Thursday, July 9, 2015

My 2015 Project

Well, I finished all twelve blocks.  I wanted to add my practice blocks into the quilt as well.  The pattern would be six blocks by seven blocks.  So I asked my husband what he would rather have,  seven by seven blocks or six by eight blocks.  Of course he wanted seven by seven, which required me to make three more blocks rather than two.  Oh well, I had fun making the next three blocks.

These are scrappy blocks.  Even the batting is scrappy.  I didn't want to cut into a whole new package of batting for just three blocks, so I looked into what I had left over from this project and others.  I found enough pieces to make three more ten inch square blocks, though I did have to do some sewing to get to that ten inches. 

The batting, zig-zag stitch to hold two pieces together to make a ten by ten inch block.
All the left over scraps I had from making the first twelve blocks.
I started with one piece of scrap material and just adding to it, alternating the orange, black and gray colors, until I got a enough sewn together to cut a ten inch by ten inch block.  

Lots of gray in this one, should pop out on the finished quilt.

Second block

Last block. 
I decided to quilt my favorite quilting from this project.  Grid lines, stippling and wavy lines.  Though I like the pebbles, didn't know if I wanted to do a whole block with pebbles though.  Maybe next time. 

The finished blocks.
Grid lines. I did draw the lines on this one just so I could make sure I went from corner to corner.  I love the way this feels now and can't wait until I wash it and feel how cuddly it will be.

The back. I love the diamond effect.

Wavy Lines.  No drawing on this one.  I started in the corners, then decided to just go up and down in the middle.  My husband had the same reaction as I did, saying it looked like the ocean waves.

The back, this is turned from the front so the wavy lines in the middle are looking horizontal.

Stippling.  I love how this turned out, and the nice thing about stippling is I can go all over and not worry about hitting an exact line or ditch.  With doing the all over technique, I'm not worried about the batting separating either.  There is plenty of stitching to hold it in place.

Stippling back.  Looking forward to washing this one too, it looks so cuddly. 

That is it.  Thirteen blocks.  Pieced.  Quilted.  Ready to assemble.  Just noticed, this is a good shot for Meijer. LOL

Check back to watch the assembly of this quilt.  

Happy Reading! 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

My 2015 Project - Block 12

Finally, the last block or is it. The pattern calls for twelve different blocks, 42 blocks total, making a quilt that is 6 blocks by 7 blocks.  This is block twelve, the last block in the pattern.  A chopped wonky star.  

The pattern was on four separate sheets of paper and I had to line them up and tape them together. That was a little stressful getting them lined up.  The pattern measured twelve inches by twelve inches.  I also had four pieces of fabric the same size, two of  each color. I put the pattern on the stack of fabric, then cut on the lines shown.

Mixed the colors up to make two orange stars with black back ground and two black stars with orange back ground.  Onto the sewing it back together.

At this point of sewing the pieces together, I realized that I made a mistake.  The large center should have been the opposite color than the points.  Too late now, my stars will all be the same color because I am not a fan of pulling out stitches, and I don't have much of the material left to start over.

All done.  It is not a perfect star, but it is not supposed to be. This was a fun block to do, mostly because it is not exact.

The finished blocks.  I did not take pictures of the pre-quilting drawings this time.  I think I am getting anxious to finish this quilt.

Lines and wavy lines.  I liked doing the wavy lines more than the straight lines.

The spiral, with circles and pebbles.  I like the way the curved lines on the points came out, but that spiral needs some serious help. See the back below.

This is a the back of the next star.

I had this all drawn out, but when I started to sew it was too confusing trying to follow the lines.  So I would sew one point down to the center and back up, the next point I would sew partially down and back up.  I love the way this looks.

This is the same star.  It amazes me how different it looks by just turning the block.  This one really looks like a wonky star.  I will have to turn some of the stars on the quilt when I piece it together.

Circle around the star, squiggly lines in the points and stippling in the center.  I love the stippling, so far that is my favorite quilting to do.  I do love the u-shaped squiggly lines too.

The back.
Well, this is not the last block.  I had several 'practice' blocks that I decided to put into the quilt, so to make it 7 blocks by 7 blocks I need 3 more blocks.  Check back soon to see the extra blocks.  

This pattern is from the Building Blocks Quilt by Leah Day. 
Happy Reading!