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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.
|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.
|Ready to sew these together. I
considered grouping the lights
but then decided to go for this
|"Blue & Yellow Triangles" is all done
and the binding will be in a blue &
yellow print. These were the blue
HSTs that I cut while cutting for the last
quilt top. Turns out that I had just one
set left over - funny since I wasn't
counting while I was cutting them :)
|I wanted to try a plus quilt, using
mostly novelty prints. This design
is one of the funny ones where
everything is up on the design wall
but not a stitch has been taken yet.
|"scrappy Plus" is all done and the
binding will be in a stripe, cut on the
bias. I've seen the plus pattern
around for quite a while, but this is
the first I've tried it. I like it and will
probably try it again sometime.
|I was itching to stack
something! This should
make some interesting blocks.
|Blocks are done, so on to the
corners. This fabric gave some
nice variety in the blocks :)
|"Tiny Butterflies" is all done and the binding will be
in another medium blue. In the close-up picture the
colors are much better than in the full one and you
can also see some of the tiny butterflies.
|Next up. These look like
Henna designs to me.
|I'm thinking Ohio Stars and octagons.
The Ohio Stars are made with an eight
stack for the hourglass sections and
then a four stacks for the four corners,
so each star should be a bit different.
Hopefully, I can get a picture with
better color as I get more blocks up.
|I have a plan :) This picture
shows the color pretty well.
|Ready for the setting triangles!
|"Henna Designs" is all done and the binding will be in
a combination of the focus fabric and the brown, cut
on the bias. Really like these two blocks together.
|I feel like making some wild octagons -
this fabric should work for that!
|Ready to start the
|"Mosaics on Black" is all done and
the binding will be in the focus fabric
and black, cut on the bias. This is
such a strange fabric, but turned out
to be so good for stacking!
|Another stacking fabric. Instead of having all
of the horizontal and vertical lines, I wanted to
have some diagonal lines in the blocks, so I cut
the strips at a 45 degree angle. Looks like I'll
have a lot of different star shapes in the
blocks. If I'd been cutting this piece in the
regular way, I'd have 22 blocks. Cutting on the
diagonal gave me 18 blocks and I do still have
the second half of the fabric left.
|I'm going to set these on
point, so 32 blocks will be
fine. This focus fabric
did make a lot of different
star shapes :)
|Starting to sew these together.
This is one of my favorite ways
to set the stacked octagons :)
|"Goosey Gander" is all done and the
binding will be in the focus fabric.
Funny name, but that's what the
writing on the focus fabric is :)
|I can see already that, if all the
corners were light, you'd really
see the circles. However, half of
my corners are going to be red,
so the circles won't show as
much as they do here.
|I'm going to combine these
two baseball fabrics in
|The red plaid corners on half
the blocks really changes the
look! Once seams are taken,
there won't be as much red and
I'm anxious to see how it looks :)
|"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
is all done and the binding will
be in the light baseball print
combined with the red plaid, all
cut on the bias. Fun fabrics!
|I decided on the black and white dotted
fabric and then plain white for the
alternate blocks to lighten the look.
|I love both the colors and the
lines in this fabric. There are
only four repeats so I'll need to
add something to make
|Ready to sew these
|"Dots & Ribbons & Bows" is all
done and the binding will be in the
dotted fabric, with inserts of the
focus fabric. I really like these two
fabrics together with the white
added for brightness.
|I wanted to do something scrappy
and random, without regard for
value, with my one and three
quarters inch strips. Mostly the
strips that didn't fit into any color
group. I added the one inch solid
strips and three and a half inch
solid centers to break up all of the
|Blocks are done and I think I'll add
sashing to this. I could use all the
same fabric for the sashing and
calm this down a bit but I'm going
to use scrappy sashing and let the
wildness reign :)
|"A Plethora of Patterns" is all done and the binding (which looks like sushi to me) is
scrappy, and cut on the bias. Sometimes, "too much" is exactly the amount I'm craving :)
|Tan and lighter browns for the strips
and dark brown centers. I'll keep
the narrow strip constant
throughout. I don't know about the
sashing and cornerstones yet - I'll
wait until I see all of the blocks.
|I liked making the blocks for the last
top so much that I'm going to use them
again, this time in a controlled scrappy.
|Ready to sew these
blocks together :)
|"Maze" is all done and the
binding will be in scrappy tans,
cut on the bias. I really like
making this block!
|I decided to use four different
sizes of stacks in this one.
|Funny, I've had this fabric on the right
for a very, very long time. I was
beginning to think it would never go
with anything and now I'm so glad to
have it for the corners for these stacks!
|Upper left is all of the blocks,
upper right the large blocks are
arranged and on the bottom, the
small blocks are added and some
of the larger blocks arranged
again. Now to sew them together!
|First, I sewed the small blocks
together and then started
sewing the rows. The blocks set
in at 3, 6, 9, and 12 inches.
|"Red Floral Mix-up" is all done and the
binding will be in the border fabric, cut
on the bias. I really enjoyed mixing all
of these sizes of stacked blocks!
|Next up....a wonderful fabric
|I'm using more blacks on the
outside block corners so I won't
have any partial black & white
|"Cracked Ice" is all done and the
binding will be in black. The joy
of working with a pretty fabric!
|This fabric made so many
|Stars with four different
fabrics for background. I'll
decide on the setting after I
have a few more made.
|Next up....a very traditional
|Ready to sew these together!
|"Paisley Stars" is all done and
the binding will be in the green
fabric. Changing around the
background really makes the
Lemoyne Stars look different.
|Paisley fabric is so
good for stacking!
|Next up...one of those strange
fabrics that's great for stacking.
|A different placement of the
background fabrics than in the last
top. I was going to use the layout on
the left, but now I think I'll go with the
one on the right.....unless, of
course, I change my mind :)
|Ready to sew
|"Red & White Stars" is all
done and the binding will be
in the solid red. Really like
setting the stars this way!
|I decided to play around with
some light stripes for the
background on these stars.
|I think I'll set these stars on
point and without sashing.
|Not much sewing
done this last week!
|Ready to sew these together. I used
the setting triangles to finish the
mitred squares along the outside and
added the red for an accent.
|"Paisley & Stripes" is all done and
the binding will be in the blue
striped fabric, cut on the bias.
When I look at this, sometimes I
see the stacked stars and
sometimes the striped squares.
|This block, Twirling Star, is from
Marsha McCloskey's book "Block
Party." The block is challenging,
however, as with all of Marsha's
patterns, it's very doable. The block
sets in at nine inches, as do all of the
blocks in the book.
|Adding some different
kinds of stars.....
|There were literally hundreds of robins
around my house yesterday! I've
never seen so many before. This little
fellow was in the tree right outside my
window and he looked so cute, all
puffed up against the cold :)
|"Star Play"is all done and the
binding will be in the border wavy
stripe, cut on the bias. Fun to
make this mix of stars :)
|A close up of some of
the different stars.
|I've got lots of black & white
scraps, so I'm going to start with
some crazy blocks. The crazy part
is 3 x 5 inches and then a 1.5 inch
strip on two sides, to end up with a
five inch unset block.
|Starting to fill in. Some of the
smaller black & white prints
read as gray in the picture,
but I didn't include any grays.
|Each star is equal to four crazy blocks,
so to set them in you just have to sew
some partial rows, which, for me,
means trips to the sewing machine with
just a few blocks so I don't get them
out of order!
|I trim and press each seam as
I'm making the Crazy blocks, so
even with all of the seams, they
lay nice and flat on the back.
|"Crazy in Black & White" is all done and the binding
will be in the border fabric. I really like the little
squares of color in the setting triangles!
|Every once in a while, I like to
make a collage of some of my quilt
top pictures. This is about one
quarter of them. I've spent a lot of
my life in my sewing room!
|Next up - some hexies in
|I'm deciding on setting these
next to each other, as at the
top, or with the black & white
dots, as at the bottom. I'll
make more hexies as I decide.
|I decided to set these next to
each other because there are
so many stripes I want to use :)
|As I was making these, I thought
I'd arrange them by value after
they were finished, however,
now I think I like this very
random arrangement. So, time
to sew them together!
|"Striped Hexies" is all done and
the binding will be in a light stripe,
cut on the bias. Loved working
with all of these stripes :)
|Next up....I'm going to
combine these two fabrics
for some stacked octagons.
|Combining two fabrics is such
fun because it's hard to guess
how each block will turn out :)
|Coming along....I really
like the way these two
fabrics are combining :)
|"Flowers & Leaves" is all done and
the binding will be in a slightly
darker brown. So much fun mixing
two different stacked fabric!