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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.
|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.
|"Farm Trip" is all done and
the binding will be in red.
What fun fabrics to work with!
|Time for some
|My plaids were already cut
into one and a half inch
strips, so that makes these
blocks pretty easy.
|"Plaid Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in red. I'm so happy to
have such a great variety of plaids!
|Some octagons coming up.
This is the first time I've made
octagons this month - oh, my!
|Looks like this fabric will give some
nice variety in the blocks!
|These blocks are going to be pretty light,
so I decided to set them with some
scrappy, darker greens. I'll use this
modified Shoo Fly and set the blocks on
point. The Shoo Fly on the right was the
first one I made, but the stacked areas
seemed too large because I wanted them
to "float" a bit more, so I'm going with the
sizes on the Shoo Fly on the left. Not a
big difference, but enough. The block on
the right will go into my This & That Box.
|Now I can see what it will look
like. I'm adding some brighter
greens to the dark ones so the
background doesn't get boring.
|Time to decide on the setting
triangles. I'll decide if I'm going to
group these blocks for a light area or
leave them random like this after I
have the setting triangles done.
|"A Gathering of Greens" is all done and the
binding will be in a green. What fun to see
all of those different green fabrics! I made
the center sections of the alternate block
smaller than the corners, just so they
wouldn't make a square when combined with
the octagon corners. Don't know why, I just
wanted a different shape there.
|I really like it when I think the stacking
improves the look for the fabric!
|I think stacking will be
good for this fabric.
|A plan! What looks almost like
black in the picture is really dark
blue. I think this design will tame
the focus fabric a bit. There will
be three different dark blue solids,
but I think they will blend OK.
|Ready to sew these together.
This focus fabric created
blocks with a lot of variety!
|"Floating Octagons" is all done and the
binding will be in the focus fabric. I like
this design because sometimes I see a
checkerboard background, sometimes
diagonal rows of bow ties and other
times, the octagons:)
|This is from a collection of fabrics that
don't fit into any color or theme group.
I'm making each block in a round with
the same fabric in each log position
and having the two sides of the Log
Cabin block at least a little different in
value. After those considerations,
anything goes :)
|Ready to sew these together.
I'm always amazed at how well
the values show up once you
put Log Cabin blocks together!
|There are a lot of larger scale
prints in this, so, even though each
block in a round is made with the
same fabrics in the same position,
you get a scrappy look.
|"Light & Dark Cabins" is all done
and the binding will be in one of
the fabrics in the quilt top.
|Next up...these two fabrics. The
one on the right is so tightly
packed and the one on the left so
airy that I'm hoping they will go well
together to make some interesting
octagons. I have four repeats of
each, so it works out just right.
|I think I'll get some good
Kaleidoscope circles with
|Ready for the corners, which I
think I'll do all in white.
|"Tea Time" is all done and the
binding will be in the border
fabric. I do love the many
different looks you can get with
the Kaleidoscope block!
|I had four repeats of this fabric,
so I'm using two stacks of four to
make my octagons.
|I decided on an Irish Chain
setting for these octagons.
Hopefully, I'll be able to get a
better picture of the colors later.
|"Dusky Roses" is all done
and the binding will be in
pink. Very gentle colors!
|I like combining the octagons
with Irish Chains.
|After the quiet colors of the last
quilt top, I wanted something
bright. This should do it!
|"Calypso" is all done and the
binding will be in the black & white
fabric. Love this layout, so, of
course, now I can think of so many
other fabrics I want to try it in!
|Love the saturated
colors in this piece.
|The tightly packed, small
scale fabrics make stacks that
really do look like
|This fabric is creating a unique and
intricate design in each octagon!
Such fun to do that final seam and
turn the block to see what I've got :)
The color is a little off in this picture.
The one stripe is actually a hot pink
instead of the red.
|"Birds of a Feather" is all done and the binding will
be in the focus fabric. I'll probably revisit this
design lots of times! Hard to believe that small print
made so many different designs.
|I had two pieces of a jungle animal panel,
so I'm using the lions as a focal point and
the other half I cut up to use in the Log
Cabins. I had scraps left over from
making a stack n whack with a
companion piece to the panel, so I'll use
them as well. I don't know if I'll have
enough animal prints to do each round,
but if not I'll fill in with something else.
|I wanted to use the four stacks but needed a background
fabric. I auditioned the four fabrics on the left with some
stacked pieces laid out on them. I considered the gold on
the upper right, but obviously decided on the
turquoise/green piece. I felt the gold piece would take
away from the lions and I needed something other than the
red and zebra to balance out all of the browns.
|"Jungle Royalty" is all done and
the binding will be in an animal fur
print. It was nice to have the
companion piece to the lion panel
so I could use it to kind of blend
the panel into the Log Cabins.
|I'm making some four patches with
two inch floral strips. I'll make
some more and then fill in some
spaces with 3.5 inch floral strips,
as in the picture on the right.
|Ready to sew this together.
Many of the vertical seams are
already taken, so while it looks
like a rectangle now, it will end
up being square.
|"Sweet & Scrappy" is all done and
the binding will be in a floral. I find
it so hard to get a good picture of
a light colored quilt top!
|The colors are off here...what looks
like black is actually a dark maroon.
The octagons look so different set this
way with them all going the same
direction. I usually turn every other
one. I like both ways - just different.
|As I added blocks to this, it started to
look too busy or too tight or too
something. I decided to add some
white blocks with just the corners
taken off to match the Kaleidoscope
blocks. I think this added some
interest and also made some nice
circles. Off to sew it together.
|"Strawberry Parfait" is all done
and the binding will be in the
border fabric. Really like the
way this turned out :)
|I have a bunch of one and a half
inch solid squares, so I'm using
them as nine patch centers for
Log Cabins. I'm not using any
whites, but there will be some
very light pastels.
|Coming along.... I like this and
may have to try it with regular
scraps, maybe using red or
white for part of the nine patch.
|"Nine Patch Cabins" is all done
and the binding will be in black.
The nine patch centers really give
some motion to this setting!
|Look at this wonderful box of
scraps I received yesterday! As
I was sorting them, I felt like I
was building a rainbow :)
|When I make my bias bindings, I cut
a large triangle at the beginning
before I start cutting strips. They've
accumulated enough to make
something. I'm going with these
mismatched Hourglass blocks, which
will set in at seven and a half
inches. Larger than my usual
scrappy blocks so it's easier to see
the different fabrics.
|I like making these blocks! I think I'll
have some matching to form an on
point square and turn others so that
lights or darks come together.
|"Scrappy Hourglass" is all done and
the binding will be in a red print. Fun
way to use large scrappy triangles!
|The stripes make cool stars! This isn't
the background color at all - it has
much more of a green tint to it.
|Love watching a quilt top change as I
add each element. I was going to use
the turquoise quarter stars in the
setting triangles, as in picture number
four, but while I liked the top and
bottom ones, I didn't like the ones on
the sides. So, I reversed them, as in
picture five and I'll go with that.
Different colors at different times of the
day and I still don't have a good shot
of the background color!
|"Striped Stars & Squares" is all done
and the binding will be in the stripe, cut
on the bias, if I have enough.
Otherwise, it will be in a blue. I finally
figured out what the color of the
background fabric is - when seen in
person, it's the color of brass!
|Love it when one of my
blooms. Doesn't happen
often, but it's worth the wait :)
|I'm going to have a fun day
|A plan....I'm going to use some
stacked square in a square
blocks for one round and have
the rest in octagons.
|"Stripes Interrupted" is all done and
the binding will be in the striped fabric,
cut on the bias. I had enough fabric to
fill in those corners with more octagons
or square in a square blocks, but I
liked the look of this with just the cream
in the corners. I'll use the rest of the
striped fabric for another top of some
kind, maybe with a dark background.
|I'm sorting through the piles of
rainbow colored scraps I showed the
other day. I'll cut them into sizes I
usually use and make Log Cabins
with one and a half inch strips as I
go along. Fun day :)
|I'm working from my 1.5 inch strips
that are already cut and cutting
from new scraps as I go. For me,
this is such a nice way to work
because I get to change colors
and also see new scraps!
|"Hey Good Lookin' " is all done and the binding will be in black. The
next picture is a close up which explains the name of the top.
|Next up...some Court House
Steps. On the browns, they'll be
scrappy but with a lot of the same
fabrics and I think I'll use some
different florals in the vertical strips.
|"Traditional Courthouse" is all done
and the binding will be in brown.
Scrappy and Courthouse Steps - two
of my favorite things!
|Some value progression Log
Cabins in greens.
|So far, so good. These
always keep me anxious
to see the next round!
|"Green Glow" is all done and
the binding will be in, you
guessed it.....green! So many
different fabrics in this :)
|I really liked that fabric in the
squares so I wanted to come up
with a way to showcase it. I'll make
some of these blocks and then
decide how to set them.
|Deciding if I want to set these with or
without sashing. Right now, I think
without, but that may change......
|"Shadow Boxing" is all done and the
binding will be in a medium brown.
The blue box outlines set in at only half
an inch, but they really show up!
|After cutting for a bunch of
scrappy tops, it's nice to do
|This pretty fabric is making some
nice stacked blocks! It's hard to
beat florals for stacking :)
|This is as many octagons as I
can make from the fabric I
have, but I have a plan for the
rest of the space :)
|Ready for the corners on the
octagons. I'm going to use
dark corners and I'm anxious
to see how that looks.
|"Between Cool & Warm" is all
done and the binding will be in
the floral focus fabric. I really
like the contrast in this one!
|I think this kind of
patchwork looking fabric
makes nice stacks.
|Good - some variety
in the blocks :)
|I'm going to use an on-point setting,
using these two blocks from the Storm
at Sea design as cornerstones and
sashing. I was so glad to have these
two fabrics that I think go so well with
the focus fabric :)
|Coming along! Time to figure
out the setting triangles.
|"Patchwork Octagons" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus fabric.
The diamond block used in the
sashing takes a lot of trimming as it's
being made, but I really like the result.
|I've used the first half of this fabric
before, to make stacked octagons, so
this time I want something different.
|The blades are done. I'm
pretty sure I'm going to use
the yellow print for the block
corners, but something
brighter in the block centers.
|OK, the red centers certainly
brightened things! On to the
|I wasn't going to sash these but then I
decided to for two reasons. First, the
sashing gives a nice place for all of those
seams on the block edges to go and
secondly, I wanted the red cornerstones.
They will set in at three quarters of an
inch and I think they're cute.
|"Red Heart Surround" is all
done and the binding will be in
the yellow. I think the red did
a lot for this top!
|Cabins - always a
favorite of mine!
|The rest of the blocks will be
without any white and then I think
I'll scatter them and set them on
point. We'll see how they look.....