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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.
|"Log Cabin Rainbow" is all done and the
binding will be in black. This one is only
about 38 inches square, but the rainbow
colors really shine! With the strips being
only a quarter inch different from one
another, the shape ends up as kind of an
octagon/circle. You can't see this in the
picture, but the background is made with
scrappy blacks, so you get a design from
the slight differences in their intensity.
|This one shows up nice
with a backlit shot :)
|I'm curious to see how this
one will make up!
|Although I have four yards of this fabric, the repeat is 24 inches, so
there are only six repeats, which means it's going to be hexagons.
After stacking the fabric, I cut my strips perpendicular to the stripe.
Depending on which way you turn the triangles, you can get the
stars as in the seven blocks to the left or you can get the stripe
radiating out from the center as on the bottom right. I'm going to
use the stars and the star blocks are only sewn in halves so far, so
I can put them together in straight seam rows. They look so funny
without the center seam sewn, but it well worth it to be able to sew
them together in straight rows! I'll probably set them nested as in
the One Block Wonders, but I'll decide when I see more blocks.
|I wanted to go with a freeform design to give
room to use the dark purple around the edges. I
mixed a tone on tone purple with a couple of
batiks to give some texture to the background
area. A number of rearrangements and I'm
happy with the last one, although I see one small
change I'll make before I sew them :) Now to sew
it together, which, of course, is the time
consuming part of this design!
|It's so nice to start getting some rows
sewn together so you can see the
block designs. This fabric is giving
some nice stars, both large and small :)
|"Stardust" is all done and the
binding will be in a purple. I
think the stacked hexies were a
good use for this fabric :)
|This Mary Engelbreit print should
make some busy stacks!
|Yep, busy! They look like busy, busy
butterflies! I had six repeats, but I
wanted to do octagons, so I added two
wedges of either red or yellow to each
block. The yellow cherry fabric and
also the black cherry used for two of
the corners are companion pieces to
the focus fabric. I think I'm going to go
with this Barn Raising setting, but we'll
see as I get more blocks.
|Trying stuff. I was thinking that I'd add
more of the black print and cut down
on the busy look, but then I like busy,
so I'm going with the last layout :)
|"Crisscross" is all done and
the binding will be in the black
companion print. I think the
red and yellow crisscross
gave some structure to this
very busy focus fabric.
|I like the circles the octagons
form when set this way :)
|After the last busy fabric, it's nice to
work with something like this. With
so many different kinds of fabrics,
piecing never gets boring :)
|I decided on some Tri Recs
stars with nine patch centers
and stacked background.
|Blocks are done so on to the
sashings and setting triangles :)
|This focus fabric had a neat, uneven
border stripe along one side. It
wasn't enough to use in a border,
but I wanted to use it somehow, so it
worked for the sashings.
|"Red Highlights" is all done and
the binding will be in red. The
little red cornerstones set in at
three quarters of an inch, but I
think they have a big impact.
|I think I may just stick to
the turquoise and white
for this one because it
has such a fresh look.
|Octagons coming up! This
fabric is more turquoise than
shows in this picture.
|Best laid plans and all of that! I had
planned to use white with these
octagons, but you can see the white
on the picture on the left - way too
white. Every white I had was too white
or too cream. So, I pulled some other
fabrics, which will make a whole
different looking design, but I don't
want to go with that white. I think I'll
use the one second to the left.
|I'm putting these up in a
rough grouping from light to
dark as I make them. It will
be fun to arrange them
when I get them all done!
|"Garden of Blue" is all done and
the binding will be in the fabric
used for the block corners.
Loved working with this blue!
|I've been busy cutting gray, green and
gold fabrics this morning to go with this
piece. My son graduated from WVU
and the name of this fabric is,
"Morgantown." I got a kick out of that :)
|A beginning. I wanted to
keep the gray/green round
pretty light, since this focus
fabric is dark. I think this
distribution will work......
|Once I figure out the numbers on the
color combinations and which way the
colors end on the Log Cabins, this
design begins to come together.
Although you can't see it in the picture,
the blacks are mostly black with some
kind of dark gray design, so they have
a scrappy look. This is one of those
designs that would do well with a
slightly larger design wall!
|That's all of the Log Cabins,
so the rest is all octagons.
|Ready to sew this together! I'm really
pleased with the blend of the gray
and light green fabrics in the Log
Cabins and the focus fabric made
some very cool octagons :)
|"Hometown" is all done and the
binding will be in the small floral
companion piece used to join the
octagons in the center round. I
never tire of Log Cabins!
|You can see some of the
variety in the blacks if you
enlarge this picture.
|I'm trying some different sized hot
pink centers on some of these.
We'll see how it works out!
|"Zig Zag Interrupted" is all done
and the binding will be in the hot
pink. When a scrappy quilt top
has a lot of the large scale novelty
prints in it, I think of it as Super
Scrappy and I believe this one is!
|I love this pretty floral and wish I had
more of it! However, I do have four
repeats, so I'll use at as stacked
background for some stars.
|I'm making some stars in different
shades of pink and peach and
then I'll decide how to set them.
|When using the stacked
backgrounds, I like the way they
sometimes combine with the star to
form a completely different shape :)
|I had enough of the stacked focus
fabric left to make these little four
patches for the setting triangles. This
picture is close to the real colors!
|"Stars & Roses" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the sashing
fabrics. I can't seem to get a good
picture of the colors! The next close
up picture shows the colors better.
|These look very scrappy because I'm
using pretty large scale prints,
although it's only the four fabrics. I'll
probably use the Barn Raising setting
on the right, but we'll see.....
|I'm going to combine these four fabrics
in some Log Cabins. I chose fabrics
with some lights in the dark fabrics and
some darks in the light for a more
blended look in the Cabins. I'm going
to use red centers and hope it doesn't
look like it's just for Christmas!
|I think these give the
impression of more than just
four fabrics :) Still haven't
decided on the layout.
|When I finished the blocks, I tried
two layouts and I think I'll go with
the one on the right - just a little
different :) Off to sew it together!
|"Rainforest Cabins" is all done and the binding will be in the
lightest fabric, which is the Rainforest fabric. Using just the four
large scale prints, plus the red centers, really did make this look
like a scrappy quilt top, which is what I was hoping for. I spent
most of yesterday working with Mailing Lists - how very nice to get
back to my sewing room today where I understand what I'm doing :)
|I love this little group of brights! I'm
going to combine them with black &
white in Log Cabins. The fabric on the
top left is a favorite of mine and if I
ever see it again, I'll quickly get more!
|Oh, yeah! These are going to be
fun to make! In order to get the
stripe effect in the black and white,
this takes two different blocks.
|All ready to sew these
together. I really like the
combination of the brights with
the black and whites :)
|"Black, White & Bright" is all done
and the binding will be in a black &
white dotted - larger dots than the
block centers. I'll use this kind of
block again! Maybe today :)
|I decided on a split star for
this fabric because I have the
two companion pieces.
|Starting to fill in! I think I'll
probably stay with this
Straight Furrows layout.
|"A Cup of Ambition" is all done and
the binding will be in the green
dotted fabric. The name comes
from a Dolly Parton song - ever
since I first heard that phrase, I've
thought of my coffee in that way :)
|I think some of the stripes
from a companion fabric
made a nice border.
|Next up......I would love to stack this
fabric, but the repeats are large and I
only have two of them, so I'll need to
do something else! The water drops
are so cool looking:)
|I wanted to make another off
center Log Cabin, just like
"Black, White & Bright." We'll
see how the design shows as I
get more blocks made.....
|Ready to sew these together.
Really like this low contrast :)
|"Cabins in the Shade" is all done
and the binding will be in the
solid dark green. I enjoyed the
rich color in this one!
|These curved Cabins have logs that
set in at half and inch and one inch.
I'm making both the positive and
negative blocks because there are so
many setting possibilities with them.
|I tried a few layouts with the curved
Log Cabins. On the first one, the
clamshell, if you reversed the colors, it
would look like scallops. I think I'll go
with the third one, the twisty pinwheels.
|"Log Cabin Swirl" is all done and
the binding will be in a stripe, cut
on the bias. Love this layout!
|More cabins, this time with just a few
fabrics and equal sides on the blocks.
|I'm going to start with a
spiral and see how it
looks as I go along.
|I like the way the spiral is
showing up, so I'll stick
with this layout.
|"Spiral Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the lighter
florals. I was curious as to how this
would look with just a few fabrics and
I'll probably do it again sometime :)
|You can see some of the fabrics
here. I think it was four lights and
five or six darks, because I took out
one of the darks from my initial pull.
|Homespuns, shirtings and Log
Cabins - I'm happy :)
|I'm tempted by seven and ten,
but, this time, I think I'll
probably use number eight.
|Instead of filling in the outside
with half-motifs, I think I'll use log
cabins made with the
shirtings....maybe a red center.
|"Cabins & Cornerstones" is all
done and the binding will be in
a light, homespun plaid, cut
on the bias. I think the Log
Cabins around the edge with
just the red centers worked
out well to bring out the
design on the motifs.
|I have a bunch of these stenciled Log
Cabins, so I'm going to combine them with
homespuns and some woodsy looking
fabrics for Log Cabin blocks. Well,
technically, Court House Steps blocks, but
I think of those as Log Cabins.
|When I was making the last quilt top, with the shirting fabrics, I had
these stenciled Log Cabins out to think about them. See the
dotted fabric in the little cabin, that's the shirting fabric that made
me think, "Gee, that looks like the log ends in the stenciled log
cabins." So, I had to try it! I found I didn't have any brown and
white striped fabric that had the right proportions, so I had to
make some for the logs. I used the plaid roof on the bias cause I
thought it looked cool, even though it doesn't look like the one in
the stenciled cabins. This was fun!
|The center is together and I think the
spacer strips of plaid squares worked
out. I do think my trees, especially
the one on the right, look a bit like
the Harry Potter Sorting Hat, but I like
them anyway :)
|"Cabins & More Cabins" is all done
and the bias binding will be in the
green plaid used for the border.
The plaid looks black in the picture,
but it is dark green! I've wondered
for quite a long time about how to
use those stenciled centers, so I'm
glad I found a way that I liked :)
|You can imagine how excited I
was to get this fabric! I think it
will make such pretty stacks :)
|I think bright colors on
black look so great :)
|I want to put a few multicolored stars
with these octagons but I haven't
decided between the solid stars on the
left or the hollow stars on the right.
These aren't sewn together yet, so
they would be a bit smaller. I think I
need to put the corners and partial
frames on the octagons before I
decide about the stars.
|I think this is the layout I'll go with.
The octagons are sashed on just
two sides so their placement is
uneven and I may turn some of them
yet. The stars aren't sewn yet so
the proportions will change a bit.
|"Midnight Madness" is all done and
the binding will be in black. What a
great fabric to work with!
|Here's my initial pull for some Log
Cabins and I may add some more
browns, although I don't want too much
variety in each value group.
|Since I'm using a limited number of
fabrics for each round, I can strip piece
to get the cornerstones. Once the
strip piecing is done and the logs cut
to size, I put this together like a Court
House Steps block. I looked for some
other color in some of the browns.
|Once I get more blocks done
and the seams are taken, I think
these will give a nice value effect.
|Starting to fill in! This is
very nice sewing with all of
the strips already made :)
|"Blue & Brown Fade" is all done and
the binding will be in a brown. I really
like all of the repetition in this one :)
|I wanted to do some more of the
scrappy curved cabins :)
|I think I'll go with this Barn
Raising setting and do some
piecing in a border.
|I always like the little hearts :) I
think one more border......
|"Red Heart Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in the border fabric. I
cut the corners of the main body and
added the border fabric as corners to
give a more rounded look.
|On this close-up, you can
see all of the little red hearts
in the border fabric :)
|Somewhere, sometime, I saw the idea of
making the Storm at Sea design using Log
Cabin type blocks - had to try it! I worked the
blocks out to use one and a quarter inch
strips, so they set in at three quarters of an
inch. I'll stick with scrappy whites and blue
and green for the darks. Since I'm not doing
any strip piecing, these are taking a while!
|OK, I'm starting to see
some of the curves of the
Storm at Sea design :)
|With the logs that set in at
three-quarters of an inch, it sure
seems like a lot of seams!
|"Storm at the Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in a white with
narrow green and blue stripes, cut on
the bias. I really like this, but I will say
that the next time I make a regular
Storm at Sea, it will seem very easy :)
|This background fabric has dots
in red, orange and pink. I'll start
with red blocks and then see if I
want to add the other colors.
|I think the red & orange combo is a
love it or hate it color combination.
Now, if I decide to add a pink row, that
will make the divide even greater!
|I'm staying with just the red and orange
zig-zags because the dotted
background fabric comes across as
pink and I think a pink zig-zag might
compete with it.
|"Red & Orange Zig-Zag" is all done
and the binding will be in the dotted
background fabric. Making the Log
Cabin blocks with the one and a
quarter inch strips is so different than
the one and a half inch strips that I
often use. You wouldn't think that
quarter inch would seem so different!
|Looks like there will be a lot of
variety in these stars :)
|Floral fabrics are so
reliable for stacking :)
|"Stars & Cornerstones" is all done
and the binding will be in the
focus fabric. I really liked these
stars and decided to let them
"shine" in this simple setting.
|I'm using some traditional looking
fabrics in these and also putting like
strips together sometimes. I like the
look of the same fabric in adjoining
logs but it seems so odd to do!
|Starting to fill in. This is generally
following the traditional Broken
Star design. We'll see how it looks
when I get more of the diagonal
Log Cabin blocks done.
|Now it's beginning to show the
Broken Star design :)
|"Traditional Broken Star" is all done
and I haven't decided on the binding
yet. I'm sure I'll revisit this idea of
doing the Broken Star design in Log
Cabins at some time!
|You can see some of the pretty,
traditional fabrics in this close up.
|I wanted to work with my 2.5 inch florals
in some kind of strip piecing. I sorted
my strips, eliminating the lights and
darks and just keeping the colorful
mediums. I'll use black and white with
them. Most of these strips aren't WOF,
so I'm combining different florals until I
get the length to match my white and
black WOF strips. When I cut the
triangles, as you can see, many of them
will have pieced floral sections, which I
think will work out fine. We'll see :)
|OK, I think once the seams are
taken on these, the proportions
will be fine. I'm using a 2.5 inch
strip on the florals and 1.5 inch
strips on the black & white.
|These strip pieced triangles are
such fun to make! From a
distance, the florals are really
blendy making this almost look like
I used a tie dyed fabric.
|"Garden Tiles" is all done and
the binding will be in black. I
always like the result when I use
the strip pieced triangles!
|I think it's amazing how
so many varied florals
blended in this design!
|I really enjoyed working with the strip
pieced ninety degree triangles on the
last quilt top, so I think I'll make
another one like that! I'm going to
pull from this collection of sea
themed fabrics for the 2.5 inch strips
and then use two constants for the
1.5 inch strips.
|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!