quilt top in an afternoon

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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

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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.

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Next I cut it into thirds using a rotary cutter…I cut curves (gentle curves are easy to machine piece)

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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

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And sewed them together

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I stacked them up again and then cut them again

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Next I rearranged the fabrics again

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and sewed them together

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Now I cut them apart in thirds again the opposite direction…this time with straight lines

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rearrange those pieces again

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sew them together

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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

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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!

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

Batik project

Batik plan

I have yet another new project in the planning stage.   This one will use Batik Fabrics.

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They are so cool.   Lots of variety

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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)

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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.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Learning Curve

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.

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I scanned the fabrics and imported into the program and started to play with layout.

Here is one I came up with.

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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

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Teddy says HI

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Home stretch

I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.

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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.

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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.

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He approved it.  You can the unquilted corners better from the back.  The 2 corners on the left.

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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.

 

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

Piecing and hand quilting

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I have some more of the hand quilting done on the Interplay Quilt.

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The quilting thread is #8 perle cotton in black and a green color that I chose to blend with the prints.

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The green doesn’t detract from the prints, and the black stands out well against the stripes and dots.

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Here is a view of the back.

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My Friend Carla (see her blog here) made me this Schnauzer Scissor Case.

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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”.

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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!

Happy Quilting

Tim

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Take My Picture

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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.

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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

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here is the back

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But it is time for a break from that for a bit so I will finish the Interplay quilt

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Remember the vintage top I posted a few days ago?

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I bought a wide backing fabric for it

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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.

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I have a roll of fabric that I will use with the blocks

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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 :) .

Happy Quilting

Tim

Snowflakes in August and Updates

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Today I got notice that my Whole cloth Quilts have been accepted for the AQS show in Des Moines Oct 1-4

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And a few new things

First I got the Interplay quilt blocks sewn together.

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and pin basted ready for hand quilting.

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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

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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

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and used a blue clover wash away marker .

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I am now in the process of adding more detail.

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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 :(

Happy Quilting

Tim