Monday, July 19, 2021

30's repro alphabet, top completed (setting directions)


30's repro alphabet
93 by 70 inches

I made two alphabet quilts using the Moda Spell it with Fabric pattern.
Here is a link to the free booklet:
https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-spell-it-with-fabric-quilt-free-pdf-pattern

I made lots of changes in construction. Their directions are for using 2 1/2 inch strips. Because I used scraps and yardage I was able to simplify many of the letters. For example, their Z uses 13 pieces. I made it with 5.
I think I started with 4 yards of the green and very little was left at the end.
I don't remember the manufacturer or the color name. It is a fabulous green!

Here are my directions for this 30's repro set. I earlier put up directions for the modern set.
All the squares used for the setting sashings, cornerstones, and 16-patch border were from my bins--none needed to be cut for this set. And many remain for future endeavors. 

Make the letters. They will measure 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, to finish 8 by 10.

Make four scrap blocks for the corners
Cut 80 squares 2 1/2 inches
Sew into rows of 4
Sew five rows into blocks that will be 4 by 5, 20 squares. They will measure 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, to finish 8 by 10

Sashing
I used about 640 scrap squares for the sashings and about 184 more for the corner stones. These numbers may be way off, I just used them from my bin of 30's repro scrap squares.

Hint with sashing: cut the solids along the length of grain--long part of sashing parallel to the selvage--the stability of length of grain is always helpful with sashing.

Theoretically, you could make the same look for the sashing by bordering each block with the solid then making sashings with just the 1 inch finished squares. However, these would be very fragile and unstable, so I instead sandwiched them between two solid sashings.

sashing (A is pictured)

Sashing A
The vertical sashes
Make 36 of this size
Cut two 1 1/2 by 10 1/2 inch solid for each sashing, so 72 total
Cut ten 1/12 inch squares of prints, so 360 total
Sew prints into a row. Press in one direction
Sew solid on each side of the squares. Press towards the solid

Sashing B
The horizontal sashes
Make 35 of this size
Cut two 1 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch solid for each sashing, so 70
Cut eight 1/12 inch squares of prints, so 280 total
Sew prints into a row. Press in one direction
Sew solid on each side of the squares. Press towards the solid
cornerstones

Cornerstones made with 184 scrap 1 1/2 inch cut squares, 120 green squares and a few 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch and 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangles.

Scraps:
1 1/2 inch squares

Solid:
1 1/2 inch squares
1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch rectangles
1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch rectangles

Cornerstone A
The interior cornerstones
Make 20

Cornerstone B
The edge cornerstones (except for the corners)
Make 18

Cornerstone C
The actual corners!
Make 4 
They can be all made the same or, like I did, with the long green kept in the horizontal position

Assembly
Sew Sashing A onto the left side of all blocks and also to the right side of the blocks that will be on the right side of the quilt (that will be two of the scrap square blocks and the letters H, M, R, W.
Sew the rows. 
Press blocks towards the sashings.

Lay out rows and remaining sashings and corners.
The corners are constructed in a way that the outside will be of the solid fabric. 
Press cornerstones towards the sashings.

Sashing can be simplified with a 3 1/2 inch cut solid, or if you like the pieced one but don't want to bother with all the tiny squares, replace that center section with a print or another solid cut 1 1/2 by 8 1/2 and 1 1/2 by 10 1/2. The cornerstones can be simple squares cut 3 1/2 inches too instead of 9-patches.

At this point the top measures 81 by 58 inches finished (81 1/2 by 58 1/2 by measuring)

Borders
I made borders out of  about 816 2 inch cut squares sewn into 16-patches. (and 16 rectangles 2 by 2 1/2 inches cut for the centers of the top and bottom borders, see note below.) Again, my numbers may be off.

For the side borders:
Thirteen and a half 16-patches for each side

For the top and bottom borders:
Five and a half 16-patches, a center unit, Five and a half more 16 patches for each.

To make the math correct, make a half-16 patch with patches cut 2 by 2 1/2 inches, one each for top and bottom borders. These were placed in the center of the top and bottom borders. I think they melt into the other 16-patches well.

Press all borders towards the sashings
Finish with stay stitching the edge to keep intact until quilting.

Note the larger patches in the center position

Final quilt top comes to 93 by 70 inches.

Letters are adapted from Moda's Spell it with Fabric pattern.
Setting is my design.
Use my setting at your pleasure.


Monday, July 12, 2021

62 to 63--a calendar quilt in the time of covid--top completed

62 to 63, A calendar quilt in the time of Covid
88 by 76 inches

Block finishes 4 inches
366 pieced blocks, 52 plain blocks
Set 19 blocks across and 22 rows

I started this on my birthday in 2020 and finished it in time for my next. 
Here is where I started it:
https://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2020/08/calendar-quilt-year-in-life-62-to-63.html
There are 366 pieced squares--one for each birthday and every day in between and adding a plain block between each Saturday and Sunday.
I rotated every other block so there are only corners to match. Saturday and Sunday are horizontal blocks.

Block cutting
Solid: two rectangles 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches; two rectangles 1 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
Print: one 2 1/2 inch square
Press all seams away from the center square

Plain blocks
Solid: one 4 1/2 inch square

Hints:
Cut and piece a stack of blocks occasionally instead of making yourself work on it every day
I made a row at a time, then added it to the mothership, pressing each row towards the top.
Sometimes I made a partial row and added it leaving room to sew on the rest of the row later
To protect the fragile edge during a year of work I stay-stitched the top row right away, and would stay-stitch the sides every 3-4 rows.

Some of the fabrics have very special meaning to me. Fabrics from my mother and grandmothers. Fabrics from friends. The choices for each day were commemorating events/birthdays/etc. Or simply that I really liked the fabric.
There is a special section with a vial for the day I scheduled my vaccines, and two different syringe fabrics for my vaccination days.
There is Ruth Bader Ginsburg fabric, Anthony Fauci fabric, chaos fabric for January 6th. There are tractors and corn commemorating planting and harvest. 
It was a constant in this year of troubles. I am glad to have made it.

My design, use at your pleasure.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

37 times around the sun: modern alphabet, top completed (setting directions)

37 times around the sun
82 by 59.5 inches
An Alphabet quilt made with letters from Moda Spell it with Fabric pattern

Note the pink letters? They are Andy and my initials. I made this quilt in commemoration of our 37th anniversary this year.

In January I started two alphabet quilts using the Moda Spell it with fabric pattern, this one with batik scraps and a second still in progress with 30's reproductions.
Here is a link to Moda's free booklet:
https://www.fatquartershop.com/moda-spell-it-with-fabric-quilt-free-pdf-pattern

I made lots of changes in construction. Their directions are for using 2 1/2 inch strips. Because I used scraps and yardage I was able to simplify many of the letters. For example, their Z uses 13 pieces. I made it with 5.
I also like my Q better than theirs!
Their letters are pleasing. I kept the silhouette for most of them, and many were made as written. 

Here are my directions for this modern set. I will later put up directions for the 30's repro set. Right now it is stalled out at the letter S.

Make the letters. They will measure 8 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, to finish 8 by 10.

Sashing #1  Make 21
Cut 3 inches by 8 1/2 inches. 
Sew onto bottoms of letters A-U
Press towards the sashing

Sashing #2   Make 16
Cut 3 inches by 13 inches
Sew onto right sides of letters except for C, H, M, R, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
Wait with pressing

Sashing #3  Make 4
Cut 3 inches by 10 1/2 inches
Sew onto both sides of the V and the Y
Wait with pressing

Panel for top and bottom row  Make 2
Cut 13 inches by 21 1/2 inches
Sew onto left side of A and below the V & W
Wait with pressing

Lay out in rows as such:
Section A
Panel, A, B, C  press left
D, E, F, G, H    press right
I, J, K, L, M     press left
N, O, P, Q, R    press right

Section B
S, T, U    press left
X,Y, Z    press right
Press this section down

Section C
V, W    press left
panel
Press this section up

Sew B and C together, pressing the joining seam to the left.
It is then sewn to Section A
Press all rows down or up--your choice
All seams will nest.

Borders:
I used 5 inch cut scrap borders. I like my scrap borders to turn corners so I make sure there is enough of what will be on the corners to accommodate this.
Sides: cut two, 5 inches by 73 inches
Top and bottom: cut two 59.5 inches

Setting is my design.
Use at your pleasure.

Backing will be this fabulous Hoffman batik
that has been on my shelves way too long

Thursday, June 17, 2021

broken dishes, top completed

Broken dishes
98 by 84 inches

168 blocks set into 14 rows of 12 blocks
Block finishes 7 inches

Cutting
Solid:
four triangles cut from a 4 inch strip, using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential triangle tool
Print:
four triangles cut from a 4 inch strip, using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential triangle tool.
Hint with directional fabrics: cut a piece 18 inches. Fold it back on itself and make the cuts. The four resulting triangles will be oriented 4 different ways keeping the print directional in the resulting block.

Sewing and pressing
Lay out the triangles to watch for orientation. I lay it out on a reference block so I keep the orientations correct.

Read more details about block construction/pressing and assembly of top here:
https://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2021/05/broken-dishes.html

My design using a traditional block.
Use at your pleasure.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

horizon, top completed

Horizon
100 by 81 inches
180 blocks set into 10 rows of 18 blocks

Block finishes 10 by 4 1/2 inches

A very simple block. I am not alone in making a simple block with an inserted piece. There are many variations out there.
My block is adapted from my Riven design a couple years ago. Proportions could easily be changed. I am working on one with all batiks.
I'll probably use a wool batt because it is so large.

Block cutting
Solid: one rectangle cut 1 1/2 by 5 inch 
Print: one rectangle 5 by 3 1/2 inches, one rectangle 5 by 6 inches 
OR one rectangle cut 5 by 9 1/2 inches, then sub cut into  3 1/2 and 6 inch sections.

Press every other block horizontal seams up or down. Sew into pairs then into rows of 18. Make 10 rows. I pressed each row up.

You can read more about block construction and top assembly here:
https://kleinmeisjequilts.blogspot.com/2021/05/horizon.html

My design. Use at your pleasure.

Sunday, June 06, 2021

appliqué--applipops

One thing I can do but am clumsy with is appliqué. I will try this coming year to see if I can become better at it.
I invested in a full set of Applipops. They are a great invention and do exactly what they propose to do: make turned under circles ready to appliqué.
https://www.applipops.com/shop
By giving myself a year of steady work with it I hope my technique improves.
We shall see!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

horizon

Horizon
Block finishes 10 by 4 1/2 inches 
I plan to set it 18 by 10, to finish 100 by 81 inches or 18 by 9, to finish 90 by 81 inches.

When making a complicated block I like to also make a simpler one to use as a break. This one was a good companion sewing project while making the Circled Squares.
It is a variation of the Riven block I made a couple years ago.
I like rectangle blocks. And this one gives a good amount of space to showcase prints. 

Cutting
Solid:
one 1 1/2 by 5 inch rectangle
Print:
one 9 1/2 inch by 5 inch rectangle, cut into a 6 by 5 inch rectangle and a 3 1/5 by 5 inch rectangle. 
(I do not always cut it from a 9 1/2 inch rectangle. When using scraps that are shorter than that I cut them individually.)

Sewing and pressing
Sew the solid rectangle between the print rectangles.
Do not press until time for assembly.

Assembly
I like to start by sewing all blocks into pairs. This gets me from 180 blocks to 90 units. 
Press every other block seams up or down.
I put pairs into the machine with the down pressing on top. At this point I have the most control over the blocks and by keeping the non-butting seams in this orientation, I save the more accurate butting together of the seams for when I am joining the units.

Then I sew three units together to have 30 large sections of 6 blocks.

These are put three sections to a row.
When rows are completed, press every other row left or right.
Join rows.
All seams will nest.
Watch for the completed top to be posted soon!

My design. Use at your pleasure.