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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.
|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!
|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.