Well, I’ve got my first month’s color challenge complete! When I was cutting up the blue, I thought that I had a lot of fabric cut up, but I just kept cutting. Then I thought I didn’t have very much cut up, so I kept cutting. Man oh man did I have a lot of fabric cut up…
As I was assembling this quilt top, it just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I was planning/hoping for a square picnic quilt, ended up with a compete twin size quilt. In fact, I laid it out on my king size bed to try to get a picture of it and it covered the whole top of it – complete! OMG – it’s huge. No wonder I’m exhausted from pulling and pushing that thing around my little sewing table.
So I can’t get a picture of the full thing until I can find somewhere to hang it up high enough that it’s not on the ground. But here is a picture of 1/4 of it.
I did put it together wrong – twice. I was able to pull it apart the first time, but the second time I had all the blocks put together and I just wasn’t pulling about 18 blocks. I don’t thing it turned out too bad. Not exactly what the pattern called for but, that’s what personalization is all about.
Here is what I did:
- Pulled out the bin of blue fabric.
- Ironed all the pieces up
- I thought I had mostly fat quarters, but it turns out I had more full yard or larger pieces.
- Found the “Lattice pattern” in the Fat Quarter Style.
- Cut 9″ squares out of all fabric.
- Cut 2 – 2 1/2″ strips as well (I was planning on using these pieces for another project I have on my mind)
- I had 2 Honey Buns of white – so I was set there.
- Cut the 9″ square in half diagonally
- Attached white strips to the triangles
- Attached other side of triangle to white strip
- squared up to 8 1/2″ squares
- I started connecting these blocks together to make 8 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ rectangles – this is where I made my big mistake – I connected the wrong sides, and that just starts the rest off on the wrong foot.
- Connected the large rectangles to make 16 1/2″ blocks. Then I found out that I had 18 blocks. 3×4 needs 12, 4×5 needs 20. So I had a few extra squares so I did 2 more sets up ( 8 squares ) to make up a complete set of 20 16 1/2″ blocks. This is when I noticed it was getting sort of big.
- Attached all the white between blocks
- connected the blocks into rows.
- connected the rows into one large top.
- Outlined in with the white 2 1/2″ fabric
- Here I was stuck – do I add something more or leave it end with the white. A light bulb went on – I have all those 2 1/2″ strips – why not make a boarder out of that – so I did.
- Add 2 rows of strips for the outside boarder.
- TAH DAH – the top is completed!
The scary thing is I sort of came up with the design that I want to quilt this with….that’s a project for another year – maybe 2016 will be the year of finishing these things – I think I am up to 20 unfinished quilt tops by now!!!
On to the next on!!!
Yep, didn’t even get into the month and I got stuck on doing blue instead of Purple – I was feeling very patriotic, so I started with blue.
So far so good, I have lots and lots of blue squares.
I recently purchased a book “Fat Quarter Style” and I found a pattern in there that Ireally liked so I pulled out my drawer full of blue fabrics and started cutting.
If it was a fat quarter I cut 2 – 9″ squares and 2 – 2 1/2″ strips. If it was larger than that I cut 4 – 9″ squares and 2 – 2 1/2″ strips. Boy did this pile grow. Only a few of the pieces gave me only 1 square – maybe 5 in all. When I was all done going thru the pile of blue fabric, I counted and had over 100 squares.
Whoa, back that truck up. So as I was going thru and doing the first step (not going to show until the top is done) I only included up to 2 of each color – I still have a ton of squares. But progress. I did, however, run out of the white strips I was using so I did have to order some more white. I didn’t plan on how much “background” fabric I would be going thru doing these projects.
Bad planning on my part.
But I have my blocks all trimmed up and ready to assemble. My inner boarder is all ready to be added and the outer boarder is ready too. I feel really good, so far.
I recently saw a sample quilt hung up in a shop during a shop hop and I know this is bad, but I don’t usually buy books from my LQS – I can get them on Amazon for 1/2 the price they charge in the shop and that leaves me more money for material during shop hops.
So I fell in love with the raindrop quilt in this book: Fat Quarter Style
So I ordered it from Amazon and I fell in love with so many of the quilts in that book. However:
- Yes, all these patterns are fat quarter friendly
- However, what they don’t tell you is that you will need yards and yards of “background” fabric – usually white in the case of almost all of the patterns in this book.
The directions are great, the pictures are great – but I think the title is a little misleading – you will use up lots of fat quarters, but you will spend a lot in background fabric too. So I think it evens itself out.
I struggled a bit with this one and dropped off one of the outside borders, but I love how it turned out.
I had a few problems with the directions, so I had to redo a couple of the smaller blocks. And I was going to resize this and have it 4×4, but I messed a couple of measurements up and that didn’t work out so well. The outer boarder was actually done with 2 strips because the way the directions were written, I didn’t have enough of the Light fabric. But once I put it together I realized that the directions took a few liberties with cutting and with measurement of what fabric you need. If I would have measured out what I really needed, rather then what the pattern said to cut, I could have had the outer boarder done in 1 thick piece.
But all in all, I love it. Thank you Heather over at Heather Spence Designs for another fun quilting time
I want to do this pattern again, but I saw someone who had arranged the blocks differently and I loved that layout.
I now have added another top to the stack. This was supposed to be the year of taking a few of those off that pile and finishing them up. I better refocus….
You decide what is important to you, and make it your focus.
Selfish people will try to change your focus to be on what they want.
Stand tall: They may hate you tonight, but they will respect you in the morning.
I am going to do a Monochromatic Challenge for the 2nd half of 2015.
There are 6 months left to the year, I am going to make a different quilt top (top only) each month for the primary & secondary colors on the color wheel.
Since Purple is my favorite color, I am going to try to do that one in July.
So here is the plan:
- July –
Purple Blue √
- August – Green
- September –
- October – Orange
- November –
- December – Red
Of course, the color plans could change.
But the other part of this quest is that I am hoping to use up some of the fabrics I have had sitting around for a very long time that I really don’t plan on doing anything with in the near future. I hate to call it my stash, because I haven’t used some of it forever! So I am hoping that this road will be a cheap road!
- 75% of the quilt has to be the main focus color
- Pattern, solids, etc. all are welcome
- These will not be fancy, intricate patterns, but then will be pieced in some way. No PP will be done on these.
- Minimum size will be 36″x 36″ – I call this a picnic quilt.
Basically a 9 square – 3×3 blocks of 12.5″ blocks
- Each month a different pattern – so not only will the color change each month, the pattern will also change.
I have to stop typing this up, I’m starting to freak myself out with this challenge!!!!!
Well, another week, another clue, another block!
Go this one done today. I’m loving how this is turning out. However, I found out that some of my first blocks didn’t go together very well and it’s showing up now. I love how it this is coming together though.
Today, I also went to a new quilt shop, well they have been there about a year and a half but I found them because they are part of the Row by Row Experience that starts up pretty soon. Nice little shop in Cambridge. Of course I had to buy something: Row by row license plate, pattern (to add to my growing pile of things I want to make and 1 yard of really cute fabric for a baby quilt.
So it’s B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L outside beyond belief this weekend and what did I do…catch up on the Mystery Quilt over at Heather Spence Designs – where is my head!!
Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – well I am saying it.
The instructions called for sewing 2 1/2 squares together, but I did strip piecing instead. And I even messed that up. I miss counted/sorted and had 2 middle strips with 1 outer strip and thought I was so smart. Until I went to put them together into this block – ugh! I had to make a bunch more of the outer block and I don’t know what I’m going to do with 18 extra center pieces.
Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – well, I am saying it again.
This one wasn’t so bad. Went together pretty quickly – which scares me. What’s coming up next.
Can I say I HATE pressing seams open – Well that’s what the title of this MQ should be!!!
I just have to square up and I’m all caught up!
It’s quite a stack of blocks, if I do say so myself.
Off to do something outside now!!!
So, I took off on Saturday morning to run some errands and to try to find a flea market that I heard was in Hinkley – well, needless to say, I was lead a stray – someone really needs to clean out the interenet! There is so much old crap on the internet that is set to autodate to current – a programmers trick, that I myself have used (Karma? Knocking on my door?) – so I made the best of a bad road trip. I got to stop at a Quilt shop that is up that way.
BIG MISTAKE – what oath did I take this year: No New Fabric This Year! Well considering I broke that oath about a month after I made it, I shouldn’t feel too guilty.
So I stopped at Fabric, Fashions and More in Rush City, and they always have fun sample quilts up and this time was no different.
- I could have taken home 8 kits, but I didn’t.
- I could have taken home 2 books, but I didn’t.
- I did however, bring home 2 small kits and I even started them.
- Even better, I finished one of them, well the top at least.
- Even better yet, I spray-basted 3 other tops that I had on the UFO pile
- And even better than that: I started quilting one of those sandwiches – I got almost exactly half way done and I ran out of bobbin thread – I took it as an omen, it was time to call it a night.
This weekend is a time of reflection and realization.
ALL LIVES MATTER!
Why is it that, all the news stories in the headlines today emphasizes what race the people are that are involved.