|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!
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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.
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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
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|I love all the repetition I
get to work with when
making these blocks :)
|Blocks are done, so on to the
corners. I think these fabrics
really made some neat designs.
Other than the color, these
blocks remind me of snowflakes :)
|These blocks have a lot of
seams, but I press every time I
sew a seam so the blocks end
up nice and flat.
|"Golden Leaves" is all done and the
binding will be in the fabric used for
the centers and corners. Love
seeing how these blocks turn out!
|I wanted to try this design using just
leftover six and eight stacks. I always
like scrappy mixes of lots of fabrics :)
|"Twirling Gypsies" is all done and
the binding will be in the border
fabric. This just made me think of
being in a balcony and looking
down to a dance floor where
women in colorful skirts were
twirling. I imagine a lot of things as
I sew along :)
|I've been working with a lot of
intense color lately and wanted
something sweet and light.
|I'm applying one side of the sashing as I
go. This fabric is making really pretty
octagons :) I'm kind of cold/snowed in
here, which is OK with me, except I
haven't been able to send the Quilt Top to
the winner of the January Drawing yet.
She's been very patient, but I hate to
have to keep someone waiting on that!
|Blocks are done so time to begin
the horizontal sashing. I would
have become tired of making
these if each one hadn't had
such a unique design :)
|When I saw this fabric in the store,
I'm hoping I didn't actually drool, but
maybe I did, just a little :)
|"Mini Floral Wreaths" is all done and
the binding will be in a light blue. I
love the colored cornerstones, which
in this case, set in at one inch.
|I had planned on doing some
stars and then adding something
else, however, seeing these stars,
I may just make more and let
them "shine" all alone.
|When working with the stacks, I
think it's fun to look at a stack,
without laying it out, and try to
imagine what the block is going to
look like. I try to choose which one
will be my favorite from a small
group. In this group, I'd say the
one on the right, but the two blocks
in the last picture fooled me
because I had chosen the one on
the left for sure, but I liked them
both the same!
|This is why I don't select cuts on the
stacks....while I do like all three, I'm
drawn to the one in the middle and I
thought it would be the one on the
right. Actually, I even like the one on
the left a bit more than the one on the
right! The stacks often surprise me :)
|This fabric produced such great
variety in the stars :)
|When setting the Lemoyne Stars,
especially when they're made with all
one fabric, if they're set next to each
other, I think you see the secondary
design first, as in the quilt top on the
left. I wanted the stars on the right to
show first and then the secondary
design, so I used a sashing and
cornerstones. I wanted an accent color
and decided on the lime green because
that and royal blue is one of my favorite
color combinations. The cornerstones
set in at three quarters of an inch, so I
don't think they'll be too much.
|"Swirling Stars" is all done and
the binding will be in a royal blue
to match the stars. So glad I
found that piece of fabric!
|I want to work with the ten degree ruler
again, so I'll need nine repeats in the
fabric. This fruit fabric is interesting
because, although it has all of the fruit
colors, they're very subdued shades.
I'll pair this with off-white and I'm
anxious to see how the blocks look with
just two fabrics.
|These aren't sewn down yet, but I can
see how they'll look. I haven't decided
on setting them like this, where the
blades meet at the block edges or
setting them so a white blade is
opposite a colored blade. We'll see
when I get more blocks.
|Ready to do the corners
for the blocks :)
|"Around the Orchard" is all done
and the binding will be in the
focus fabric. I think this was a
good use for this fabric :)
|Sometimes, I just feel like doing scrappy
Log Cabins, which is a good thing
considering how many scraps I
accumulate! I'll do an off-center Barn
Raising and keep the black constant. I'm
using the strips that I always add to, cut in
Log Cabin sizes and the black I'll cut as I
go from my leftover blacks. These are the
strips that I have sorted as dark, so
sometimes in the future, I can use the
strips that are sorted as light.
|It's taking shape :) These
logs set in at one inch, so I
feel like most any fabric will
work as long as there is
enough color and variety.
|Blocks are all ready to be sewn
together. The arrangement on the
left was my plan, but seeing it, I
decided I wanted it a little more off
center, so I moved the row on the
right over to the left. So, I'll go with
the setting on the right.
|"Midnight Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in black. I love the
way this turned out! Even in the
blacks, since they're cut from scraps
of many different blacks from
different times, there is some shading
:) The next picture is a close-up,
where you can see that better.
|You can see the shading
on the blacks a little
better in this picture.
Quite the mix of fabrics!
|The black centers on these Log
Cabins set in at two inches and the
Logs at half an inch. I love working
in colors like this because, just
about the time I'm getting very tired
of one color, it's time to move on to
the next color and it's almost like
starting something new :)
|Still feeling scrappy, so I thought I'd
work with the one inch strips. These
are all color sorted, so I'll take
advantage of that. I had to laugh at
my storage boxes.....some are pretty
classy and some, well, not so much :)
|I was going to make blocks with
all the colors, but then, when I
saw these four colors together, I
decided to stay with them. So,
I'll make more pink, purple and
blue. I like to run across a fabric
that has the background color to
match the block, but there are
other colors in it as well.
|Blocks are done, so on to the
alternate blocks. When I do Log
Cabins, I cut the logs to size before
beginning to sew. This time, for
some unknown reason, I decided to
work from the strips and pieces and
sew them on and then cut off the
rest of the strip. For me, cutting to
size works so much better. I got
the same end result, but it took
much longer this way.
|Good, I think the alternate
blocks worked well with the
first group of blocks, so on to
the setting triangles :)
|These are going together well :)
With all of those skinny strips, I
wasn't sure if they'd look straight
or if they would wobble, so I was
anxious to get some put together.
|"Little Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in black. I wanted to get
a little bit of yellow in there, so I used
the yellow half inch squares in the
setting triangles. The skinny strips
weren't bad at all to work with in the
Log Cabins, but, if I do this again, I will
cut the strips to size first!
|I've been wanting to try this with the
one inch strips for a long time, so,
today's the day :) These are all reds
or red prints, although in the picture,
some look almost black. With careful
pressing, spray starch and sewing the
rows in opposite directions, these are
staying pretty straight.
|I'm debating on this piece....I think it
would be good at this size as a wall
hanging over a bed, couch, or buffet,
but I also think it would look good
larger as a throw. I'll think on it :)
|I decided to leave it this size, because I
love it as is and, as I said, I think it
would make a nice wall hanging behind
a bed or couch or above a buffet. I
named it "Red Strata" and the binding
will be in red. The size is just 46 x 22
and the strips set in at half an inch.
|The makings of a good day :)
I'm going to use more of the
scrappy one inch strips in
|The first pressing on these little strips
is a bit tricky. After you've pressed to
stay the seam, if you open it and hold
the piece a little above the ironing
board, at the same time, running your
thumbnail along the seam to finger
press it, while pulling just a little, it
works! Obviously, the iron is following
along on the right side pretty close. I
couldn't show that because I only have
two hands and I needed one to take
the picture :)
|The strata are finished and I think I'll
use some piecing between them. I
really like these colors together and
they make me think of the Southwest.
|You can see some of the
fabrics in this close shot.
|"Southwestern Strata" is all done and the
binding will be in the brown. I wanted
something to bring the three different
colored strata together a bit, so I needed a
block that could be split and I also wanted it
to look a little Southwestern. I decided on
these shapes, some from the Storm at Sea
design and some from the Tri Recs star.
This piece finishes at 46 x 25 inches and I
think would make a nice wall hanging.
|I think this kind of fabric is great
for making stacked stars because
the straight lines make some nice
designs in the stars.
|I think the straight lines in the
print form neat designs :)
|Blocks are done so now I
can decide how to set them
:) I could just set them like
this, but I think I'll add
|Even when my sashing is all one
fabric, I still put a cornerstone in there
because it really helps me to line up
the blocks. The red frame around the
blocks sets in at half in inch.
|"Seed Packet Stars" is all done
and the binding will be in a thin,
red & white stripe, cut on the
bias. I really like the way the
frames worked out :)
|I think this fabric has such a
traditional look. I'm going to use
it with the ten degree ruler
because I really love making
those large Dresdens :)
|Jury's still out on
these.....we'll see :)
|OK, I think if I use the brown for the
corners, it makes the floral fabric show up
a little better. Seems backwards, but if I
use the floral fabric in the corners, all I
see is the brown in the blocks. I like the
floral dresden shown in the last picture
and I have lots of this fabric, so I'll make
more of those for a different quilt top.
|I'm going to add a sashing and the little
reverse nine patches as
cornerstones. I think this makes the
blocks stand out better :)
|"Floral Starburst" is all done and the
binding will be in the background
fabric. I enjoyed working with these
subdued colors :)
|I'm going to so some graded
Log Cabins in an off-center
Barn Raising set :)
|The colors are off on this - it isn't
quite that yellow, but hopefully, as I
get some darker colors up, I can
get a better picture :)
|This is pretty close to
the actual colors!
|Love watching these change as I
get into the darker shades :) As
always, when making these, I'm
trying to include some fabrics
that have the color I'm working
with as a background but also
have some other colors in them.
|All ready to sew this together! I'm
always glad to make one of these :)
|"Green Light" is all done and
the binding will be in a
green. I'm really pleased
with the blending in this one :)
|Here are the tops I've made using
this same idea. Two with florals,
three based on a color and one with
plaids. I love making these and look
forward to doing more of them :)
|Somewhere, sometime, I had seen the
idea of using strips to make blocks that
looked a bit like Tumbling Blocks and
I've been wanting to try it. I made the
mixed scrappy ones first and I may
revisit that at some time, but, for now,
I'm going to try scrappy, but the same
color in a block and graded with light
toward the center. I think this will give
a little more depth.
|I decided to do all of the black first
and then I can fill in with the
colors. On the blacks, I used
prints of black with different
amounts of gray in them and
graded them with the light toward
the bottom/center of the block.
That doesn't show very much in
the picture, unless you enlarge the
picture, but I think it will give depth
to the piece.
|Now some depth is starting to
show! Looking at these like
this, I'd say that I should have
made the color and black
strips a bit longer, but, I think
once that horizontal seam is
taken between rows, it should
be just about right :)
|All ready to sew these
together! Right now, I'm
getting kind of a honeycomb
effect, so I'm curious to see if
they look more like cubes
when sewn together. Either
way, I really like them :)
|After I posted that last picture, I put
away all of the strips and got the rows
piled up and ready to sew....then I
looked at the picture again and
realized I really needed another row on
the right to even out the design. So,
out came the strips and the blocks
were all laid out again so I could work
the new blocks in. Good thing I'm not
in a hurry! The rows are going
together nicely and with that horizontal
seam taken, I like the proportions :)
|"Color Cubes" is all done and the
binding will be in a black. I think
the time spent on the color grading
was well worth it. Often, when I
finish with a quilt top, I want to
make it again in different colors,
but, with this one, I can't really
think of any color combination I'd
like as well as this one :)
|In this close-up you can see
that there was a lot of color
grading in the colors and a
little bit in the blacks.
|I pulled these Asian themed
fabrics yesterday to start a
Trip Around the World.
Always anxious to see how
they will look :)
|I've decided this is the size I like
making my Trip Around the World
tops. The strips are cut at three
inches and then subcut at 2.5 inches,
so when these are sewn together, the
quilt top will be a rectangle. Even
thought it doesn't fit on the design wall,
it works out pretty well using that little
design wall on the closet door.
|Some of these fabrics
are gold etched, so they
show very well in person.
|"Asian Trip" is all done and
the binding will be in the gray
with red fabric used in the
quilt top. The Trip design is
endlessly fascinating to me!
|Another Trip - this time
to the market :)
|This one is going to be
nice and bright :)
|I like the way that strange fabric, the
strawberries with the strong red lines,
is showing up. I've had that fabric for a
long time and always wonder if I should
use it in a top and then I like how it
looks when I do! In the last Trip top, I
grouped colors and in this one I tried
to separate them more. I like both
looks, just different.
|"Market Trip" is all done
and the binding will be in
the yellow with peppers
fabric. I love working with
the busy novelty prints :)
|Wait....I believe I hear someone out
there laughing at me and my little
peas in a pod fabric :) I used a bit of
this in the Market Trip quilt top, but I
have enough left to do some
stacking. I'm anxious to see how this
fabric looks when stacked :)
|This is why I never get tired of
making stacked blocks -
because each one is different :)
|I decided to set these blocks on point, so I needed an alternate block. I love the green stripe and I
think the darker green squares will be a good accent. For me, it's well worth making a mock-up block
when working with these little squares, if I'm not sure of what sizes I want. I wanted the alternate block
and the star blocks to float, so using these sizes will give white all around everything. The squares
are shown at one inch and three-quarters of an inch and I'll make them to set in at those sizes.
|Just one more row of stars and
then I'll be ready for the setting
triangles, which I think are going
to be plain in the white dotted
fabric. I did change the alternate
blocks a bit, so the second round
of squares was not only smaller,
but also in a lighter green.
|"Snug as Peas in a Pod" is all done
and the binding will be in the white so
the design floats. The funny peas
fabric did well and I'm so pleased with
the way this turned out :)
|You can actually see the
peas in this close-up.
|This is a very small scale
print, but I think it will make
some sweet octagons.
|Sweet :) These will look
brighter once it's light in
my sewing room!
|I think once the seams are
taken, this will be a good
amount of the pink.
|It was funny to make all those
blocks the same - no scrappiness
at all! Of course, this way, I got to
do lots of strip piecing :)
|"Quiet Time" is all done and the
binding will be in the pink. I
think the Irish Chain, or some
variation of it, like this, goes so
well with the stacked octagons.
|The light colored quilt tops don't
photograph well for me! Or, I
guess what I should say is, I don't
photograph them well :)
|Another Trip! This time,
through the woods :)
|I like these colors
together, so I'm happy :)
|I chose my fabrics for this Trip with the novelty animal fabric in
mind. I wanted to add some different sized animal pictures to
break the rounds in the Trip. So, I have enough strips made to
do some auditioning. In the upper right, with no frame, I think it
blends too well. The lower left, I tried letting the mountain lion
peak into the picture of the wolves, but I don't think that will
work, I like the wolves better in the last picture all by
themselves. The frames on the top are a dark brown and on
the bottom, black. I think I'll go with the black and once the
outside seam is taken, one inch will show, but I'm not sure yet
because I don't want to place the pictures until I have most of
the strips done so I'll know how many I want to add.
|I'm anxious to see how these
look when sewn in, well, and
also anxious to see how hard
it will be to do that :)
|The first two frames on the left are
set in and I think the size looks
good. I had chosen a very dense
black for the frames, but I traded it
out for this charcoal black and I
think it works better.
|"Trip Through the Woods" is all done
and the binding will be in the medium
green. I like looking at this and trying
to see the lines of the Trip Around
the World design running "behind"
the animal pictures :)
|I think this focus fabric has such
realistic looking animal pictures.
|My two inch and three and
a half inch squares have
built up, so I can make
some scrappy tops!
|"Slide" is all done and the binding will
be in a red. I love it when my cut
scraps accumulate enough to make
something! This one uses two inch
and three and a half inch squares.
|When I got the blocks finished and in
the arrangement I had intended, on
the left, I really didn't like it, so I
rearranged them. I'm going with the
asymmetrical arrangement on the right
- that one I like :) I did replace a few of
the red 3.5 inch squares with more
intense reds but I used all of the
original four patches.
|I pulled my two inch green squares and made a four patch
with white and one of each different fabric I had in the cut
squares. Then I played around with them combined with the
cut green three and a half inch squares. I'm going to use the
design in the lower right, with everything value graded.
|I wanted a compliment to all of
the green, so I added the little
red hearts. I think they should
be about right, once the seams
are taken. As you can see, I
should have begun my layout a
little lower on the design wall :)
|"Love All Around" is all done and
the binding will be in a dark
green. The only repeats in the
green fabrics are a few that show
up in the four patches and again
in the three and a half inch
squares. What looks almost black
as you get to the outsides and the
border is really dark greens.
|These are 3.5 inch squares and
after a lot of rearranging, I think
I'm ready to sew. However, by
the time I get back to the sewing
room, I'll probably want to make
some changes :)
|I'm really enjoying sewing
this together and seeing
each new color appear!
|"Color Buzz" is all done and the
binding will be in black. I've been
wanting to do this for a long time and
I'm glad I finally did - love it!
|Thinking.....I know I want to use the
four patches in pink & orange
scrappy, but deciding on the layout
and fabrics to go with them. This
picture looks pretty brown, but it's
really quite orange!
|Originally, I had thought I'd use a different fabrics between each row of four patches, but, seeing them
all finished, I've decided to go with one fabric. The four patches will get mixed up as I sew them together
and that will distribute some of the colors better. I'll use the floral fabric shown on the left for the other
zig-zags. It has little pink and orange flowers in it, so I think it will go well. I also think these would work
well with a dark or medium brown, but I think I'll go with the light, maybe....we'll see :)
|I had to laugh at how crooked this is on the design wall :) Apparently,
my sense of balance was put off by the diagonals! I sewed three four
patches together and then cut the background fabric at that size,
which is nine and a half inches. This is such a simple design....looking
at the diagonal rows it's three four patches, one background and then
the next row is the large background piece ( to equal three four
patches sewn together) and one four patch.
|"Pink & Orange Go Zigzagging"
is all done and the binding will
be in the background fabric. I
really like this zigzag design and
I'd like to do another of these at
sometime but, for now, I'm tired
of the two inch squares:)
|I'll make some of these blocks
while I'm cutting the solids scraps -
that will make it more fun!
|I think the solid colors look
so good with black. On to
the alternate blocks.
|What fun to work with so
many different shades!
|I added the little squares to the setting
triangle sections, so I'm ready to sew
this together. I'm hoping that the
second black border that's on half the
blocks shows up when it's sewn to the
colored blocks on each side.
|Good, the little black outside
border on the blocks is showing
up fine, so I'm happy :)
|"Color on Black" is all done and
the binding will be in black.
Such a difference between this
shot and before the blocks were
|Some scrappy, floral, value graded
Trip blocks. Sure different from
working with the solids!
|I love watching these
grow, which, of course, is
why I keep making them :)
|Time to decide on the setting
triangles. I really like the way
this block gives some small
random looking runs of color
and the value grading gives a
|"Flower Mart" is all done and the
binding will be in the fabric used in the
setting triangles. I had originally
thought I'd use an orange/yellow,
bright floral for the setting triangles,
but, when I auditioned it, it totally
overshadowed the brights in the
blocks. So, I decided on this light floral
and turned all of the blocks so the
darker edge faced out and would show
up against the light setting triangles.
|I sorted through my two inch strips
and cleaned out the ones that
were too short for effective strip
piecing. These are in general
color groups and I'm going to make
some kind of blocks with them.
|I decided on some off center
Log Cabins, without regard to
value. I'll arrange them after I
get the colors done, or maybe
I'll just leave them as they go
up on the wall :)
|Just enough space left
for some greens :)
|"Splashes of Color" is all done and
the binding will be scrappy. I think
this was a good way to use some of
the small, scrappy two inch strips :)
|I really liked the look of the black with white and white with black blocks in
the previous quilt top, so I decided to make something else with that
combo. I'm using my cut 2.5 inch strips in this one. I pulled both the black
and the white (sorry, no picture of the white, but there were fewer white
than blacks) and sewed them together randomly. The whites made a strip
432 inches long, which I cut in half and sewed the two halves together for a
double strip 216 inches long. Then I planned what I'd do based on that
figure. I know I have more black than white, so this will end up being a
rectangle, with the rainbow row off center.
|I got three more of the double black
strips than I have of the white, which I
think is a nice balance. I had about
ten inches left over, which I'll cut
down into smaller scrap pieces. Off
to sew this together :)
|"Between Day & Night" is all done
and the binding will be in a black
& white dotted fabric. This was
so much fun to make and I've cut
lots of 2.5 inch scrap strips, so I
hope to revisit this idea again!
|I feel like making some stacked
octagons and I think these busy
butterflies will work well.
|The butterflies are making
some cheerful blocks :)
|I really liked these octagons, so I
decided to highlight them. The
octagon is 6.5 inches unset, so it goes
well with 2.5 inch strip piecing. These
two blocks will give an Irish Chain with
the octagons in every other block.