Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Inching along progress on OBW

     Even though the One Block Wonder uses just one fabric, the detail and sewing, pressing, etc make slow progress. I am not complaining- it is just that kind of quilt. I do enjoy it, but I take my time as this is not the thing you want to rip out seams.
     After I took it off the wall in columns that I numbered with painters tape at the top and bottom, I took the piles and sewed them together, 1 to 2, 2 to 3, all the the way to 9. As a result I had a web of all the rows so I would not be able to mix them up. The web on the wall looked like some fabric installation in a funky gallery. 
     Then I had to press all the seams open as six will meet in one spot. That was slow. I started to sew the rows slowly. I do not pin, I go from one intersection to the other, meeting up the seams and using the Purple Thang to hold the layers together under the needle and foot, one intersection at a time. The last photo is a teaser of how the quilt will look. 
     Since it will be Thanksgiving and I have to cook and prep, I think this will sit undone for a while. I don't want to rush it and have to rip. Everything is lining up so nice now.
Blocks stacked by column
Being sewn, column by column

Webbed blocks on the wall
Teaser, some rows sewn, not pressed yet

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

One block wonder number 2

     A while ago, a woman from my guild, Cathy, held a workshop where I made a one block wonder from fabric I had bought years earlier on clearance (Still waiting for me to quilt it- keep hoping I get better before I try it). I wanted to make another and found some fabric on clearance at Quilters Corners in Ithaca. Cathy helped me to refresh my memory and instructed me again (took pictures this time) on how to layout the repeats for cutting and how to cut the strips and then the triangles.
      I sewed all the triangles into half hexies (pinned the two halves) ready for the wall, but this time it was more difficult because there were a lot of white or very light areas. I spent off and on time moving and moving around the pieces and I think the last photo is pretty close to what I am going with. Then, I will take the pin out of the hexies to sew the pieces in rows. I am going to try the webbing method to sew it together so I don't mess up the order.
The original whole piece fabric being cut for repeats
The lights and mediums
The full color ones
Really light ones, the problems, at the bottom
One of the many layouts
Close to the end, maybe?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bright Birches- Made fabric and sparkling solids

     At our guild's quilt retreat last weekend, I was able to sew all the blocks for Bright Birches. I had previously sewn made fabric, pressed it with spray starch, and cut it to the sizes I wanted. Skinnier is better. I cut and inserted the strips to make the block. 
    The solids were 10" to start and I was able to trim them to 9 3/4". I wish the blocks were about 2" bigger. These were the only solids I had- I was given this stack by a guild friend, so this had to be the size. 
     I would really like to make another using 12" squares, but how do I get thirty different 12" squares of bright solids without buying yards and yards of fabric? Hmm. This quilt has a happy look to it.
On the design wall
All sewn 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rail Fence complete, ready to quilt

     I decided to make the quilt 3 x 4, as the blocks will finish at 19". I have 5 blocks left and would need to make 7 more to make another quilt. I don't know if I have 14 other colors of batik that are the right color (not too gray) to make it work. I really, really like this pattern of Sujata's.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Pro quilts Little Boxes

     The Nolting Pro, not me. First quilt off the new machine. This was so much easier. I was not fighting the machine. I did not try using the ruler yet. I made all the sashings a square spiral and each column, I made a different pattern. This is a free pattern from Liz. I have another Little Boxes with blue boxes that needs the white sashing cut and sewn on.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Print knocks it out of the park

     The double hourglass quilt on point was driving me crazy choosing a fabric for the corners and sides. I tried all manner of off whites and whites. Wanda suggested a print. I dug through my stash and found a yellow with brown dots. Yes! It made the whole quilt work and made the diamonds sparkle. Thanks again, Wanda. She is the best!
    Now to find a backing and get it on the longarm.
Fabrics pinned at sides, nah
Just what the quilt needed!

Rail Fence rearranged

     Can't decide if I should go the 4 x 4 (72 x 72) or go 3 by 4. If I do, I have 5 blocks left over. So, do I make 7 more blocks for another quilt, or do I have more orphans?

I guess the light yellow block needs to be removed.
     I had to unpin another quilt to put this on my design wall, because when I turn my back, Tugger (Mr. Trouble) attacks blocks as soon as they hit the floor.