Posts Tagged ‘quilt as you go’


16.6 Patience and Persistence

June 23, 2011

Didn’t mean to disappear for the week.  Just busy with life stuff and starting to panic (more) about the upcoming quilt show.

I took my finished (minus some of the beading) Sunflower Patio Dreams quilt to work this week to show it off.

Compliments all around!

The birds have their beaded eyes and the only thing left to stitch before the show is the back /bottom of the sleeve down. (… oh and the ..mmpygh .. *cough* label *cough)

Here’s the red bird with his eye.

And the most often comment I got was: “That’s so beautiful!  I don’t have the patience for that.  How long did that take you?”

To which I said thanks.  And then I said that I worked on it a little bit at a time after lunch sewed down 2 petals or so every day.  So persistence won out.  I also said that I started it in September of 2009, and took a several month break from it several times.  And I said that I still wanted to put beads on the sunflower centers.

I have also pretty much finished my silent auction quilt with the exception of the binding.  And the entire mini sleeve.

Haven’t decided on the name.  Something about early morning colors, but bright eye crushing pink just doesn’t describe the morning light in a positive way as scarlet or crimson.

Also have the borders quilted very very lightly.  Which I may remedy with my own design on the borders that I made up for another quilt.  But my FMQ isn’t all that great yet and I may run out of time.  We’ll see how it goes.

Also getting some thoughts on how to make my purple tilted four patch quilt as you go quilt better.  I think I’ll take a cue from the book I’m borrowing from a friend called, Quilter’s Playtime, and introduce some interrupting strips to make the quilt more artsy.  Still have a few seams to hand sew down on the back, but then I want to add more applique.

Here’s the quilt as it stands.

And the back.

This quilit is definatley not going to win any piecing awards or any free motion quilting awards (some slight tension issues in the middle), but I still may put it into the show.

To do that, I want to make these changes:

Yellow applique strips that cut into all that sashing, and is parallel to the tilt of the blocks.  With a dark gold kicker around the binding and dark purple binding to bring the dark back into the outside.

I may also do (just thinking right now), some little prairie point folded corners in the corners of the binding that mirror the tilt of the blocks.  Not sure how I am going to do this yet, but it may be worth tying the gold back out on the outside.

I have to go, but speaking of patience, persistence, and hexies.  They’ve arrived. Here’s June 12, two weeks ago.

see how they multiply when left to their own devices?

The tribbles of the quilting world.


10.0 Home Sewing Front – Quilt as You Go – Wide Sashing Tutorial – front side

January 1, 2011

I want to thank Sandi from Quilt Cabana Corner for providing my blocks in the Quiltcast Supergroup Tilted Four Patch block swap.

She provided me with the nicest purple tilted blocks.  I was thinking … this should make an easy and quick quilt. 

The blocks have a light, dark and medium purple, all based in the red-purple family. 

I had bought the crazy purple fabric I am trying out as sashing during our trip to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln. Same with the border (seen later)

It was a fabric I found in the bargain bin, but has both the red purple and the blue purple in flecks. 

So I am putting in corner stones of blue purple.

And working on them quilt as you go!  The first quilt-as-you-go project of mine. 

I made the back the same size as the blocks, figuring I am adding this wide sashing to each side. 

The batting sticks out an inch on each side because my finished sashing is two inches wide.

Yesterday I took my ‘New Year’s Eve holiday’ to quilt the blocks.  First Free Motion Quilting in a while.

This gave me practice on the design that is going on the hurricane quilt.  My corners got a free motion round stipple effect, which was much more fun, but much easier to start to speed up at the end.

Now the method of joining these were slightly different than Allison’s (of Within a Quarter Inch)  method of joining the blocks.  This being that the sashing still hasn’t been joined before quilting as you go.

The rest of the post is a tutorial on how I handled the wider sashing as quilt as you go.  The front side.  The back side of this quilt , I haven’t completed yet, so no pictures, but I KNOW how I want to finish it.


I am leaving the 1 inch of batting around each edge so the sashing can have some batting. 

Sashing for this quilt is 2 and a half  unfinished, 2 inches finished. 1 inch of batting from one block plus 1 inch of batting from second block should fill the 2 inch gap nicely.  If you have wider sashing, leave more batting around each block.

So I start with sewing the sashing on 1 side of the block.

DO NOT cut batting down to the edge if you want there to be batting under your sashing.

Now to join the other completely quilted quilt block.  Open the sashing.  Flip this piece upside down.  Put the other quilt block on the bottom and line up the raw sashing edge with the new quilt block edge.

Sew it, and open. Press.  DO NOT cut batting down to the edge if you want there to be batting under your sashing. If you have over lap, go ahead and trim pu the batting so that it lays flat and butts up together.

Here is the front (actually picture taken before I pressed).

Sew the next sashing to the corner-stone (if you have one), pin it to one side of the double block. Sew.

Be careful.  Even with a walking foot, I found the bottom more tightly sewn than the top.

The single piece of fabric on the top always seemed to have a harder time easing into the seam.  So I had to hide the extra seam fabric in the corner-stone.  This was lining up before I started sewing, but by the middle, my bottom fabric sandwich was much farther along in the machine than my top fabric. Pins helped, but did not prevent this. 

Has to do with either my walking foot, or the extra layers, or both.  I have suspected similar type problems with my walking foot when working on the bag, but perhaps this is natural?

We’ll repeat the process of flipping this set of 2 blocks over, and sewing the raw edge seam onto another group of two blocks (also pinned – pins not  shown below).

At this time, I have the quilt as you go done on this point.  I am working on the outside sashing and cornerstones.

I also have to quilt as you go my border fabric, which is just adorable.  Or adorabibble as my friend says (she bought the same fabric on the same trip, unbeknownst to me).

First I have to go cut more batting down to size.  I do have the borders size predetermined, and the outer sashing and corner stones will provide me a way to connect the inner quilt with the borders.

To complete the back, I have sashing that is the same size (no corner stones) and I am going to fold over a quarter inch on each edge and top stitch it onto the quilt.  Like an extra wide bias tape. 

However, I MAY have to make the sashing just about a quarter – half inch wider just to handle some variations in my fold as I am going along.  But I suspect the current sashing is going to be adequate.

I should be able to update in a couple of days once I make sure I have figured out all the kinks in doing borders on quilt as you go.  If so, consider this post a ‘part 1’ as it were.

… to the “quick and easy quilt” thought I had earlier … DOH! 

I know better. 

This coulda been much quicker and easier if I wasn’t trying out a new technique.  But look what I have had a chance to share with you?!  So no loss there.

 Happy New year everyone, let’s keep experimenting!