|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
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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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|"Downtown" is all done and the
binding will be in a cream. I'm
always happy to find another way
to use one inch strips!
|I'm going to do another
top like "Facets" but this
time using value.
|Starting to get a bit more
contrast. I think I'm going to
make this one off-center.
|Just a few more blocks to go.
I had quite a supply of
scrappy black & white
triangles, so I haven't needed
to cut any more for this piece.
|"Uptown" is all done and the
binding will be in white. I loved
sewing this one together
because there are a lot of seams
and they're all taken from the
white, so it really brings the
|I pulled my one and a half inch
squares and I'm playing around with
some four patches and HSTs to see
what I want to make.
|These are still four patches and HSTs,
with nothing sewn together, so I can
change them around if I want to. I had
originally thought I'd use the red in
each block, but now I'm thinking I may
leave some sections with just the four
patches. We'll see....
|I've decided to sew these
together by row instead of
making them into blocks
first. I'm curious to see if I
like working with the 2.5
inch units in that way.
|On sewing these together by row,
instead of making blocks first, it does
give a very nice result, however, it's
pretty tedious. I suspect that by the
time I'm about half way done, I'll be
thinking to myself, "Oh, WOW, I just
remembered that I really need to scrub
my bathroom floor....best do that right
now!" However, as I said, it does give
a very nice result :)
|"Crossings" is all done and the
binding will be in red. I do love
the little one inch squares :)
|Except for one quilt top at the
beginning of the month, I've been
scrapping this entire month! By golly, I
need to stack something :)
|Florals are so
amenable to stacking :)
|I'm making some framed
diamonds. The yellow is cut from a
1.5 inch strip and the black is one
inch wide, which will give a
diamond that will set in at two
inches. These are to go with the
roses and it looks good in my
head, so I'm anxious to see how it
looks in real life :)
|I'm just going to keep thinking
"octagon" and add to these
wedges until I get to the size I
want and then I'll sew the wedges
together to form the octagon.
|One wedge done! All I have to do
is make seven more exactly like
this one, so they'll sew together
well. I believe I've created quite
the challenge for myself :)
|"Rose" is all done and the binding will be in either the blue or the black
dotted background - haven't decided yet. I was so pleased that this all
fit together and that the stacked star in the center turned out well
because this was an ambitious "design as you go" top for me :)
|I think this fabric looks like
something in a dream :)
|I'm using a group of different
grays for the background. I
think the fabric is making
some neat stars :)
|Stars are done! I was delighted
with how many different star in a
star designs this fabric made :)
|I'm going to do a border of Log Cabins
using the fabrics from the blocks plus
the hot pink centers. Right now, when
I look at these, they look like very
angry longhorns, however when the
sides and bottom rows are on, I hope
that longhorn look will go away :)
|My star blocks are ten inches and each Log Cabin is 5.5 inches. I had
thought I'd make up that difference between the body and the border
by adding a narrow spacer strip to the body before I applied the
border. However, now I think I'd like each two Log Cabins to match
one star block, so I'm going to trim a quarter inch on each Log Cabin
from the sides where the greens meet. This will make the border fit
and I really don't think it will effect the look of the Log Cabins.
|"Misty Morn' " is all done and the
binding will be in one of the gray
fabrics. The stacks always amaze me
with the variety you get from one
fabric! I'm sure I'll use the combination
of the stars and Log Cabins again :)
|I wanted to work with some
different batiks and I always like
how they look with black, so I'm
making these tiny stars. I may
add something else or maybe
just do all stars.
|I thought about grouping these by
either color or value and adding
something to my setting triangles, but
since I like them the way they are, I
think I'll just leave them random :)
|"Simply Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in the black. I think,
when batiks are surrounded by
black, they really glow :)
|I'm making some lighter Log
Cabins and I don't know yet if I'll
stay with just these or add
|All ready to sew these
cheerful little cabins
|"Cheerful Cabins" is all done and I
think I'll do a scrappy binding on
this one. Scraps and Log Cabins
sure go well together!
|Here's a close-up of
"Cheerful Cabins." Very
|I really like the watercolor
look of this fabric :)
|I don't know how I'll set
these yet, but they sure are
fun to make!
|Decision making time....these are
the octagons from the first half of
the floral fabric. If I'm going to set
them together or with sashing, I
need to make the second half of
the fabric into octagons. However,
if I'm using an alternate block or
some other design, this is enough
octagons. I'll think on it a bit......
|I think this will be the setting....on point,
with the Asterisk blocks as alternate
blocks. I was going to do the Asterisks
in a mix of the other fabrics I had
auditioned in the last picture, but then I
tried one in the large scale focus
fabric. I really liked the way they turned
out, with the broken lines, so I'll use all
of the Asterisk blocks that way.
|I think the octagons and the
Astericks give a nice airy look
and I do plan to sash these to
keep that open feeling.
|I love sashings and cornerstones and use them a lot. They're
fairly easy to use, however, several things can make them a bit
more confusing....blocks on point, working with a rectangle
instead of a square quilt and not having the sashing on the
outside blocks. This top has all of the
confusion-causing-elements! I didn't want sashing on the outside
blocks because the sashing, cornerstones and setting triangles
are all the same fabric, so it would be some useless seams on the
outside. I do use cornerstones, even when they match the
sashing because I think it lines the blocks up nicely. Seriously,
how many times have I done this, but the sashing on this type of
quilt top still makes me rethink it every time :) I think you can see
above, I'm sewing the blocks together, with their sashing, then
sewing on the row of bottom sashing, then adding the setting
triangles to the row. This all changes as I get to the middle, same
idea just with the sashing on the other side of the row.
|"Octagons & Asterisks" is all done and the binding will be in the
floral focus fabric. On the sashing....it went together easily!
There is just a little partial seaming, but I can never get it straight
in my mind before I have the actual pieces to work with :)
|Still feel like flowers, so I pulled my 3.5
inch floral strips and am cutting a five
inch piece and adding a 1.25 inch strip
to each side. Eventually, I'll arrange
them in the woven design like the top
left, but I'll need to wait until I have them
all done. I've been wanting to work with
this solid, light green and the florals
seem like a good choice to go with it.
|I think that will be enough blocks,
so now I can decide how to
arrange them. I love my florals!
|I really like the design idea of adding to
a rectangle until it's a square and then
placing each other one the opposite
way. This one has each block in a
different fabric and arranged by value.
Next, I think I'll do one with the same
fabric running across and down each
line for a woven look.
|All sewn together and I think I'll do
a border in the green solid. This is
such an interesting design - in
places the rectangles almost look
like apple core blocks!
|"Floral Weave" is all done and the
binding will be in a floral stripe, cut on
the bias. This was so much fun that I
may need to make another one in
some other fabric combination :)
|I'm going to try a woven top in
color graded batiks. This will be
one of those tops where I can't wait
to get the next line of blocks done :)
|I think this is going to make a neat
design....light in the upper left, dark in
the lower right and kind of
checkerboard in the other two corners.
We'll see if that's a good look :)
|So funny...I was anxious to get the
blocks done, but now that they're
done, I'm anxious to sew them
together! However, I know that
once I sew them together, I'll want
to see them with the border, so I'm
stopping for the day :)
|"Woven Batiks" is all done and the
binding will be in the black. When you
use the same fabric for each line, the
woven effect really shows!
|I'm going to do a light and dark
off center Barn Raising Log
Cabin in shades of turquoise
with scrappy orange centers :)
|I love making these :) I think it's fun to
try to get a good balance between
enough variety to keep it from getting
boring and still carrying the design. I'm
not sure yet if I'll stay with the Barn
Raising layout or go for a different one.
|Now, I'm thinking I'll use the
pinwheel setting.....or I may
change my mind again! Gives
me something to think about
as I make more blocks :)
|Blocks are done and now I
just need to decide if I want to
keep this setting or do
something different. So many
ways to set Log Cabins blocks!
|"Pinwheel Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in the border
stripe. I think the Log Cabins look
so different in this setting
compared to the Barn Raising, not
better or worse, just different :)
|Some would call this busy, some
would call it intricate. Whatever
it is, I think it will make some
great stacked blocks :)
|I'm using some different
fabrics for the background so
I get a secondary design
when the blocks are together.
|Good! I think the backgrounds
are making an interesting,
diagonal secondary design :)
|Every once in a while, in the stacking,
you come up with a fabric that gives
almost identical cuts for the size of the
piece you're cutting. Sometimes I
offset a bit as I'm cutting, but I'd rather
do this....just use the two stacked sets
with different points toward the center
of the block and you get two very
|A few setting options! I know
there are lots more with these
blocks, but I think I'll go with
one of these :)
|"Dancing Squares" is all done and the
binding will be in either the black or the
pink - haven't decided yet. Love
working with different backgrounds on
the stacked Lemoyne Stars :)
|Love the detail on this
butterfly print :)
|I'm going with these small
hexies. They'll measure
five inches on the short
width when set in.
|I auditioned a lot of fabrics for
the setting triangles, but kept
coming back to this white with
black dots. Now, to figure out
where to go from here!
|"Night Flight" is all done and the binding
will be in black. With all of those
colorful butterflies flying around, you
wouldn't think I'd have needed to add
the turquoise inner border, but when I
auditioned it without that border, it
really seemed to need some color :)
|You can probably tell that I bought
this fabric with stacking in mind!
|I really think stacking
improves this fabric :)
|More octagons here in "Octagon City"
also known as my sewing room :)
Notice that they look like diamonds on
their side instead of squares. That will
change once the sashing is applied.
|"Chocolate & Cherries" is all done
and the binding will be in the
"chocolate." I love using this layout
with the octagons, I think this is my
third time using it :)
|I love this fabric both for the
bright rainbow colors and also
for all of the spikes :)
|I used four different stacked sets in
this larger star, instead of one cut
from the focus fabric, to give a
more fractured look.
|Lots of moving around of pieces and I
think this is the layout I'll use. Off to
make the pieces for the other two
corners and then I'll know for sure.
|"Rainbows at Play" is all done and the
binding will be in black. Love the way
these bright colors show up on the black :)
|I love this fabric, not only for the
beautiful flowers but also for the
touch of zebra in the background :)
|I'm going to use the same layout as in
the last quilt top, "Rainbows at Play,"
but it will look very different in this
fabric. Again, I used four different
stacks to make this star, although
someday I'll try this size star with just
one large set of stacks.
|The stacked blocks are all
done. I want to do the binding in
that turquoise fabric shown in
the upper right, so I'm going to
add something using a little bit
of that fabric in the spaces that I
have left to fill.
|"Ring of Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in the turquoise used in
the little "butterfly" blocks. I think those
little blocks really added to the circle
appearance of this design!
|This fabric looks like it would have
a very short repeat, but, no. I was
able to stack eight repeats with the
black motifs and the background
stripes four and four. If that
sounds confusing, it was :)
|The unusual stacking is working
fine. It does look like I'm using
two different fabrics!
|I'm going to use some of the colors
from the focus fabric in these alternate
blocks. I made one block to get my
pieces right before I started strip
piecing. I do think I'll change out that
orange for the slightly duller orange
below the block.
|OK, so I changed both the orange
and the purple! I do think the
alternate block on the top goes
much better with the stacked
blocks, so now I'm happy :)
|"Southwestern Sunset" is all done and the binding will be in black. I'm so
pleased with the way this alternate block works with the stacked octagons :)
|The little wine glasses are making
some nice geometric looking blocks :)
|I think I'll use these strip
pieced Kaleidoscope blocks
for alternate blocks. I like the
offset strip, so, another way to
use those one inch strips!
|I think everyone has their own sewing
process. For me, once I'm committed
to a design, I like to sew a bunch of
different parts of the blocks, then
press them all, then go back to the
sewing and do the next step on each
group. Keeps me from getting bored
and this way, with each sew/press
stage, I'm usually finishing something.
|On the alternate blocks, I'm
turning every other one the
opposite way because, well
just because I like seeing
them both ways :)
|"Wine Fest" is all done and the
binding will be in the green fabric.
I really like that alternate block
used with the octagons and I'm
sure I'll revisit that combination!
|This was such a fun
fabric for stacking :)
|A beginning...of what I'm
not sure yet. I think I'll just
keep bordering this in kind
of a medallion style.
|This picture is a little closer
to the true colors than the
last shot. This is a design
as you go project :)
|Many decisions! In the first picture, the triangle units are ready to be sewn on - they're half and three quarter
Lemoyne Stars in two different sizes. The second picture shows that completed. The third shot is trying out a
pieced border. The four units would fit perfectly, so eight on a side would work, however I wanted a border
before the pieced border, so I used nine units and added the inner border in a width to make those nine units
fit. Pictures 4, 5, 6, and 7, I'm auditioning for that inner border and deciding which direction to use the pieced
border. The last picture shows the inner border on and the pieced border ready :)
|"Timeless Red & White" is all done and the binding will be in the
solid red. This was fun to just get a bunch of coordinating
fabrics out and start from the middle, planning as I went.
However, it's also lots of measuring and not being sure how
things will look, but I'm really happy with the end result :)
|Both color and
|I decided on pinwheels
for this fun fabric :)
|I don't usually mix mirror image stacks
with regular ones, but I like these
together, so I'll use the mirror image
ones for alternate blocks. This is one
of those unusual fabrics where the
back side is just a bit lighter than the
front, so it's good for mirror images.
|All ready for the setting
triangles and then I can
sew these together :)
|"Sassy" is all done and the
binding will be in the bright focus
fabric. I really like the way these
two blocks form circles :)
|You can really see the difference
between the regular blocks and the
mirror image blocks in this close shot.
|Poor picture because this fabric
is much nicer in person!
|Good, I have a plan :) I think one of the things
that keeps piecing so interesting for me is that
there is so much difference between the time
when I'm thinking about what I want to do and
then the time when I know and I just need to do
it. I like both times....it's like I enjoy all of the
seasons and really like that they change.
|Still not a good picture of the colors, but this will have
to be a mystery fabric until I can get a good picture!
The reason I like octagons so much is that you can
make some and see what they look like before you
have to decide how to set them or what fabrics to use
with them. I do think I'll use that piece of the focus
fabric in this one because it really is pretty.
|All ready to sew these
together. It's always nice to see
the blocks sewn together, but
this one will be particularly nice
because so many of the
octagon corners are flipping out
on the design wall!
|"Golden Age" is all done and
the binding will be in the
border fabric. Really like this
layout and may have to do it
again in scrappy octagons!
|I'm going to try the same
design as the last quilt
top, but this time with
scrappy octagons. We'll
see how it goes......
|I don't have all of the octagons made yet,
but I wanted to see if I should put the light
octagons in the black line and the dark in
the light line, like on the left or the other way
around, as on the right. I'm going to go with
the one on the right because this has so
much going on anyway but the one on the
left intrigued me and I may revisit it. I was
surprised at how different the two looked.
When the corners are on the octagons that
would also increase the difference.
|I haven't decided on the
center yet, but I think I'll go
ahead and sew together
what I can so I'll be able to
see more clearly what I
need for the center.
|I decided on this block for the
center and I'll be able to use the
black & red floral for my border.
You can see how scrappy the
background is in this close up!
|All done and I haven't decided on the
binding yet, probably either a red or
black print. Fun working on this and
remembering the original quilt tops
the fabrics were used in :)
|I decided to use some white and
to make some of the ten degree
dresdens with a square stacked
center and the rest of them the
way I usually do. We'll see how
it comes along :)
|I've worked with this fabric before
and used the ten degree ruler and
a rust colored fabric with it. I'll try
to do something a little different
with the ten degree ruler this time.
|I'm having fun using all of these
different stacked blocks together. I
haven't sewn the centers to the
blocks yet but just have them
pinned up there. Hopefully, when
this is together, the whites will
show as the dominate design.
|"With White" is all done and the
binding will be in a blue to match
the blue in the focus fabric. Lots
of piecing to get that many
repetitions and I really like the way
the white, which is a background,
becomes the focal point!
|Quite Bright, Right?
|Yeah! That's what I wanted to see
:) Some of the motifs in the fabric
are large enough so you get some
areas of color but the design is
also intricate enough to give great
variety in the stacks.
|Sometimes, when I have a
bright focus fabric, I like to
make it even brighter :)
|I liked these octagons to start
with, but as I added each of
the five background solids, I
liked them even more :)
|"Spicy" is all done and the
binding will be in an orange, one
shade darker. I love the
combination of the blend in the
background and the colorful
designs in the octagons :)
|You can see some of the
octagon designs in this
|Normally, I'd call this
fabric pretty bright but,
after the last quilt top,
this seems subdued!
|I think this is what I'll do with this
fabric. Funny, even when I'm
not actually making octagons, I
make things that look like
octagons....I like octagons :)
|I think I'm going to use these
blocks as a center and work
out with something different.
|I really wanted to use the stripe in
this focus fabric in some way.
Finally, I decided on these mitred
corners on the central square.
Now, to decide on a border.....
|When I cut those eight large
triangles for the background, I
wanted all of the trees to be
"growing" from the middle out and I
also wanted to use stacked fabric.
So, I ended up with a number of
four stacked, large triangles, which
I wanted to use, so I decided on
this border. Since the trees in the
print don't "grow" straight, the four
triangle squares have a nice twisty
look to them. Here's hoping that
the border fits well!
|Border pieced are made but
before I trim and apply them, I think
I'll go veg out in front of the TV :)
|"Tropical Medley" is all done and the binding will go back to the focus fabric. I
love this border because you can use anything - log cabins, squares, four
patches, nine patches, hearts, etc.- where I've used the stacked hour glass
blocks. I've used the border a lot but it still remains a challenge for me! This
top turned out to be 62 inches square, which is big for me.
|It'll be fun to decide how
to set these :)