Posts Tagged ‘exothermic quilt’


25.9 A little more progress on the back of this quilt

June 9, 2012

Here’s a progression of the BACK of my exothermic wonders quilt. Done in picture form (mainly)

It started with ‘these blocks’ I made at the retreat in feb.

And then I made some of ‘these blocks’. (A consideration for the alternate blocks I had made last winter).

And I put them together in the center.

And then I found some more pieces and cut them up for some first borders.

And then put away for a while. Got back out, made several more borders without pictures. Mainly out of pieces from this quilt top.

Above pieced borders were done but not attached until tuesday (of this week) morning.

Now I am out of the black fabric used in this quilt, so anything beyond has to be from the overbuying fabric for the top of this quilt.

One more set of borders (already cut a while ago), but not quite the right size for the back of the quilt yet.

At this point this would be a nice top in itself, but I am shy of being 4 inches larger on each side for the top of my exothermic quilt. So I’ll add more borders still.  I want these last borders to be larger and less pieced in case anything gets chopped off it’s just the borders that don’t have any personality.

And here’s a picture of the top that this quilt backing goes with.

Excited to be using pieces of my stash to get this thing made.

And no I don’t believe that all quilt backs HAVE to match the quilt tops, but THIS ONE does. 😉


22.8 Chunked

February 13, 2012

I am THIS CLOSE to being done with my quilt ….

the center …


  • borders (three)
  • batting (black, need to purchase)
  • backing (need to piece don’t have large piece yet, also not planned)
  • quilting
  • binding – have this planned

And next weekend I’ll be at a retreat that I am excited to work on something else.


But for now lets show you what I did with the chunking on this quilt.

I started with chunking before I even knew how to chunk. Last weekend (Super Bowl weekend), I took one direction, lets say the south west direction in this photo, and sewed all the sashing directly onto the blocks.

Then, I took all the opposite rows of sashing, south east, and sewed them onto the corner stones. Took last weekend to do, lots of sashing & cornerstones, lots of time.

It took Saturday morning and Sunday morning to start sewing the side sashing to the block.

Jaye’s method of chunking involves sashing on both corners to be done first, and then, treating groups of blocks as pieces of blocks.

So I sewed Saturday morning, the 1st middle group together, then afterwards, noticed I flipped the light & dark pattern of my blocks, so I had to rip them out on a long car ride during the day.

Then I resewed the block of four blocks, and sewed another group of four blocks, being careful to alternate my seams. Then two groups of four blocks became a block of 8 blocks. 2 X 4.

If you can really tell I did that again. And I sewed the corners down in rows of three rows.

The longest seam will actually be 5 blocks deep, which is a far cry from the 8-9(?) that are in the quilt from corner to opposite corner.

Good thing is, there are only 2 seams that long, and 3 seams that are 4 blocks deep.

Currently I am trying to get motivation to sew the last few seams together so I can show it off at the meeting tomorrow night.

But I am getting a little sleepy. If I don’t do it now, I may not do it. I mean we have a guild meeting on valentines day.

And I don’t have an extra day off wednesday to recuperate this time.

Next weekend is retreat! Sewing galore!

Well gotta go finish, or work on finishing.


22.3 It’s called contrast, baby!

January 22, 2012

The super bright “hot flashes” quilt, a year later, is coming up dark.

Dark and warm at the same time.

Halloweeny & fally and warm looking.

I have been sacrificing all other projects, swishing away at all other quilt desires to gain a little more time in working on this quilt.

So I’ve been making progress.   Feeling like finally, I can see the top completion in sight in the (somewhat) near future.

Design Wall with Exothermic Blocks

I haven’t started much on the corner squares except for cutting out the templates.

I’ve gotten a good system and a good start on the side blocks being completed. Which makes me happier with the progress from this weekend than last.  But last weekend was a little bit different than the norm.

This weekend I didn’t have Saturday and Sunday to work fully (due to work schedules), and so I barreled on my progress on quilting rather than podcasting. Have topic, will record soon – need more time to work on details than I had.

This quilt has come up much darker than I thought, but at the same time, retained the same feeling.  The dark black and orange is repeated in the alternate & side blocks, while the fun bright blocks are scrappy and changing.

I really like the contrast this pulls out even though it’s dark.

But it’s also light because of all those bright yellows and such.

And the quilt has points, and curves and all sorts of lines to look at.

Here are some more progress pictures that I have been working on the past two weeks or so.

First I subcut my strips into strip segments using templates created from EQ7.

Then as I was cutting the subcuts into the pieces I needed, the template kept slipping away from my ruler.  On New Years, I cut INTO my templates accidentally occasionally, and I didn’t want to repeat that, so I used masking tape.

The edge of the ruler is at the edge of the template. This way I could see what I had already cut and line everything up clearly.

And I just had to move the ruler, this made the strips SO MUCH easier to cut without thinking too much (necessary after this week).

And you know those little corners, also necessary to cut, the tiny little pieces at the corners of the triangles, helped immensely in lining up my blocks later & keeping them without too many puckers.

This is all the discarded pieces making a pie shape on my cutting mat.

I don’t know for sure what I’m doing with these, but an idea is here regardless.  It’s a 10 sided figure it looks like. One of the ‘-agons’

This is a stack of pieces that I haven’t sewn together yet, but it seems like the best solution in the ‘semi paper piecing’ that I’ve been doing.

These become the side blocks. There is a little fudging that happens at the change of direction on the seam, but not a ton. Of course the tucking is minimized by the fact that my pieces are actually cut down to the exact size of the template. Go figure that’s how it works best. LOL.

But the work and thought to the non distracting alternate blocks is paying off.  My initial draw to the black fabric is the best choice, and three of the 4 initial fabrics I purchased for this quilt after making some of the blocks, they have found a presence in this quilt as well.

I am not incredibly fond of orange, and actually after working on this quilt, I want to dive into blues and purples a lot, but I KNOW it expanded my color pallete AND my stash.

I started the pieces of this quilt a year ago or so, and it’s only been hard driven to finish when I noticed my comforter is falling to pieces rapidly.

It’s definitely not one of those ‘quilt in a weekend’ type of designs, and has so many parts to it that of course it’s a slower, longer project than I normally finish.

But, it’s making me feel good to complete. And will be worth my time in the end. I am trying to figure out what kind of quilting designs will work best for this quilt or even if I want to go light or dark with the quilting on it. Or both. We’ll see, I have a long way to go until it’s quilted, but starting to see the end is closer than I think! 🙂


20.2 Evolution of Exothermic Wonders

October 2, 2011

Ugg.  I love / hate the design process.

Here’s a short version of a story I’d like to tell more elongatedly.

I made a weaving, rectangular, quilt design in February that matches current decor perfectly.

“Eh it’s boring”. That quilt is still in pieces, ready to be put into rows, ready for me to decide a clever weaving border for it.

… Then there’s been my recent smaller square quilts that I’ve been doing …  in addition to the hurricane quilt that hasn’t been touched since I’ve been trying to baste it to remove the oil stain on it (might not remove it all the way, it’s starting to add more character to the hurricane story I’m building around this quilt).

and more … “eh, squares are really just not my thing”, “I’m not digging that color”, “can’t you put in some more exciting blocks” ….

hmm …. okaaayyyy ….

So I was working on the alternate blocks on electric quilt for my latest quilt, Exothermic Wonders, current version that you’ve seen below.

This is what I started with. the variation I liked the most of what people also liked the most.

But I ran out of black & so did the store.  So I got some lower contrast, darker orange /red-orange fabrics for alternate blocks, and I finally put the fabrics into EQ7 this weekend, thinking as long as the blocks are fairly low contrast, there is still the main design.

Here’s one version:

But here’s the version I liked even better that that one:

I was working out how much fabric would I need for the alternate blocks as I was designing them, so I removed the outer borders from the electric quilt design, which, I have had completed for at least a month or two.

And finally, from over my shoulder:

“Hey, I like that!”  “I could see that quilt if you take out the pink ones because they’re too distracting, but I like that.”

And this was said without the borders, so I quick put the picture above on the screen and say, you mean this one?

“No.  I don’t like the borders.”  “Do it without the borders.” “Well, it’s your quilt, and you can do it how you want, but I like it without the borders – too distracting.” “This new design is simple – more symmetrical.” “The borders look too much like the quilt on the inside, same style”.

So if I listen to this request, I get a quilt that is ACTUALLY wanted, but then … not large enough.

So I need to make more of the middle blocks (that are done & have been sewn together since July, & cut since April), and then, what the heck do I do with all the borders that are also already done? I suppose I could do the back with them, or have a bonus quilt from it?

That, and to do the alternate blocks the way they are, I require more fabric anyway.  But I DO like the stability of the alternate blocks as they are.  (Actually slightly lower contrast than what’s shown here also)

So here’s my new design, assuming I don’t revert back to the border one.

Which I do admit, I like (right now).  But this means a lot of paper piecing for the alternate blocks.  Hopefully I’ll like the end result.

Tried putting the borders as alternate blocks, and I almost liked it too, less work, but more scrappy, and I do like how non-scrappy these alternate blocks are.

(sorry about the poor quality, it looks better before I post the design, don’t know what’s going on with that).


18.0 What hot quilt version do you like better?

August 5, 2011

So, I’m still torn.  Quilt on point, or quilt with diamonds in the center or not?

This? Option 1

This?  Option 2

This? Option 3

This? Option 4

Comment away if you have a preference.  I still don’t exactly.


EDITED after a few comments:  The colors in the quilt blocks themselves and the colors in the border blocks are just some fabrics I found in EQ7 rather than the blocks on my actual quilt. I didn’t feel like putting up the actual blocks that I would use when messing with the setting solutions.

And the color on the setting cornerstones/parallograms are actually a darker orange/black fabric that must have looked a little lighter to my camera.  I thought what I had in the computer was ‘close enough’ to the real color, but when I got a comment there was purple … huh … they’re not purple, but orange on black.  Just so you know.

Size for the quilt, closer to bed size, option #1 measures to be 66 x 81, and I have a queen bed, so uh, I may have to add more border on the outside or another row/column of blocks (maybe) to do option #1.  But people seem to be liking it. 🙂

…. Or I could just have a short quilt, because I don’t know for sure if this is actually going on my bed or just going to be a quilt to snuggle with in the cold (hard to believe there is cold after this heat) … still thinking here.

Options 2-4 are closer to 77 x 88 which is closer to bed size.