Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Done: Guild Mystery Quilt

I completed my AQG Mystery Project by the deadline of the April meeting. I was pleased with how the final quilt turned out. I am going to call this quilt Laissez les bons temps rouler because of the Cajun food themed fabric.
Finished AQG Mystery Quilt 2014
I sewed the binding down on the back by machine, which I had not tried before. It wasn't as fast as I thought it would be because I had to do a lot of pinning to make sure it was strait as I sewed from the top side. On a wall hanging where you won't see the back I would use the technique again. It leaves a little flap on the edge of the binding which I don't love and wouldn't want on a quilt that was going to be handled. I did the quilting on this using a fill design my friend Lisa used on one of her quilts recently as well as loops and continuous curves. I like the continuous curve design in the triangles but definitely need more practice at it. I have a schnibble in progress that is mostly these same stars so I may use the continuous curves design on that quilt.
Quilting details from Mystery Quilt
This was one of my Q2 goals for the Finish-Along at The Littlest Thistle.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along - The Top

The Sassy Quilter is hosting a Triangle Quilt Along and this week the assignment is to join the rows.  I got all the rows sewn together and the edges trimmed to complete my top yesterday. 
Completed Quilt Top
This was the first time I had worked with 60-degree triangles and I learned several things:
  • Starching the fabric definitely helps keep things square (I should have used more than I did)
  • I should have paid attention to which way I was pressing the seams in the triangles. Some of them snuggled together beautifully when I put the rows together, others were lumpy and annoying.
  • Fewer directional fabrics would be better -- I had several and keeping them all going the right direction limited my ability to switch things around once I had made sets of 4 triangles.
  • You have to use a lot of pins to put the rows together accurately and the pinning part is very tedious.
This project was a stash buster for me, all the fabrics (and the thread) that I used were left over from other things. More photos of the whole process are on Flickr. April 25 is the triangle extravaganza when the quilts should be all done (we have a week off for quilting).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along -- Rows

The Sassy Quilter is hosting a Triangle Quilt Along and this week the assignment is to piece the rows
I sewed all but 12 of my triangles into pairs and then sewed the pairs together into sets of 4. The first pair I put together didn't have the 1/4" allowance it was supposed to along the top edge so I had to redo it. After looking at the pictures again I got the hang of it and the sets went together just fine. I laid everything out to figure out the arrangement of the sets of 4 into rows and am still fussing a bit with that. I have completed one of the rows and hope to finish the rest tonight.
Row #1

Monday, April 7, 2014

Finish Along - Q2

I decided that setting some goals to finish some stuff would be good for me so I am linking up with the Finish-Along at The Littlest Thistle. I need to declare projects that I will finish between April 2014 and July 6, 2014. I don't want to be too ambitious as quilting is fun and I don't want to ruin that by having too many deadlines. However, a little accountability is a good thing.

Here is my list for 2014 Q2:
  • Complete my Guild Mystery project (partly quilted -- need to show in April)
  • Complete William's quilt (pieced and awaiting pin basting)
  • Make one purse (I have several started, I need to finish one)
  • Complete the zoo baby quilt (basted and ready to quilt)
  • Make green skirt (fabric and a pattern in a bag waiting to be cut)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finished: Sam's Quilt

Syncopated Ribbons for Sam
I made this quilt using purple scraps and one fabric (the swirly purple in the borders) to provide a little unity. I did the machine quilting with variegated purple thread. I quilted it following the strong diagonal lines and if I make this pattern again (which I might) I won't bother with that as it was a pain to keep my place and it doesn't really show anyway. An overall quilting pattern would have worked just as well and been easier.

The pattern is Syncopated Ribbons (from EvaPaige Quilt Designs) and I mostly followed it. The major change I made was in the corner blocks. The pattern has the lines of foundation pieced strips crossing and I changed it so they made a 90-degree corner instead.
Modified corner block on Sam's Quilt

This is a twin size quilt and is for my niece, Sam.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along - Cutting

204 Equilateral Green Triangles Cut at 6"
The Sassy Quilter is hosting a Triangle Quilt Along and this week the assignment is to cut the triangles
I cut 204 triangles from my various green fabrics, there are more of some than from others depending on how much of a given fabric I had on hand. I did try starching them (with Best Press lavender scented starch) which made them hold up nicely. I didn't do a ton of starch, but enough to give a bit more body to the fabric. I used a triangle ruler and that made the cutting go very quickly. I listened to one episode of Books on the Nightstand and one of Fuhmentaboudit! and I was done.