Wednesday, May 22, 2024

"G is for Gouda"--orange and grey little alphabet, top completed


G is for Gouda
Orange and greylittle alphabet
36 by 30 inches
My 10th alphabet quilt
Top completed 2024
Block finishes 6 inches (6 1/2 inches unfinished.

Gouda cheese isn't supposed to have big holes in it, but I could not pass up naming this quilt for the G block fabric.
I used the B is for Baby pattern by Temecula Quilt Co.
There are a few errors in the pattern--or maybe I was reading things wrong-- and the scale of the letter drawings does not always match up with the directions, so I needed to review each letter before cutting and sewing.
I changed up a few of the construction techniques, letter proportions, and the set and made extensive use of the Doug Leko mini folded corners tool. Love that thing.
BUT it is a pleasant small primitive style alphabet and it got me to put together this orange on grey scrap alphabet quilt.

Plan to machine quilt it myself as it is small.

I framed each 4 inch finished letter with 1 1/2 inch cut rectangles, alternating blocks with the longer frame on the top and bottom of a letter next to the longer on the sides of the next letter. All frames were pressed away from the letters. Because the blocks alternated in orientation of frames, only block outer seams needed to nest.

Oranges were from my shelves and a few shared by my small group. I asked them to think "Creamsicle" when going through their fabrics.
Grey solids also from my shelves. Who knew one person could have so many varieties of solid greys.

My adaptation of Temecula Quilt Co. pattern. Use my set at your pleasure.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

ladder, red and white, top completed


Red and White Ladder
top completed 2024
81 by 68 inches
Block size finishes 3 by 4 inches (3 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches unfinished)
17 columns of 27 blocks
459 blocks

I used the idea from my earlier Ladder quilt. That version is shown:
Block Construction
Top completed
Quilt completed

This time I wanted to do a red and white take on Ladder with my wonderful scrap red fabrics. The white is Kona Snow. The reds are in random orientation. I let them fall as they wished, no up or down to this quilt.

Red: 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles
White: 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles

Sew one white rectangle to one red rectangle
Press towards the red

Sew blocks to make as long as you want the quilt to be.
For mine this is 27 blocks
Press in the same direction as the first pressing. 
Make 17 columns

Take two units, flip one, and sew into paired columns.
I made 8 pairs with one remaining column left single
The seams on each will be pressed opposite.

In making these columns two units sewn together I enter the machine with a white on top, the top unit with pressed seams south. Keep this consistent
Wait with pressing the columns until later.

Lay out the quilt. 
Sew together the columns, adding the single column on last.
Press all these joining seams one direction.
Everything nests.

An adaptation of my earilier design. Use at your pleasure.

Backing is pieced from these two color-ways of Michael Miller "Letters From Afar" 

Saturday, May 11, 2024

lady of the lake, top completed

Lady of the Lake
top completed 2024
96 by 80 inches
120 blocks
block finishes 8 inches

I love this traditional block. The large triangle is a great place to feature fabrics.
There are many variations of the block, I went with the simple one.
Details of block construction and unit assembly are here.

I started this last summer along with the Ocean Waves. Both are triangle heavy and my wanting to keep the fabric images oriented a certain way made it efficient to work on both at the same time. All that triangle making made it a slog. But, I am glad I persevered and look forward to them being quilted.
My design using a traditional block. Use at your pleasure.

Alice came out to play

Backing is by Miriam Bos for Dear Stella

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

lady of the lake, block construction

Lady of the Lake
Block finishes 8 inches
Another block I have always wanted to make!
I cut these while making the Ocean Waves so many duplicate fabrics are in these two quilts. I set this quilt aside in January as the semester began. Now it is close to assembly.

Triangles all cut with EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool.
Solid: One triangle cut from 6 1/2 inch strip, Seven triangles cut from 2 1/2 inch strip
Print: One triangle cut from 6 1/2 inch strip; Seven triangles cut from 2 1/2 inch strip

Sew together all triangles and press towards solid.
Layout as shown 

Sew together the three right side triangle squares and sew to large triangle square
Press towards large triangles

Sew together the top four triangle squares and sew to the top of the block.

Take blocks and sew into 4-block units.

Lay out two of these 4-block units
Left unit: press all the joining and delayed pressing seams north
Right unit: press all the joining and delayed pressing seams south
Sew together and you have an 8-block unit.

I made 120 blocks to set 10 across and 12 down, so I will need to make 15 of these 8-block units.

All seams nest. I will post again soon when I get the top finished as it is close to being done!

My directions of a traditional block. Use at your pleasure.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Prairie Patch Quilt Guild workshop

I had the pleasure of speaking and holding a workshop for Prairie Patch Quilt Guild in Grayslake earlier this month.
We took an eclipse break!


Saturday, April 06, 2024

lower case alphabet, red and white, top completed

Lower-case alphabet (red and white)
63 by 55 1/2 inches
Top completed 2024

This is my 9th alphabet quilt, the first with lower-case letters.
I wanted to make a lower-case and found several cross stitch designs on Pinterest. The links were dead so I am not sure who to credit. I made small edits from those inspirations and adapted to piecework.

Background red scrap squares are cut 2 inches, finishing 1 1/2 inches.
White letters (Kona Snow) are from 2 inch cut strips that are left continuous where possible.
Basic directions are here.
I worked from the left to the right into rows that minimized but did not eliminate all twisted seams. After the rows were assembled, I added additional a border of 3-squares-wide rows on all four sides.
Rundown of my alphabet quilts. (in parenthesis the source or inspiration--I adapted all to my sewing style and altered many letters along the way)

a. B is for Beth, done with plaids and various red solids (loosely based on Cheri Payne's from her blog Quilts by Cheri)
b. I-spy alphabet (McCall's Best Day Ever alphabet)
c. 30s repro alphabet blocks (Moda's Spell it with Fabric)
d. 37 times around the sun, green with a bit of pink batiks on neutral batiks (Moda's Spell it wiht Fabric)
e. Solid squares on teal (Missouri Star Easy Alphabet)
f. Checkerboard medallion with 1880s repros (Lisa Bongene's Primitive Gatherings Mini Alphabet)
g. Red and white capital letters (Missouri Star Easy Alphabet)
h. Eggplant chunky alphabet with batiks (Alyce Blyth's Easy as ABC)
i. Being quilted--Red and white lower case alphabet (adapted from several cross stitch drawing on Pinterest--originating links were not included)
j. In progress--Orange and grey small letters (Temecula Quilt Co. B is for Baby)
k. Just started--Grey with scrap orange triangles 

Saturday, March 23, 2024

single rail fence streak of lighting, red and white, top completed

Single rail fence streak of lighting set, red and white

Top completed 2024
About 81 by 67 inches

Block size 4 1/2 inches square finished 
240 blocks
This quilt can be made any size you wish.
(Numbers of units below are not necessarily correct...)
Another in my red and white series. Three more in progress, list at the bottom of this page; Other ideas keep coming to my sketch book!

Block cutting
White: (I used Kona Snow) rectangle cut 2 by 5 inches--250 needed
Red (I used scraps) rectangle cut 3 1/2 by 5 inches--240 needed

Setting triangles cutting
46 setting triangles plus a bit more fabric to resolve the corners.
I prefer a float with on-point quilts so I cut triangles from 5 inch strips using the Companion angle or Bonnie Hunter's tool at its full size. Could also use a square with the sides measuring 7 inches.
Both are pictured.

I do not cut the triangle corner off until I am sewing rows so I am sure I am cutting the correct corner.

Block piecing and pressing
Sew white rectangle to red scrap rectangle
Press towards white rectangle
Make 240 blocks

Set aside 10 blocks for row completion in layout at the top edge
Set aside 10 white rectangles for row completion in layout at the bottom edge

Unit piecing
Sew two blocks together into a unit, I would think, "Make an r".

Layout quilt into diagonal rows, using the set aside single blocks on the right side of quilt and using the white rectangles on the lower side of the quilt. Place setting triangles Each corner will be resolved differently in this layout.

Sewing rows:
Press odd rows to the left and even rows to the right, keeping the original block pressing of the white to red  in place.
Sew the rows together.

Resolve the corners:

Press the rows to one direction. I pressed to the top left corner about half way then the remainder of the top pressed towards the lower right corner.

My design, use at your pleasure.

Red and white quilts (can't believe there are 11!):
Red cross, 2010
Checkerboard star, 2022
Alphabet, 2023
Rail fence streak of lighting, 2023
Patience corner with 2 inch squares binding in progress
Rail fence woven binding in progress
Framed square, being quilted
Single rail fence streak of lighting, ready for quilting
Lower-case alphabet in progress
Ladder in progress
Patience corner with 3 inch squares in progress

Backing is a delightful mushroom print by Rae Ritchie for Dear Stella