Sunday, May 25, 2014

Strip Club Quilt

I attended the first strip club at a LQS and came home and thought I have all these strips I have been sorting out by size I should see what I have and I had more than enough that went together to make a throw size of the quilt. I spent one night cutting them all to size and then started piecing away.  The quilt pattern is called         by Cozy Quilts and is really a very simple one to sew.  I did have a couple of false starts because I forgot to measure my strips and picked up the wrong ones to start sewing 2.5" squares to the end so had to a little frogging, but over all the quilt top went together easily.

I picked the two print fabrics because the colors were similar and then dug through the scraps to find strips that went with them.   I dug through my light scraps to pick the background strips and made it scrappy. All the 1.5" strips are left from a previous quilt that I cut way more than I needed as it was scrappy.  I did pull out the accent fabric from my stash and cut the squares for it, but everything else came from the scrap pile, except the border.  My husband picked the accent fabric from an assortment I gave him to choose from because he liked that it had colors in it that went with the colors I had picked for the strips.

I know some people will not call this a scrap quilt because it is not scrappy enough, but I consider it a scrap quilt because all the pieces came from my scraps. The borders and accent fabric are left overs from backing another quilt so they were in my scrap bag to be cut down to usable pieces.

I've had fun looking at the quilt and remembering other quilts and bags I have made using the same fabrics.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Troublesome Purple and Green Mystery Quilt

This quilt was a New Year's Mystery quilt designed by a local quilt teacher and it was full of trouble. To begin with she gave us the wrong cutting directions so some parts had to be recut.

If you could measure this you would see that the four patches are 1" finished and the other squares are 2" finished. When given the directions we were told to cut 1.5" strips and 4.5" squares and to use the 1/5" strips to make four patches like 40 0f each color way.  

When we got to class and she discovered the mistake she told us to re do the four patches using 2.5" strips.  Now for some people this was a huge problem as they did not have more fabric than what she originally told us to use, so they did not have enough. Her solution was to tell us to cut down the 4.5" squares into 2.5" squares. I had extra fabric as I bought enough to make the quilt queen sized, just in case I really like it, but after all the time it took to make the four patches I decided to just cut 2.5" squares and call it good rather than redo the four patches.

As we worked through the steps and put the blocks together I thought it was nice and I liked my color combination.  I made the number of blocks she said for the lap or throw size and put them together.  What I ended up with was a baby quilt, 32 x 36" without borders. 

I said no way, not for all that work, unless I was putting it away for a future grand baby, so I decided to make more blocks until I was happy with it.  I was definitely not going to make enough for a king size quilt. I added enough blocks to make the quilt 8 x 7 or 64" x 56", before adding the borders.

I also changed my mind about the border fabric that I had originally thought I would use and decided to use the fabrics I had used in the quilt to make a mitered border and I cut and sewed each on individually.  Later I discovered that I should have sewn all the strips together and then just mitered one time, which probably would  have helped solve the problem that Shirley had with quilting it.  She is a wonder and was able to stretch the corners and make them square for me. I think if I had done them all at once as mitered corners instead of border by border they may have been okay. Lesson learned for the next time.

Now Shirley is working her magic on my quilt and when it comes home I can bind it.  Even though this quilt has been trouble since the start, I still really like it.
Shirley did an awesome job quilting it.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spring Sewing

I have been busy with a long term sub job but also finding time to sew.  Since my last post I have made quite a bit of progress.

I finished the borders on two quilt and made the backings for four quilts.  I also took a Mariners Compass class and discovered that it is a lot easier to make than it looks. I have been busy sewing away on blocks.

This is a very old round-robin that I was in, one of two and the second one my quilt along with others was lost along the way.  I am not sure it I will ever do another unless I know the people participating very well, and have built up a lot of trust with them. I was a part of the group that I did this one with for a long time and had done several block swaps with them, but the second time I participated in around robin things were not good.  I am not sure what I will do with this quilt once it is done as I am not sure if I really like all the borders that were added to my block so I may gift or donate the quilt.
I do not have a picture of the other quilt but will post one in a future post.
This one is quilted and awaiting binding so I can get it the mail to its recipient. Shirley Jackson did a great job with the quilting.
I have completed ten Granny Square blocks. I was aiming for nine and got carried away so the extra one will go on the back of the quilt. I need to trim and sew the blocks together with sashing the same color as the background and then add a border. I am debating between a seminole style border or appliquéing vines.

I also started a quilt that has been on my bucket list forever ad that is the Mariners Compass. Below you will find one finished compass and three other compasses that are in progress. I am debating on whether to make it three by four  or three by three. I guess that will depend on how many compasses I decide to make.
This first one is laid out on the two fabrics I will use as backgrounds for the blocks and the center is not yet appliquéd.
The other three blocks that are in progress:
This one is the same as the first one.

I think this one is my favorite.
I have a few more to make and will be using one or two other fabrics in the compass points, but these doe aa great job of showing off the fanris if I do say so myself.
I also finished my second set of black and white split nines to swap and need to get them in the mail asap,