|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 things!
When I set up my website in August 2006, I committed to putting new Quilt Tops on the New Tops Page on the
first of each month and I've been able to do that every month. I don't take pre-orders from the Today's Work
page because I want to stick to my original commitment of new tops being sold only on the New Tops page.
The Today's Work page is intended as a way to share my process of completing a Quilt Top with anyone
Tops that I complete during a month will be on the website for Sale on the first of the next month. Sales will be
on a "First Come, First Serve" basis after the Quilt Tops are put on the New Tops page on the first of the month.
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|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.
|I was organizing my solid color scraps
and got sidetracked into making this
little piece. It's only 18 x 28 inches,
which seems to be about my limit for
improv :) The binding will be done in
green, either solid or scrappy.
|Almost done with the
octagons, so time to
decide on a setting :)
|I was planning to set my octagons
with Irish Chain blocks as an
alternate. Gray like used in the
octagon corners for background and
a white chain. However, now I'm
feeling more scrappy, so I pulled a
bunch of grays, a couple of oranges
and a little turquoise for an accent.
We'll see how it looks :)
|I'm going to add the scrappy gray
squares and one nine patch to each
octagon block. I had tried a four patch
with the orange, but felt it was too
much color in one spot, so I changed
to the nine patch.
|Well, I have my new computer and
now, all I have to do is learn how to
use it! I'm a little backed up on
pictures, so I'll just put a few on now.
|"Periwinkle Plus" is all done and
the binding will be in the periwinkle
blue fabric. This is a new design
idea, using the octagons in halves
to make the circles :)
|"Scattered Octagons" is all
done and the binding will be in
the gray border fabric. I really
like this design because the
octagons and the nine patches
aren't all in a row but rather in
a wavy line :)
|This is one of my favorite stacking
fabrics. I've used it at least two other
times for stacked quilt tops.
|I'm using twelve repeats to
make two octagon blocks and
setting them in a circle, as in
the last quilt top.
|The picture on the left looks like I
just threw the half octagons at the
design wall! On the right the center
seams are sewn in the octagons
and it's much easier to arrange
them. I'm going to sew in some of
the centers before I decide on half
blocks to make the border.
|When blocks have all of these little
corners that pop up on the design
wall, it's especially nice to get the
blocks sewn together :)
|"Octagons with Orange" is all done
and the binding will be in the
orange. I think this is a neat design
because it's a little hard to see
where the blocks begin and end.
|Feeling scrappy - actually, super scrappy! For me, that means recycled
fabrics :) The top picture is my collection of stripes and plaids in the recycled
fabrics. The bottom two pictures show the fabrics grouped in piles from light to
dark because I want to make another off center, value Log Cabin. The piles in
the middle value have more fabrics because there are more blocks to be made
for those rounds. This is a lot of pressing and cutting when I'm starting with no
cut strips, but I'll just start with the lights and it will move along :)
|So far, I'm happy with the value progression. I
try to have some fabrics in each group that are
a bit lighter or darker than the majority. I've
also cut some of the plaids and stripes on the
bias to add some motion. The red centers are
getting darker as I go out on the rounds. The
brightest yellow stripe is from the scraps left
over from making my forty-year-old daughter a
jumper when she was a toddler!
|This is what my sewing machine looks like when I'm doing a
value progression Log Cabin. First, I group my fabrics by
value, as shown a few pictures back. Then I cut strips from
each group of fabrics as I'm ready for them. I do one round
at a time. My light logs are on the right and my dark on the
left. When I finish the blocks for this round, I'll move my
darks over to the right and they become my lights for the
next round. Then, I cut the darks for the next round of
blocks. This sounds more confusing than it is!
|I love making these because I'm
never really sure about how the
values are going to look until I
get the blocks up on the design
wall, so it's kind of a mystery
quilt. So far, so good :)
|"Act II" is all done and the
binding will be in a small,
dark red & navy check, cut
on the bias. Log Cabins
and recycled clothes - for
me, what could be better :)
|When preparing the fabrics for "Act II,"
I spray starched and pressed each
fabric on both sides before cutting.
So, once I'd done that, I hated to just
cut enough for the one quilt top. I cut
extra 1.5 inch strips, some 3.5 inch
strips and also some 1.5 inch strips cut
down to size for Log Cabin blocks. I
put all of these back in the box with my
recycled clothes and next time I pull
them out to work with, I'll be happy to
see all of these cut strips :)
|I have four repeats of this fabric, so
I'm doing the Kaleidoscope block
this way. I'll probably turn every
other one to get the Kaleidoscope
circles, but maybe not.
|Still more blocks to make. I think the
Kaleidoscope is so interesting
because you can use it in so many
ways. On the left is the straight set
with all of the blocks going the same
way and on the upper right, I turned
every other block. Of course, when
you put the corners on, you can get
a lot of other different designs :)
|Because I made the corners in high
contrast, the white and focus fabric,
you get a very busy look. If the
corners had been all white, or white
and a light color, it would give a
more airy look. When sewn
together, this will give the
Kaleidoscope circles, but they'll be
|"Lime to Cobalt" is all done
and the binding will be in
white. I love the color
change in this one :)
|I feel like cutting some of my scrappy
batiks, so that's nicer to do if I'm making
something. I think this will be an
on-center Barn Raising setting, with the
black four patch centers in all of the
blocks. This will be a fun day looking at
all of these beautiful batiks :) Generally,
when working from scraps like this, I'll
cut enough to get a few blocks with
some variety in them and then I'll cut
between each group of blocks that I
sew. Hours of straight cutting would
make my back very unhappy!
|Growing :) I'm trying to get lots
of mediums in both the light
and dark sides. I'm liking the
look of the black in the little
four patches and must try that
using red on a Log Cabin
made with regular fabrics.
|Blocks are ready to be sewn
together. What fun to work
with all of these brilliant
colors! I think I'm going to
keep it in the Barn Raising
setting, but I'm not sure yet.
|Once the blocks are made,
it's fun to play with layouts.
I'd be happy to do any of
these, but I think I've
decided on one of them.
|"Batik Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in black to match the
black in the four patches. I love
batiks and I love Log Cabins, so
this has been great fun :)
|I wanted to try some scrappy, batik
Kaleidoscope blocks. Instead of
making the pieces match in each
block, I'm mixing them up in hopes that
the overall Kaleidoscope design will
show more than individual blocks.
We'll see if that works....
|So far, this is looking like I
wanted it to - very scrappy :)
|Blocks are done, so on to the corners.
I like the way it looks now, so I'm going
to use white corners on the light blocks
and the light batiks on the dark
blocks. The white fabric is my go-to
white dots on white fabric and even
though it isn't a batik, I'm going with it
anyway because I really want to keep
the light circles light.
|While the blocks in the center
have white corners on every
other one, along the edge I used
all white. I think it gives a nice
scalloped look around the outside.
|"Mostly Batiks" is all done and
the binding will be in a royal blue,
turquoise and green print batik.
I'm so pleased with both the
scrappy look and also how well
the circles show on this.
|In this close-up, you can see some
of the varied batiks used in this
one. The white dotted corners
aren't batiks, thus, the name.
|I wanted to do a color fade Log
Cabin, using red in the four patch
centers, so I thought blue would be a
good choice. I have a lot of blues
and it was kind of overwhelming to try
to pull for the color fade. So, I went
through all of the blues and pulled
only small pieces and then did my
color sort. With pieces this small,
while I'm cutting for this Log Cabin
quilt, I'll finish cutting each piece and
put the extra strips into my precuts.
|Cool! I think the four patch
centers with the red really
brighten the blues :)
|The design is starting to show
up :) I see I have one block
turned the wrong way. Things
sure show up on a picture!
|I was trying to block the sun with
my body to take this picture, thus
the strange angle. A picture is so
helpful in seeing how the value
progression is coming along.
|"Blue Moon" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark blue. I
like the four patches with red in
this and I'm sure I'll try that
again with Log Cabins :)
|I wanted to use this diagonal stripe in
something and since I've been making
Log Cabins, they came to mind. I'm
going to use the very high contrast
dark browns and beiges and let the
stripes be the only color in hopes that
the stripes will show up somewhat.
|The design on the left is the one I'm
working on, however, when I turned the
picture on the right, it got me thinking.
Well, lots more blocks to go before I
need to decide on the setting :)
|OK, that's graphic!
Think I'll go with it :)
|"Log Cabin Combo" is all
done and the binding will
be in the striped fabric
used in the block centers.
I've never done this Log
Cabin setting before, but it
has all kinds of
|I still wanted to make Log Cabins so I
decided to work with some African
themed fabrics. I had planned on a
zig-zag design like on the left, but I could
see that wasn't going to work because
there just wasn't enough contrast in this
first group of blocks. So, I'm going for a
Barn Raising and I think if I use more
contrast in my other rounds, the busy
background will work and this low
contrast round will be OK. We'll see!
|Here's the fabric I'm using
for the background rows.
It's wild and I knew it was
risky, but I really like the
way it's turning out.
|While I always think it's nice to sew
a quilt top together and see how it
looks, it's especially nice on one
as scrappy and low contrast as
this. I like the way the lines of
color are showing up :)
|"African Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in the black
print used in the corner blocks.
A lot of these fabrics have gold
or copper metallic in them and
that really showed up in the
center on this picture!
|Loved working with
|I always say that I'm going to cut scraps into the sizes I usually use right away. Sometimes,
the scraps don't seem to hear me and they just congregate in color groups! I pulled the
pink, purple and orange groups and I sorted in a rough light to dark. I'm going to make
some Log Cabins and I think the rounds will show instead of blend because I'm going to
use what I have and only go to my precut strips if I don't have enough for the round of
blocks. So, rounds may have quite a bit of a fabric and fabrics may be next to same
fabrics. It will keep me sewing because I really want to see what I get :)
|So far, I'm pleased :) This is the first
time I've tried this using smaller scraps,
instead of folded pieces of fabric from
stash. It's more difficult to see values
this way, but, if the rest goes this well,
I'll be happy!
|"Sunset Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in orange. I
only added two strips to the
original pile of scraps and I cut a
lot of extra scraps. By the time I
got into the darker colors,
however, I only cut for this quilt
top and the rest went back into my
|After all of the cutting I've done for
most of the quilt tops this month,
it's nice to be working from my
already cut strips! I think this will
be an on point scrappy trip.
|These move right along when
the strips are already cut!
|"Turquoise & Brown Scrappy Trip" is all
done and the binding will be in the
border fabric. Forgive that little spot of
sun in the lower right corner of the
picture! The Scrappy Trips are such
fun to make :) I can't seem to get the
border color right on this picture, it's
much closer to the color in the close-up.
|Quite the variety of fabrics in this one!
On the left, center of the picture, you
can see the color of the border fabric.
|I'm into making the Scrappy Trip
blocks, so I'll try one in batiks :)
|I think I'll go with this...zig-zag with
the three black outlined squares on
the left. We'll see! The colors of
the batiks always thrill me :)
|"Batik Scrappy Trips" is all
done and the binding will be in
the black batik used in some of
the blocks. Not only do batiks
have great, vibrant color but
they also press so well!
|I'm going to try some
strip-pieced kaleidoscope blocks
using light to dark, scrappy
blues combined with this one
plaid fabric. I'll decide on my
corners after I see the blocks.
|Growing! These are
|Blocks are finished and I think I'm
going to use the plaid on the corners
of half of them. Once I get those done,
I'll look again, but at this point, I'm
thinking graduated, scrappy blues for
the other half of the corners.
|I put plaid corners on all of the blue
blocks and then chose six different
blues - light to dark- to use for the
corners on the rest of the blocks,
starting on the upper left and going
diagonally on every other row.
Time to sew these together!
|"Blue & Orange Kaleidoscopes"
is all done and the binding will
be in the plaid fabric, cut on the
bias. Since I love working with
both strip-pieced kaleidoscope
blocks and blends, I really
enjoyed this one!
|Another strip-pieced kaleidoscope.
With all florals, many large scale,
this is one of those tops where I
just need to make some before I
know what I'm going to get!
|This is going to be
|I get a kick out of seeing so
many florals all together! Time
for the block corners.......
|I had thought I'd use white
and a solid pastel for the
block corners, but, after I saw
all of the blocks, I decided to
go for scrappy, light florals
for the corners. I'm anxious
to see these after they're
|"Flower Mania" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark floral. I
wasn't really sure if I could use this
many diverse florals, many of them
large scale, in split Kaleidoscope
blocks and still get the
Kaleidoscope design to show. The
Kaleidoscope block amazes me :)
|A lot of very diverse
fabrics in this one!
|Since I just made a number of Log
Cabins for which I cut strips, and I
made extra ones, my supply of
cut-to-fit Log Cabin strips has grown.
So, time to use some. I'm going to try
the Thistle setting with these Log
Cabins with the large red centers.
|The Thistle layout, on the left, just isn't going to work with
these blocks. Even if I put another round of light blocks all
around the outside, between the large red centers and having
lots of mediums in the blocks, there isn't enough contrast for
this layout. I could fix it by making the blocks one round
larger, but I'm going to change the layout instead. I'll use the
Barn Raising with dark corners shown on the right. That's
such a definite layout that the low contrast blocks work fine.
|OK, I'm happy with this layout
and I'll do the Thistle layout
another time with more
contrasting blocks :) Off to
sew these together!
|"Red Hearth Cabins" is all
done and the binding will
be in dark scrappy. Lots of
colorful scraps in this one!
|Still feeling like cabins, which is great
because I have a lot of these precut "logs."
When I'm working with these stacks of logs, I
just use one of whatever comes up and put
the rest on the bottom. If I run out of precuts
(there are more than shown here) I can go
through the pile again. When cutting scraps,
I generally have several of a fabric to add to
a pile of logs. This way, I get a lot of variety
and I also get to see fabrics that may have
been in these piles for a number of years :)
|The cabins are so different
when the centers match the
rest of the rounds! I think I'll
use this setting, but we'll see.....
|"Big Zig - Little Zag" is all done and
the binding will be scrappy. Love
working with value and scraps!
|I wanted to do some scrappy
tumbling blocks and these
really are scrappy!
|I think this is such a nice way to
make tumbling blocks! I realize
you end up with an extra seam
on the top of each block, but,
for me, it's well worth it to avoid
all of those "Y" seams :)
|Blocks are together, so, tomorrow, the
border :) I used six different fabrics for
the block tops and put the lightest in
the center area in a diagonal just to
get a bit of a diagonal feeling.
|I had such a good time making the
scrappy tumbling blocks that I'm going
to make another one. This time I'll
used these fabrics, stacked. I've made
this kind once before and I hope it
works with these fabrics.
|"Scrappy Tumbling Blocks" is all
done and the binding will be in
the gray dotted border fabric.
Love this design - no wonder it's
been around for so long!
|In this close-up, you can see
how well that seam in the top
of the blocks hides :)
|The stacks don't show up a lot on
these but I think they add some
interest to the cubes. Since the
blocks are so light, I'm going to
add some contrast and use the
dark green as a background which
will make the cubes float.
|Oh, yeah, I like these :) On the
sewing...I sew the blue two-stacks
together and the pink two stacks
together. I sew a white to a dark green
and add them to the blue and pink
stacks. Then I put them on the design
wall, matching up the two white tops
and they're ready to sew into a long
vertical strip. I'm glad I made these
floating, otherwise I think they would
have just blended into each other.
|Blocks are coming along! While
the background looks almost
black in the pictures, this is what
it looks like in person.
|"Floating Floral Cubes" is all
done and the binding will be in
either the pink floral or the
green background - haven't
decided yet. Fun to do with the
stacked fabrics :)
|The green background shows a
little better in this picture.
|I wanted to do some octagons with
a novelty print - this one will be
good. I love many things about
stacks, as you know, one of them
is that it doesn't matter at all if a
fabric has a print that doesn't go
along with the grain line. Actually,
that's better for stacks because
you're not going to get a repeat as
you go across the fabric!
|Novelty prints make such
|I wanted to use a piece of the focus
fabric in this and also include some
scrappyness, so I'm going for
octagons and Log Cabins.
|I like making quilt tops about the size of
my design wall and having the wall that
size keeps me in check, usually!
When things get larger, the little
design wall on the door helps a bit.
This is a nice design to make because
there are a number of different blocks,
so I can do them in groups.
|This design changes so much with
each round that it makes me want to
keep sewing so I can see how it looks!
Now, I've run off the little design wall on
the door and am using tape to put the
blocks up. Good thing I only have one
more round :)
|Blocks are done and now I'm deciding
if I want to group the darker octagons
a bit or leave them as they are. I do
know that when this is sewn together
and taken down, my sewing room is
going to look kind of barren!
|"Scarecrow" is all done and the
binding will be in a tan fabric. I
really like using this design with
novelty fabric octagons. .
|A little Halloween! I know it seems
early, but by the time I make a top, put
it on the website, someone is
interested in it, send it out and they
quilt it, well, it's not too early :)
|The beginning of a Halloween
Trip Around the World :)
|It's really fun to make the strata
and watch the design begin to
show, however, I think I need to
stop on the strata and begin to
sew some of these together!
|"Halloween Trip" is all done and
the binding will be in a black
Halloween print. What a great
time I had making this :)
|Here are some of the fun
|The Trip Around the World design is
kind of addictive! I pulled fabrics,
which mostly have a Native American
theme and then some to go with them
and I'll try another of these quilt tops,
maybe in a zig-zag layout this time.
|Strips are done and I'm ready to sew
them together vertically. That will take
about a foot off the width and make the
zig-zags much deeper. I'm so pleased
with the way the turquoise zig-zag
stripe fabric worked in :)
|Oooops....I forgot to put this
picture on yesterday! Bet
you thought I was't in my
sewing room :)
|"Native American Zig-Zag" is all done
and the binding will be in one of the
striped fabrics, cut on the bias.
Making this is about the same as
making a Trip Around the World, but I
really like the zig-zag layout and I'm
sure I'll try it again.
|You know how, after Christmas, the fabric stores put up signs
saying, "Big Sale," followed by signs saying, "Clearance Sale," and
finally, "Please, please take some of this Christmas fabric!" Well,
apparently I had been there for a number of these sales because I
have a lot of Christmas fabric! Since I'm in a Trip Around the World
mood, I pulled some fabrics for that. So, either that design or the
zig-zag, but I can make some strata first before I need to decide.
|I decided on the Trip Around the World
setting and I think this is going to have a
nice and Christmas look. I had to
change one fabric because, when I went
to cut, it wasn't long enough, but there
were plenty of others to choose from :)
|"Trip Around Christmas" is all
done and the binding will be
in the green with little gold
stars. This is such a great
design for a variety of prints!
|You can see some of
the Christmas prints in
this close shot.
|I have a nice group of 2.5 inch strips
that I've cut at different times in my
Christmas fabrics. So, Scrappy Trip!
I'm sub cutting these at 3 inches to get
the rectangle instead of a square. I'll
keep the red and lights in each block
as do the other three strips randomly.
I think this will give a nice design and I
just have to keep it straight that there
are two different block layouts here!
|The design is
starting to show :)
|Ready to sew these together! I
changed the layout so I'd have
fewer of the light circles and
more of a zig-zag edge and I
think I'll stay with this one.
|"Christmas Scrappy Trip" is all done
and the binding is in a red Christmas
print. Love looking at all of these
|Still with Christmas fabrics :)
Look, these aren't stacked
fabrics - can you believe it!
|This group is done and now I
can decide on an alternate
block to go with them.
|I wanted to add a lot of red
but also keep the look as
scrappy lights, so I think the
double four patch will work.
|"Christmas Spinners" is all done and
the binding will be in a light Christmas
print. I really enjoy making these
twelve blade blocks!
|Some stacking coming up! These
high button shoes and handbags
in Christmas colors are so cool :)
|When the motifs in the fabric are small
and widely spaced like this, it gives a
nice, airy stacked octagon.
|This fabric is making so
many neat designs :)
|One of the many reasons why I like the
octagons so much is because of the
design possibilities with the corners.
These blocks had neat designs but they
didn't really look very much like
Christmas....they do now! There will be
less red & green when the seams are
taken, but it will still give a Christmas look.
|Interesting....I had planned to use
the corners with the red & green
mixed, like on the left, but even with
only these few blocks up, it was
looking too busy to me. So, I think
I'll go with the corners with like
colors, as on the right. I think the
block designs show up much better
with the corners that way :)
|"High Button Shoes for Christmas"
is all done and the binding will be
in a small scale red & green
plaid. I arranged the octagons to
get an area of light in the quilt
top. Such fun to make this one!
|Fun to see the varied
designs this fabric made :)
|I'm doing some gently curved Log
Cabins using 1.25 and 1.75 inch
strips. I think I'll use this layout but
I won't know for sure until I get
some more blocks done.
|I think I'll stay with these
vertical, curved zig-zags :)
|These are using the smaller
pieces in my 1.25 and 1.75
strip boxes :)