Friday, September 30, 2011

QIP cont'd

I'm back with the next steps for my Scrappy Star Quilt.

Once I finished all the squares for the points of the stars (somehow I forgot to take pictures of that process!), I placed everything on my design wall with the center squares in place, too:
At this point, I decided that I didn't like the way the floral fabric looked.  So I used the scrap fabrics to build the center squares.
See the difference between the two stars? I think the latter works better. It's gives the star a more cohesive look and it looks less messy.  I limited the pieced squares to three fabrics.  I tried using more than 3 fabrics but it, too, looked messy.
This little trick helped to speed up the process of cutting my squares to the right dimensions (especially the pieced centers):
I used masking tape to create a 'frame' on my ruler.  The tape is placed about 1/8 th of an in. outside the dimensions I needed.  In this case, 4 1/2 in.  I learned this trick during a workshop I took with quilter Cara Gulati (read about her here).

And here's the pieced top...
 and back:
I used the floral fabric for the back, because I love it so much. It's a vintage piece I've had for a while.  All that's left to do is to quilt it and bind it! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011


A while back I made a scrappy star cover for my sewing machine:
And I love this pattern so much that I wanted to make a quilt with the same pattern.

To work out how big to make my squares and how many to cut, I started with a small sketch:

(the finished quilt will be 36 X 36, made up of 9-12X12in. blocks)
(each block consisting of 9  4in. squares)
Allowing for the seam allowance I cut squares at 4.5in. (blue for the background, floral for the center of the star).
For the points of the stars, I pulled colors from the floral fabric. These all came from my scrap bins... be continued.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Baby Quilt

Remember this quilt?

(blogged here)
Just finished making a smaller version of it today, using different colors.
My goal was to make a gender neutral quilt, although I think it looks a little more boyish than girlish.  Nevertheless, I like the result. And I love the back,too:
And I love how the colors match my little tag:
I'm calling it "Birdie in the Window".
Finished size is 30.5in. X 40.5in.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Okay so I'm on a roll...

I just discovered that my Citrus Quilt has been added to a Treasury List on Etsy.  Check it out here.  Thanks Sarah!


Two posts in one day? This can't be real! Faith from Fresh Lemon Quilts is hosting Mini-Quilt Mondays in September, so I decided to join in today...
...with a mini-quilt bookwrap.
This one's for my son.  He named it: Elements: Water and Earth.

Red Cross Quilt (cont'd)

For the back of my Red Cross quilt, I wanted to invert the color scheme. 
Here red becomes the background color.
The crosses, done in miniature this time, were pieced in the same manner as the large cross in the front.


Usually, when I get to this point in a quilt, I let it sit (or hang) for a few days while I think about how I want to quilt it.  It's always a hard decision, especially when I like how it looks so far.  I am always nervous about messing it up. 

It think concentric circles (like this) would look nice except that I've never done them before.  I am afraid my circles wouldn't be perfect. I haven't ruled out quilting it by hand as I would have better control (like this quilt here. Stunning job!).

If you have suggestions as to how to proceed, I would appreciate any advice you can give me.  I am open to other ideas concerning the quilting.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A new quilt

Just a few minutes ago, I join over 700 other bloggers in taking the Process Pledge.  So here are some details about the quilt I am working on now. 
Continuing with the theme of crosses, I decided to take one single cross and blow it up to cover the entire quilt.
I made a sketch on graph paper so that I could work out the proper proportions

and to figure out how to cut my fabric.
I knew that I wanted the finished size to be about 40X40 so I cut my fabric accordingly.
I then added blue strips at the ends of the cross because I wanted to create a border around the cross.  I didn't want the cross to stretch out to the end as in my last quilt.
Next,I added the blue 'blocks' on the four corners and pieced my rows.
Before stitching the three rows together, i found the center of each row by folding it in half and pressing a little mark into it with my iron.
I lined up the pressed marks and pinned the rows right sides facing before stitching.

The block, or in this case, the entire quilt front is done!
So simple!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Positivity... defined by is "the state or character of being positive" or, more simply, "something positive".

That's the feeling i wanted to convey with this quilt:

Both in the choce of colors...
and in the design of it...
I think I have acheived that; how the softer shades radiate from the more saturated, cheerful shades to evoke a feeling of hope and serenity and general happiness.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My quilt is being featured!

Heather from Modern Day Quilts contacted me to ask if she could feature my Citrus Quilt on her website.  Yes, please!

Thanks Heather!  Be sure to check it out. There are lots of beautiful quilts to see.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Citrus Quilt, Done!

Was it that long ago (in early June!) that I started this quilt?

When school is out in the summer, it's hard to find long stretches of time to work on the big quilt projects.  But now  the kids are back in school and I was able to complete 2 large quilts! 
The first is my yellow, orange and gray quilt which has been named (as per my son's suggestion): Citrus!
As is the case with many quilts I see, I think I like the back more!
Yellow is my favorite color and I really like the simplicity of the back against the heavy quilting lines.  So maybe I'll just say that this is a reversible quilt-to be switched around to suit one's mood!

My camera battery is now being charged so that I can take pictures of my completed cross quilt (which was started in April!).