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38.4 Sewing String Hashtags

October 14, 2015

The last month I have been trying to finish these blocks before the October 15 swapping deadline.

The #Twilter! group on Facebook (email scientificquilter@gmail.com if you want an invite) was doing a swap of a free block.

We chose to swap “wonky hashtag” blocks available on Craftsy from their 2012 free block of the month for January.

Carole is taking charge of handling the swapping in & out and the blocks will come back in November.

Due to a recent reorganization of my sewing room, I have still been focused on sewing scraps together. I can thoroughly say that the 2nd half of 2015 was a scrappy quilting month for me.

I had a baggie of strings that I had been sorely neglecting. Just prior to the block swap announcement, I started arranging and sewing strings together to create “fabric”.

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Lots of varying bright (mostly) colors that are the unmeasured strips between 1.5 & 0.75 inches strips that are usually the leftover after cutting other scraps.

cutting string strips for hashtags

These seemed to make the perfect happy fun pieces that would go into the hashtag blocks.

So the wonky hashtag blocks has no rules for what angles are sewn into the blocks, we take a 12.5 inch block, slice it up any angle the first direction.

Then sew strips into it. Here is the first 2 strips of strings sewn into my blocks.

hashtag first seams

At this point I was wanting to preview the design to see if it would work.

previewing second hashtag seam

And then this gets pressed, and then cut at 2 more random angles, going the other direction.

preparing to make the 3rd and fourth cut hashtag blocks

I honestly found the 3rd and 4th cut of this block easier in the fact that I didn’t have to make a decision on how to angle the strips. I had to try to chose (sometimes didn’t work) the widest pieces of fabric to cut through so the seams wouldn’t become a huge problem on the 2nd direction.

I have to admit, I lost a few fabrics on one side or the other of the seam, just due to the symmetry of the whole thing and trying to find the best option didn’t always mean there was a “good” option, if you get what I mean.

The nice thing about this is that I overestimated the length of string strip I needed, so I was able to create more string blocks with the leftover pieces from the original cuts.

This gave me enough string blocks to eventually make 16 blocks.

string hastag blocks to send

I did have one “mess up” block that I sewed the wrong fabric side of the white on white AND I sewed the bias edge to the outside.

I am keeping this block so I will have 17 total from this project.

I realize besides my mess up block I won’t have any string strip blocks because everyone else is just making regular fabric strips to go in the center of the hashtags.

But I thought of a creative way to do sashing that incorporates more strings. I need to make wonky sashing that mimics the tilted hashtags of the quilt, also creating mini cornerstone blocks of sashing as well.

A preview of it below, not to correct scale or colorful proportions:

string sashing idea with hashtag blocks

And yes, this concludes yet another version of the “Darla goes overboard” portion of my quilting life. I am really happy with these blocks, and am amazed at the positive responses already to the blocks that I posted online already.

I have, however, hit another mini-burnout for quilting due to this project. Don’t worry, I’ll be back at it shortly. I am going to try to take some pictures of the other quilts I have in progress on the floor. I also am starting to take inventory on what I am going to bring to the retreat next month.

I am thinking of collecting strings from the other quilters in the retreat group and working on strings to go in the sashing of the hashtag quilt. Till we talk again, hopefully soon!

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14.5 Strip Twist Blocks Received Part 1

March 29, 2011

I am very excited to share with you the first set of blocks I received for the strip twist block swap.

They are exactly what I asked for!

 

I love the variation in these blocks, and yet, there is enough similarity to tie the blocks all in together.  Very bright and bold, very exciting!

My favorite fabric in this is the yellow diamond, but I also love the blue stripe, and one of the reds has little diamonds in it!  Very cool.

All the fabrics are cool, and, best part, none are fabrics I currently have.

Now I can’t wait to see what else I get!

 

How much fun is this!

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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.

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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!