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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.
|The picture on the left that I'm trying to
do is one of the many traditional
Drunkard's Path layouts. On the right,
the upper left quadrant has been sewn
together and I turned it to check the
blocks in the upper right quadrant. So
much easier to see when the blocks
are sewn together!
|"Swirling Cabins" is all done and I haven't decided on the binding
yet. The block placement was a challenge on this one but I love
the result! The "logs" set in at three quarters of an inch on one
side and one and a quarter inch on the other side.
|"Yellow & Orange Cabins" is all done
and the binding will be in a yellow &
orange print. I like all the different
designs this kind of Log Cabins make
when they're set together. The "logs"
set in at three quarters of an inch.
|After all of the yellow and orange
of the last quilt top, I wanted
something in cool colors, so a
light to dark Log Cabin in purples.
|I'm always excited to see what
the next round looks like when
doing this kind of quilt top!
|Getting darker :) I see I
have two blocks turned the
wrong way in the upper left.
|Ready to sew these together. Love
making this kind of top! As I get to
those last rounds where there's only
one, two or three blocks in the round,
it's a challenge to keep cutting enough
fabrics to get a good variety.
|"Purple Cabin Fade" is all done and the binding will be
in a purple. The process of making this kind of top is
enjoyable the whole way through :)
|Thinking about how to use
these cute little paper dolls.....
|There were eight different paper
dolls, so I cut them out and tried a
few arrangements. I decided on the
bottom left and then framed them in a
double pink. I'll going to go with
1930's repro fabrics because that's
what the dolls look like.
|A plan! These fabrics always
please me. The red with little white
mice, the black with circus figures,
the Uncle Sam hats, etc.
|"Paper Dolls" is all done and the binding will be in the double
pink used to frame the dolls. Making this sure brought back
memories of many hours spent playing with paper dolls :)
|I think I'll scatter some other
kind of block among these,
after I get more cabins made.
|Right now, it's looking like there's
too much white around the stars.
I'll wait until I get all the stars made
and then I may take the corners of
the star blocks or cut them down
and do a round of the light scrappy
pieces around them. We'll see......
|The more I looked at the colored
stars on white, the more I realized
they just weren't what I wanted. So, I
tried one in white on scrappy with
larger star points, like on the upper
left and that's the look I want :)
|The box on the left is cut to size one
and a quarter inch strips to be used for
Log Cabins - lights on the left - darks
on the right. I have another box of one
and a half inch strips also cut into "logs"
and I add to both as I'm working along
and come to smaller pieces of fabric.
When I pair the lights with white, as in
the current quilt top, it always surprises
me at how dark they look!
|"Five White Stars" is all done
and the binding will be either a
light blue or light scrappy -
haven't decided yet. What
would I do without Log Cabins!
|It's been almost two months since I've
made a top with stacks! Love this
swirly fabric and I've used the first half
of it in the past to make my usual
octagons. This time I'll use it for a
|This block takes three sets of
stacks, one set to surround the
central yellow square, one for the
HSTs and the last set for the four
squares. So, I'm working with four
repeats of the fabric. Everything is
based on a 3.5 inch square.
|Ready to make the alternate
blocks. I like making these
because I get to choose the
different sets of stacks for
|This design changes so much as
each new element is added!
|"Blue & Yellow Symmetry" is all
done and the binding will be in
the blue border fabric. Lots of
different stacks in each block!
|I'm going to make three-stacks with
these two stripes and then
combine them into hexagons.
|So far, so good :) I think
these have a jewel look.
|Coming along! As I got nearer the
edge, I replaced the lighter stripe with
the dark turquoise fabric and then I
replaced the dark stripe with the dark
green, which looks like a black in the
picture. I'll probably arrange the
hexies in the center to get a little
more grouping of color.
|I'm being very slow at
sewing this one together. I
blame Netflix :)
|"Jewels" is all done and the binding will be in one of the
stripes, cut on the bias. Hard to get the colors right in
the picture - really more green instead of yellow and the
triangles that look black are green.
|You have to look very
carefully to see the
Cancan dancers now.
|I decided to group these
instead of using a random
layout. I've added the corners
and the vertical sashing.
|"Cancan" is all done and the binding
will be in the focus fabric. The
cornerstones set in at three-quarters
of an inch. This really changed a lot
from the original fabric! Pictures &
comments in Piecing 2017 Set 2.
|Always happy to be making
Log Cabins! I'm combining
light and dark browns with
miscellaneous stripes in a
simple Barn Raising setting.
|Up close, you can see there are
some pretty wild stripes in this.
However, from a distance, the
browns really subdue them.
|"Confetti Cabins" is all done and the
binding is in one of the stripes, cut
on the bias. I think the stripes
jazzed up the browns and the
browns calmed down the stripes :)
My first thought was to use all
stripes but I was afraid that would
just be confusing looking. Who
knows, maybe I'll try that some day!
|"Black & White Cabins" is all done and the binding will be in
black. The rainbow colored centers kept me from getting tired
of making the black & white blocks :)
|More cabins! This time it will be much
more blendy. I'm using light and
medium blue florals and keeping the
same four fabrics in each round.
|"Blue Floral Cabins" is all done and the binding will
be in a blue. Since the "logs" set in at
three-quarters of an inch, at a distance, this is very
blendy and up close you can see the florals.
|These are four stacks and I wanted to
use that dotted companion fabric in
some way. I'll have to decide on an
alternate block once I get enough of
these made to see how they look.
|This is what I decided on for
the alternate blocks, so now
all of the decisions are
made and it's just sewing :)
|"Four & Eight Stacks" is all done and the binding will be
in the green. I look forward to using this design again :)
|Using the values this way and adding
the frame gives the Kaleidoscope
block kind of an Irish Chain look.
|So far, so good! I could
just use some scrappy
neutral four or nine patches
in the spaces, but I think I'm
going to do something else.
|I think I'll add a three-quarter inch
sashing to these to give a little more
space and lightness. It will also extend
the diagonals and add a different size
square to them. As always, the
sashing will be a good place for all of
those seams to go!
|Good! Glad I went for the
sashing and I love the way that
tiny sashing cornerstone shows
up in the diagonals :)
|"Scrappy Stars & Chains" is all done and the
binding will be in a light floral. I like that the chain
is formed of different sizes and shapes.
|Some simple four stacks
and now to think of the
|Here are the alternate blocks - time
to sew them together! What looks
like black here is a very dark blue.
|"Blue Roses" is all done and the binding
will be in a solid, medium blue to match
one of the blues in the focus fabric. I
don't often use the focus fabric I've used
for stacks as a border, but this one was
so beautiful that I wanted to show it.
|I feel like making some scrappy floral
stars, some high contrast and some
not. I don't know yet how I'll set these
but they're fun to make. I think this
star looks so different when on point
but I like it both ways.
|I still don't know what I'm doing
with these, but I'm having fun
making them while I decide.
|Blocks are finished, arranged
and have the sashing sewn
on one side. Time for the
|My costume for this evening - two
large HST wings tacked to the arms
and bottom of my black sweater and
the iron on legend tacked to the
front of the sweater. So yes, it's me-
The Old Bat :) As always, you can
click to enlarge this.
|You can see my daughter is
much more ambitious than I am!
She and my fifth-grade
grandson made this costume of
Hela from the new Thor movie.
|"Stars Amid the Flowers" is all done
and the binding will be in another light
floral. Fun choosing the fabric pairs
for all of those blocks!
|Next up - some scrappy,
patriotic log cabins!
|Ready to sew these together! Although
the same fabrics are sometimes used in
the different rounds, they're in different
combinations, so I think each round
looks a little different. Also, in the dark
rounds, I added at least one fabric that
was very different in value from the
others so there would be a zig-zag
effect that would show within the round.
Anxious to see these sewn together.
|"Patriotic Cabins" is all done and the binding will be in
another red, white and blue fabric. The logs set in at
three quarters of an inch, so the prints really blend.
|I have three repeats and
some extra of this pretty
|I really like the large floral
bouquet, so I think I'm going to
use a panel of it surrounded by
diagonal three stacks set in
scrappy greens. We'll see as I
get more blocks made.
|I like the way the stacked
diagonals are showing up
on the scrappy greens.
|Blocks are all done. When I saw the
panel with the blocks finished, I
decided it showed up more than I
wanted, so I softened it a bit by taking
off the corners, as on the right.
|"Bouquet on Green" is all done and the binding is in
a dark rose, as in the focus fabric. I really like the
way the diagonal lines peak in and out :)
|Same block as in the last quilt top but this
time using a stripe printed on the
diagonal along with light to dark scrappy
browns and set in an off center Barn
Raising layout. Laughed a bit at that
huge sentence but that's how my quilt
planning goes in my head :)
|"Diagonal Stripes" is all done and the
binding will be in the striped fabric. I'm
sure I'll be using a diagonal printed
stripe in this way again sometime.
Each tan or brown is a different fabric.
|I've used this fabric before, so
there's not as much left as I usually
work with. There are some four
stacks and a bit in six stacks.
|"Autumn Stars" is all done and the binding will be in the focus fabric.
This was a design as you go type top. It went very quickly because I
didn't want to stop until I saw if each new section was going to fit!
|I wanted to work with something light - this should do it :) I'm using
four stacks for the star backgrounds and the stars are in a
mottled fabric, although they look white here.
|The stars and the alternate blocks.
On to the setting triangles :)
|"Delicate Stars" is all done and the binding will be in
the light blue. This is one of those light quilt tops
that shows up much better in person!
|I really liked the look of the diagonal
printed stripes I used a couple of tops
back and I wondered if I could use a
straight stripe, like this brown & white,
cut on the bias for some star corners.
This worked well and I added a
scrappy brown frame to be sure the
bias edge on the stars would be stable.
|"Scrappy Brown Stars & Stripes" is all done and
the binding will be in the stripe, cut on the bias. I
really liked using a stripe this way :)
|I used four stacks here, some cut straight and some cut on
the bias to get the stripes running the way I wanted them.
Once I had the four sections with the stripes done, I just
figured out something to put in the center space and the
four corner spaces. The star will set in at twelve inches.
|"Party Stripes" is all done and the binding will be in the solid
orange. The background is in scrappy whites. I think this
uneven stripe worked well for making each star a little different.
|I had four repeats of this stripe, so I'm
combining it with scrappy greens.
What looks like black in the block on
the right is actually a dark green.
|The blocks and the alternate
blocks. Now, to work out something
for the setting triangles.
|Setting triangles are done,
time to sew these together.
|"The Greens" is all done and the
binding will be in yet another green.
The border looks brown or black here,
but it's really green! The little
yellow/green squares set in at three
quarters of an inch but I think they
make a big impact.
|Once I had this star in mind, I couldn't
think of any way to do it other than
applying the two solid edges to each
tiny triangle. I used some strip
piecing for the first solid piece on
each triangle and then did the other
side. I really didn't know if it would go
together nicely until the end and I'm
so pleased that it did!
|A different kind of stripe this
time. Just trying out some
layouts to see how I wanted
to make the blocks.
|"See-through Star" is all done and
the binding will be in a bright pink
print. Love that central star and I'll
try it again sometime when I'm
feeling energetic :)
|I made some stacked four triangle
centers and I think I'll be able to make
each one a little different. Then, the
HSTs and squares in the frame for
each block, for which I'll use a few
different colors. This frame is dark
green, but looks black.
|When making a block like this, where I
can easily become confused about the
orientation of pieces, I make the first
ones very carefully and then put
samples of the piecing at the sewing
machine and of the pressing at the
|Coming along! The dark on the
HSTs is made with four different
shades of blues & greens,
although that doesn't show here.
|Blocks are done - on to the
sashing and setting triangles.
|It's always nice to sew blocks
together, but especially so when they
look so messy on the design wall!
|"Indian Summer" is all done and
the binding will be in the stripe,
cut on the bias. Love this one :)
|I decided on a low contrast
background for these stars. There
wasn't enough of the striped fabric to
stack, so I just cut the stars from strips
going in the direction of the stripes.
You get some repeating, just not as
much as with stacking.
|Blocks are done and, since
they're all the same, I think I'll
add a little something to the
sashing as an accent.
|"Stars in the Sashing" is all done
and the binding will be in a green
windowpane print. I'm glad I added
those five little stars! I've done
that before with Friendship Stars
and with Sawtooth Stars, but this is
the first I tried the Tri Recs Stars
on a long sashing.
|This block is almost like the
Kaleidoscope block except,
instead of adding corners to the
octagon, you use a kite shaped
piece for half of the blades.
|Out with the stripes and in
with the florals :) the color is
way off in this picture!
|This is such a nice
block to make!
|"Scrappy Autumn Blend" is all done
and the binding is in a different brown
print. I think I'm going to really enjoy
using that kite shape! Wonder why I
didn't get that template sooner :)
|I never tire of seeing how each
stacked octagon will turn out :)
|Happy Holidays to all of my
Internet Friends and thank you for the
years of support :)
"Crazy Dots" is all done and the binding
will be in the lighter orange with insets
of the focus fabric. What looks white in
this picture is actually a dotted light
orange. I really have to pay attention
for the placement of the pieces in the
alternate blocks on this design!
|Some scrappy Log Cabins, using
1.25 inch strips, so they set in at
three-quarters of an inch.
|I was going to do zig-zag lines,
but instead I decided on a
zig-zag frame. Now to put
something in the frame. First,
I'll distribute all of the oranges
in the lower right hand corner.
|I decided on some asymmetrical
Log Cabin pinwheels for the
center. Now, on to the
|The pinwheel arrangement was
bugging me, so I tried a couple
of different arrangements. I
think I'll go with the one on the
right. Now, I can do the
background blocks :)
|"Pinwheels & Zig-Zags" is all done and the binding will be in a light black on
white print. I rearranged the pinwheels so there was a little more contrast
where they meet and I replaced one block in the zig- zag. Although this top is
only 54 inches square, there are 1300 pieces in it! I'm always thrilled to see a
whole bunch of mismatched fabric scraps come together to form a design :)
|When I make stacked Lemoyne stars,
for every five stars I cut, I get two sets
of 2.5 inch triangles, eight in each set.
You can imagine how many of these I
have by now, so it behoves me to think
of ways to use them! I think this will
work - kind of like a Friendship star but
with skinny legs :)
|It's really fun to see the
design that each group
of triangles makes :)
|Happy New Year!
Ready to start the year by sewing
these blocks together :)
|"Scrappy Stacked Stars" is all
done and the binding will be in
a tan. Love these little stars :)
|First set of blocks are finished, so
on to the alternate blocks. Since
I'm usually working with stacks or
something scrappy, it feels very
strange to make so many blocks
that are all the same!
|This pretty block is from a design by
Carl Hentsch. Love these colors!
Hard to see here, but the
background is cream with a light
turquoise floral design.
|The alternate blocks
really change the look!
|The picture on the left shows that
there's a definite circle in this design,
however, when some of the blocks
are sewn together, as on the right,
the strong diagonals dominate and
you have to work to see the circles.
Interesting :) I just noticed that for
the last couple of entries, I used
2017 in the date. Wonder how long
I'll need to keep changing those until
I get used to 2018 :)
|"Cool & Crisp" is all done
and the binding will be in
the lighter turquoise.
Loved making these blocks
and may have to try them in
|Same blocks as in the last top.
This time scrappy in shirtings,
homespuns, solid red and some
dark traditional fabrics to frame
the central plaid squares.
|Blocks are finished but now sewn
together yet. I wanted to decide on a
border, so I auditioned a few plaids. I
eliminated any that read as a solid
because I really wanted the plaid look
in the border. I was tempted by the
red on the right in the lower picture,
but it seemed to take away from the
reds in the quilt top. Finally decided
on the black & cream in the upper left
of the lower picture.
|"Warm & Cozy" is all done and the
binding will be in a red plaid, cut on the
bias. I like plaids and I like scrappy -
together, I love them :)
|Shoo Fly, Tri Recs Star and four
patches in scrappy batiks So
different to sew with batiks,
especially after using homespuns!
I like them both - just different.
|"Batik Circles" is all done and
the binding will be in a pink.
This is such a busy design
but the circles really show!
|I pulled some brown batiks to cut some
plain rectangles and I'll sash them with
this Fossil Fern fabric. Love the Fossil
Fern fabric in any color!
|"Woodsy Batiks" is all done and the
binding will be in two of the medium
brown batiks. A really nice design to
make! The next picture is a close
up of some of the fabrics.
|Same as the last top,
but a different
arrangement of fabrics.
|Still with the batiks. I pulled
some reds and purples and
two different back & whites.
|Coming along! I'm so glad
that I have enough fabrics to
make each row different.
|"Red & Purple Batiks" is all done and the binding will be in the two
black & white batiks. I love working with batiks because of their
wonderful color and the way they press. However, I'm always
amazed at how unaccommodating they are! If you want them to
work in or stretch a bit, they act like they're saying, "I'm here, I
want to be here and here is where I'm staying, no matter what you
do!" Nice to use them in a simple block like this one :)
|I have a good supply of blue 3.5 inch strips cut
and I'm still enjoying making that same block
as in the last two tops, so........ The fabric on
the bottom of the picture will be used for the
sashings and since only three quarters of an
inch will show, I think this fabric will work well to
give variety to the sashings.
|The picture on the left shows this top ready
to be sewn together. On the top right are
the 3.5 inch strips before I began to cut and
on the right bottom after I cut for this quilt
top and also some groups of four HSTs for
another top. Still lots of strips left :)
|"Blue Light" is all done and the
binding will be in the sashing
fabric. There were about ten of
the blues that I used twice in this.
|These are the blue HSTs I cut when
cutting for the last quilt top. I decided
to pair them with some scrappy
yellow/golds in these four patch blocks.