In an effort to clean up the work area by reducing the pile of works in progress I finished piecing a quilt top today. I posted some layout options over the last few days, ( http://timquilts.com/2014/12/20/more-layouts/, http://timquilts.com/2014/12/19/room-to-work/) but I kept the original as planned. I do plan to do a few more tops with this block in the future and I will use some of the other options.
With the added borders It finished at 64″ x 76″
Here are a bunch of pictures of the top. (click pictures to enlarge) I really need to take pictures in daylight to get truer colors, the colors are duller without a flash and brighter than reality with a flash.
Hand quilting will have to wait a while on this one….I have too many in progress already.
Now on to the next pile in the mountain
It is just too much fun to play with a new quilt design!
This block is a lot of fun
yesterday I posted these layouts
here are just a few more
In comments on yesterday’s post Isabel mentioned doing this design with striped fabrics….I think it is a great idea! I think the look would be the same but it would make the piecing very fast!
Once I get it done I plan to write-up a pattern, and I think I will include a bunch of different layout options.
There are always leftover bits of fabrics….I have quite a pile of them
I said yesterday that I was thinking about borders……I am planning to make borders with all these bits and pieces.
I will add a narrow border of solid….then this crazy pieced border…then another solid
My plan it to make all those scraps into one giant piece and then determine how wide to cut it so there is enough for a border….It looks like a ton of fabric but I wont really know until I put it all back together. It will likely be quite narrow. If there is not enough for that it will make a pretty cool little wall quilt, and I wont feel like I wasted any fabric..
Yesterday I posted a picture of a new top I started….
I got 2 blocks finished and kept having to move piles of fabrics from other projects around to find room to work. I decided that rather than put it all away I would get the piecing finished. If I put it away it tends to get forgotten.
Here is what was in the first pile.
I started the piecing on this one Nov 4th.
Here is the post about it http://timquilts.com/2014/11/04/piecing-with-strips/ and here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/05/more-piecing-2/
here are the 20 blocks I finished today.
different layouts change the look
We need to think about how to put them together because I like them all…I will likely change them around several more times because there are dozens more possibilities.
I also might do a border….more about that later
I am working on at least a few projects all the time. For hand quilting I have the antique applique quilt in the hoop. A few stains on this block. They will likely not come out completely but that is the nature of antique tops…they are never perfect.
This one takes a lot of time. But It will be worth the effort.
I started piecing the Bella Suede quilt.
First I divided the fabrics into 2 groups
The row on the left will be cut into squares and then half square triangles. The row on the right will be cut into strips and then sewn into squares.
Here is a finished block
It is a 17 inch block. Each block will be somewhat different because I will use all 30 of the fabrics.
I have a few other quilts in the piecing process so I will probably be working on 3 of them off and on when I am not hand quilting.
Teddy is patiently awaiting the arrival of Santa and being very good.
I hope he can last for a week.
I finished the Luxury Essentials quilt.
Here it is after the hand quilting was done.
Teddy Had to test it out
But he lost interest when I got out the ruler and rotary cutter to trim it….
I used almost every last bit of the fabric in the fat quarter bundle
But I saved 3 for the binding. I cut the binding strips at 2.5 inches
And here it is bound
It is fresh out of the dryer after it had a good washing. I used cotton batting so it has that crinkled look from the shrink which I love.
Here is the back.
I started this one on Nov 17 ….see that post here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/17/fabric-give-away/
Here is a post about the quilting which I started on Dec 1 http://timquilts.com/2014/12/01/quilting-begins-2/
and here is one about how to make the block http://timquilts.com/2014/12/02/block-layoutmeasurements/
I am really happy with the finished quilt!
Now back to work on some of the others
A few years I decided to make a Christmas quilt every year. I take a picture of Teddy with the quilt .
Here is the first one I made
The next year I Hand quilted an antique red and green top
The back shows the quilting better
The next year I hand quilted a vintage table cloth
I added the red border
I didn’t get one done last year :( I finished 12 quilts but no Christmas quilt.
This year I am counting the Reindeer Snowflake quilt as the Christmas Quilt
and the tree skirt
I didn’t make a full-sized Christmas quilt this year…..and Teddy went to the groomer today and is looking particularly festive so I took a few pictures of him with the quilt I am working on today.
I should have this quilt done this week if all goes well
I have spent the day hand quilting the Luxury Essentials quilt.
and while I am quilting I have time to think. (Teddy thinks too, but I suspect we think about different things. )
I have been thinking and thinking about what I will make with the Bella Suede bundle of fabric.
I have a few dozen Ideas of quilts that I think would be great with these fabrics so it will be hard to make up my mind. I suspect I won’t know for sure until I actually start. I really hardly ever start with a fully developed plan.
I hope to have the current quilt finished in the next week or so, and getting close to the end of one always makes me get excited about the next one.
I already have a dozen or more in progress but I can’t keep from thinking about more. So many ideas, so many dreams, so much fun!
The Holiday Season gets a little hectic and we tend to get stressed and frantic but quilting is so calming and such a great stress relief. I hope you can take some time for yourself in the coming days to relax and quilt and think and dream.