|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
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 interested.
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
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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.
|"Stars in the Flowers" is all done and
the binding will be in the floral focus
fabric. Although it looks black in the
picture, the background is actually
navy blue. Love making these stars
with the stacked background!
|If you click on this close-up,
you can see that the blue &
white check in the sashing.
|This fabric is a voile, which is
so nice for making stacks.
|A packed floral is so reliable
for making stacks :)
|Well, these are cheerful looking
little guys! On to the corners :)
|These are grouped a bit to get a
diagonal lightness through the center
and I've applied the corners and the
vertical sashing. On to the
cornerstones and horizontal sashing.
|"Pink & Orange Octagons" is
all done and the binding will
be in the green floral used for
the cornerstones. Loved
working with this fabric!
|I've used this fabric before and have seven repeats of
half the width of the fabric left. I'm going to start
making these blocks and see if I'll want to add another
block or sashing after I've seen some blocks
together. To make this, I just lay out the center
square and then make the three stacked squares on
each side match the corner of the center square. I'm
using the low contrast HSTs for the other two spaces
on this one, although I also like a four patch or just a
plain print in those two spaces.
|I think is a beautiful fabric.
The gold etching shows up
so well in person!
|I tried a few layouts with these
blocks and I think they really
need sashing, so I'll go sash!
|Now, I'm anxious to see
it sewn together!
|These blocks set in at seven and a
half inches, so the setting triangles
were going to be pretty large. I set
in the pink squares to add a little
interest to the triangles.
|"Sister Blocks" is all done and the
binding will be in the cream fabric.
I just think of this block as a sister
block because the two sections are
the same, yet different.
|These are four stacks leftover
from making other quilt tops. It's
really nice to have a variety of
already-stacked fabrics ready to
be made into something!
|I'm going to make some
quarter square triangle blocks
and then see what I've got :)
|Quite the mix! Now, to figure
out how to set them.......
|I played around with the layout a bit. I think the first one
is awful! If the blocks had been on point, I think I could
have used that layout, but then the quilt top would have
been far too large for me. The second one is kind of a
light to dark, checkerboard fade, which I would be OK
with, however, I like the third one best.
|"Pot Luck" is all done and I haven't
decided on the binding yet.
Nothing I like better than working
with a whole bunch of diverse
fabrics, all the better when they're
stacked :) These are made from
the leftover stacks from 21
different quilt tops.
|Sometimes, I enjoy the challenge
of an "unusual" fabric. This one
qualifies as "unusual!"
|I think if I get enough of the scrappy,
dark blues in the background, this
focus fabric will be fine :)
|I think these are the three blocks I'll
use, the star, the octagon and the
spinner. The octagon and spinner are
6.5 inches, so I can use a lot of the
scrappy blues to bring them up to the
ten inch size of the stars. I'm going to
border them on just two sides so their
placement will be off center.
|It's beginning to fill in! I added the
maroon and blue four patches to
bring out the maroon color in the
focus fabric a bit. I'll keep filling in
the spaces until I can combine the
pieces to make blocks and then I
can rearrange those.
|"Stars & Octagons & Spinners, Oh, my!"
is all done and the binding will be in the
maroon with navy stars fabric, used in
some of the four patches. In my mind, I
call this kind of quilt top a "Fill the
Spaces" type. Just starting with some
blocks and then filling the spaces. I think
this was a good use of the "challenging"
focus fabric :)
|I decided to put the eight hexies I
had made in with my scrappy
stacked hexies and go with stars
for this top. Hopefully, the next
picture will show the colors better!
|"Springtime Fresh" is all done and the
binding will be in the cream fabric.
Those asterisk blocks are so handy to
have to combine with other blocks!
|I don't have much of this fabric,
so, something small....maybe a
|"Hexie Table Runner" is all done
and the binding will be in the
focus fabric. So different to make
something this size!
|This fabric is almost the same on
both the front and the back, so I can
make some mirror image stacks :)
|I've used this fabric previously for
another quilt top, so I didn't have a lot
of it left. There was enough eight
stacks for the mirror image blocks on
the left and then I had four stacks, so I
made the alternate blocks using
those. The mirror image blocks, using
the front and the back of the fabric
alternately, always intrigue me.
|I seldom find a fabric where the front
and back are close enough to each
other to make this kind of block.
|"Mirror Images" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus
fabric. I used the wide red
border because the center
seemed to have a lot going on :)
|Here's another fabric that's
almost the same front and
back, so, more mirror images!
|This is a pretty intricate looking block!
It's a mirror image eight stack octagon
with triangles added to the end of each
octagon section. They look a bit like
blocks that were fussy cut from a
|I think the black is really
good for these blocks :)
|"Swirls in the Mirror" is all done
and the binding will be in black. I'll
really be looking for more fabrics
to do the mirror images with!
|This was such a good fabric
for the mirror images :)
|I'm going to try this one next.....
|Having that second section on
the ends of the octagon wedges
really makes a difference.
|This fabric made such
delicate designs :)
|"Fanciful" is all done and the binding
will be in the red. There are a lot of
seams where these blocks come
together, but I really like this design, so
I'll probably do it again sometime :)
|This one is fun to
look at close up!
|Log Cabin time! These fabrics are scrappy
whites combined with the lighter scraps from
my precut Log Cabin box. I'm using the hot
pink centers instead of the more traditional
reds because, well, because I like them :) I'm
going to try the Crossed Ribbons layout, but if
that doesn't look good, I'll go to one of the
stronger Log Cabin layouts, like Barn Raising.
|I love watching the Crossed
Ribbons design begin to emerge
as I put blocks up on the design
wall. I wasn't sure how these
scraps combined with the white
would show in this design but I
think it's working well :)
|"Summer Cabins" is all done and
the binding will be in the hot pink
used in the block centers. The
whites and light colors combined is
such a cheerful combination!
|Still feeling like doing Log Cabin
blocks :) This time, I'm not using
black or white/beige fabrics and I'm
using a lot more medium values in
both the light and dark sides. The
Barn Raising is such a strong
design that I think it will work.
|This Log Cabin setting is so strong! I
have mediums, sometimes of the same
fabric, in both the light and dark
sections and still, the design is quite
clear. Love Log Cabins!
|Blocks are done and time to sew
them together and tighten up the
design :) Looking at the picture, I
see one block that's turned the
wrong way. Pictures are so helpful!
|"Scrappy Barn Raising" is all done and the binding will be in the red
used in the block centers. I think this ended up having kind of a
transparency look :) On one of the other pictures, I said that one block
was turned the wrong way - well, it wasn't. It was just a poor
combination of fabrics on the light and dark. I moved it to the bottom
right corner and left it in. Considering how many blocks there are, I
was OK with only one of them that didn't carry the light/dark design.
However, that will cause me pause the next time I mix so many
mediums in because apparently "anything goes" is not quite true :) If
there had been more blocks like that, I would have had to redo them!
|Another Log Cabin because Log
Cabins have endless variety and I
have endless scraps - which is a good
thing since I love scraps! This time, I'm
using the four patch for a block center
with two white squares, plus one dark
and one light. I think the whites will
make a nice path.
|Ready to sew this together.
Really going through some
scraps here :)
|"Snowcapped Cabins" is all done and the binding will
be in dark scrappy. It's interesting, there are two
light rounds and two dark rounds on each block but
the "snowcaps" make the whole top very light. .
|I wanted to work with my two inch scraps. I really love having my
groups of cut scraps! The scraps are sorted by color and then all of
the ones that don't fit into a color group - mostly from stacking fabrics.
I took the black and white group and laid them out light to dark and
then picked them up in a pile. I counted out eighty of them and then
made three piles of about that size, adding plain whites and plain
blacks to get up to the right size piles. That would yield about 120 four
patches when combined with the colored squares. I'm not sorting the
colored piles, but just going through making four patches of pairs as
they come up. If there is more than one pair of a fabric, I'll make
several four patches. I'm going to arrange them in an off-center,
on-point, spiral fade and just keep going until I've used all of the black
& whites. I can always add more blacks at the end if I need them.
Love making this kind of top where I'm anxious to see what I get :)
|The four patches are done. Pretty easy when
the squares are already cut! I really enjoy
watching these grow! I try not to mess with my
original fabric pull too much because I like to
see what the scraps will create. I did add a few
black & whites in the middle and a few brighter
colors in the mixed scraps. Since the squares
will set in at one and a half inches, I'm going to
leave it at this size, which will be pretty small
once the seams are taken. I could keep going
and make this a rectangle but I wanted a
square and I'm out of space for the width on
my design wall. On to the setting triangles and
then I can sew it together.
|"Scrappy Glow" is all done and the
binding will be in black. I like the way
the scraps worked out in this one to
give some areas where the colored
squares stand out and some areas
where there is more of a blend. The
squares set in at an inch and a half, so
this isn't very large.
|So many different
scrappy fabrics in this!
|Still with the two inch squares. In the
last quilt top, I used a lot of the
designed squares and this time I'm
using ones that have more definite
color. I'm pairing them with white,
making four patches and when I get all
of the colors done, I can think about
|These have become so wonky as I
placed them on the design wall, so it
will be really nice to get them sewn
together and straightened out!
|I moved some of the four patches
around a bit to change the shape of
the light area and I decided to add the
round of 3.5 inch squares. I'll go back
to the white for the setting triangles.
Note that I have yet again let this get
larger than my design wall!
|"Drifts of Color" is all done and the
binding will be in white. Color wheel
colors and scrappy is a really nice
combination to work with!
|I still have the two inch squares out
and wanted to use more of the ones
that don't fit into a color group, mostly
novelty prints. I'm going to make stars
with a particular color, but make them
very scrappy. I curious to see just how
scrappy I can get and still have the
54-40 or Fight Star show up.
|These are super scrappy,
but I think having the stars
of one color scraps is
working. We'll see when I
get more colors done.....
|Starting to take shape :)
|I do love super scrappy! Now, to
decide on the setting triangles....
|I decided to continue the scrappiness
out into the setting triangles and also
to finish off the places where four
darks combined to form a square.
|"Twinkling Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in one of the
background neutrals. Always happy to
find a way to use a lot of scrappy
|I felt like making some strip sets with a
lot of color. So, I pulled orange, red,
purple, pink and yellow. I cut 160 strips
at 18 inches and then grouped them in
five dark to light groups. I don't have
the same number of strips in each color
and the dark to light groups aren't exact
either. I'll try to keep a dark to light
progression in each strip set, without
regard to color. I'm curious to see how
the strip sets look!
|The "ribbons" are
beginning to show :)
|It's filling in :) I think the light to
dark progression gives so much
depth to this design!
|Lots of color! Time to
sew these together :)
|All done and the binding will be in red.
I really wanted something with intense
color and I couldn't be more pleased
with this :) The work on this one went
a little slowly because we had our
family movies put on DVD and we just
got them back. So interesting for me
to watch us from 1967 on :) A lot of
years and a lot of turkeys cooked!
|So far this month, I've been working
with the two inch squares and strips.
Now, I'm moving up to the 2.5 inch
strips. I'm going to do a Scrappy Trip
in pink and black/gray/whites.
|I'll start with an off center
Barn Raising layout and
we'll see if I stay with that.
|I'm using five strips in a block with every
other one of the pinks. On the end
strips of each block, I'm making some in
fabrics that are very close so you get
that thicker look once in a while. I want
a really scrappy look.
|After much rearranging, I'm
ready to sew these together!
|"Broken Paths" is all done and
the binding will be in either pink
or gray. The Scrappy Trips are
always fun to make :)
|I wanted to work with madras &
muslin in some kind of traditional
block. I decided on the Snail's
Trail just because I haven't made
these for a long time.
|Playing around with these as I
get some blocks done. I don't
know how I'll set them yet but I'm
liking the mixed plaids :)
|I was toying with the idea of filling in
the edges with plaids, like on the left,
instead of the white sections, but now
I'm leaning more toward the layout on
the right with the partial designs
around the edges. We'll see.....
|Ready to sew these together!
Love this block and need to
make it more often :)
|"Madras & Muslin Snail's Trail" is all
done and the binding will be in a
plaid cut on the bias. Always love
working with the madras & muslin! .
|It's snowing & blowing like mad here!
When I went to choose fabrics for
today, bright seemed like a good idea
:) I needed Flying Geese and these
two rulers make good ones that don't
need to be trimmed.
|Laughing....yes, this is going to be
bright! I was planning on using the
yellow and orange fabrics as constants
and just the pinwheel sections in
scrappy oranges. However, now, I
think I may use some different yellows
to make this more scrappy and provide
|I could tame these a bit with some
sashing, but I think I'll use them
this way and go for wild :)
|"Intensity" is all done and the binding
will be in the darker orange
background fabric. Really liked
making this Louisiana Block because I
think it has a lot of "twirl" to it!
|I'm going to try an Irish Chain with
scrappy green, blue and
turquoise 2.5 inch squares.
|After working with the warm
colors for a few days, it's
really nice to see all of these
cool colors :) Love my fabrics!
|Growing! Such fun to choose the
squares for this. I started with my
already cut 2.5 inch squares and
have been adding squares cut
from my 2.5 inch strips that are too
short for effective strip piecing.
|To make the chains turn out
even, I need an odd number of
blocks. A five by five layout was
smaller than I wanted, so I'm
doing a five by seven.
|"Cool Irish Chain" is all done
and the binding will be in a
blue. Loved making this :)
|All month, I've been scrapping and
haven't made any stacks! So
strange! This delicate print will be
nice to work with after all of the
colorful scrappy tops.
|Octagons and finished! I was
planning on using a very pale
lavender fabric with these, but
now I think I'm going to go very
dark with the alternate blocks.
|I decided on this very subdued purple
for the background because I wanted a
high contrast. The alternate block
cornerstones are in scrappy creams.
|Ready to sew these together! In
the alternate block, the center sets
in at two inches and the
cornerstones at one inch. I'm
anxious to see the little chains
once the blocks are sewn together.
|I love the way these little
chains go together :)
|"Delicate Chains" is all done
and the binding will be in the
purple. You can see the detail
much better in the next picture!
|I've got a bunch of scrappy HSTs cut
to size with the Easy Angle ruler, so I
can make them and not have to trim -
hoo-ray! This is the block I'm going to
make, which looks like nothing now.
I've made this one before, so I know it
works out to form a design, as long as I
can keep my lights and darks straight :)
|When I'm working with a block like this where I'm inclined to
forget which way I want the seams pressed, I make one block
and then leave it on the ironing board. Then, as I bring units
over to press them, I can see which way the seams go, press
the unit and put it on top of the first block to keep everything in
order. Speaking of ironing boards, since I use spray starch a
lot, my ironing board cover would get nasty quickly. So, I have
a group of cloths, cut in rectangles that cover most of the
ironing board. I put them over the main cover, use about eight
straight pins along the edges to keep them in place and then
they're easy to remove and launder every couple weeks.
|The design is beginning to
show. I'm trying to get just
enough lights and darks to make
the design, but also enough
mediums to make one work a
little bit to see it. It's kind of a
very scrappy Hunter's Star
|Growing! Whenever I make a
stacked Lemoyne star there is an
eight stack of HSTs at the end of
each stacked strip. You can
imagine how many of these I have!
They seem to be working out well in
this design, which makes me happy :)
|Ready to sew these together! It
will be nice to see the design
tighten up a bit when the blocks
are sewn :)
|"A Gathering of Scraps" is all done
and the binding will be light
scrappy. Always nice to find
something that I like to use the
scrappy triangles, which seem to
accumulate at an alarming rate!
|I'm making some off-center Log
Cabins and I'll decide on the
layout after I get a few made.
The strips set in at half an inch
and one and one quarter inches.
|I think the scrappy bindings
look so pretty when they're
rolled like this :)
|I was thinking of doing every other
block with the lights and darks
reversed, however, now I think I'll
stay with this layout. The lights look
a bit like butterflies :) I can also see
rounded pinwheels and shapes with
two rounded edges and two square
edges. I like a design where I can
see different things depending on
how I look at it.
|I'm going with the "butterfly" design on
the left, but I turned a few blocks
around in the lower left corner of the
picture on the right just to see what
they looked like. Very different! I like
that wave....another time :) It would be
neat done in cool colors and then the
whites, like ocean waves with foam.
Not enough hours in the day!
|"Butterflies at the Cabin" is all done
and the binding will be in a
green/blue/purple print. I really like
trying different layouts with the Log
Cabins made with two sizes of strips!
|I have a plethora of one inch strips! I'm going to combine some
of the blacks, browns, tans and creams into these Log Cabins.
Right now, I'm thinking I'll just have the red centers and little bits
of color that show up in the strips that have a print, but we'll see
how long that lasts :) I don't often make the Log Cabins with
the strips matching on two sides, but I do like that look. Since
these set in at half an inch, they take a while, but, if I get bored,
I can combine them with something else.
|The narrow strips do not go quickly, but I really love
them, so I'll be patient :) When I start a controlled
scrappy, I like to make a few blocks first to see just
how scrappy I want to get. The four blocks on the
right were the first ones and I decided I wanted a bit
more scrappiness, so I added strips that had more
different colors and pattern in them will still staying
with the black/brown, tan idea. Still don't know how I
want to set these but I do know I want more of them.
|I think this will be the layout. I
wanted some red stars but
solid stars seemed heavier
than I wanted, so I'm using
what I call, "Hollow Stars."
|"Mini Cabins" is ll done and the binding will be in red. The blocks set in at five and
a half inches, so it's not very big but I'm so pleased with the way it looks :) This did
use a lot of the black/brown/tan one inch strips but there are still lots left in those
colors. The stars are made using 2.5 inch squares with 1.5 inch squares for a
stitch and flip. They make a 6.5 inch star and then I trimmed to six inches.
|Still playing with the one inch
strips and Log Cabins :)
|I think you can see
where this is going :)
|I've taken some liberties with the
rainbow here, so I guess it's
"rainbow-ish." On to the center.....
|Funny....I had in mind that I'd place
these with the colors of the outside
blocks kind of matching the central
block as on the right, however, now I
think I prefer the one on the left, with
the central block turned to bring some
complimentary colors near each other.
I'm offsetting the blocks to give a
circular look to the outside blocks.
|"Rainbow in the Round" is all done and the binding will be in a gray dotted fabric. When I went to
do the spacer strips to get the rounded look, I found that the background fabric looked so
different in a piece that was larger than the strips that were already set in. So, I just did all of the
spacers in the same strips to set in at one and a quarter inches. I think the strips that set in at
half an inch look so cool in the monochromatic blocks! So pleased with the final result on this :)
|A beginning! Same block - one inch
and one and three quarter inch strips.
Just green and white this time and half
of the blocks will be in the opposite
orientation, with the green strips
narrow and the white wider. I'm using
a one and three quarter center and
using the same solid green for all of
the blocks made this way.
|I got enough blocks done to play a bit! The first one was
what I thought I'd do, but I don't like it. Number 7 is the same
thing in reverse and I like that one better. I think number 2
would be good with more traditional looking fabrics. Anyway,
I'm going to go with the large positive/negative circles in
number 6. Don't know why - they just interest me :)
|Ready to sew these together,
which will be fun because they
look so messy on the design
wall with corners flipped up, etc.
|"Circles" is all done and the
binding will be in green. I think this
has a contemporary look :)
|These strips set in at half an inch on
the black and three quarters of an inch
on the colors. I'm just going to keep
adding to these until I get tired or the
strips start to be difficult to apply,
whichever comes first :)
|When making something like this, I like
to take pictures along the way to see
how my colors are working. Looking at
these, I can see that I need to add
some brighter blues and also get some
lighter strips in the colors.
|Fun watching this one grow :)
|"Log Cabin Rainbow" is all done and the
binding will be in black. This one is only
about 38 inches square, but the rainbow
colors really shine! With the strips being
only a quarter inch different from one
another, the shape ends up as kind of an
octagon/circle. You can't see this in the
picture, but the background is made with
scrappy blacks, so you get a design from
the slight differences in their intensity.
|This one shows up nice
with a backlit shot :)