus fabric. I
auditioned several borders on this
one - the lime green and a couple of
the tan fabrics, but I liked it better
with no border.
|I love making the floral
fade Log Cabins :)
|I took a picture after adding each
round. Looks a bit like a cartoon
flip book :) The coloring changes
a bit depending on the time of day
and also the new round makes a
difference in the overall coloring.
Off to sew them together!
|"Floral Fantasy" is all done and I
haven't decided on the binding
yet, although it will probably be a
floral! Really pleased with the
blend on this :)
|I really like making these blocks, so I'm
doing some in scrappy purples with
gray and white. Once I get more done,
I'll mix them up more!
|Blocks are done and I'll probably move
some around before I sew them
together. The whole time I was making
these, I kept thinking of other fabric
combinations I'd like to try in this block,
so there may be more of these!
|"Amethyst" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark purple.
Such a fun block to make!
|While I was sewing the last quilt top
in the purples, I was thinking that I
wanted to try this block in plaids,
ticking and red, so here we go! I'm
piecing the plaid strip to give it a
very scrappy look.
|Ready to sew these together!
Since these blocks have bias
edges, they're easy to sew
together and match the seams. If
the blocks were larger, I think the
bias edges would make it more
difficult to sew the blocks together.
|"Madras & Ticking Squared" is all done
and the binding will be in a red, white &
blue plaid, cut on the bias. Always
great to work with these plaids!
|A quarter Log Cabin block done
in the Lovers Knot design. I'm
anxious to make more of these
to see how they look!
|Fun to watch this
|Blocks are done so I'm ready to make the
setting triangles, which I'll make oversize and
they'll serve as a border. The pink fabric has
a little yellow-orange dot in it, which is hard to
see in the picture but it shows in person. I
want to use a bit of the yellow-orange color in
my setting triangles as an accent.
|"Pink & Black Lovers Knots" is
all done and the binding will be
in the darkest black fabric. I
think the little yellow-orange
squares added some pizazz :)
|You can see the fabrics here -
even the little yelloe/orange
dots in the pink fabric :)
|I wanted to use the large scale floral print in
some way. The print looks traditional to me,
so I chose some traditional looking prints to
go with it. I made a quarter Log Cabin with a
four patch center and then added the floral
strips, along with another four patch on the
outside of the Log Cabin. I tried to value
graduate both the greens in the Log Cabin
and also the oranges in the four patches.
|Blocks are done so on to the
setting triangles. I really like
the impression of depth you
get with this block :)
|"Cascading Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in the darkest orange
used in the four patches. I'm sure I'll
use this Log Cabin design again!
|Love these traditional
|Hummmmm.....I had planned to do
these in a graduated spiral, like the
first picture, but I could see very
quickly that wasn't going to work.
Now, I'm between the top right or the
bottom left, or I many play around
with them some more......
|"Rickrack" is all done and the
binding will be in the focus stripe,
cut on the bias. Obviously, I
decided on the fade setting :)
|I've always felt that, if you have
fabric, you can make Log Cabins!
I decided to test that theory and I'll
show my fabrics after I get some
more of these made.
|"Sketchy Circles" is all done and the
binding will be in the mostly dark blue
fabric. The "logs" in the curved Log
Cabins set in at one inch and half an
inch. The next picture shows the four
fabrics used in this piece. Really
enjoyed making this and may start
|An odd group of fabrics! Golf and
sewing and coffee pots....Oh, My!
|Same curved Log Cabin blocks as in
the last top, except this time I
outlined the circle. I'll be anxious to
see some of these set together.
|Fabrics for the next top! The one on
the left is one I used earlier this
month. That doesn't happen often!
|Coming along! I changed these a bit
from my first block and added a pink
dotted square to the center to break
up that long line of the center fabric.
Since these can be strip pieced to
add the outline, it doesn't take much
more than a regular curved Log
Cabin to make them.
|"Pink & Gold Circles" is all done and
the binding will be in the light pink
stripe, used in the skinny strips, cut
on the bias. I'm sure I'll try this
outlined circle again sometime :)
|Love the look of Log
Cabins from the back :)
|I'm going to stack each of these
and combine them for octagons. I
think that with the light and dark of
the two fabrics, I should get some
good Kaleidoscope circles.
|Funny how much the stacking
shows up on the lighter, muted
fabric. The darker fabric has a
huge, 31 inch repeat!
coming along :)
|Blocks are done! I used the tan plus five
different blues for the corners. I think the
blues really did good things for the
oranges and browns. I can see some
faint Kaleidoscope circles already so we'll
see how it looks when sewn together :)
|"Mosaic" is all done and the binding will
be in the lighter fabric used in the
blocks. The Kaleidoscope circles
seem to come and go in this one!
|I feel like cutting scraps today, so I
pulled my black with some color and
also the tan/cream scraps. I'm going
to do the Crossed Ribbons setting
since I have so much contrast here.
|When working with Log Cabins, I like
to have several groups at different
stages of being done. Probably not
the most time efficient, but it keeps
me from getting bored.
|The Crossed Ribbons design is
starting to show. One of my favorite
Log Cabin settings, but I say that
about a lot of the Log Cabin settings :)
|Ready to sew the blocks
together! I often think of
making the partial "ribbons"
plain Log Cabins on this
design, but then I change my
mind. Someday, I'll try that!
|"Crossed Ribbons with Turquoise"
is all done and the binding will be
scrappy cream/tans. I think the
little touch of turquoise worked out
well with all of these neutrals :)
|There's actually a lot of
color in all of those blacks!
|Time for some scrappy triangles.
Seems to me that triangles accumulate
in my scraps faster than anything
else! Since there are all odd sizes, I'll
need to trim them. I'll just sew them up
and trim to either two inches or two
and a half inches. I don't know what
I'm making, but I have lots of time to
think while I'm trimming triangles.
|I decided to use my HSTs in
some split nine patches. I'll
make them in pink and orange.
|Ready to sew these together.
While making the blocks, it
was so nice to change from
the pink to the orange, which
kept it from getting boring!
|:Pink & Orange Glimmer" is all done and
the binding will be an orange. Every
other block is either pink or orange.
Seems so strange to me that the pinks
and oranges blend so much here, when
the piles of HSTs were so definite in the
pink or orange pile! I'm happy with the
result - just a bit of a surprise :)
|Next up! Love the
colors in this fabric :)
|Blocks are ready for their corners.
Looks like I'll get some nice
Kaleidoscope circles with this one.
|So funny, I sewed all of my corners
on but before I took a picture, I
went to run some errands and by
the time I got back, the corners
had flipped up because there's so
much moisture in the air. So, I'll
have to wait until these are sewn
together to really see what I've got!
|"Sunny Kaleidoscopes" is all done
and the binding will be in the focus
fabric. I used three different
oranges and arranged the blocks to
get a light area. I never tire of the
Kaleidoscopes and enjoy this kind
where sometimes the darker circles
show and sometimes the light - they
almost seem to jump around!
|Hard to believe this is the same
Kaleidoscope block used in the last
quilt top. I haven't decided on the
setting yet, but I'll going to stick with
the scrappy reds and blues and the
constant white star fabric. I probably
won't do the circle design because I'd
like to do that with some different
colors in the circles.
|I think I want the wavy lines, but I
want them broken in some way. On
the left, I could put a few Friendship
Stars in or, on the right put some
bumps in the line. Lots more blocks
to make while I think......
|I really wanted to do the Friendship
Stars, but when I put them up, on the
left, there were too many partial
"streamers." So, I made a few blocks
that had white on one side and
replaced some blocks so there were
still some partial streamers, but not as
many. I'll see how it looks when I get
the rest of the streamers made.
|"Stars & Streamers" is all done and
the binding will be in the background
fabric. Love seeing all of those
curves from straight piecing!
|Pretty scrappy when you
get up close!
|I wanted to try the Kaleidoscope
block to make some scrappy
circles. We'll see as I get more
|Good, I think the scrappy circles will
work out well! It's nice to get some
made so I know how much
scrappiness they can take.
|Ready to sew these together. I'm
so glad that I can see larger circles
off and on throughout the top,
which will hopefully show even
better when the seams are taken :)
|"Scrappy Circles" is all done and
the binding will be scrappy!
Really like all of the different size
circles I can see in this :)
|I was looking at the Kaleidoscope
blocks and trying to see other
shapes in them. What I came up
with was sort of a giant drop
shape. That led to raindrops and
then quickly to purple rain!
|Considering their size, I think
this will be enough raindrops!
|As I was working on the background
blocks, the arrangement of the
raindrops, on the left, was bothering
me. I changed them to the
arrangement on the right and I like that
much better. I just need to change
that one white corner to a purple.
|"Purple Rain" is all done and
the binding will be in the light
focus fabric. So pleased with
the way this turned out :)
|Continuing with the octagons! Love
the fabric on the right, but I've used it
in a quilt top before, so I don't have a
lot of it left and I'll need to make
something smaller than my usual.
|I'm using the zebra in every
other block, so there will be
large zebra circles. I think the
smaller circles would kind of
knock your socks off!
|I had just enough of the bright fabric
to stack for this seven by seven
layout! Not one set of triangles left
over! Off to sew these together.
|"Zebra Circles" is all done and the
binding will be in solid black. I
think the zebra fabric did so much
for the colors in the stacked fabric!
|Interesting....I had four stacks of this fabric, but I really wanted to do
octagons again, so I used both sides of the fabric to make eight stacks.
Really, I do know better-the fabric gets a little off as you go across the
width. Anyway, the two on the right seem OK to me. I can see where
they're off, but they still look symmetrical. However, the green one on the
upper left looks bad. So, I'll use the ones with a definite stripe as four
stacks. Gave me some practice in being flexible :)
|I think I'll probably use some
sashing made with the corner
fabric, but I'll wait until I see all
of the blocks to decide.
|Blocks are done and I think I'll leave
the center ones in this random
placement and maybe move the
outside row out a bit with an inner
border to get more of the light
background fabric in.
|"Country Living" is all done and the
binding will be in a hot pink. Fun to
work with companion pieces of fabric! I
didn't use the third companion piece
for the binding, as I was thinking, but
went with the hot pink instead. So, that
third piece is available for some future
|Next up - more country style
|I'm going to use an off-center
Barn Raising layout for these.
|All ready to sew
|"One Little Cow" is all done
and the binding will be in
the gold focus fabric.
|Here's a close-up of
the one little cow:)
|Sometimes, the smaller scale
prints make good stacks, just
very different from the large
scale print results :)
|I'm going to stack these two prints
together. That doesn't always work,
but I checked these and the printing
seems the same on both.
|I wanted an alternate block with these
stacks and, at first, I thought of a Shoo
Fly block because I like them on point.
However, that seemed like way more
black than I wanted, so I left out the
center and made the corners smaller
triangles than a half square triangle
would have been. We'll see how these
look as I get a few more made.
|Starting to look like something!
I'm heading off on vacation
tomorrow, so I may not post
again until closer to the end of
the month :)
|Back from vacation and happy to get
working on this one! I love setting
triangles because you can do so much
with them. Ready to sew this together.
|"Hats Off" is all done and the
binding will be in the peach focus
fabric. I like the way these setting
triangles turned out.
|My three and a half inch scrappy
squares have accumulated to the
point where I can make something
with them. This kind of simple,
light and dark patchwork, with lots
of different fabrics, is like coming
home to me.
|Coming along. Almost all of
these fabrics are ones that
didn't fit into any particular color
group, so the top is very blendy.
|"Simply Squares" is all done and
the binding will be scrappy. This
is the design that makes me think
"quilt" and I love looking at all of
the different fabrics!
|Just for fun, I want to show you this
quilt that I made over fifty years ago.
It's made from "kinda" two inch
squares. There were some blocks
and then just areas of squares. I've
always loved the randomness of it
and have used it since the time I
|Where there was Seersucker
fabric in this quilt, the white
stripes have "disappeared"
over the years. I realize
many people would call this a
rag, but I'm still enjoying it :)
|Still with the 3.5 inch squares.
I'm using the cool colors mixed
with black and gray, without
regard to lights and darks.
These are sewn together in
groups of two rows, in case I
want to change the order later.
|"Cool Squares" is all done and I
haven't decided on the binding yet.
These are 3.5 inch squares, so they
set in at three inches. I like the
random look of this, where sometimes
you see checkerboards and
|I pulled a bunch of red squares and
sorted from light to dark. I arranged
them in an off-center spiral and then
worked on a backing color. I could
have just used white, but I wanted
something different - tried yellows and
oranges and didn't like that. Finally,
this gray is the look I wanted.
|"Red Squares on Gray" is all done
and the binding will be in the
gray. I think this looks both
scrappy and a bit sedate.
|Have I mentioned that I have a lot of 3.5 inch squares that I've cut over
the years! So far, I've usually had enough of whatever I wanted, but,
when I needed a few more of a color, I cut some from my 3.5 inch strips.
For this one, I wanted a 16 x 20 layout, so I needed 320 squares. I
pulled 80 yellow and 80 orange. For the alternate colors, I pulled
tan/browns, however I wanted a little more color, so I added ten greens
(same fabric) five maroon and five dark turquoise to the 140 tan/browns.
From that point, I just sewed with the tan, brown, green, maroon,
turquoise alternating with the yellow oranges. I'm just sewing the rows at
this point, in case I want to rearrange them. I'm anxious to see what I get.
|Coming along. This has
such a look of autumn :)
|"Autumn Squares" is all done and I
think I'll use a scrappy binding of
these autumn colors. I'm still
enjoying working with the 3.5 inch
squares and I have more!
|On point for this one. I'm using lighter
colors with white as an alternate block.
I pulled a high number of light blues
and no yellows, so I'm hoping for a
clean, fresh look here.
|"Light & Bright Squares" is
all done and the binding will
be in the blue border
fabric. The 3.5 inch
squares are such a nice
size to work with!
|More 3.5 inch squares! I do have fun with the
novelty prints.....The parrot said to the chicken,
"Have some of the Hot Sauce," and the chicken
replied, "No, I'm too chicken and I'm on my way to
the bowling alley." The pilgrim said, "Pass the
Hot Sauce this way and I'll put some on my
turkey." She then asked the basketball player if
he'd like a turkey sandwich with Hot Sauce. "No
thanks, give it to the football players above the
parrot, I'm headed to the beach." Soooo silly :)
|"Busy Squares" is all done
and I haven't decided on the
binding yet. WOW, what a
mix of fabrics this one has!
|I'm done with the 3.5 inch squares,
for now. I think these will be on
Point Log Cabin stars, however, if
they don't show well, I'll do some
other arrangement with the blocks.
|Once the dark background is
filled in, I think the stars will show
fine. There's one star point that
I need to change because the
dark side isn't dark enough.
|Filling in! I'm using a light
center in the dark blocks, just to
brighten those areas a bit.
|"Three Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in black. These small
Log Cabins are a great way to use
smaller scraps. The largest "log"
sets in at five by one inch.
|Whenever I make Log Cabins, it
makes me want to make more Log
Cabins! Some lighter ones this time.
|I'm making some scrappy,
little hearts to set into the
border for the Log Cabins.
|"Hearts & Cabins" is all done
and the binding will be in the
lavender solid. I like the little
hearts in the border!
|I'll either sash these or use
some kind of alternate
block with them.
|Here are the blocks and
now I need to decide what
to do with them.
|Sashing makes a big difference
with these blocks. I was happy
to have the hot pink and light
green solid fabrics to match this
stripe focus fabric!
|"Sizzling Stripes" is all done and the
binding will be in black and some of
the striped fabric cut on the bias.
Stripes are great to work with!
|I'm going to try a Trip Around the
World with this diverse group of
fabrics and we'll see how it works!
|Ready to start sewing some vertical
seams. Always nice to get some of
these strips made so I know how the
fabrics are going to look together.
|"Eclectic Trip" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the darker
fabrics in the quilt top. I always enjoy
making Trip Around the World tops
and this was especially fun because of
the unrelated fabrics :)
|Going to take another "trip,"
this time to the farm.
|Usually, when I'm doing a Trip
Around the World, I group the values,
but this time I'm going for more of a
striped look. I like both ways, they're
just very different looking.