Monday, March 30, 2015

I thought it was the final layout.......

I moved blocks for over a half hour and thought I was done.  Now after seeing it on the computer monitor I may have to move a few blocks.

These are the blocks that I pulled out.  I found one more on the table so there were 5 instead of 4.

I am a math person, love math, but blocks on the diagonal take a lot of figuring so I am using this aid from C&T Publishing.

This will give me the size of the finished quilt with and without sashing.

This is where I usually get lost, the diagonal width of the sashing strips.

The setting triangles are always tricky but this guide gives me the cutting size.  Since I like them a little over-sized I might round up to the next even inch.

Occasionally a publication will have some errors, usually caught by readers who then alert the publishing company.  If you go here and go to the bottom of the page under support you will find Errata & Updates.  There was a PDF file you could download for this book and print out a new page to paste over the original page.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

4 Patch Posy/Posey/Posie..............

I couldn't get motivated to finish anything yesterday so I cut another 4 patch posy/posey/posie.  Yes you will find it spelled all 3 ways if you do a search for the pattern/method.  This fabric is from the days before there were quilt shops so mid to late 70s probably.  It was folded right sides in like they did all clothing fabrics back then.
Here are the first 12 up on the design wall, not sewn together.

I was able to get 28 blocks cut at 6".  Sewn together the blocks finish at 11".  There is a good variety of centers in the blocks.  I don't like square quilts so I have to figure out what to do in the last 2 blocks for a 5 x 6 layout or just use 24 of the blocks for a 4 x 6 layout.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Need to work on.........

I need to make some final decisions on the Blazing Star blocks (cut with Studio die cutter).  I have decided I'm not making any more blocks at this time.  Second decision, it will be on point.  I need to spend a few hours deciding which 4 blocks won't be in the quilt and what the final arrangement will be.  I also have to decide if I want to quilt and finish something this month.  My chances of that are slim with just 4 days remaining but I'll think about it today.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Progress on two............

The Hunter Star quilt top is finally sewn together.  I put the last 4 blocks up on the wall and then spent a half hour moving blocks around until they were pleasing to my eye.  It ended up 47" x 71".

When 4 blocks come together it makes multicolor stars.
This also shows the true colors in the quilt better than the whole quilt photo.

Our twice monthly sewing group met yesterday and I paper pieced flannel arcs to use in the next flannel quilt.

I had only printed 6 arcs so I need to decide how I am going to place them so I know how many more I need.  I was thinking of maybe a half circle on both sides and a full one in the center.  Then it will be filled in with more squares around these blocks and maybe 3 more rows of squares at the top.  Right now it is 56" wide and I want the length to be at least 72".

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lesson results...........

I had never made the 4 Patch Posy, One Block Wonder or any of the Stack n Whack type quilts.  One of my friends has taught the 4 patch posy many times so she offered to teach it to my other friend and I.  Here are some of the 7" blocks I got from the toile type print shown below. I wanted to learn the basics of it before I used one of my 'pretty' fabrics.

This red cactus is the one I said was on its last bloom about a month ago.  It fooled me and has a bunch more buds.  I'm happy to see the white one bloom again too.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last 4 blocks.............

I cut and sewed the last 4 blocks for the Hunter Star quilt.  Tomorrow I will play with the arrangement of these with the other 20 blocks so I can sew the top together.

Today is a play day with my 2 friends.  One of them is going to teach me something new.  There are some patterns I have had no interest in and now I want to learn this one.  Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Winter wonderland............

We got 3" of snow and the temperature struggled to reach 30 degrees so church sewing circle was cancelled.  We didn't have any deadline projects so it didn't make sense to go out in this.

That gave me a chance to work on the snowball quilt.  I got the borders around the center square and sewed the side sections on it and then the top 3 row section.  I put it back up on the wall and looked at it and decided I didn't like the bottom strip on the center square and started looking for replacements.  That took a couple hours to come up with the one I finally used.  I unpicked the one I didn't like, sewed in the new one and then sewed on the bottom 5 row section.  I ordered 2 yards of the border fabric so I can't do any more until that comes.