Posts Tagged ‘quilt block’


19.7 Even more fun with more than Ten Minutes

September 18, 2011

I sat down at the television yesterday to watch some football. I decided to also pin the pieces of my “Ten Minute Block quilt” together in between football plays.

It’s been raining here, and a little cooler, and I just can’t let the sewing thing go this weekend – in fact that’s been pretty much all I’ve been wanting to do.  Which means that I am still owing people e-mails & responses.

But I’m having fun.

Because of all the hard pinning that was done yesterday, this early morning, I’ve been sewing the blocks together that I had completed already.

I hadn’t done that many of one of the blocks, and another one of the blocks is directional.

This is just a setting to make sure that the quilt will work together okay, considering that some of the blocks I made medium/medium colors, and other blocks I made dark/light.

So, perhaps value isn’t the strength of this quilt, but color is.  I am going to cathedral window the centers around a dark grey.

Here’s a picture of my blocks pinned ready to sew together.

The thing I like about this block is that the center point actually doesn’t have to completely match because of the red centers distract you from the center points.

So perhaps my points don’t match on the back, but you don’t get to see the back, so maybe they do match (you’ll never know for sure 😉 ).

And yesterday during one of the more disappointing losses of the day, I sewed down some strips for leaders and enders for my journey steps quilt.

Which is nice to see all lined up by my machine.


I still don’t like the pinning down the block process, but the effect is cool at the end.

Having fun with my Ten minute blocks that are longer than ten minutes. This one is going to have to have the layout figured out before adding the corner blocks.  Fun!

Now I have to remove myself from the computer room to rest my arms some more.


19.6 Ten Minute Block Madness

September 16, 2011

Wow, this week really flew by!

Quilt guild, we had someone show us the ‘Ten Minute Block”.  The instructor was nice, but the group demonstration dissolved after getting the 2nd step done, which was fine.

It was great to see everyone’s block & what they were working on, but this time was one of the first & only times I forgot my camera.

Sad as I am the ‘self-appointed’ guild webmaster, and always try to get the show & tell up on the site, this week coulda been great getting actual sewing pictures up too.  Oh well.

Anyway, this sparked my own ‘color controlled’ quilt design with the Ten minute block.

I currently have 9 completed blocks done, and 10 blocks 2/3’s done.

Here’s a picture of the three different fabric sets I am choosing to do for the ten minute block quilt as 3 almost completed blocks.

I am getting stuck at the 2/3 block state because of all the pinning & fighting the fabric to make sure that you keep the ends in or you don’t pinch the middle.

This is slightly concerning me because I could see me getting to this point and then not finishing the blocks.

I did get some leaders & enders done & this is the first project that I’ve been actively trying to use leaders & enders before starts & stops.

Two things I learned from the guild meeting.

1) You can cathedral window this block with or without a 4th (6th) fabric.  The block in the very center becomes the edges to the cathedral window. You just pin a fabric in the center & fold around the center.

The black & grey fabric in the first picture would have been a great edging to the 10 minute block that I have.  But will also look good in the middle too.

2) You can create ‘diamonds’ in between blocks to continue the 10 minute block.  Once you make 4 blocks, each one of the new blocks become 4 blocks for the 10 minute block.

If  you use a fabric piece the same size as you were using, the middle 10 minute blocks look the same.  I’ll get a picture once I do this for this quilt.

Blocks you see here started off as 5 inch blocks.

Finishing at about 9 and a half.  This is an easy block to trim down to a size, I’ll probably trim to 9 inches each before sewing together.

Here’s a link to the video I used to conceptualize it.


17.4 The Vortex of a New Project

July 19, 2011

Suddenly, I have one swap to do – Pinwheels, podcast done, house good, things going well (generally).  So it feels like virtual freedom.

The lack of quilt show deadline looming over my head actually has found me in a state of “well, now what do I do?”.

Which is almost comical, when I list out the UFO’s that I have to work on, several of which incredibly excite me.

I had promised Nonnie, from Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams that I would get her some blocks for her massive charity quilt project.

So I took her up on it and finally set down to sew together several blocks, now they’re just waiting to be mailed (tomorrow).  These are pictures of other Four Patches, hers are already in the envelope before I got out the camera.

And, because of her talking about the Disappearing Four Patch Blocks, I just HAD to try them, I just HAD to.

Even though I only made the requested Four patch for Nonnie as requested, I couldn’t help but make some disappearing four patch blocks on my own. Here is a murdered four patch.

I almost took Nonnie’s suggestion of cutting the blocks at 4 inches from the edge, but

  1. I didn’t square up the 4 patches to 12 inches first
  2. All blocks were consistently 12.5 finished before cutting
  3. I liked the look of cutting each line 4.5 inches from the outer edge
  4. Even after sewing them together I liked the look of 4.5 inches, the middles are small, but not TOO small.
  5. The more distance between you and the cut, the skinnier the strips (FYI).

I made 9 different blocks, and decided instead of changing out two colors, I thought I would investigate a bright scrappy quilt, by first lining up all my pieces.

And then went full on scrappy pieces on my design wall (3 pieces aren’t pictured here)

And now 3 blocks are sewn together. New life Frankensteined from nine separate blocks, stitched together lovingly, and fairly quickly.

Overall, so far, good experimental technique, and it’s fun, and I am learning to play a little bit!

Here is Nonnie’s directions to the charity quilt request, (just 4 patches) and here is Nonnie’s directions on how to do disappearing four patch blocks.  Or D4P?