Monday, July 29, 2019

patience corner sampler, top completed

Patience Corner Sampler

130 4-inch finished blocks
Set into 130 6-inch finished quarter blocks with an added 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 rectangle and a 2 1/2 by 6 1/2 rectangle.
Set into 30 12-inch finished Patience Corner Blocks and 5 half blocks (I added a row of half-blocks to my final set).
Layout was 5 blocks by 6 and a half blocks.
Final borders cut 3 1/2 inches.
Top finishes about  66 by 84 inches.
The set is my design, use at your pleasure.

In early 2018 Temecula Quilt Co. had a sew-a-long with little 4-inch finished blocks.
It was a pleasant project to work on as I set up my sewing space in our new place.
About 20% of my blocks are from her designs, the rest are my own based on traditional patterns. I used Tonya Riccuci's method from her Word Play book for the letters of my name in the bottom right corner.
 I put them together using a Patience Corner set that I describe here.
lower right quadrant
lower left quadrant
upper right quadrant
upper left quadrant

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

stacked bricks, top completed

Stacked Bricks
120 blocks set 10 by 8, finishing 80 by 96 inches.
My design, use at your pleasure.

Block finishes 8 by 12 inches
Solid: six rectangles 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
Print: six rectangles 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
Could work with precut 2 1/2 inch strips and strip piecing, but I cut all my pieces because I work from scraps.
Piece in columns of 6, pressing toward the side that ends in a print.
Sew block together nesting seams.
I wait with pressing the center seam until I assemble the quilt so I can be strategic to nest seams.

Sew two blocks together along the 8 inch sides, then sew two of these units together into a 4-block unit.
Make 4 rows of 5 units.
Just three longer seams to complete assembly.
With careful pressing all seams of quilt will nest.

Friday, July 19, 2019

chevron, top completed

Measures approximately 75 by 90 inches
120 blocks set 10 by 12
My design, use at your pleasure.

Block finishes 7 1/2 inches
Solid: one rectangle 3 1/2 by 2 inches, one rectangle 5 by 2 inches
Print: one 3 1/2 inch square, one rectangle 3 1/2 by 5 inches, one rectangle 3 1/2 by 8 inches
Pressing: always away from the square, leaving final seam unpressed
I don't like the idea of sewing long rows of small blocks so I put then into units.
Sew together into four-block units.
Take two units, press left one with block seams down, right with block seams up.
Combine into 8 block units.
At this point I lay out the units and determine the final setting. Sew into three rows, sew these rows together.

Monday, July 15, 2019

visiting my quilts, Lake Michigan lake house

It was my birthday this past weekend and we were invited to the lake house of friends. I love going there in part because I get to visit my house quilt made in 2006 as a fundraiser for those affected by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina. The pattern is one of Bonnie Hunter.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

living with my quilts, postage stamp

What I find wonderful about this quilt is I know all of the fabrics, I have memory of each one.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

tip #48, make some samples

I am often sketching on graph paper or any paper for that matter. I am pretty good at visualizing what the block will look like, but the move to fabric can lead to decisions on scale and orientation that don't come to mind on paper.
In preparation for fall I would like to have a plan and blocks cut to fit in sewing time between the busy semester of classes. This morning I moved these 6 blocks from paper to fabric. Now, which to move forward on first?
framed whirlygig