|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!
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.
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|"Watercolor Roses" is all done
and the binding will be in the
pink floral. I'm pleased with
this design and am wondering
how it would look scrappy....
|I wanted to use some leftover stacked
triangles, so I'm going to try this
double octagon block. In each block,
I'll use two eight stacks from the same
fabric. Should be pretty scrappy!
|Since I'm usually making octagons or
hexagons with triangles, I'm used to
sewing the small ends together. This
block doesn't work that way so I have
to keep reminding myself what goes
with what :)
|These are all ready for their
corners. Fun to see how each
block would turn out with the two
sets of stacked fabric :)
|"Triangles to Circles" is all
done and the binding will be
in the gray border fabric.
Loved making this!
|I want to make more double octagon
blocks, so I'm going to try this fabric
with the huge flowers. This time, I'm
going to use the same stacked fabric
for all the blocks instead of using
stacks from different fabrics for each
block, as in the last quilt top.
|A beginning! There were so
many possibilities for the
background color on these, but I
liked this dark evergreen fabric.
|I used the striped fabric for the
corners to enhance the circle look.
I think I may go with the nine blocks
and add a pieced border.
|I think I'm going to border with some
staggered octagons, so I'll make the
border first and then use a spacer strip
around the body of the quilt top to
make the border fit. I'll make the
octagons and see how they look. If I
don't like them for this quilt top, I can
make a second top with them :)
|Instead of placing the octagons
randomly in the border, I'm going to go
from lights on the four corners into
darks in the centers. I took the picture
so I can look and see if I want to
rearrange any of the octagons before I
sew them together. This value
arrangement may not even show up
very much....we'll see :)
|"Evergreen" is all done and the binding
will be in the striped fabric, cut on the
bias. I went through so many different
ideas for this top in my mind, but I'm
glad I decided on this one :)
|These are cut from 3.5 inch strips, with
the Easy Angle template, so the
finished HST is 3.5 inches. I'm going
to keep the watercolor batik constant
in all of the blocks and do scrappy for
the other side of the HSTs. We'll see
where this one goes.....
|Love working with batiks! For one
thing, the wonderful color and
secondly, they press so well :)
|On the left are the blocks just as I
made them and put them up on the
wall. On the right is the arrangement
I'll go with - I tried to get a light
diagonal near the center.
|"Dreamscape" is all done and the
binding will be in the blue marbled
fabric used in each block. I did
rearrange the blocks yet another time
before I sewed them together :)
|Since I just did some cool
colors in the batiks, I wanted
to go to some warm colors :)
|I was anxious to see how my colors
were going to work, so I made some
partial rows. I'm happy :) A friend
had commented, on the previous
picture, that this looked like dragon
scales. I couldn't get that out of my
head and as I was thinking of how
one would get close enough to a
dragon to see the scales, and
"Dragon Selfie" came to mind. I have
a lot of fun in my sewing room :)
|This is adapted from a design by
Toadusew Creative Concepts Studio. I
changed the size on the black to be
more narrow than the two other strips
in the quarter Log Cabin blocks, just
because I didn't want too much black.
This is the kind of top that makes me
keep sewing because I want to see
what the next line looks like :)
|"Dragon Selfie" is all done and the
binding will be in black. This one has
been fun from beginning to end :)
|I decided to try the quarter Log Cabin
block as a trellis, since the last one
looked so much like a trellis. I used
different sizes for the pieces, so I'd
have more flowers and less shadow
and trellis, and I changed the dark strip
from black to a dark gray so the
shadow wasn't quite so stark. I also
turned the block up-side-down so the
shadow would be on the under side of
the trellis. We'll see how it goes as I
add flower drifts.
|Just need to work out the sides
and the bottom blocks and then I
can sew it together! I think the
trellis will be about the right
width once the seams are taken.
|OK, this turned out to be a good
width for the trellis and the shadow
so I'm happy! I thought a good deal
about how to do the sides, top and
bottom and decided to make these
triangle blocks that are a little more
then half a block in size.
|"Garden Trellis" is all done and the binding
will be in the gray shadow fabric. I think the
shadow on the trellis really adds a lot to the
look :) Since the "trellis" is all one fabric,
this top could be made very quickly by strip
piecing the blocks and then applying the
diagonal "trellis" all in one piece. However, I
made it with individual quarter Log Cabin
blocks because I'm much better at getting
my rows lined up well if I have the reference
points from each block to match up when
sewing the diagonal seams.
|I feel like working with scrappy reds,
lots of scrappy reds! So, I'm going to
try a scrappy trip in reds, keeping
one strip with a light design. These
strips are 2.5 inches, but I'm
subcutting the strip set at 3 inches to
make the patches a rectangle
instead of a square.
|This low contrast, monochromatic
scrappy sure looks different than
my usual scrappy!
|Growing :) Love all
of this red!
|"Really Red" is all done and the
binding will be in...wait for it....red!
Loved working with all of these reds :)
|This fabric is certainly a
change from the bright reds
of the last quilt top! Let's
see what it can do :)
|With this much contrast, I
should get some pretty good
circles, once the alternate
blocks are up :)
|I wanted the corners on the alternate
blocks to be just a little different than
the other blocks and this piece was
perfect because of the background
color, which is a pale blue/gray. The
red dots were a real bonus :)
|All ready to sew these
together. I like making the
border by using different
designs in the final row of
|The blocks are sewn together and I
think the circles show very well,
however, the scallop formed on the
outside by the partial blocks kind of
gets lost. So, I'm going to add a
narrow border as shown at the top to
make that edge show a little better.
I've used a slightly darker black &
white fabric for the corners on the
outside of the border blocks, to make
the center blocks stand out more and
I'll use that same darker fabric for the
border and binding.
|"Dizzy" is all done and the binding will
be in the border fabric. I think this
was a good way to use that focus
fabric, which I really didn't like very
much:) Sometimes, strange fabrics
make good stacked blocks!
|I've been having some website
issues, but they seem to be OK
now. Good to be back! I'm
working with these pretty batiks :)
|This is sort of a bargello, Trip
Around the World combination.
I'll make four of these and then
see what I want to add.
|These sure look different, depending
on which corners are put to the
middle! I think I'm going with the one
on the left and now that I have an idea
how they look, I can add some more
strips to each section.
|I added some strips to the center and
the sides, which aren't sewn on yet, to
get this elongated diamond shape. I
could put one more strip on each side,
but then I'd have one little lone light
square in each corner and I didn't want
that, so I'll stay with this size.
|"Batik Diamond" is all done and
the binding will be in a dark
blue batik. Love the way this
turned out and this will be a fun
method to play around with :)
|I wanted to try a straight set Trip
Around the World in florals. I like
being able to move the strip sets
around, so I'll leave these all unsewn
until I'm sure what arrangement I want.
|All ready to sew the strips
together. I'm really enjoying this
and can think of so many other
fabric combinations I'd like to
make in this design. We'll see
how I feel about all of that after I
match all of these seams :)
|I'm sewing this together in sections, top,
then center row, then bottom. Probably
more practical to sew it together in long
vertical seams because then you
wouldn't have two horizontal seams
across the center, however, I find the
very long strips annoying to work with, so
sections for me :)
|"Floral Trip" is all done and the binding
will be in a dark floral. The Trip
Around the World is great to make in
this straight set and some day I'll have
to try the traditional on point setting.
|Close up of some of the fabrics
used in Floral Trip. All florals, but
very different colors and scale!
|I wanted to try another of the quarter
Log Cabin tops, this time in these
watermelon colors in batiks.
|I wanted to get all of my fabrics up
there before I had to go out to run
some errands, to be sure I liked
them together. I'm happy :)
|"Shades of Watermelon" is all done
and the binding will be in the black with
pink batik. Loved the colors in these
batik fabrics and the quarter Log
Cabins blocks are great to make :)
|I'm going to try some split Court
House Steps with this group of
African looking fabrics.
|I could set these as on the left with just
the alternating court house blocks,
however, I wanted to split them on the
diagonal as on the right. I think I'll use
this spiral layout, but I'll wait until I have
more done to be sure on the layout.
|Lots of different layout
possibilities! My original thought
was the first one, however, I'd like
to use the black fabric for some
setting triangles, so I want to set
these blocks on point. If I were
using option six, I'd change the
rows around so that the black and
white would be on the outside of
the side blocks and would be
followed by the darker black
setting triangles. I think I'm going
with number two :)
|"A Touch of Africa" is all done and the
binding will be in the black print used in
the setting triangles. I seem to be
drawn to the asymmetrical settings!
The next picture is a close-up so you
can see the black & white fabric, which
just looks gray in this picture.
|I want to try a Trip Around the
World in homespuns. I'm very
curious to see how they look :)
|So nice to get the first group of strips
up so I can see what it's going to look
like. Unless something goes terribly
wrong from this point, I'm really going
to love this one :)
|All ready to sew
these together :)
|"Homespun Trip" is all done and the
binding will be in a plaid, but on the
bias. Love the way this turned out :)
|Lucky me, I was gifted with three Moda
Charm packs from three different
lines. I'm going to use them all
together in this design, which has
many names, but I think of it as
|Blocks are done and I'll
rearrange a few but I'm leaving
them in kind of a random layout
instead of grouping colors.
Then setting triangles and sew
them together :)
|"Stretched Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in black. These were
such great fabrics to work with and I
like this design because you can still
see the individual prints.
|I'm doing the Stretched Stars again,
this time in homespuns because I love
seeing the plaids on point. I thought of
using something like a tea dyed muslin
for the points, but then decided to go
all out and make them plaid as well.
|I'm using the stitch and flip method to
apply the corners. After I've sewn the
little squares onto the larger square, if
I line up the sewn seam on my cutting
mat, I can trim down one side of five of
the blocks at once. Then I move the
ruler to the opposite side and trim
those triangles off. I know that I could
sew another seam on the triangles
before I do any cutting and I'd end up
with HSTs and all of those homespun
triangles would be great for some Bear
Paw blocks, but I wouldn't use the
yellow plaid for that anyway, so I'll just
save the triangles unsewn.
|Love the plaids :)
|Ready for setting triangles and
then I can sew them together. I
keep thinking of other fabrics I
want to make into these blocks!
|"Plaid on Plaid" is all done and the
binding will be in the yellow plaid, cut on
the bias. Love seeing all of these
plaids together :) I especially like the
areas around the edge where the
on-point yellow plaid meets the straight
cut yellow plaid!
|This is the first strip set for
another Trip Around the
World. All of these novelty
fabrics have something to do
with the sea. We'll see how
this color mix works :)
|I think this is the layout I'll
use. The little purple
squares in the corners will
be OK because I'll use that
fabric for the binding and it
will kind of tie it in.
|I'm sewing these together in the way recommended by
Wanda Hanson on her blog, Exuberant Color. The top
and bottom of each strip is sewn together at the middle
and then the strips are sewn together with one long
vertical seam. I hadn't done it this way before because
I thought I'd have trouble with that very long seam, but
it's no trouble at all and I find this way much better than
what I had been doing, which was to sew the top
together, then the bottom and then the center seam. If
you haven't seen Wanda's blog, get a very large cup of
coffee and visit, you have a treat in store for you!
|"Trip Under the Sea" is all done
and the binding will be in the
purple fabric seen in the four
corners. Fun to use all of these
novelty fish fabrics together!
|This is one of the light fabrics that's
hard to photograph! I'm going to make
some stacked octagons to use as
background with this. The bottom is
my torn edge and notice how the
design doesn't go straight across the
fabric. This is an advantage for
making stacks because it will give the
blocks more variety.
|The design in the octagons is
very delicate, which I think will
work well for background pieces.
|I've used this overall design
several times and just changed
parts of it each time. I think it will
work well for this fabric.
|Starting to fill in :) These blocks are
six and a half inches, but I made the
pinwheels four and a half inches, so
I could border them on two sides
and have their positions varied. I'll
arrange the yellows for color once I
have them all done.
|All ready to sew these together.
Once I've done that, I need to
get a picture outside so the
colors will show better!
|"Pinwheel Path" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus
fabric used for the octagons.
Love this, but couldn't get a good
picture inside, so the next picture
shows the actual color!
|This picture, taken outside,
shows the true colors in the
focus fabric :)
|I'm going to try these three
fabrics together in some 24
blade stacked Dresdens. I'm
anxious to see how they look :)
|I love seeing the different designs that
emerge when combining three, stacked
large scale prints. I will eventually turn
these into octagons and I'll decide on
the centers and corners after I see
more of the blocks made.
|It's so much fun to make these
that it's kind of hard to stop
making them long enough to
decide how to set them!
|I've trimmed a sliver off of each of
eight sides of the circles to turn
them into octagons. Now to decide
on the centers and corners.
|"Shades of Autumn" is all done
and the binding will be in the brown
checkered fabric. I'm really
pleased with the way everything
blended in this one :)
|I want to combine these two
fabrics in something stacked.
|I think the delicate florals, with
lots of background, make
pretty stacks :)
|"Dots & Flowers" is all done and the
binding will be in the dotted striped
fabric used in the block corners. The
dots made some neat mitred squares
where the four corners meet :)
|I have a bunch of leftover stacks of
four repeats, so I decided to try using
five sets of four-repeat stacks in twenty
blade octagon dresdens. The angle is
18 degrees on these. I wanted
twenty-five blocks, so I needed 125
blade sets. I chose sixteen different
stacked fabrics. I love making these
because each block is a surprise :)
|Well, there's a wild looking
bunch of blocks! I think I'm
going to do the centers, corners
and setting triangles in some
kind of print that will, hopefully,
make these blend together a
bit. We'll see.....
|Wild Child - close
Quite the mix of fabrics!
|"Wild Child" is all done and the binding
will be in the background fabric. And it
really is a Wild Child :) Always good to
find another way to use leftover
stacked fabrics! I like the way the
blocks blend into the background so
you just get a hint of the individual
blocks. The next picture shows a
close-up so you can see some of the
|I wanted to try the block I used in "Wild Child" with a few
changes, the center being a square instead of a circle and
four of the blades remaining a constant. In the first picture, I'll
use the four fabrics on the left, plus one more from the group
on the right in four stacks. #2 - I cut a five inch strip and then
cut wedges with the 18 degree ruler. #3 - Four matching sets
of five blades each are sewn and then trimmed to give the
center a straight edge. #4 - A small triangle is sewn to the cut
edge. #5- the four quarters are sewn together. #6 - Edges
trimmed to an octagon. #7- Corners applied. I think these
blocks will make a good secondary design.
|Good! I like the
secondary design :)
|Blocks are finished so I'm ready for the
setting triangles. These blocks are a
little fussy to make because of the
trimming, which is done two times on
each block, but I love the final result,
so the trimming is worth it :)
|While I liked the little white Friendship
Stars, on the left, they seemed too
close to the other blocks and it looked
like they needed a bit of breathing
room. I added a narrow spacer strip to
the inside of each setting triangle, on
the right, and I think they work much
better now. Time to sew it together!
|"We The People" is all done and the binding will be in the flag
fabric used in the blocks. This was a lot of piecing, but I
really like the result, so that makes it worth the extra effort.
|I wanted to use these two companion
pieces in some stacks. I'm using the 30
degree ruler and two sets of six stacks.
Instead of using the ruler so that the
seams all meet at the center, I'm moving
down one inch on the ruler and I'll use a
circle in the center of each block.
|These are sure playful looking
blocks! I'm going to do the
alternate blocks next and then I'll
decide on the color for the
centers and corners of these.
|This is a great stripe for
making the mitred squares
because it doesn't repeat at
all across the fabric!
|I decided on white for the Octagon corners and
also for the alternate block surrounds because
there was already a lot going on! I did add the
little lime green squares as an accent. I think I
could have chosen any of the colors in the two
focus fabrics for an accent, but the lime green
seemed good. I think the block centers will also
be in the green, but I'll do some more of the
alternate blocks with the green squares before I
decide for sure.
|Obviously, getting too large for my
design wall! On the setting triangles,
both the stripe and the white had a bias
edge on the outside, so I applied the
dotted fabric, which will be my border,
to each block so I wouldn't have to have
a long bias edge to deal with. I was
going to make all of the block centers in
the lime green, but I don't want to take
away from the little lime squares, so
now I think I'll use different colored solid
scraps that have some of the colors
from the focus fabrics.
|"Lime Zest" is all done and
the binding will be in a lime
print. What fun fabrics :)
|Next up is this blue and black floral
fabric in the upper right, which I think
has such an elegant look. In the upper
left is the first quilt top I made with this
fabric, using six repeats and then a
color for the other two blades of the
octagons. This time, I'm going to use
two different six stacks in a twelve
blade octagon Dresden.
|The blocks have their
centers and corners and
next I'll frame them.
|On the left, the framing strips are
ready to be sewn on and the picture
on the right shows the blocks framed. I
didn't frame the outside edge of the
blocks because my border is going to
be in black. The little blue squares are
only on some of the blocks, so
between that and the fact that the
blocks aren't framed on the outside,
there were a lot of different frame sizes
to work out!
|I finally got one of these little
checkerboard sections sewn
together so I could see it! The
squares set in at just
three-quarters of an inch but I
think they have quite an impact :)
|"Night Blooms" is all done and the
binding will be in black. I admit that
several times while setting in those
three-quarter inch squares, I was
tempted to abandon them, but, seeing
it all together, I'm glad I stuck with it :)
The squares look white in the picture,
but are actually a light turquoise.
|I'm going to try a Scrappy
Trip, all in purples and
set on point. I'm keeping
one constant, the solid
dark purple, in every
block and using it as the
diagonal. These are cut
from 2.5 inch strips.
|I did have these arranged with the light
end of the blocks toward the center,
however, I've decided to use dark
setting triangles, so I turned the blocks
around so I'd have light points coming
up between the setting triangles. I
really like this setting and since I like
making the scrappy trip blocks, I may
try this one again!
|Woo-hoo! I love the way the points
are showing up! It's kinda like a Lone
Star-Scrappy Trip-Trip Around the
World combined - well kinda :)
|"Purple Glow" is all done and the
binding will be in the solid purple. I
like this so much, I'm going to go
start another one in different
colors :) What a fun way to use
accumulated 2.5 inch strips!
|More Scrappy Trips! This time, I'm
using black, red, dark novelty,
lighter novelty and white print in
each block. Should be colorful!
|All ready for the setting
triangles and corners. I do love
super scrappy :)
|"Scraps Squared" is all done and the
binding will be in a red stripe. This is
a design that I could revisit a number
of times! The next picture shows a
close up of some of the fabrics.
|Close up of some of the fabrics
in Scraps Squares. The little
green witch and the monopoly
money have shown up in quite a
few of my scrap quilt tops :)
|There's lots of lovely, brand new
fabric waiting for me, but I still feel
like scrapping :) At the top are my
1.5 inch pieces and strips left over
from making strip sets. I just started
sewing them together Log Cabin
style. I'm not paying attention to
color or value, but just trying to keep
it all straight! I bordered the piece
and turned it on point and now I'll
work on the corners.
|For the corners, I made two large
squares and then cut them on the
diagonal. I made them a row wider
than the center so that the black
square would float instead of
touching the border. I may go
around the outside with one more
row in scraps, haven't decided yet....
When sewing these I hoped, really
hoped that they were going to work
where they were joined and that the
whole thing would be square, so I'm
very pleased :)
|After I had sewn on each round, I
pressed and spray starched that
area. It kept the strings down to a
minimum on the quilt top, although
my sweatshirt sure has gathered a
bunch and it made the seams nice
and flat. I didn't need to square up
as I was going, which was nice, so
all the rows set in at one inch.
|"Maze" is all done and the binding
will be in black. There's something
really satisfying about seeing this
many little scraps all sewn up! All
of the pieces set in at one inch in
width and different lengths.
|Still playing with the little pieces :)
|OK, I think I have a plan for
these now :) Still not
running low on little pieces!
|The black and white HSTs were
getting totally lost in the scraps, so
I decided to do the rest of the
blocks with two different larger
sizes of HSTs and I'm also
offsetting them a bit to give a more
|Now I can see the HSTs :)
Time to sew this together!
|"Obsession" is all done and the binding
will be in black. Instead of a border, I
decided to just stay-stitch around the
outside on this one instead of having a
border. I always love working with the
little inch and a half pieces :)
|Top left are the one and a half
inch pieces and left over strip set
pieces before I started the last two
quilt tops. On the right is after -
these pieces go a long way!
|Love making these blocks with
leftover stacked fabrics because the
final block is always different than the
last one! This time, I'm using four
sets of six stacks for each block.
|I'm using about a dozen
different stacked fabrics for
these and trying to keep some
shade of blue in each block.