I decided to take a break from hand quilting and foundation paper piecing today and make a quilt top.
Sometimes it is fun to make something different and fast. I purchased a bundle of fat quarters at the Grand Rapids AQS show
The one on the left is what I used.
No pattern here just cutting and sewing.
I started by stacking up 7 of the fat quarters and trimming them even.
Next I cut it into thirds using a rotary cutter…I cut curves (gentle curves are easy to machine piece)
It is hard to tell from the picture but there are 7 layers of fabric here.
Next I rearranged the pieces so the colors alternate
And sewed them together
I stacked them up again and then cut them again
Next I rearranged the fabrics again
and sewed them together
Now I cut them apart in thirds again the opposite direction…this time with straight lines
rearrange those pieces again
sew them together
and then I did it all over again with 7 more fat quarters and then trimmed them all to a uniform size
and then sewed them all together
finished size is about 57 inches square…I have some purple fabric that I will use for backing and binding and I will hand quilt it. I think I will use black thread.
This was a fun and fast project!
I have yet another new project in the planning stage. This one will use Batik Fabrics.
They are so cool. Lots of variety
My camera is not doing them justice , the colors are really much brighter.
They are from Lelia and Co. Fabric and Design and are 100% cotton and 100% handmade and available in their Etsy Shop The pictures there are much better.
I am prewashing them all now and while they are in the wash I started playing with some ideas for a quilt layout (I used the center of the last quilt and made some changes)
I did not scan the fabrics yet to get an accurate mock-up but here is the start of the plan just using some fabrics out of the EQ program.
I’m sure there will be a few changes before I get it all ready to go but I really like it so far.
I will of course hand quilt it when I finish the piecing.
I recently purchased Electric Quilt 7 software and I have been trying to learn all it can do. While the software can do a lot it does need some user input and I think I am still at the bottom of the learning curve.
Often when I make a quilt I am asked for a pattern. I have not been a pattern person. I just sort of make it up as I go but I thought I would give it a try.
Last weekend at AQS in Grand Rapids I purchased a bundle of fat quarters.
I scanned the fabrics and imported into the program and started to play with layout.
Here is one I came up with.
I am not sure I will actually make this quilt but It is fun to play with ideas.
Still working on hand quilting various projects….here is the snowflake quilt
Teddy says HI
I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.
When I get near the end on a quilt it becomes difficult for me to stop until it is done. This past weekend I worked on it exclusively and I have only 2 corners left to go.
Teddy will be glad when I am done.
he gets a bit bored watching me quilt.
But he loves to get the chance to try out a quilt…..here he is testing the back.
He approved it. You can the unquilted corners better from the back. The 2 corners on the left.
Back to work
Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.
I got new glasses on Saturday. Bifocals …and I can actually see to quilt. The old pair was not nearly strong enough so I was using drugstore readers. Nice to not have to keep switching between different glasses.
I have some more of the hand quilting done on the Interplay Quilt.
The quilting thread is #8 perle cotton in black and a green color that I chose to blend with the prints.
The green doesn’t detract from the prints, and the black stands out well against the stripes and dots.
Here is a view of the back.
My Friend Carla (see her blog here) made me this Schnauzer Scissor Case.
Carla also has a Schnauzer rescue dog. His name is Max and he is quite a handsome boy.
I got some of the piecing done on the signature block project. here it is on the “design floor”.
I wont make into a full-sized quilt with just the signature blocks so I might add more blank blocks to make it a larger quilt. I will make that decision once I get this part finished.
Back to work for me!
Teddy was sitting next to the hoop and looking up at me as if to say “take my picture”. He is funny about pictures….he loves to be a photographed.
As soon as the picture was over he went back to work on his chew bone.
I have been working on some pretty detailed quilting on my snowflake quilt
here is the back
But it is time for a break from that for a bit so I will finish the Interplay quilt
Remember the vintage top I posted a few days ago?
I bought a wide backing fabric for it
and I am planning another new quilt. I belong to a Facebook group “men who quilt” and Scott Griffin organized a block swap with the members.
30 of us signed 6 inch squares of fabric and sent them to Scott who sorted them and mailed them back to us. They arrived yesterday.
I have a roll of fabric that I will use with the blocks
and I will post some pictures when I get going on that. I’m excited to get to work on that and since they are all dated 2014 I feel compelled to do it this year :) .
Today I got notice that my Whole cloth Quilts have been accepted for the AQS show in Des Moines Oct 1-4
And a few new things
First I got the Interplay quilt blocks sewn together.
and pin basted ready for hand quilting.
More on the hand quilting soon.
And I started layout on a new whole cloth quilt.
Of all the blog posts I have done The post about making snowflakes has been the most popular.
In that post I included a pattern to make this snowflake
Looking am blogs site stats I see that I am still getting several view per day of this thanks to Pinterest.
I decided that since I already designed the snowflake and it is a popular design, I should use it in a quilt.
I am no fan of applique….so I am not going to try to do that…it will be done as a whole cloth quilt.
I cut a stencil of the design to trace it onto the cloth
and used a blue clover wash away marker .
I am now in the process of adding more detail.
More on this as it develops.
Here are a few more snowflakes I have made (click pictures to enlarge)
It seems early to be thinking about a Christmas quilt but It really isn’t far off :(