Monday, March 30, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 4

As promised, here is the results of my quilting on block four.  

Still need to work on the straight lines.  I like the small diamond shape on the lower right.

My favorite part.

This took some time, my lines are not all perfect, and I'm still working on travel stitching. 

The back.

Stippling.  My favorite one. 

This should have been smaller than what it is, but I'm pleased with it.

Size comparison.

The back.

The maze. 

Different sizes.

The tiny maze.  Some of my corners are rounded off and not all my lines are straight.  Practice, practice.  I'll get it.

The back.
Now remember all those circles I did on the extra block.  That was harder than I thought it would be, so I did not complete all the circles. 
I went from large circles, to attempting the medium circles, to just doing loops, to stippling.  What a funny looking block, and it gave me lots of practice.

The loops, not very organized either.

Tiny stippling.

At the end of the stippling, I did a spiral and ended the block in a corner.

The back. 

On to block number five.  The free motion quilting does not seem as challenging on block five as it did on block four,  we'll see. 

Happy Reading! 


Saturday, March 28, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 6

I was in the mood to piece so I did block six before I finished quilting blocks four and five.  I promise, the quilting will be coming soon.  

This is a fun block to make, check out Leah Day's site for piecing.  When cutting out the black and orange squares to start the block, I discovered I had material left over.  So what do you do with extra fabric, make more blocks.  I was able to get two more blocks out of the strips I cut. 

Getting better at matching up those corner seams.

Curved lines.  The other sections will have same quilting.  I'll be practicing this without the lines. Should be interesting. 

A spiral and pebbles.  Same here, a lot of practicing without lines. 

Lines and zig-zags. 

Curvy lines. 
The two extra blocks I decided to do something different.  Cut the block into thirds, then turned the middle straight pieces to form a new block.

Turned pieces. 

Sewn back together. I till have enough block to make the eight inch square in the middle for marking.

Somehow this one came out different.  I think I forgot to turn a couple straight pieces. 

Before and after.

Marking the blocks. 

Can't wait to show the quilting on these pieces.  With all the extra blocks I am making, my husband's quilt is going to be a bit larger than originally planned. 

After piecing three blocks in a row, I'm ready for the next motion quilting. 

Happy Reading! 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My 2015 Project Blocks 4 and 5

I decided to piece a couple of the blocks, then quilt them. So I pieced blocks four and five at the same time, and got them all marked to quilt.  You can see how these blocks are put together by clicking on the links below.  
Block four is on the right  and block five on the left.

Interesting way to make a block.  Drew the pattern on the black block, put it on top of the orange block and sewed on the line.  Afterward I cut close to the line to remove the black excess.  on the back I removed the orange excess in the middle. 

BLOCK 4 - Getting ready to stipple.  Check out the next block which shows different sizes of quilting.  This block will do the same getting smaller  as I go.  I'm excited about this.

Grid pattern.  Large, medium, small and tiny. The tiny grid (upper right) is not completely marked, once the quilting is done for the lines shown, I will then go between those lines.

The unmarked on this block, will be the same type pattern shown doing the same Large, medium, small, tiny scale. 

When I finished marking the first three, I couldn't figure out why I had an extra block.  Then I read in the guidelines that I would have an extra block to practice on. I need to start reading a little more thoroughly.  I decided to make circles.  I think it looks cool.  

Using my half circle template to start marking the curved block.

Curves and grid lines

Added some additional details.  My husband thinks these look Aztec in design.

Yeah, more curvy lines.

Spiral, this looks like it might be challenging.

Check back to see the quilted pieces soon. 

Happy Reading! 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

My 2015 Project Block 3

Sorry, it has been awhile.  Besides sewing on my Building Block quilt, we did take a much needed vacation from the Indiana weather.  We visited our daughter in Florida and met her new horse.   

Now that we are home, I have been working on piecing blocks four, five and six.  I have just started to quilt them.  Before moving onto to those blocks, I do need to back up and show block three.  

This was easy to make, though I did not follow Leah Day's direction on piecing this block.  Instead of cutting the pieces before stitching them, I stitched the strips first, then cut the blocks.  It went pretty quick.

Getting ready to cut the sewn strips into blocks. 

Practice loops and writing.  Where nothing is written will be the same loops and writing, only done without guidelines. 

Circles and lines. 

The bottom rows I did half inch between the lines, then I noticed the pattern is showing more lines and closer together, so I made quarter inch lines.

The lines on this one I used a ruler to try to get good straight lines.   The curvy lines I did free hand.  

Lines are getting straighter and I don't think the circles look that bad either. 

The back side.

Short lines are better to do than long ones.  Still working on travel stitching, I can see where I went off the line several times.  

The back.  Decided to throw a black square on the back instead of just gray.

I like doing the curvy lines, even though I did not stay on the lines, I think I did pretty good.  The white lines will erase off, so I'm not concerned.  

Not a real good picture of the back, but I think it looks good.

Instead of doing the loops in the black and writing the word Love again, I changed it up.  I'm making this for my husband so it now says Love You.  I did go ahead and write the word before quilting it just so I could get the loops in the right place on the bottom. 
The back. 

I am having a lot of fun with this project.  It takes time and that is one thing I need to remember, not to rush when I'm trying to do the quilting.  

Happy Reading!