Sunday, August 09, 2020


I saw a quilt called Cogs from the 2012 Texas Mennonite Quilt Sale that I really liked. I could not find the origin of the design so I drafted my block with different proportions and fabric placement. I am making another version with yet another proportion and placement change.

It is made with partial seam sewing and goes together very quickly. I let the directional fabrics spin though the center square lines up with one of the tines units.
(If you know the origin of the block please let me know so I can credit the designer.)
EDIT: Nann Hilyard alerted me to this similar pattern from GE Designs. The proportions are a bit different and it uses 2 1/2 inch strips.

I am naming it Tines because it looks like the tines of the rake we used for straw and alfalfa. I showed the block to my sister without telling her this and she said, "It looks like tines." So, at least two of us get the agricultural reference!

Block finishes 10 inches
I am making 72 blocks to set 9 by 8, to finish 90 by 80.

Solid: four rectangles 1 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
Print: four rectangles 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches, one 2 1/2 inch square

Sewing and Pressing
Sew solid rectangles to print rectangles, press towards solid

Using partial seam sewing technique, sew one of these units to the square, sewing along the solid fabric, about 1 1/2 inches down the square, then backstitch a few stitches.
Starting the partial seam
Add remaining units, sewing from the square to the outside of the block--wait with pressing until all seams are finished.
Adding the units
Finish sewing the partial seam. This step is a bit fiddly. Depending on the fabric, start from the outside of the block or from the square. I find batiks work better from the square and regular fabrics work better from the outside.
Completing the partial seam
From back of block press all assembly seams away from center square. All seams will be pressed to the solid.
Finish pressing from the front of the block, using spray.
I found I kept organized by sewing the solids to the rectangles of a stack of blocks, then sew the square partial seam to the stack. Then I would work with 3 or 4 blocks to completion.
You could do strip sewing of the solids to the prints then cut apart. I don't bother with that as I don't work from yardage and it would be impractical.
It would require a length of 26+ inches of solid (1 1/2 inch) and print (3 1/2 inches).

Friday, August 07, 2020

15 years of blogging

This week marks 15 years of blogging.
Below is a repeat of my first post, the one that explains the naming of this blog.
Klein meisje is Dutch for little girl--what my beloved grandfather called his 12 granddaughters because, I fear, it was easier than trying to remember our names.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

calendar quilt--A Year in the Life: 62 to 63

For several years I've admired calendar quilts, some showing global warming, others showing the seasons. I decided to embark on a calendar quilt and started on my birthday.
Mine is less a statement calendar, more a meditative one. I select a square of fabric for whatever reason that is meaningful to me that day. Sometimes I am remembering someone with the fabric. There are several from my mother's scraps included, even one of her mother who died in 1949; others of my sewing for my family. At times it is a fabric given to me by a friend who is in my thoughts or a fabric I am using that day in a project. Most often it is less contemplative--I just like the fabric and it has been a favorite to sew with.

I don't sew on this every day, but do try to pick out the center daily. A goal is to have the week completed on Saturday. I am planning on setting these 19 by 22. That comes to 418 blocks. One a day (366--I'm including both birthdays) plus a spacer after each week (52).
The spacer block has two purposes. Esthetic in I like how it breaks up the grid because the rows do not end with a multiple of 7 so these spacers will look scattered over the quilt. And practical, in that as it is used after every seven days I don't have to count beyond that if I forget where I am in adding blocks.

Calendar Quilt
Blocks finish 4 inches

Print: one 2 1/2 inch square
Solid: two 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch rectangles, two 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles
Press all seams away from center block

Spacers: one 4 1/2 inch square

Assembly: Rotate every other block so all seams nest. (The spacer is part of the sequence so the blocks on either side of it are oriented the same)

Monday, August 03, 2020

the binding queue

Always a good day when my long arm quilter calls and my binding queue is once again replenished.
Vamoose! (Tunnel)

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

round robin squares

My monthly small group of twelve members is not able to meet in these Covid-19 times. Instead we have a weekly 40 minute Zoom meeting where we rotate having three members do show-and-tell then we talk quilting and have personal life sharing for the rest of the time. It is a highlight of my week.

We started a round-robin with 2 1/2 inch cut squares. We have about 15 squares in the envelope so it takes only one postage stamp. When you receive the envelope you take the ones you want and replace with some from your fabrics. It brings a bit of the tactile part of our meetings back to us. We have about 5 packets in the rotation. Some get lost along the way so we start up new ones.

Last week we challenged each other to make a quilt using the squares as a way to mark this time of isolation. I already have almost three shoe-boxes of 2 1/2 inch squares so there is plenty to work with in this house. It is so fun to add in the round robin squares. The green used for the 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles is something I had in my bins. I am not sure the origin, I believe it is a Kona.

I am using a variation of the Jack and Jill design I used a few years ago. The name is mine--the design is one I have seen on the internet and I do not know the origin.
Jack and Jill is made with all 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles and had two irritating construction issues: the long rows and no seams met so there was a lot of pinning. The variation I am making with the 2 1/2 inch print squares will have seams meet so I can have nesting seams and no pins. Still the long rows, though.
Jack and Jill, 2015

Friday, July 03, 2020

remains 16-patch, top completed

Remains 16-patch quilt

54 by 72 inches

1336 neutral 2 inch cut squares
80 16-patches
7 half 16-patches
49 solid rectangles cut 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

When I was making the 16-patches for Calico Rose I would set aside the lighter/neutral squares. These filled up their own shoe-box and in sorting them out I discovered I had sorted them in--into their own project.
I made a pile of 16 patches. This quilt used up 80 of the blocks. There are several projects ahead in that stack.

There are many ways to piece a 16-patch. Here is what worked for this project to kept all seams nesting:

Sew 2 inch cut squares into a unit of 4, pressing seams to one direction.
Flip alternate units and sew 4 units together to make a 16-patch block.
Press all seams to one side
Sew solid unit to 16-patch, keeping orientation of seams vertical.
Press towards the 16-patch. 
Sew together 7 of these units, adding on a 16-patch and a half 16-patch onto one end. This will make one vertical row.
Make seven rows.
Press all seams in same direction the 16-patches are pressed
Flip alternate rows and sew together.

Make two more rows, one each for the right and left side with twelve 16-patch blocks. Press joining seams in same direction the 16-patches are pressed.
Orient these side rows to make the seams nest with the sewn center section of the quilt.
All seams will nest.
I used Kona 855 Prairie Sky for the blue. I love the summer feel to this quilt. Scraps are from decades of quilt projects, including some from my mother and my friends.
My design, use at your pleasure.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

calico rose, quilt completed

Calico Rose
Finishes 96 inches square

Made from a design by Deanna at Wedding Dress Blue.
I changed the star point construction to geese and changed the border to be all 16-patches.

Quilted by Sue DiVarco, using a Tuscany wool batt.

It used many, many 2 inch squares from my bins.
The blue solid is Prairie Sky 855 by Kona.
Thank you Deanna for delightful design.
It is for my sister Beth.