Thursday, November 29, 2012

Random plank progress.......

I learned the hard way on the last one of these that I made that I need to stack the long strip so it doesn't get a twist at the end.
Then I turn the stack on its side and pull the beginning from each side and start sewing them together.
When I get to the end I slip my scissors in and cut the fold.
I restacked it neatly back and forth and once again pulled the 2 ends around and lined them up and started sewing them together.  At the end I clip the fold again.  Do this 3 more times and you are done.
I was too tired to press it last night but you can get an idea what it will look like.  There were a few places where the dotted spacers lined up with the previous row.  When I show the whole top tomorrow you will see where 3 lined up in one spot.
I took another photo of the arrangement on my wall while the sun was coming in the east window.  You can see the texture on the mirror frame better as well as the colors in the little art pieces.

18 comments:

Gene Black said...

The quilt top looks great. I also love your arrangement of little art pieces.

HollyM said...

I love the quilt, especially with the black and white squares! My 75 year old mother in law who just learned computer this year, found the method on u tube and did it this week. I've sent her your link.
How large a quilt will yours be!

Glady said...

I love your plank quilt with the polka dot spacers! Great idea for keeping the strips in line! (pardon the pun) I did a fall strip quilt from a jelly roll and it was a tangled mess at the end of the long seam. I'm going to try your technique of turning the stack on the side next time. I'm happy to hear that your double vision is gone!

Frog Quilter said...

Love the plank quilt. I thi k I will make one using 2inch strips. My 2 inch strip bin is busting. What I normally do is start by picking all the lengths that are not width of fabric.

Your imagination knows NO bounds. Hugs.

kadyb said...

I have been wondering how to avoid that twisted mess at the end of the first seam. Thanks for sharing your method - it's much more efficient than the one I imagined. The Kaffe prints are so nice in your top. It's beautiful. And your spacers just enhance it. So glad you are feeling better.

Sheila said...

I love the Kaffe plank quilt top!!!! WOW! The polka dot spacers was a great idea.
Oh yes. This photo makes it easier to see the individual little tiles mirror frame. Such a beautiful piece of art.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Wanda,

Thank you for showing the clever way to do the plank quilt. I have avoided doing one because I pictured a twisted, stringy mess. Now, I think I will do one!

I really like the polka dots with the Kaffe fabrics - so bright and cheerful. :)

It is good to hear that you are getting better - you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your chin up. :)

Judy

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Beautiful quilt top! That black polka dot print adds so much zing, I learn a lot from your blog I have to say.

♥Duff said...

You have the best ideas! It took me a second to figure out how that would work and then I just sat in awe--what a fantastic shortcut! talk about f-a-s-t chain piecing!!

hetty said...

Gosh! You make it look so easy!

Angel and Kirby said...

That is a fast and easy quilt!

JJM said...

Thanks for sharing how you make your 'magic' happen on your Random Plank piece. Black 'n white dots gives this piece wonderful sparkle. And your display of it completed, has a grand look of 'here I am, what do you think?' And I love it !

And glad you showed us the mirror and mosaics again, you are right, we could not see the texture before on the mirror frame. Makes for a stunning display.

J~MT

Sharron Keck said...

I've never made a plank quilt before, but I will now with your explanation and pictures. I was trying to figure out how to make one smaller than 50x60, say with 4 seams, and got tangled up in the math.

Cathi said...

I wondered how those long strips got turned into a quilt - your explanation makes ti so clear! I love the look of yours.

Lisa C said...

I made my first 1600 quilt last weekend and I wasn't smart about keeping the original strip in a nice neat pile. I learned on the second row! Great job.

Muddling Through said...

Oh Wanda, how you tempt me. I've never had a desire to do a random plank, but yours sure does give me one! It is gorgeous!

Venus de Hilo said...

Those polka dot spacers are the perfect touch! So bright and cheerful with all those great fabrics.

Needled Mom said...

I was just telling my mom yesterday about your gorgeous color on your walls and how pretty the red looks on it.