15 Minutes of Play, a la Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who I saw but didn't meet, sadly, at the Schaumburg Quilt Expo a couple of weeks ago. I have 13 6-inch squares so far. Aiming for 20 to make a baby quilt for our new nephew, due this summer.
If you haven't tried this method, I recommend it strongly. It's a great way to use up too-small-for-anything-else scraps of fabrics you love. And it's a great excuse to organize your stash. It's also super fun, there's no math or pre-planning - both weaknesses of mine - and you end up with beautiful, original all-you squares that are fun and unique. And free!
Yesterday I ventured to JoAnn fabrics to get some sashing fabric and was pleased to discover a larger collection of better-quality fabrics such as some by Denyse Schmidt. I love this quiet print, which has circles AND dots, what could be better? I'd buy it in every color available. They're not cheap, so use your coupons. But with all the money you're saving making your own fabric, you can afford to splurge now and then. :-)
thinking about adding little white posts at the intersections of those blocks...
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Now for the sashing and posts. I started quilting them with a simple kite design, and I was happy with the parts in the white fabric. But on the posts, which are darker-colored Kona fabrics, the stitching didn't look as nice, almost like the tension was off, but it had been fine in the white sections. So I pondered this situation while I cleaned my house, and voila, it came to me: rather than constantly adjusting the tension and rassling with the quilt, abandon FMQing the inside of the quilt, and do straight lines or zig-zag a quarter inch or so away from the seams in the sashing. This solution is a big relief, because I would like to finish this quilt soon. On another happy note, I started quilting kite strings with bows on the outer border and it is really easy, fun, and pretty. I have used this approach before with larger quilts (FMQ in the outer areas, regular quilting in the middle where it's a wrestling-match with the quilt and constant adjustment is required. i.e., not fun) so maybe it is the best approach for me.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
...but we have fused ones! I made the top of this tiny quilt in a wonderful class taught by Laura Wasilowski, the queen of fused applique, quite a few years ago. At the time I was frustrated with free motion quilting and gave up on it for a while. I finally got around to finishing it today. Not perfect, but I enjoyed quilting it and even did a little more than I had intended, a good sign.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Jaybirdquilts. My only addition: make sure the width of your stripped section isn't wider than your cutting edge/ruler or it is difficult to cut the binding-width pieces off easily, and cursing may result. I also varied the width of my strips a little, from 2 inches to 3 or so. For the record, bias binding isn't just for when you're going around curves (which i have yet to do on a quilt). It is also the strongest kind of binding you can use, and is a good choice for quilts that will be heavily used such as baby or kid quilts. Plus, I just think it looks nice.