I finished all the blocks so it is time for assembly.


Here is the layout.  I decided to leave the 2 long edges jagged.

I start in a corner and piece the blocks together on the diagonal. Here it is with 3 diagonal rows done and the next one ready to add.


and the next row.


and the next


keep doing row at a time



It will be done soon :)

Happy quilting


More Piecing


Yesterday I posted this picture.


It is the leftover pieces from the ends of the strip sets.   I sewed it together today …..I rearranged the pieces first.


Tons of pieces come together in the center and it is not perfect ….but I like it. I plan to add it to a quilt made from all the leftover fabric.

The main quilt top has grown.


I think I will leave the sides jagged.   It will be a bit more work to bind it that way but I like the way it looks.    I could add 1/2 blocks to the edges to make a straight line.

It might seem like I could use those 1/2 triangles for the edges rather than make the hexagon blocks.    The problem with that is they aren’t the correct angle.

2 of them looks like this.


but to fit the rest of the pattern it needs to be a 1/2 block cut down the center like this.


The other option would be to use a solid piece.   I have a lot of piecing yet to do before I need to decide.

Or maybe I will ask Teddy


Happy quilting


More Diamond Piecing


I started a new quilt top about a week ago.


I did a tutorial on making the diamonds here

I worked on it for a bit more today (the forecast was for rain so I decided to not work in the garden….It didn’t rain)  A reader asked what I will do with the extra pieces from the ends of the strip sets.    The way I am cutting them there is an extra bit on each end. See the half triangle on the left of the ruler.


I thought about it and decided on a way to use them.    When you piece the strips they never come out even.   different fabrics vary quilt a bit in width.  Here is one end of a strip set.


and here is the other


If I cut the first edge even I can cut on 1/2 triangle from that end before I cut the full triangles.


Then after all the full triangles are cut I have a piece at the end to cut another half triangle.


If I put the half triangles together in a hexagon I get this


That hole in the center will go away when it is stitched together because the seam allowances will take that space up. and I will arrange the wedges better to distribute the color better.  I don’t know what I will make with the hexagons, It might be added to another project … might need to be another quilt?

After I have them cut I match the triangles into pairs.


I pin them to match the seams


and then stitch and press


I have a bunch of them done.  They are adding up.    It is about 60 inches square at this point (it will be smaller when the diamonds are sewn together)


My plan is to make it something like 90 x100.

When I sit at the sewing machine I can look out into the yard and watch the activity at the bird feeder.

They need to be refilled but there were still a few birds and the squirrels wanted to be sure they got some too.

Teddy says hi


Happy Quilting



Diamond Tutorial


Yesterday I posted a few pictures of a diamond block quilt I started


I made a few more blocks today and took some pictures to show How I made them,

First I cut 2 inch strips of fabric (width of fabric).   I am using 8 fabrics in the darker/brighter blocks and 8 in the lighter blocks.

Here are the dark strips


Piece them together into strip sets of 4


I am using a 60 degree triangle ruler to cut the blocks


You will get 2 sets of blocks from this set


The diamonds are made by setting two triangles together


sew and press and here is one block


This is how I am setting them together (I might change the color placements)


I could also set them this direction


Teddy was anxious to have his picture taken today…he thinks the blocks match his bandana :)


Happy Quilting




Organizing all my fabric has its disadvantages.  I come to a stack of fabric and I need to start making a quilt top.    I do still spend time hand quilting, but I had to spend a little time today piecing these bright fabrics.

I am using 16 fabrics.   I will post more about it soon.  I still have 4 fabrics to piece and then plan a layout.

Teddy is feeling much better


He says hi to everyone and thanks for your concern.

Happy Quilting


Another Batik Top Finished.


I Finished up the next Batik Top.     I posted a few days ago about how I made the center blocks (


I liked the center so much that I decided to add a wide border and make it full-sized. I made the border blocks much the same way but different sized and with different fabrics.

Here is how I did the border.   I stacked up 5 different batiks (they were about 22″ x 18″)  and I cut them up and then arranged them like this.


Then sewed them together and re-cut them the opposite direction and rearranged the pieces again like this.


then sewed them together


I trimmed the finished blocks to straighten up the edges to 14″ X 17″.

Here they are partially arranged with the center.


Teddy says OK sew them on……


I made the sides wider than the top and bottom border to get a better finished size.

one more side to go and a last strip of purple and here it is.


Finished size is 80″ x 90″.

I really like it :)

Happy Quilting



Center finished


I finished up what will be the center of the quilt that I started yesterday. (see that post here)

It is 40 x 60 now.  I have more planned.  There will be a wide border , also pieced, that will make it much larger.

I had planned to make it a simple little quilt, but when I got the center done I had some more ideas and some more batik fabric that I hadn’t used in the last quilt so really not leftovers but they will be perfect.

Here are some more pics (click to enlarge)

I have the borders planned and cut ….more on that next time.

Earlier today Teddy was outside supervising some garden work.    The sun was shining and he looked extra spiffy because he has just been to the groomer.

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He enjoys supervising both quilting and gardening.  He is a good boss ;)
Happy Quilting