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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 & 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.
|You have to look very
carefully to see the
Cancan dancers now.
|I decided to group these
instead of using a random
layout. I've added the corners
and the vertical sashing.
|"Cancan" is all done and the binding
will be in the focus fabric. The
cornerstones set in at three-quarters
of an inch. This really changed a lot
from the original fabric! Pictures &
comments in Piecing 2017 Set 2.
|Always happy to be making
Log Cabins! I'm combining
light and dark browns with
miscellaneous stripes in a
simple Barn Raising setting.
|Up close, you can see there are
some pretty wild stripes in this.
However, from a distance, the
browns really subdue them.
|"Confetti Cabins" is all done and the
binding is in one of the stripes, cut
on the bias. I think the stripes
jazzed up the browns and the
browns calmed down the stripes :)
My first thought was to use all
stripes but I was afraid that would
just be confusing looking. Who
knows, maybe I'll try that some day!
|"Black & White Cabins" is all done and the binding will be in
black. The rainbow colored centers kept me from getting tired
of making the black & white blocks :)
|More cabins! This time it will be much
more blendy. I'm using light and
medium blue florals and keeping the
same four fabrics in each round.
|"Blue Floral Cabins" is all done and the binding will
be in a blue. Since the "logs" set in at
three-quarters of an inch, at a distance, this is very
blendy and up close you can see the florals.
|These are four stacks and I wanted to
use that dotted companion fabric in
some way. I'll have to decide on an
alternate block once I get enough of
these made to see how they look.
|This is what I decided on for
the alternate blocks, so now
all of the decisions are
made and it's just sewing :)
|"Four & Eight Stacks" is all done and the binding will be
in the green. I look forward to using this design again :)
|Using the values this way and adding
the frame gives the Kaleidoscope
block kind of an Irish Chain look.
|So far, so good! I could
just use some scrappy
neutral four or nine patches
in the spaces, but I think I'm
going to do something else.
|I think I'll add a three-quarter inch
sashing to these to give a little more
space and lightness. It will also extend
the diagonals and add a different size
square to them. As always, the
sashing will be a good place for all of
those seams to go!
|Good! Glad I went for the
sashing and I love the way that
tiny sashing cornerstone shows
up in the diagonals :)
|"Scrappy Stars & Chains" is all done and the
binding will be in a light floral. I like that the chain
is formed of different sizes and shapes.
|Some simple four stacks
and now to think of the
|Here are the alternate blocks - time
to sew them together! What looks
like black here is a very dark blue.
|"Blue Roses" is all done and the binding
will be in a solid, medium blue to match
one of the blues in the focus fabric. I
don't often use the focus fabric I've used
for stacks as a border, but this one was
so beautiful that I wanted to show it.
|I feel like making some scrappy floral
stars, some high contrast and some
not. I don't know yet how I'll set these
but they're fun to make. I think this
star looks so different when on point
but I like it both ways.
|I still don't know what I'm doing
with these, but I'm having fun
making them while I decide.
|Blocks are finished, arranged
and have the sashing sewn
on one side. Time for the
|My costume for this evening - two
large HST wings tacked to the arms
and bottom of my black sweater and
the iron on legend tacked to the
front of the sweater. So yes, it's me-
The Old Bat :) As always, you can
click to enlarge this.
|You can see my daughter is
much more ambitious than I am!
She and my fifth-grade
grandson made this costume of
Hela from the new Thor movie.
|"Stars Amid the Flowers" is all done
and the binding will be in another light
floral. Fun choosing the fabric pairs
for all of those blocks!
|Next up - some scrappy,
patriotic log cabins!
|Ready to sew these together! Although
the same fabrics are sometimes used in
the different rounds, they're in different
combinations, so I think each round
looks a little different. Also, in the dark
rounds, I added at least one fabric that
was very different in value from the
others so there would be a zig-zag
effect that would show within the round.
Anxious to see these sewn together.
|"Patriotic Cabins" is all done and the binding will be in
another red, white and blue fabric. The logs set in at
three quarters of an inch, so the prints really blend.
|I have three repeats and
some extra of this pretty
|I really like the large floral
bouquet, so I think I'm going to
use a panel of it surrounded by
diagonal three stacks set in
scrappy greens. We'll see as I
get more blocks made.
|I like the way the stacked
diagonals are showing up
on the scrappy greens.
|Blocks are all done. When I saw the
panel with the blocks finished, I
decided it showed up more than I
wanted, so I softened it a bit by taking
off the corners, as on the right.
|"Bouquet on Green" is all done and the binding is in
a dark rose, as in the focus fabric. I really like the
way the diagonal lines peak in and out :)
|Same block as in the last quilt top but this
time using a stripe printed on the
diagonal along with light to dark scrappy
browns and set in an off center Barn
Raising layout. Laughed a bit at that
huge sentence but that's how my quilt
planning goes in my head :)
|"Diagonal Stripes" is all done and the
binding will be in the striped fabric. I'm
sure I'll be using a diagonal printed
stripe in this way again sometime.
Each tan or brown is a different fabric.
|I've used this fabric before, so
there's not as much left as I usually
work with. There are some four
stacks and a bit in six stacks.
|"Autumn Stars" is all done and the binding will be in the focus fabric.
This was a design as you go type top. It went very quickly because I
didn't want to stop until I saw if each new section was going to fit!
|I wanted to work with something light - this should do it :) I'm using
four stacks for the star backgrounds and the stars are in a
mottled fabric, although they look white here.
|The stars and the alternate blocks.
On to the setting triangles :)
|"Delicate Stars" is all done and the binding will be in
the light blue. This is one of those light quilt tops
that shows up much better in person!
|I really liked the look of the diagonal
printed stripes I used a couple of tops
back and I wondered if I could use a
straight stripe, like this brown & white,
cut on the bias for some star corners.
This worked well and I added a
scrappy brown frame to be sure the
bias edge on the stars would be stable.
|"Scrappy Brown Stars & Stripes" is all done and
the binding will be in the stripe, cut on the bias. I
really liked using a stripe this way :)
|I used four stacks here, some cut straight and some cut on
the bias to get the stripes running the way I wanted them.
Once I had the four sections with the stripes done, I just
figured out something to put in the center space and the
four corner spaces. The star will set in at twelve inches.
|"Party Stripes" is all done and the binding will be in the solid
orange. The background is in scrappy whites. I think this
uneven stripe worked well for making each star a little different.
|I had four repeats of this stripe, so I'm
combining it with scrappy greens.
What looks like black in the block on
the right is actually a dark green.
|The blocks and the alternate
blocks. Now, to work out something
for the setting triangles.
|Setting triangles are done,
time to sew these together.
|"The Greens" is all done and the
binding will be in yet another green.
The border looks brown or black here,
but it's really green! The little
yellow/green squares set in at three
quarters of an inch but I think they
make a big impact.
|Once I had this star in mind, I couldn't
think of any way to do it other than
applying the two solid edges to each
tiny triangle. I used some strip
piecing for the first solid piece on
each triangle and then did the other
side. I really didn't know if it would go
together nicely until the end and I'm
so pleased that it did!
|A different kind of stripe this
time. Just trying out some
layouts to see how I wanted
to make the blocks.
|"See-through Star" is all done and
the binding will be in a bright pink
print. Love that central star and I'll
try it again sometime when I'm
feeling energetic :)
|I made some stacked four triangle
centers and I think I'll be able to make
each one a little different. Then, the
HSTs and squares in the frame for
each block, for which I'll use a few
different colors. This frame is dark
green, but looks black.
|When making a block like this, where I
can easily become confused about the
orientation of pieces, I make the first
ones very carefully and then put
samples of the piecing at the sewing
machine and of the pressing at the