|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.
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. Lately, I've taken some pre-orders from the Today's Work page before the tops were completed,
but I'm not going to do that anymore .... 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 from here may or may not be on the website on the first of the next month, but they will be on the site on the first of some month.
Sales will be on a "First Come, First Serve" basis after the Quilt Tops are put on the New Tops page on the first of the month.
If you'd like me to send you an Email reminder on the first of each month, when the new tops are put on the website, just send me an
E Mail and I'll put your name on my Mailing List.
|Woo-Hoo, I'm all excited!
My daughter wrote and my son illustrated a children's book!!
They're two wonderful people and it's one wonderful book :)
The book is now available on Amazon and you can read the first chapter there
to get a feel for the book. You'll also get to see some great reviews!
Here's a link to it if you want to take a look
SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right
|Get a smile from your favorite little kid!
|If you'd like to order a copy of either or both books directly from me, since I know both
the author and the illustrator, I can send you an signed copy:) If you're already ordering
a Quilt Top, each book would be $6.00 with no extra shipping charge. If you'd like to
order just a book, the charge would be $6.00 per book plus $3.00 shipping.
|Cool :) Having the motifs
grouped and repeated like this
gives a completely different look
to the focus fabric!
|I really love these
designs :) Now, to
decide on the setting.
|I decided on the on point setting with
stars in the alternate blocks. I knew
the red stars were going to be much
"heavier" than the stacked stars, so I
sized them down, added the nine
patch centers and framed them to cut
down on the amount of solid red. On
to the setting triangles.
|Ready to be sewn together and I
think I'll do that before I decide
on the corners.
|"Mini Santas" is all done and the
binding is in the black border
fabric. The tiny, evenly scattered
motifs on the focus fabric made the
stacked stars very different than
usual for me - what fun!
|When making stacked blocks, you end up with stacked scraps! I've
been wanting to try this for a while - just crazy pieced some of the
Christmas scraps into general triangle shapes using stacks of eight
repeats and making eight triangles all the same. Then I trimmed the
crazy pieced triangles into 45 degree triangles and made the
octagon block. I really didn't pay attention to what was going to form
as I pieced the scraps together, so the finished block was a surprise.
Going to have to try another of these :)
|These have stacks, scraps, they're
octagons and I don't know what each
one will look like until it's put together -
my kind of fun! The one on the left has
eight stacked shapes in each wedge
and the one on the right has nine.
|I wanted to try a couple more shapes
with the pieced fabrics, but now I
think I'd best figure out how to set
these blocks! Actually, I'm anxious to
finish these so I can make some of
the octagons with my regular stacked
fabric scraps because there is a lot
more selection in those than in just
the Christmas ones!
|I have no explanation for this
unusual, asymmetrical setting
other than I liked it :) I was glad
that I still had half of the blue
fabric with the red santas on it, so
I could stack it and make the four
stars to balance out all of the blue
in the blocks at the top. I'm going
to sew it together and then decide
of I want to add anything else.
|"Christmas Potpourri" is all done and
the binding will be in the light snowman
fabric used in the two cut corners. I
cut the corners to keep the overall
shape in line with the general flow of
the quilt top. The background fabric,
which doesn't show well in the picture,
is black with tiny green holly leaves,
etched in gold. I chose this fabric to
hide seams, because I knew there
would be a lot of seams with so many
different sized blocks. I really like the
different look of this one and I know I'll
try more of the large kaleidoscope
octagons made with stacked fabric
scraps. That's all the Christmas quilt
tops for this year :)
|I pulled eighteen random 8-stack
triangle sets and just sewed them
together in eight wedges and then
sewed the wedges together to form
the octagon. I was using the idea
that if you can do a Lone Star with
diamonds, then you should be able
to do the same thing with triangles.
Now, I need to figure out what to
do with this next!
|I got in my mind that I wanted this to
look like a scrappy planet with a bunch
of moon pairs circling it. When I went
to figure out how to do that, I just
couldn't get it for a while - I kept
thinking of a border type of placement.
Finally, I realized that if I just extended
the octagon wedges, I could put
whatever I wanted in them. So, I took
out the stitching for about an inch at
the edge of each octagon wedge and
then worked out the background
measurements needed to place two
octagons in each wedge end section.
It was easier than I had anticipated and
went together really nicely....well, so
far :) Back to the moons!
|The moon sections are all finished
and next I can attach them to the
center of the quilt top. I've loving
my imaginary solar system :)
|"Sixteen Moons" is all done and the
binding is in the blue background
fabric. I really like the look of this, but I
also like the fact that I learned some
new things about working with the
triangle wedges in an octagon :) I
hope to be able to do some more work
with that idea and next time, I'll decide
on how much work I want to do in a
wedge before I sew them together!
This top is made from leftover, stacked
octagon pieces from about thirty-two
different quilt tops.
|I want to try the octagon wedges
again, this time with scrappy strips.
The center pieces are there now as
sort of place holders until I decide
what colors I want there.
|This is starting to look like what I'd
imagined :) Still don't know what I want
in the center, but that can wait. The
plan here is to increase both the width
and also the length of the strips in
each round. I started with one inch
strips and next are one and one
quarter inch strips.
|So far, the strips set in at half an
inch, three quarters of an inch, and
one inch. I think I'll add one more
round to set in at one and a quarter
inches. I have the scrap strips, I
have the time, I'm having fun, I like
the look of it, so...why not!
|This design is really nice in that, since
the strips in each row are different
widths, there's no seam matching to be
done. However, there are a lot of
seams to keep going in the right
direction. Spray starching the strip
sections, before the diagonal cut is
made, makes the seams lay pretty well.
|Coming along :) So far, I only see one
fabric that's repeated, although there
may be more. I'm trying to not repeat
and just cutting one piece from a strip,
however, sometimes the same fabric
comes up several times in my scraps
and my memory isn't good enough to
know if I've used a fabric! This design
would make a neat tree skirt done in
|Here's a close-up of the
|Woo-hoo! I love it! I will corner
it to make it square and maybe
use a narrow border.
|"Big Bang" is all done and the binding
will be in black. The strips set in at half
an inch, three quarters of an inch, one
inch and one and a quarter inches and
there are about 270 different fabrics in
this! I really love this piece :)
|I love working with scraps,
however, after doing a really
scrappy quilt top, it's nice to go to
fewer fabrics :) I like the unusual
color combination in this piece.
|Remember in "The Godfather" when
Sonny is shot and taken to the
mortician. The Godfather asks the
mortician to use all of his knowledge
to make Sonny look good. Now,
wonder what made me think of that
:) Anyway, I do feel these blocks
need some brightening, so lets see
what we can do for them!
|All done and "Sonny" has become
Sunny! The binding will be in the
floral fabric. Hopefully that
satisfies my imaginary obligation to
the "Godfather" :) If you haven't
read the comment on the last
picture, this will make no sense at
all and even if you have read it, it
still may not make sense!
|Love this delicate little print :) It's such
a small scale print for stacking, but I'm
stacking anyway. I'll use a twelve
blade octagon so there should be
enough repeats to form a pattern in
|They're cute :) The twelve blade is
about the limit that I can do without
using a separate circle center. I've
only done the twelve blades before
with six stacked and six plain blades,
but I think I'll be using it more with all
twelve in the stacked fabric!
|I really like these twelve blade
blocks, so I'll be looking at my
small scale prints in a different
way now! I'm going to do some
alternate blocks next.
|I love the subtle stripe in the pink fabric
- just right for these blocks. It's so
funny to make an octagon with twelve
wedges, but I really like this block.
|"Sweet Pea" is all done and
the binding will be in the pink.
I do like this, but I must say, it
was a lot of piecing to get that
very subtle effect!
|These are leftovers of six stacks of
fabric. I'm going to combine two
different prints in a block and make
some of the blocks with twelve wedges.
We'll see what I get......
|Mixing the two prints in each block is
really fun because I just can't totally
anticipate what the block will look like
until it's done. This will keep me
amused today :) I decided to trim
these to hexagons instead of
octagons, as in the last quilt top.
|Here are the four prints used in the
blocks shown in the last picture. It
always amazes me :)
|I'm so glad to have this block for
using six-stacks! Love making
these :) I'll arrange them and
decide on the setting triangles
after I get all of the blocks done.
|Had to take a close-up of this
block. It's the paisley from a few
pictures back combined with a
Halloween print with green
witches and purple cats :)
|The hexies are finished, so next I need
to decide on the setting triangles. I
really like looking at each individual
hexie and seeing all of the different
designs that are formed by the
repetition. Hopefully, now I can find a
way to set them so the overall
appearance is pleasing.
|I'm using three different blue
dotted fabrics for the setting
triangles and staggering them
where they meet each other in
hopes of avoiding a definite line of
change. Looks so much better
where it's sewn together!
|I arranged these a bunch of
times before I got to where I
wanted to be! It was a little hard
to visualize because I knew
there would be an area of the
darkest blue around the edge,
so I had to keep that in mind.
|"Hexies With Attitude" is all done and the binding is in
the medium blue dotted fabric. The darkest blue
fabric is also dotted, although it doesn't show up in
the picture. These were so much fun to make and
each one was a surprise. I'm not sure how many
different stacked fabrics are in these because some
were repeated a number of times, but it was a good
many! When I first started making quilt tops with
stacked fabrics, I always wanted to use all of the
stacked fabric in the first quilt top - now, I always hope
I have some leftovers :)
|I have to admit, I really get a kick out of
making quilt blocks that feature a
horse's rear end :) I'm such a child
|I had such a good time making the
mixed stacked blocks that I want to
make more. This time, I'll just use
these three fabrics for the blocks.
|Using the three stacked fabrics, with
two fabrics in each block is really fun! I
like these because they look different
but the same. The first column is
horses and hats, the second is horses
and boots and the third is hats and
boots. I haven't decided yet if I'll trim
these to octagons or
|I'm trimming these blocks to a hexagon
shape and then adding the four corner
pieces to form a rectangle.
|I really like all of the parts of the piecing
process, the looking at a fabric and deciding
on a block that would be good for it,
choosing companion fabrics, making blocks
and then finding a way to set them. Usually,
while I'm piecing blocks, I'm thinking of
different setting possibilities and rejecting
some and keeping some of the ideas, either
for the current quilt top or for one in the
future. Love the moment when different
ideas come together and I have a plan for
the blocks. Then I can check and see if I
have enough of the right fabrics to make it
work. I have my plan for this one and the
fabric to do it :)
|Ready to sew these together. I
really love all of the different
designs the three fabrics made :)
|I was anxious to see how the different
width stripes would play out with the
black setting triangles. I think with the
narrow vertical stripe, you get a split
diamond effect and with the wider
stripe, it looks like a zig-zag on each
side, so I'm happy with that.
|"Western Vistas" is all done and
the binding will be in black. I see I
was holding my camera unevenly,
so the picture is a bit narrow at the
bottom, but the quilt top is straight
:) I'm so glad I had enough of the
orange stripe to do this one
because it's just what I wanted!
|Must try those twelve blade blocks in
some combination of florals :)
|All of these blocks use the large floral
print shown in the last picture. The
first column on the left is that print
combined with the tulips on the
upper, left of the last picture and the
other column is the large floral
combined with the blue background
floral, which is upper, far right on the
last picture. OK, that confusing!
|I don't have all of the blocks made yet,
however, I wanted to start trimming
them to octagons and putting the
corners on so I don't have all of them
to do at the end. Since there are two
kinds of blocks (one with the tulip
fabric and one with the blue
background floral) I'm using a
checkerboard setting. The yellow on
the corners is a very bright one
because after the seams are taken,
those little hour glass blocks that form
at the corners will be very small.
|Blocks are finished and I'm going
to set them with no sashing. It will
be a lot of flowers!
|"Joyful Flowers" is all done and the
binding will be in the floral with the light
blue in the background. I was
surprised to see that, every once in a
while where the light blue floral meets
the yellow and white corners, you get a
bit of a kaleidoscope circle effect.
Always a question of to border or not
to border. I really liked the look of this
without the straight lines of a border,
so I'll just stay stitch around the edge
and go with borderless.
|I like these so much because, from a
distance, you see a kaleidoscope type
block, but when you get up close, you
see that a huge cow is looking at you :)
I think this is going to be my month of
|Since I really like busy blocks, I
think these are great :) One of
the things I'm looking for in the
fabrics for these mixed stacked
blocks is areas of color in the
different fabrics that will come
together at the seams and make a
new shape. The two cow fabrics
are working well with the poppy
plaid for that. I love that so many
star shapes are forming both as
tiny stars in the center and then
also whole block stars.
|I trimmed the blocks to octagons and
am using the on point setting with the
tiny black and white leaf fabric for
sashing to give these blocks a little
space. The on point setting will also
give the setting triangles, which I think
will be good for the busy blocks.
|I wanted to put the red
cornerstones on and sew the
blocks together as much as I could
without the setting triangles, so I
could see what I wanted for the
setting triangles. Time to decide.....
|" 'til the Cows Come Home" is all
done and the binding will be in the
background fabric. I was thinking of
putting something in the setting
triangles, but then decided that I
liked the look of the red
cornerstones "floating" over the quilt
top. Considering all of the red &
green in this, maybe the cows came
home for Christmas!
|The second SuperDylan book is
now available on Amazon!
|Here's the next group of fabrics.
These should make some really
busy twelve blade blocks!
|Yes, I'd say these are busy :)
These three fabrics made so
many designs in the blocks!
|Blocks are done and I've added the
sashing to one side of each. I could
have used a narrow red or even
yellow sashing on this, but I wanted
the designs in the blocks to stand
out instead of the sashing. I thought
of solid black, but ended up with this
blue geometric design, just to get
more blue in the top. I'm anxious to
see it sewn together!
|"Fast, Brave and Fierce" is
all done and the binding will
be in the sashing fabric.
Such a "guy quilt" and so
much fun to make :)
|The last quilt top was a very dark one,
so I wanted to work with something
very light this time. The picture of the
fabrics is closer to the true colors than
is the picture of the blocks. I'm curious
to see how these come out :)
|As I'm making blocks, if I haven't
decided how to set them, I find it
really helpful to pull some fabrics
that could be used with the blocks
and look at them together while I'm
sewing the rest of the blocks.
|Trying to keep this one very light
and airy looking and I think the
hollow stars are good for that. I
think this is the general layout, with
another row of the blue/violet
spinners in there. I'd like to get
some tiny spots of the darker
fabrics in there....we'll see.
|While I really liked the light rows on this
top, they seemed to need a little pizazz
and I wanted to add a bit of the darker
colors somewhere. I think the three
quarter inch squares will do the trick.
As you can probably see, I'm using
scrappy whites in this top, all some
kind of white on white fabrics.
|"Light & Sweet" is all done and the
binding will be in the Love fabric used
in the hexagons. There's some
backlighting in the picture, which really
makes the scrappy whites show up
more than in person! Really pleased
with the way this design turned out :)
|Feeling kind of flowery and I'm not
sure what I want to do with them,
but I sorted into some value piles.
We'll see what happens :)
|I decided on a Log Cabin in the Barn
Raising setting. What I hope to do is
make each round just a little bit
darker. I may use a regular setting
or maybe an off center, but I can do
at least one more round before I
decide. Since I'm cutting strips for
this, it takes longer, but I can also
add to my scrappy strips in different
sizes as I go along with this top.
|Love to watch a Log Cabin quilt
top grow as I add each round of
blocks :) I am going to use an
off-center setting on this one.
|I really like that you can see the
different rounds of the Log Cabin
blocks but it also has a blendy look.
|Darker, darker. I did replace three
pink strips near the center, in the
second round of blocks because they
just seemed out of place. Just six
more blocks and then I can begin to
sew it together!
|When I pull a bunch of fabrics from a
"collection" (these were from my mixed
florals that don't fit into any color
group) I like to cut for my precut stash
as I go. Since I'm going to iron and
spray starch each fabric, seems a
shame to just cut one strip! So, this
time, I cut 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3.5 inch
strips from each fabric if I could and if
a piece was large, I just put the rest
back into my mixed floral collection. I
really like having strips cut since I like
to make scrappy tops.
|The Log Cabins are coming
together nicely. I do get such a
kick out of using so many diverse
fabrics in one quilt top :)
|"Everlasting Flowers" is all done and
the binding will be in a small floral on
black. This is really one of my
favorite kinds of quilt tops....lots of
fabrics and Log Cabin blocks :)
|I think I'll sort some oranges :) I
want to make another Log Cabin
fade type quilt in one or maybe two
colors. I'm going to go through my
oranges and sort them a bit. I'll put
the large pieces back away and then
see if I can do a good progression
with just oranges. I'm pretty sure I'll
probably go either toward the yellow
orange or toward the pink orange,
so we'll see how the sort goes.
|The first two rows on the left
seem peachy to me, so I pulled
them. I think I can work with the
six remaining rows, but, if it gets
too solid looking, I can always
add in some of the peachy
fabrics or some more heavily
designed pieces. I think my best
bet is to just start because the
nice thing about the log cabins
is that you can add or subtract
to make them either blend or
contrast more as you go along.
|Working with the Log Cabin fades is
such a nice process. I always cut my
logs to size for any Log Cabins - just
think it's easier that way. For the
fades, the dark from one round of
blocks becomes the light in the next
round of blocks. So, my lights are on
the left and after I make these first four
blocks for the first round, I'll move the
dark group of strips on the right over
to the left side, where they become the
lights and I'll cut the new bunch of
fabrics for my darks. I like this process
because I get to sew for a bit, then I
can press (starch) and cut for the next
round of blocks.
|I'm loving seeing all of these great
oranges! While I do want to keep the
value progression for the overall look, I
also added some "zinger" fabrics with
more distinct prints and different
colors, to keep the individual blocks
from getting boring
|It's starting to get a
real glowing look :)
|"Seriously Orange" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark orange print.
Funny thing...while I was piecing this,
my furnace was out, and I think
working with these vibrant oranges
helped me feel warm :)
|I keep this box of strips, cut to Log
Cabin size, and sorted into light and
dark, near my cutting area. I add to it
as I'm cutting scraps and, when it
becomes pretty full, I can make blocks.
Since I have more oranges than
usual, because of "Seriously Orange"
I'm going to use turquoise for my block
centers. I'll make a Cabin Fever with
three sizes of blocks because I alway
have more of the small logs than long
logs. Right now, I'm headed off for
Thanksgiving dinner at my son's house
and he's a super cook! We've always
had Thanksgiving on Friday so people
wouldn't have to choose between
which house to go to - they can have
|Since I already knew the layout I was
going to use, I made my blocks without
putting them up on the design wall. I've
added a lot of mediums to both the light
and dark sides because I like them
added into Log Cabin blocks. The box of
cut logs looks quite different than in the
last picture, but there are still pieces in
there so I can continue to add to them
and always have a good variety for Log
Cabins. It's like starter dough :)
|I like sewing these together.
Wondering...if the red centers
are for the warmth of the hearth
and yellows signify sunshine in
the windows, maybe turquoise
would be peacocks in the yard :)
|First two of three sections are
done. This is so much like putting
together a jigsaw puzzle bit there
are lots of seams, so it's easy to
get everything matching.
|I wanted to compare the two quilt tops I've made using the general
design. They're the same except for a few sections being changed
around, the centers being different colors and the difference in what
scraps were available at the time. On the one on the left, which was the
first I made, the red centers show up a lot and the one on the left, the
turquoise doesn't show as much, so the diagonals in the blocks show
more. On the left, I must have just finished working with a lot of greens
and on the right, there are more oranges. How I do love a scrap quilt!
|"Peacocks at the Cabin" is all done
and I haven't decided on the binding
yet. This is such a super scrappy quilt
top and I love the way the design has
some depth to it :)
|I'm using two sets of six-stacks
for these blocks and I haven't
decided on the setting yet.
|I think this is such an
elegant print :)
|Love seeing how each one of
these turns out :)
|All ready for the alternate
blocks, which I think will
really bring out the design
on these blocks.
|Yes, big difference from the
last picture :) The dark navy
blue really brings out the
designs in the stacked blocks.
|"Midnight Frost" is all done
and the binding will be in the
medium blue. What a
wonderful fabric to work with!
|I still feel like making Log Cabins and I
have a lot of small pieces of 1.25 and
1.50 strips, so it works out well. I'm
making small curved Log Cabins and
I've added one more dark row to two
sides, just because, if I makes the
circles on the right, I think they need
that extra dark. There are so many
ways one could set these and I have a
lot of blocks to make before I need to
decide on a setting.
|I think these are going to be fine,
once the seams are taken. I could
add some blocks done all in the
darks to scatter the circles a bit, but I
think I like them all in their rows.
|I'm going to go
with the circles :)
|I think I'll set these this way and fill in
the sides with some half blocks in all
darks. There are lots of ways these
could be set, but I'm kind of drawn to
|"Log Cabin Dots" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark print. Since
the dark logs set in at three quarters of
an inch, there was a lot of sewing in
this one, but I really love the result :)
|I think this is such a pretty floral
and I love the colors in it. I have
one yard of the floral, so I pulled a
bunch of solids that I like with it
and I think I'll make something with
simple lines...maybe boxes.
|I'll figure out how to set
these after I get more
made, but, so far, I like the
look of the bright solids with
the one focus fabric :)
|"Window Boxes" is all done and the
binding will be in the solid red. I really
do like the simple lines of this one :)
This is based on a two and three
quarters inch square and surround of
the same width. Kind of surprising how
far that one yard of floral went!
|These are huge flowers! I've
used this fabric before, for a
One Block Wonder type of
quilt top with some white stars
added to it, so I want to do
something different with the
rest of the fabric.
|I decided on these blocks that take
seven repeats. I call this one
"Four Patch Sisters" because the
two four patches in each block are
alike but different. This picture is
darker than the actual blocks!