Posts Tagged ‘ten minute block’


33.0 Ten Minute Teal Cathedrals

November 24, 2013

Sharing some quilting progress I have made in the last few months. I will so the quilts one at a time so they each get their own post!

I’ve shared about this quilt before (with video I used to complete the blocks). And again. And when I was thinking of borders (been over two years since then)

This quilt is essentially finished, minus the final hand-sewn step of the binding.

Teal Cathedral binding left

I have sewn down the binding on the front and will work on the hand work Wednesday & Thursday of thanksgiving week – that’s next week! Or this week actually!

I have had the top done for quite a while & finally decided a month ago to get on the ball with finishing this up. So the Tuesday before our holiday dinner with the guild, I quilted it on the long arm, using a pattern I had bought a year & a half ago – heart pantograph.

ten minute teal quilted

This was the follow up Tuesday after my quilting retreat, and it’s lovely to use all the “quilty momentum” – yes that’s a thing – to propel me in a quilting finish.

Unfortunately due to the ‘cathedralness’ of these windows, I should have glued them down prior to showing up to quilt it, it hit a few snags which I will also try to fix.

heart quilting close up with snags

It’s amazing to see the progress of such a quilt over time since it’s been so long ago that I’ve actively worked on the quilt.

I’ll take you through a picture journey of this quilt throughout the process. Since I love process so much.

First the fabric choices. This was due to a guild speaker or member who was doing a quick guild meeting on the 10 minute block. I picked these out early morning, anxious to see them all work together.

ten minute fabrics

Then doing the weird twist thing with the blocks. The red piece is folded over and sewn into groups of two other fabrics. Geesh it’s been a long time since I did this step!


I remember needing lots of pins to get the middle to stay in there correctly.

ten minute blocks pinned

And then I was trying out some grey for the centers. To roll over some of the blocks.


Then I had to make some visual decisions.


And finding the right borders when putting these blocks together. I wasn’t even out looking for borders, they found me at Hancock fabrics when I went to get some interfacing for a completely unrelated project.

ten minute borders

And I remember finishing them up at retreat and then putting them all together there.

ten minute teal cathedral blocks completed

Then five months later, I got the borders on.

ten minute teal cathedral with borders

And after a year and a half at this state, I finally said – no more waiting.

ten minute teal cathedral quilted

I have done some other quilty finishes and top finishes, but I am going to spread them out in several posts – maybe even set up to post this week!


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.