|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
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 Come, First Serve" basis after the Quilt Tops are put on the New Tops page on the first of the month.
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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.
|Since I just made a number of Log
Cabins for which I cut strips, and I
made extra ones, my supply of
cut-to-fit Log Cabin strips has grown.
So, time to use some. I'm going to try
the Thistle setting with these Log
Cabins with the large red centers.
|The Thistle layout, on the left, just isn't going to work with
these blocks. Even if I put another round of light blocks all
around the outside, between the large red centers and having
lots of mediums in the blocks, there isn't enough contrast for
this layout. I could fix it by making the blocks one round
larger, but I'm going to change the layout instead. I'll use the
Barn Raising with dark corners shown on the right. That's
such a definite layout that the low contrast blocks work fine.
|OK, I'm happy with this layout
and I'll do the Thistle layout
another time with more
contrasting blocks :) Off to
sew these together!
|"Red Hearth Cabins" is all
done and the binding will
be in dark scrappy. Lots of
colorful scraps in this one!
|Still feeling like cabins, which is great
because I have a lot of these precut "logs."
When I'm working with these stacks of logs, I
just use one of whatever comes up and put
the rest on the bottom. If I run out of precuts
(there are more than shown here) I can go
through the pile again. When cutting scraps,
I generally have several of a fabric to add to
a pile of logs. This way, I get a lot of variety
and I also get to see fabrics that may have
been in these piles for a number of years :)
|The cabins are so different
when the centers match the
rest of the rounds! I think I'll
use this setting, but we'll see.....
|"Big Zig - Little Zag" is all done and
the binding will be scrappy. Love
working with value and scraps!
|I wanted to do some scrappy
tumbling blocks and these
really are scrappy!
|I think this is such a nice way to
make tumbling blocks! I realize
you end up with an extra seam
on the top of each block, but,
for me, it's well worth it to avoid
all of those "Y" seams :)
|Blocks are together, so, tomorrow, the
border :) I used six different fabrics for
the block tops and put the lightest in
the center area in a diagonal just to
get a bit of a diagonal feeling.
|I had such a good time making the
scrappy tumbling blocks that I'm going
to make another one. This time I'll
used these fabrics, stacked. I've made
this kind once before and I hope it
works with these fabrics.
|"Scrappy Tumbling Blocks" is all
done and the binding will be in
the gray dotted border fabric.
Love this design - no wonder it's
been around for so long!
|In this close-up, you can see
how well that seam in the top
of the blocks hides :)
|The stacks don't show up a lot on
these but I think they add some
interest to the cubes. Since the
blocks are so light, I'm going to
add some contrast and use the
dark green as a background which
will make the cubes float.
|Oh, yeah, I like these :) On the
sewing...I sew the blue two-stacks
together and the pink two stacks
together. I sew a white to a dark green
and add them to the blue and pink
stacks. Then I put them on the design
wall, matching up the two white tops
and they're ready to sew into a long
vertical strip. I'm glad I made these
floating, otherwise I think they would
have just blended into each other.
|Blocks are coming along! While
the background looks almost
black in the pictures, this is what
it looks like in person.
|"Floating Floral Cubes" is all
done and the binding will be in
either the pink floral or the
green background - haven't
decided yet. Fun to do with the
stacked fabrics :)
|The green background shows a
little better in this picture.
|I wanted to do some octagons with
a novelty print - this one will be
good. I love many things about
stacks, as you know, one of them
is that it doesn't matter at all if a
fabric has a print that doesn't go
along with the grain line. Actually,
that's better for stacks because
you're not going to get a repeat as
you go across the fabric!
|Novelty prints make such
|I wanted to use a piece of the focus
fabric in this and also include some
scrappyness, so I'm going for
octagons and Log Cabins.
|I like making quilt tops about the size of
my design wall and having the wall that
size keeps me in check, usually!
When things get larger, the little
design wall on the door helps a bit.
This is a nice design to make because
there are a number of different blocks,
so I can do them in groups.
|This design changes so much with
each round that it makes me want to
keep sewing so I can see how it looks!
Now, I've run off the little design wall on
the door and am using tape to put the
blocks up. Good thing I only have one
more round :)
|Blocks are done and now I'm deciding
if I want to group the darker octagons
a bit or leave them as they are. I do
know that when this is sewn together
and taken down, my sewing room is
going to look kind of barren!
|"Scarecrow" is all done and the
binding will be in a tan fabric. I
really like using this design with
novelty fabric octagons. .
|A little Halloween! I know it seems
early, but by the time I make a top, put
it on the website, someone is
interested in it, send it out and they
quilt it, well, it's not too early :)
|The beginning of a Halloween
Trip Around the World :)
|It's really fun to make the strata
and watch the design begin to
show, however, I think I need to
stop on the strata and begin to
sew some of these together!
|"Halloween Trip" is all done and
the binding will be in a black
Halloween print. What a great
time I had making this :)
|Here are some of the fun
|The Trip Around the World design is
kind of addictive! I pulled fabrics,
which mostly have a Native American
theme and then some to go with them
and I'll try another of these quilt tops,
maybe in a zig-zag layout this time.
|Strips are done and I'm ready to sew
them together vertically. That will take
about a foot off the width and make the
zig-zags much deeper. I'm so pleased
with the way the turquoise zig-zag
stripe fabric worked in :)
|Oooops....I forgot to put this
picture on yesterday! Bet
you thought I was't in my
sewing room :)
|"Native American Zig-Zag" is all done
and the binding will be in one of the
striped fabrics, cut on the bias.
Making this is about the same as
making a Trip Around the World, but I
really like the zig-zag layout and I'm
sure I'll try it again.
|You know how, after Christmas, the fabric stores put up signs
saying, "Big Sale," followed by signs saying, "Clearance Sale," and
finally, "Please, please take some of this Christmas fabric!" Well,
apparently I had been there for a number of these sales because I
have a lot of Christmas fabric! Since I'm in a Trip Around the World
mood, I pulled some fabrics for that. So, either that design or the
zig-zag, but I can make some strata first before I need to decide.
|I decided on the Trip Around the World
setting and I think this is going to have a
nice and Christmas look. I had to
change one fabric because, when I went
to cut, it wasn't long enough, but there
were plenty of others to choose from :)
|"Trip Around Christmas" is all
done and the binding will be
in the green with little gold
stars. This is such a great
design for a variety of prints!
|You can see some of
the Christmas prints in
this close shot.
|I have a nice group of 2.5 inch strips
that I've cut at different times in my
Christmas fabrics. So, Scrappy Trip!
I'm sub cutting these at 3 inches to get
the rectangle instead of a square. I'll
keep the red and lights in each block
as do the other three strips randomly.
I think this will give a nice design and I
just have to keep it straight that there
are two different block layouts here!
|The design is
starting to show :)
|Ready to sew these together! I
changed the layout so I'd have
fewer of the light circles and
more of a zig-zag edge and I
think I'll stay with this one.
|"Christmas Scrappy Trip" is all done
and the binding is in a red Christmas
print. Love looking at all of these
|Still with Christmas fabrics :)
Look, these aren't stacked
fabrics - can you believe it!
|This group is done and now I
can decide on an alternate
block to go with them.
|I wanted to add a lot of red
but also keep the look as
scrappy lights, so I think the
double four patch will work.
|"Christmas Spinners" is all done and
the binding will be in a light Christmas
print. I really enjoy making these
twelve blade blocks!
|Some stacking coming up! These
high button shoes and handbags
in Christmas colors are so cool :)
|When the motifs in the fabric are small
and widely spaced like this, it gives a
nice, airy stacked octagon.
|This fabric is making so
many neat designs :)
|One of the many reasons why I like the
octagons so much is because of the
design possibilities with the corners.
These blocks had neat designs but they
didn't really look very much like
Christmas....they do now! There will be
less red & green when the seams are
taken, but it will still give a Christmas look.
|Interesting....I had planned to use
the corners with the red & green
mixed, like on the left, but even with
only these few blocks up, it was
looking too busy to me. So, I think
I'll go with the corners with like
colors, as on the right. I think the
block designs show up much better
with the corners that way :)
|"High Button Shoes for Christmas"
is all done and the binding will be
in a small scale red & green
plaid. I arranged the octagons to
get an area of light in the quilt
top. Such fun to make this one!
|Fun to see the varied
designs this fabric made :)
|I'm doing some gently curved Log
Cabins using 1.25 and 1.75 inch
strips. I think I'll use this layout but
I won't know for sure until I get
some more blocks done.
|I think I'll stay with these
vertical, curved zig-zags :)
|These are using the smaller
pieces in my 1.25 and 1.75
strip boxes :)
|"Squiggles" is all done and the
binding will be scrappy. Love the
curved Log Cabin blocks!
|I love everything
about this piece!
|These are made using the 15 degree
wedge ruler and three sets of eight
stacks for each block. I love seeing
what design will emerge :)
|Time to decide if I want to
make more of these blocks, or
use a sashing with these, or
maybe set them on point with
an alternate block.......
|Centers and corners are done, so
on to the alternate blocks :)
|Here's what I decided on for the
alternate blocks. The little squares set
in at one inch and three-quarters of an
inch. Next up - the setting triangles.
|For the setting triangles, I echoed part
of the alternate squares and then
added the little green square to extend
the design a bit more.
|This top has a lot of seams, but still,
you can see from this picture of the
back that it's going together and
pressing out well :) Always happy to
get the first long row seam done to see
how things are going to press.
|"Floral Wreaths" is all done
and the binding will be in the
background fabric. Each step
on this one was fun!
|I'm going to do another Trip Around
the World with these traditional
fabrics. Most are large scale florals,
so I'm interested to see how they do.
|Here's the first strip set. I replaced
three fabrics because, when I opened
them to cut, there wasn't enough. I'm
anxious to see these in the Trip design.
|Really nice to work with the
traditional fabrics sometimes - they
are so different from other groups
of fabrics. I just spent some time
saying to myself, "Every moment
spent double-checking to be sure
the strips are in the right order
before sewing them together, is
time well spent." Just saying :)
|Nice to get these sewn together
so the rectangle shape begins to
show. Love making the Trips!
|"Traditional Trip" is all done
and the binding will be in a
brown. I'm so pleased with
the way this one turned out!
|You can see some of the
fabrics in this close up. I like
the way the large scale forals
show up in this design.
|Yet another Trip! I keep
thinking of fabrics I want to
see in this design :)
|Here's the first strata, cut but
not sewn. I think these fabrics
are going to be good :)
|First half is sewn together. When I
was choosing fabrics for this one, I
wanted to give the impression of a
sunny day and I think that's going
to be the name of it.
|"Sunny Day Trip" is all done and
the binding will be in the yellow
near the center. As always with
the light colored quilt tops, the
picture isn't nearly as nice as the
colors in person :( The
blue/yellow color combination
seems so cheerful to me!
|I have ten repeats of this fabric, so I
can use the 18 degree ruler. I laid out
some wedges to see if I want to use it
with two different ten stacks in each
block or just one ten stack and the
background. Of course, these would
look completely different when the
twenty seams are taken, but it gives an
idea. I like the airy look of the one set
of wedges, but I also like the intricate
look when using two sets. We'll see.....
|Now, to figure out the
centers, corners and
how to set these :)
|I'm working on my inner
border first so I can then see
what size I need to make my
sashings to make things fit.
|"A Twist of Lime" is all done and
the binding will be in the stripe
border fabric, cut on the bias.
Love this color combination!
|I had a little bit of my stacked
fabric set left - just enough to
get the ten cornerstones :)
|When I cut Log Cabin pieces to size,
as I go along, I always have more of
the smaller pieces. So, I'm going to
do a Log Cabin with blocks that will
set in at four inches and have more
logs on the light side.
|"Tiny Cabins" is all done and the
binding will be in a dark scrappy.
Each Log Cabin sets in at four
inches and they were fun to make!
I don't think I've made a Log Cabin
with such a narrow dark section
before, but I bet I will again :)
|Nothing shy about these blocks!!
|This is such a nice block to make
because there's just enough bias in
the wedge cuts that it makes matching
that center strip very easy. I'm using
three strips - 2.5, 1.5 and 2.5 inches.
|Blocks are done so on to
the corners. I think I'll
keep my corners pretty
light so the kaleidoscope
circles will show well.
|"Pink & Orange Kaleidoscopes" is all done and the binding will be
in the light pink used for half the corners. These strip pieced
kaleidoscope blocks turn out so differently depending on where
you use your contrast. For this top, I've used low contrast for the
corners and also kept the three fabrics in each wedge either light
or dark instead of mixing them, so the light circles show up a lot.
|I had so much fun with the Pink &
Orange Kaleidoscopes, I decided to
make one in blue & green :)
|Here's the first half of the
blocks. The second half will be
from the second cuts on the
strip sets, so they'll be the same
fabrics but combined differently.
|Blocks are done and time for the
corners. On the Pink & Orange
Kaleidoscope top, I used two light
colored fabrics for all of the corners,
which makes the large, light circles
show up. On this top, I'll use light
and dark corners and also make
them scrappy. This will really amp up
the scrappiness factor!
|These are my last two Kaleidoscope tops. The blocks are the same and
the size is the same. I changed the pictures to black & white just to show the
difference the corner choices make. The one on the left (which is the pink
& orange) has the corners in just two fabrics, both light. On the left (the
blue & green) the corners are light and dark scrappy. On the left, you see
the light circles very well but the dark hardly at all. On the right you can
see both the light and dark, but you have to work a little harder at it :)
|"Blue & Green Kaleidoscopes"
is all done and the binding is
in a blue & green print. Love
making these blocks!
|Love the stacked stars with the
split background. Don't know
how I'll set them yet....
|This fabric is making such neat
designs that I can't wait to see
what the next one looks like!
|So many settings to choose from!
Some would take one or more blocks
but I have the second half of the
fabric. My plan was to do the first one
with the top and right border in white
and the bottom and left border in
black, but now I'm not sure which
setting I'll go with! I may have to make
another top with split Lemoyne stars :)
|"Up, Up & Away" is all done
and the binding will be in a
white with irregular black
dots. Love this :)
|It's fun to work with a very bold fabric,
like the hot air balloon fabric in the last
top, however then, it's nice to see
something sweet, like this floral :)
|More stacked, split stars, but
very different in these fabrics.
|Not a good picture with
these light fabrics, but it
gives the idea.
|I'll arrange these a bit and
then I can sew them together.
What a dark picture!
|"Sweet Stars" is all done and the
binding will be in the pink. I think the
split border really brings out the design
in the stars. This is one of those light
quilt tops that looks so much better in
person than in the picture!
|This delicate floral made
such pretty stacks :)
|I'm going to try some strip pieced
diamonds to see how that goes. I've
made Lone Stars using stacks for the
piecing, but haven't tried the circle
design with strip piecing. I may
rearrange these a bit.
|This is sewn into eight sections
and so far, so good, however, I
know with this pattern, it's those
last seams that can mess up the
|That went together much easier
than I had anticipated! Now, if
the corners go on well, I can see
more of these in my future :)
|"Pink & Green Circle of Diamonds" is
all done and the binding will be in the
pale pink plaid in the center of the
design. Construction on this wasn't
nearly as difficult as I had anticipated
:) I diamonds set in at two inches,
which seems to be a good size for me.
|The dark pink is more pink
than this picture shows.
|I'm going to try another of the Circle of
Diamonds tops, this time in batiks. I
want this one to be very blendy, so I've
chosen some fabrics that change in
color and I'm also using a few different
fabrics I within a few of the rounds.
We'll see how it works :)
|Here's something I've changed on this
one and I think it will keep the trimming
of those bottom diamonds far less
nerve-wracking. All of the strips are
cut at 2.5 inches except that last dark
brown one, which is 3 inches. That
gives me a little extra where I'll be
trimming the points.
|If you use the little trimmer to take off
that small triangle at the top of the strip
sets, you can line up your two pieces
to sew and the seams match up nicely
without any pinning along the way. I
just figured this out! Before, I've been
just judging how much to overlap at the
top - much easier to be able to line up
the pieces with no overlap :)
|Yes, "blendy", that's what I
wanted :) Sometimes you
see the rounds and
sometimes they blend in.
|Sewn together, trimmed to an
octagon and ready for the
corners and then the border.
|"Autumn Circle of Diamonds" is all
done and the binding will be in one of
the batiks used in the quilt top. I
think this has such an autumn feel to
it and I'm very pleased with the
blending of the batiks :)
|I pulled some madras and shirtings
to make more strip sets. I think
this time, I'll make a regular Lone
Star instead of the circle design of
the last two quilt tops.
|This is the way I do the background on
Lone Stars or Lemoyne Stars. On the
small triangle, the bias is next to the
star point and on the large triangle the
bias is on the long edge to the left.
|I do love madras and even
more so when it's on point!
|There are so many different opinions
on this that I almost hesitate to give
mine, but..... I prefer to press my
seams to the side on these long bias
seams. I think, pressing open can pull
the bias a bit and then the sections
don't want to fit together well. This
Picture of the back shows that it does
give a nice, flat finish.
|"Madras & Shirtings Lone Star" is
all done and the binding will be in
the red & blue madras used for the
outside points of the star and I'll
cut it on the bias. This has such a
nice vintage look :)
|I'm really into the Lone Stars! I'm
going to try these florals and include
an accent. It looks good in my head
and I'm anxious to see it in real life :)
|Yes, that's what it looked like in my head! Of course, in my head, I
didn't see myself placing a strip in the wrong place and having to rip a
strip set apart after it was sewn, cut and pressed. Sometimes, real life
is very different from my fantasy life :) I was pretty sure I'd like the
hearts in the center but I wasn't sure about the ones on the points, but
now I'm glad I went for them. On the blues, I placed some so they
would meet like fabric where the points came together and some that
are more scrappy looking, but each star blade will be the same.
|Good - I'm happy with this
and now, if it sews together
well, I'll be even happier :)
|"Hearts & Flowers Lone Star" is all
done and the binding will be in one of
the light blue prints used in the star.
Fun to make a pattern with the
diamonds in the star blades!
|I have a lot of smaller pieces in my
2.5 inch strips - not long enough for
a normal strip set. So, I'm combining
the yellow and orange pieces into
long strips and then trying out a Lone
Star. Sometimes there will be
diamonds and sometimes a scrappy
piece. We'll see how it looks!
|Because of the strip piecing with
angles, there are lots of very tiny
triangles in this top. One of my
favorites is this tiny yellow one at the
end of one of the star points :)
|"Yellow & Orange Scrappy Star" is all
done and the binding will be in a
rust/orange print. Loved making this
so much that I've begun another one!
|That last scrappy star was such
fun to make I'm going to try
another one, this time in greens.
|On the monochromatic quilt tops, I
love how much just a tiny bit of a
contrasting color in a few of the
fabrics really shows up!
|"Emerald Star" is all done
and the binding will be
in....you guessed it...green!
|When I look at this fabric, or course,
my first thought is "stacking." Because
of all the straight lines in it, I'll do stars
and those straight lines will form some
stars within the star block.
|That wild fabric is making some
nice designs with lots of star
shapes :) I'll decide how to set
these after I get them all made.