29.6 Retreat Progress

February 23, 2013

It’s been an interesting month. I didn’t realize it would be an entire month before posting, but here it is.

Anyway. Starting from NOW.

It’s also been an interesting week. What with going to my guild’s annual retreat and all.

And then the bereavement day. And the snow day. And now the days picking up the rest of the work resulting from snow delays, and in the future (monday), possibly more snow.

It seems things just have to be interesting right now.

Any case.

I should show you what I worked on Thursday as a compliment to what I have started with at the retreat.

weave updated smaller borders

I have reworked the corners of this quilt, removed the bright yellow inner border.

During retreat I created a total of 16 blocks of each direction of the weave border before I ran out of red fabric. I needed to have 19 blocks of each direction to complete the pattern all around plus the fabric for the corners.

I think this looks atheistically pleasing, and repeats the same numbers of blocks on each leg of the border as in the center of the quilt.

The design you see above requires 14 blocks of each direction and so I’ll be unpicking two of my completed blocks and reworking them to make the corners. If it’s possible to do, I kept similar dimensions and requirements of red for the corners compared to the original blocks.

32 of 38 weave block centers done

I currently have not designed the ends for the borders. I was trying to make the design wrap around itself, but EQ crashed for the 3rd time, so I didn’t bother retrying right now. Instead, I chose other computer time.

At least I have a direction. And I have removed the papers from about 20 of these blocks too.

Oh yeah, I need to start working on the tutorial for these blocks. Pictures have been done for a few weeks.  Getting there.

Okay, well after spending 2+ days on 9 blocks, I got out some projects that just needed borders.

So you remember the samurai Sudoku quilt I made, now it’s got its borders on, and just wowed the people at the retreat how well the borders work and are also very contrasty.

samurai sudoku quilt with borders

So now it floats in the middle of all the borders. I normally don’t like a lot of big borders, but this quilt it seemed to work quite nicely.

And the last quilt I also was working on borders for. The mystery quilt I did with my guild called Gemini Sky.

gemini sky borders started

Obviously, this picture was taken at a time when the lighting was way different. The whole picture/quilt is too pink compared with real life. I didn’t get the borders sewn on after the bright pink border, but I did add the ‘filmstrip’ quality to the already fabulous and sewn strip border.

I designed a few cornerstone blocks for the corners, but this quilt we were really rushing to work on as it was on the last day and I wanted as much sewing time as possible, also knowing I had to pack up & leave soon, so no pictures beyond this point.

Gemini Sky looks way different than I expected, but I really like it.

And if I may share one other situation from the retreat that I was a ‘small’ part of….

There was a lady who was working on a double bargello rainbow quilt twist pattern.


Not my quilt, but hey she is a math teacher, and what can I say, I really liked this quilt idea.   Great minds think alike. I would venture if I saw this pattern, I would try it out.

And so over the course of the few days, she worked on it and worked on it. The quilt requires you to sew strips and then cut the strips with a specific wedge template, sew them together in circles, and then cut portions of both of the circles, and then sew it together.


And just as what happened to me with my dancing ribbons, things weren’t lining up all that well in the wedge shape.  So we talked about it what to do to fix it, she asked another math person, and they said to tighten up all the seams coming in and out of the circle. I agreed that would help, emphasizing the amount of sewing in the center of the circles to help tighten the thing up.

And so the lady did just that, and then had both circles laid out, and things still weren’t matching up, and she wants to get this quilt finished before April (for her other guild’s quilt show), and what she was doing to fix it wasn’t helping enough to work without some MAJOR reconstructive surgery.

So on the very last day, I saw the two circles together, thought of dresden plates or drunken path blocks, and came up with a solution that I think she liked.  Just one of those things, “well what if you placed this piece here” type of things.

To save a quilt from “certain destruction”, here’s the resulting pattern which will be appliqued onto something. (or could stand alone I guess).


I am amazed that the rainbow pattern works too with this quilt. I am glad she didn’t have to trash the quilt that she had already put so much work into, and as I said, I think she likes this design too.

Best part is that with this design, you just have to be “close” to a quarter circle, so all that extra tightening, not quite necessary. no further seams to match up. Wheew!

Sew happy to have been able to help! Sew glad to have been able to see the possibilities with the design!

Alright until we meet again. It’s almost March-A-Long time.

I need to start working on that after work again, march starts the end of this coming week!!! AACK! Expect another post pronto.


  1. MY goodness you have been busy. Love the borders you have design for your quilts… You are putting me to shame… I have been doing next to nothing… good excuse.. House is tore up while we get ready for new flooring… Hard to quilt when my drawers of supplies and notions are move out of reach. … That is my story and I am sticking to it… Missed you on the internet but glad to see you have been sew prolific…


  2. Your quilts re gorgeous. And so is that bargello one. I can just picture you three math people with your calculators out, trying to figure out how best to put it together!

    I’m glad you’re doing March a long again. It was very motivating for me last year. I’ve been doing the “Drop and Give me Twenty” challenge this month, and getting a lot done. I will be on vacation for a week in March, but will march along with you the rest of the time.

  3. My favorite that you’ve done is that basket weave, especially with that asymmetrical border. Well done on all. It’s nice to feel you’ve helped someone, isn’t it? That’s turning out to be an interesting composition. Glad you’re doing March-along!

  4. Your designs always amaze me and you sure have been busy. I’m looking forward to the march a long. Good incentive on those days when , motivation is nil.

  5. Lovely quilt. I am not mathimatical, so I am amazed by your quilt designs. Good job and lovely fabrics.

  6. Love your quilts. Your website came up in a search for a 16 block sudoku quilt I would like to make. I was intrigued by the “Trip Around the World Sudoku Style” quilt pattern available on-line, but after looking at it the concept of the sudoku and Trip Around the World don’t seem to jibe, unless you pay attention to lights/darks. Am I crazy or is it possible. I’ve tried contacting the authors of the website but haven’t received a response.

    • I haven’t heard of the trip around the world Sudoku style quilt pattern before. I would suppose that it would be possible to make a Sudoku quilt that had blocks of 16, 4X4 instead of 3X3, but the resulting quilt would be much bigger. And the trip around the world suggests that every block has one of each fabric in it, but that would rotate which fabric would be on top, but not necessarily that each row would only have one fabric in it like a Sudoku puzzle would be.

      Can you send the website you’re looking at, because I could probably look at it and see, but unless I see it, I am a little unsure of how the trip around the world style quilt would work with Sudoku.

  7. I love your site. I stumbled across it a few days ago looking for inspiration for a quilt border and fell in love. I am really intrigued by the weave border you appear to be working on at the top of this entry (29.6.13) Did you ever get around to doing the tutorial for it or publishing the paper piecing?

    • I never did figure out the ends of this quilt border. I had a small amount of paper piecing for the blue and red sections, and I made some bias strips that I pulled over the top and stitched in between the pieces. I haven’t picked up this quilt since near the date I posted this post. So sorry. Maybe I should get back to it soon!

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