More piecing, garden pictures and a video

last time I posted about a new top I am making called “Table Scraps”

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I did some more piecing on that.

I am using 2 inch strips

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I sew together 6 and then cut into blocks

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Stack up a few of them and then cut the other direction

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then rearrange them

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then sew them together.   once I have enough done I arrange them in the diamond shape

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after they are sewn together I cut them again to be an accurate 45 degree diamond so they will all fit together to make a star

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One of my fabric pieces was large enough to do a full diamond unpieced……I like the variety

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2 more diamonds to go….I’ll probably piece them a bit differently…I’ll post pictures of that soon.

The finished star should be about 75 inches across and it will get a pieced scrappy border to make a finished quilt of about 85″ square

Today it finally rained……but you really can’t call it a real rain…just enough to get the grass damp and cause the humidity to go up to 90% . It has been so dry!   What we need is a good long all day rain!  I took a few garden pictures shortly after the rain.   (click pictures to enlarge)

I did another video of hand quilting….this one is quilting on an antique applique quilt.

Happy Quilting

Tim

Assembly

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

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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.

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and the next row.

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and the next

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keep doing row at a time

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It will be done soon 🙂

Happy quilting

Tim

More Diamond Piecing

I started a new quilt top about a week ago.

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I did a tutorial on making the diamonds here https://timquilts.com/2015/07/20/diamond-tutorial/

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.

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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.

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and here is the other

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

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

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

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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 …..it might need to be another quilt?

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

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I pin them to match the seams

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and then stitch and press

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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)

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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

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Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Xs and Os

I made progress on the next melon block top.

It will be 9 blocks 18″ each, and I will add borders.   I have lots more fabrics.

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Yesterday I was asked about the back because there is so much bulk in the seams where the 4 units join.

I press the seams to the center

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here are the 4 units joined.

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The same for the other blocks but different arrangement of the units

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Lots of layers of fabric there in the intersection at the center.

I am really not an accurate piecer. I know I could do better but it really is not that important to me to be perfect.  For me close enough is fine.

I don’t use a fancy machine, I have a vintage Singer 301a and I love it.  The tape on the throat plate helps my seam allowance size, I don’t have a 1/4″ foot.

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I am calling the quilt  Xs and Os

Here is an X

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and an O

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and here are all 9

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Borders next, but I need to decided what I want to do with them.

Teddy is not offering an opinion, but enjoying watching the progress

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Time for a piecing break.   I think I will do some hand quilting 😉

Happy quilting

Tim

Finished quilt top

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, ( https://timquilts.com/2014/12/20/more-layouts/https://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
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Happy Quilting

Tim

Room to work

Yesterday I posted a picture of a new top I started….

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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.
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Here is the post about it  https://timquilts.com/2014/11/04/piecing-with-strips/ and here https://timquilts.com/2014/11/05/more-piecing-2/

here are the 20 blocks I finished today.

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different layouts change the look

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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.

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I also might do a border….more about that later

Happy Quilting

Tim

Snowflakes and quilts

It is that time of year again.   People are getting ready for winter and the winter holidays.    Every winter I make snowflakes.

Here is a how to post I did a while back.   https://timquilts.com/2013/12/01/how-to-make-a-snowflake-2/

I have had so many people viewing the snowflake posts that I have done that I am planning to make a set of patterns.    I made a new one last night

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and I will be making more soon.

I did a bit more piecing.   I have had some questions about how the blocks go together and how I did the design.

First I had the idea in my head.    It is based on a quilt that I made a few years ago.    It was a vintage top that I hand quilted.

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Old quilts are great inspiration for new designs.

I made a mock-up on the computer…from there I made a few changes in my head

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After I decided how I would make it I cut templates from template plastic.   I bought 10 half yards of fabric.  5 light and 5 dark,   I am cutting 2 inch strips of 5 fabrics and sewing them together into sets (light and dark)

Here is a light set with the templates set to trace

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I trace the template with a sharpie

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and I cut them all out with scissors ( I only use a rotary cutter for straight lines)

here is the layout with both the dark and the light sets cut

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then sew them together

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I finished 8 so far…here are a few possible layouts.  The color in the first 2 is about right, I am not sure what I did on the next 2  (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy is learning how to get even more attention.   His new trick is to get in my chair.    I sit in this chair when I hand quilt so he sees me there a lot.   It is also where I sit when I am at the computer.

Now it is also where Teddy sits when he thinks he needs some extra attention….which of course he always gets….I think he wants to make sure I don’t forget who is in charge 🙂

Back to work…..I need to get the pattern made for the snowflake quilt

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Finish piecing the batik quilt

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Finish repair on the sunflower quilt

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Finish hand quilting these

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and several more…..I never have to worry about running out of projects

Happy Quilting

Tim