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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'm working with my already cut strips
for these. The sizes are one inch,
one and a half, two and two and a
half. Nice to have them all ready
and with lots of variety.
|"Watermelon Dreams" is all done and
the binding will be in a dark green
print. Love making this block!
|Same block - different colors :)
|I'll move a few of these
and then I'm ready for
the setting triangles.
|"Twilight Squares" is all done and the
binding will be in a black with a little bit
of turquoise print. The black & white
used in the border is one of my
favorite black & whites.
|I keep thinking of scrappy fabric
combinations I want to try in this block!
This time - scrappy browns and plaids.
|"Browns & Plaids" is all done and the
binding will be in a homespun plaid, cut
on the bias. This block was so good
for this fabric combination because,
having a regular cotton every other
piece really stabilized the homespuns.
|And again! This one will be
solids and fabrics that didn't
fit into any color group.
Should be a wild one :)
|Yep, colorful! This will calm down
a bit when the seams are taken,
but will still be pretty colorful :) Off
to do the setting triangles.
|"Carnival" is all done and the
binding will be scrappy - I mean,
why not! These look so different
when the blocks are sewn
together, making that final round
set in at one inch.
|While playing with this block, I couldn't
neglect my florals :) I think this time I'll
change it a bit and make all of the
blocks like this instead of reversing the
fabric positions in the alternate blocks.
I'll separate them with a sashing so
that two florals don't come together
where the blocks join.
|That's a lot of different flowers!
On to the sashing.....
|I applied the sashing on one side of the blocks, then made the
sashing going in the other direction. I'm using one inch sashing
so it sets in at half an inch, just like the white round in the blocks.
In the bottom picture, I'm auditioning three different prints to
decide which one to use in the setting triangles. I think I'm going
with the one on the right at the top. With that one, I'll need to use
something else for binding, but I like it best for this top.
|It's so nice to get that first
corner sewn together so I can
see how things are going to
look when the seams are taken!
|"Abundant Florals" is all done and the
binding will be in a black with small
green clover on it. The white really
brightened this group of florals!
|Quite a mix of florals! There's only
one floral that's used twice, which I
didn't notice until the end.
|I think these will give the kaleidoscope
circles and also some ribbons. I didn't
stack the roses fabric so it would blend
better where two blocks come together.
|I wanted to use this pretty rose
fabric in some octagons but
without stacking. I chose some
fabrics to go with it and I'm
anxious to see how they look.
|Octagons are done except for their
corners. I made the outside round
different from the blocks to finish
the pointy block design and to form
a border with the stacked pink and
tan fabric. Off to make corners -
lots of corners!
|I've used three different cream
fabrics for the background, just
to add a little interest.
|"Roses & Ribbons" is all done and the
binding will be in the green used in the
blocks. I love that there are so many
different designs you can get using the
Kaleidoscope block! The only stacked
fabric is the pink & cream floral used
for the inner border.
|Going with some scrappy
blue Lemoyne Stars using
my 2.5 inch strips.
|The blocks are sewn
together and I'm thinking
about a border.......
|"Scrappy Blue Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in the bright blue used in
the border. The designs formed by the
two different background fabrics show up
better in person than in this picture. This
border always reminds me of castle walls.
|Feelin' scrappy! I have a lot of
medium scrappy pieces, so I'm
combining them with enough lights
on one side and darks on the
other side to allow the Barn
Raising design to show.
|Growing! I'm using the inch and a
quarter strips, so they set in at
three-quarters of an inch. In most of
the blocks every other half round has
both strips matching and I'm using the
same fabric for several blocks in a row
to get some areas of color continuity.
|Ready to sew these
together. What a wild
collection of scrappy fabrics :)
|"Gypsy Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in red solid. Scrappy
Log Cabins never get old for me :)
|Still with the one and a quarter
inch strips. I'm using green with
gray and blacks that have just a
little bit of color in them. We'll
see how it goes.......
|I've been dealing with
computer problems for a few
days. That really slows down
the piecing but I'm back now!
|"Cabins in the Woods" is all done
and the binding will be in one of the
greens used in the blocks. I really
like the way the varied colors show
up in the black rounds.
|I like the octagons made with
mid scale prints. You get a
very intricate design, but
they're still all different.
|"Sunny Afternoons" is all done and the
binding will be in the stripe, cut on the
bias. So cool that all of the straight
line piecing created such nice curves!
|Really enjoyed working with the
graded stripe as a stacked fabric.
|Nice to work with these bright
flowers on this snowy day!
|I like that moment when I
settle on a plan :)
|Ready to sew these together!
|"Zig-Zag Octagons" is all done and
the binding will be in the cheddar
border fabric. It's a bright one!
|I'm interested to see how these
look when I get more of them.
|I'm really anxious to see what these
look like when sewn together!
|"Eventide" is all done and the
binding will be in the navy. I like
that I can see diagonals, individual
blocks and, if I try hard, some
partial Kaleidoscope circles!
|The colors are pretty close to
real in this close up.
|I think the stacked florals are so
good for this block. Now, to decide
on the alternate squares.
|Ready to sew these together! For
the alternate blocks, I used the
same four patch, but in a smaller
size and bordered it with muslin
and pink cornerstones. I knew I
wanted the pink as setting
triangles and the cornerstones tie
it in with the body of the quilt top.
|"Hello Spring!" is all done
and the binding will be in
the pink. So nice to work
with all these flowers!
|A beginning! I'm using the one and
a quarter inch strips, so the logs set
in at three-quarters of an inch.
|Ready to sew these together.
These blocks really used a lot of
|"Fiery Star" is all done and
the binding will be in a
brown print. Love the way
this one turned out :)
|Here you can see the
variety of scrappy fabrics
used in each color group.
|I cut my stacked strips at a 45 degree
angle so that the straight lines in the
fabric would form star shapes. Even
after all of the octagons I've made,
I'm still amazed at the number of
different blocks that come from a
simple print like this one!
|Now to decide on the corners
and alternate blocks.
|A plan! I'm using a medium scale,
light/dark peach floral in the alternate
blocks to get kind of a broken line and
not too much of the darker peach. I'm
also leaving the center of the alternate
blocks in the background fabric, so the
overall look is rounded instead of
squared. We'll see how it looks.
|Ready to sew these together.
The seams will take up a good
bit of the orange but,
hopefully, leave just enough
to compliment the blues.
|"Peach Accents" is all done and the
binding will be in the focus fabric, cut
on the bias. So hard to get a good
picture of the colors in a light quilt
top! The next picture shows the
colors a little better, but still not as
good as in person.
|This really is much brighter in person!
I think the camera had a problem with
the background fabric, which is white
with a delicate, overall blue print.
|I'm making some octagons
from left over eight-stacked
fabric. I'll decide how to set
them after I get some made.
|WOW - that was fun! Each
octagon is from a different stacked
fabric :) On to the corners, which
will not be nearly as much fun!
|I think I'm finished
rearranging these and am
ready to sew them together!
|"Remembering 59 Quilts" is all done and the binding will be in the black
& white dotted fabric. Each octagon is made from stacked fabric left
over from a different quilt top - thus the name. It was fun trying to
remember what the original quilt top looked like. Sometimes I could
and sometimes not and, when I couldn't, I often had to look back in
pictures to find the quilt top just because I was curious :)
|I wanted to show this collage because
I'm always amazed at how different a
bunch of random blocks look when
arranged by value. The picture on the
right has one more octagon due to an
error in counting on my part :)
|I sorted these blue scraps into light,
medium and dark in both turquoise
and true blues. I think I'll start with the
light blues and see how dark it gets. I'll
save the turquoise for another time.
|I added scrappy creams and red
centers and I'll save the
turquoise for another time. I'm
cutting the strips at one and a
quarter inch, so the logs set in
at three quarters of an inch.
|I'm trying to make each blue round a
little darker without having to go into
the dark blues at the end.
|"Calming Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in a light blue.
Really like the way the values show
up in the scrappy blues and then
the look of the scrappy creams
staying random throughout.
|Up next! This is the second half
of a fabric that I've used before
to make a stacked quilt top.
|I'll use the stacks for the
star points, but I haven't
decided on the centers yet.
|These are all in 4.5 inch units, even
the corners, and I'll sew them together
in horizontal rows. The background in
the focus fabric isn't quite white, so I
used scrappy off-whites for the
background and I think it will give some
interest in the areas where there are
several background squares together.
I'm anxious to see these sewn together!
|"Starstruck" is all done and the
binding will be in black. This kind
of asymmetrical setting is a little
more difficult to put together, but I
really like the effect.
|I think that using the stacked fabric
for the star points made each star
just a little different.
|I wanted to make the same star as I
used in the last top, but this time,
make it scrappy. I haven't sewn
these together because I don't know
how I want to set them yet.
|To fill in, I think I'll add a little bit
of contrast to all of the oranges.
|I think that once the seams are
taken, the little turquoise squares
will be about what I wanted.
They'll finish at one inch.
|"Scrappy Oranges" is all done and the
binding will be in the orange & yellow
dots on white used in the background. I
like the airy look of this one!
|This close up shows
fabric much better!
|I pulled my green and light to medium
blue two inch squares. They're sewn
in a green/blue and then random
way. I don't know what I'm making
yet, but something :)
|The little squares set in at an inch
and a half and each large square
is 25 square. I'm deciding how to
set them and I'll probably go with
the design on the left.
|So funny, everything that looks brown
in this picture is actually green!
|"Squares in Squares" is all done
and the binding will be in blue &
green scrappy fabrics. The little
squares set in at an inch and a
half, so there are 512 of them.
|I have six repeats of this fabric, so I'll
make hexagons. Since the print is so
tiny, there won't be much variety in the
blocks so I'll combine them with
something else to add some interest.
|Next up....this packed
print with little house
and very tiny flags.
|I think this is my plan....I think. I'll
decide after I get more stars done. The
stars have a two inch set in center and
the points are made using a inch and a
half inch squares sewn on and corner
cut, so they will set in at six inches.
|"Patriotic Houses" is all done
and the binding will be in the
red & white border fabric. Love
all of the red & white scrappy
fabrics in the background.
|I have a plethora of one and a half
inch squares, so these stars are good
for using some. I'll either sash these
or use an alternate block with them.
|Stars are done and I'm going to
use an alternate block between
them. That one star, on the left in
the second row, is annoying me
because of the two fabrics next to
each other, so I'll change that!
|Ready to sew these together,
which will reduce the amount of
the light blue plaid considerably.
I'm hoping the blue plaid will form
a very subtle Irish Chain and still
let the stars "shine."
|"Wee Scrappy Stars" is all done
and the binding will be in very light
scrappy fabrics. Really pleased
with the way this turned out with
the faint light blue Irish Chain in
|I'm using some already-stacked
fabrics for these, so this part
went very quickly! I usually
make stars with the four sets of
eight stacked diamonds, but this
time, I'm going to do the zig-zag.
|Each diamond is made from four
smaller stacked diamonds.
|"Stacked Zig Zags" is all done and
the binding is in an orange and white
stripe, cut on the bias. So nice to
have lots of already stacked fabrics
to try different designs with!
|Next up. Love this kind of print for
stacking. It's busy with lots of different
shapes and I really can't anticipate
how a block is going to look until I
actually make it. Also, this print has a
lot of gold etching - all of the building
outlines and the small print on the
trees, plus other areas.
|I like using the mottled type fabric, as in
the stars, because with small piecing it
looks almost scrappy. Plus, this piece
had the gold veins in it so it goes well
with the focus fabric. The sashing is 1.5
inch squares applied to the corners of a
2.5 by 6.5 inch piece of the tan fabric.
|While I'm always somewhat
anxious to sew blocks
together, the more messy
they are on the design wall,
the more anxious I am to sew
them together. Guess how
anxious I am on this one :)
|So nice to get those first
few rows sewn so I can
see the proportions after
the seams are taken!
|"Pagodas" is all done and the
binding will be in a brown/orange
fabric with some gold etching.
Always happy to find a new way to
set the stacked octagons!
|I'm sure I'll use this star
sashing again sometime :)
|I want to use these two fabrics
stacked for some blocks. The one
on the right is what I used for a
binding on the last quilt top.
|Now, how shall I set these.......
|"Stacked Leaves" is all done and the
binding will be in the green used in the
sashing. I want to try this block again :)
|The gold etched trees show
up so well in lamplight!
|Wednesday, May 3, 2017
|Wanted to try that
same block again :)
|"Pink & Purple" is all done and the
binding will be in the dark purple used
for the cornerstones. Busy blocks!
|Although there isn't much contrast
in this piece, I'm going to make
some stacks and should get some
very subtle blocks.
|Same block as the last two quilt
tops. This time, I'll set the
blocks without sashing and it will
give a tessellating design.
|Coming along! This
block is so much like the
Dutchman's Puzzle block.
|"Blue & White Tessellations" is all done and I
think the binding will be in the blue print. I
like the split border on a light and dark
tessellations quilt because I think it makes
one see the darks in the upper left corner
and the lights in the lower right corner. The
stacking made each block slightly different,
but still gives the look of a blue & white quilt.
|I think this fabric looks very
much like a vintage tablecloth :)
|Octagons are done and now to
decide on a setting......
|Growing and changing! Once the
seams are taken on these, they should
change one more time to have less of
the yellow and red colors.
|All done and the binding will be
in the focus fabric. This is a
nice way to set the octagons -
very easy to sew together!
|This one kind of gives me a headache
when I look at a large piece of it.
However, I think if I break it up a bit
with some color and stacking, it will still
provide some motion but not enough
to make one seasick! We'll see......
|I stacked the focus fabric and am
combining it with some leftover four
stacks. I'm interested to see how
this works :)
|The octagons are ready for their
corners. Since the four stacks were
already stacked, making the
octagons went pretty quickly.
|"Gobsmacked" is all done and the binding will be in the
turquoise. This ended up with so many different designs in it
that I couldn't find a way to describe it, thus the name!
|Even with such a short repeat,
looks like there will be some
good variety in the blocks.
|Up next. This has such a
short repeat but I'm going to
stack it anyway.
|If you've seen many of the quilt
tops, you know that I find the
stacks endlessly fascinating. On
this fabric, the repeat is five inches
one way and three and three
quarters the other way. That tiny
piece of fabric in the lower middle
of the picture is one repeat. There
are ten more blocks to go and I'll
bet all twenty will be different!
|"Black & White" is all done and the
binding will be in the solid black. Love
that sashing and border fabric!
|I'm so pleased with the
pinwheels this fabric made!
|I started out using leftover, floral eight
stacks and made some different sizes of
octagons. Then, I added four stacks
made from leftover two inch strips, again
in florals. I'm going to use the large scale,
multi colored floral in the last picture for
corners and spacers to try to set all of
these together. That last floral is the
fabric left over from making my sewing
room curtains and is a favorite of mine.
|I sewed these together in
groups to make squares or
rectangles so I could move
them around until I got an
arrangement I liked. I think this
is it. Now, to sew it together.
|"Flower Power" is all done and the
binding will be in a floral. The
blocks set in at three, six, nine and
twelve inches. Really enjoyed
working out how to fit all of these
together in an asymmetrical way
and I'm sure I'll try this again with
leftover stacks....maybe today!
|Here's a section of the back.
Although there were a lot of
seams, the blocks went together
and pressed very well.
|This kind of tightly packed designed
fabric makes stacked octagons that are
different, but not knock-your-socks-off
different. What it does really well is
hide seams as in the border blocks in
the lower left picture. Those blocks
have a lot of seams in the pansy fabric,
but the seams hardly show.
|As I was making the blocks for this top, I just made the pieces as I needed them. However, when
using two colors on the criss-cross, it can get confusing, so I made this little chart for next time I use
this design. If you click on the picture, you can see the numbers for each block and piece. This is
for a seven by nine block setting. I didn't put sizes on because you could use different sizes. I
used 1.5 inch squares in the four patches, so each square sets in at one inch and each four patch
sets in at two inches. My octagons will be six and a half inches, when they get their corners on, so
will set in at six inches. I'll thank myself for this chart next time I make this design!
|Here are the 63 blocks before being
sewn together, well, the octagons don't
have their corners yet either. I could
have made those outside blocks as
two-thirds blocks and then put on a two
and a half inch border around the top,
but for some reason, I did it this way.
|The colors are better in
person but this was the best I
could do with my camera.
|"Crisscross Pansies" is all done and
the binding will be in the blue fabric. I
really like this way of setting blocks
and I'll probably try this again.
|I'm using all values in the pinks
and medium/lights in the browns in
these Courthouse Steps blocks.
Hopefully, the constant checked
centers will pull things together.
|Ready to sew these
together. So much fun to
look at all of these pinks &
browns while I was sewing!
|"Pink & Brown Courthouse Steps" is all
done and the binding will be in the
border fabric. This realty shows some
of the many hues in pink and brown!
The strips for this were one and a
quarter inches, so they set in at
three-quarters of an inch.
|I wanted to make another top
like "Flower Power" ( a couple of
tops back) but this time, using all
different kinds of stacked fabrics
instead of just florals.
|Putting on corners and
filling in spaces :)
|"Jambalaya" is all done and
the binding will be in the
border fabric. Love making
these scrappy stacked tops!
|This is one of my all-time
favorite stacking fabrics.
I've made at least two
previous quilt tops with it.
|Love making these
twelve inch blocks!