Check out what everyone did on their DP projects last week!
I didn't expect to make a lot of progress this week with that darned cold. That thing lasted 10 days and really slowed me down. I slept at least 9 hours every night. During one of the football games this week I did sit down to sew a few DP blocks. The game was kind of dull so I kept going and got all of them sewn together! They aren't trimmed or ironed but they will be this weekend.
Meanwhile I needed to settle on a design. One thing is for sure this quilt cannot be made up of circles. My blocks aren't reliably symmetrical and trying to match up seams for circles would be a nightmare. I saw Julie's quilt and liked what she did a lot.
I could do that with a border. With the number of blocks I have my quilt will be about 48 x 55. I kept playing around in EQ and found a couple more options.
Here they are set straight. This is kind of interesting. Of course I'd put the top row at the bottom. I didn't catch that mistake until I loaded the image here!
Then I started playing around with an on point layout. This was intriguing. This is what I'd have to do with an odd number of blocks.
With an even number of blocks it might look like this. With this one I felt I was on the right track.
Wouldn't it be cool with a gradient effect? I'm not going to do that but I do like it.
Mine will be scrappy and I think I will like it a lot! I have plenty of the background fabric to make setting triangles and even add a border if I want. I'll see how far I can get with this by next Friday. I'd love to get the top together so I can start sewing the 9 million blocks I have for the brown quilt.
Share your link below on your progress on your quilt. At the end of December I'll draw a name from all of the participants for one big prize drawing.
When I showed my Zombie ball quilt last week I mentioned that I finished it with a facing. One of my blog friends asked how I did that. If nothing else, I'm here to please! Today I have a tutorial for how to face a quilt.
Here's the faced backing of Zombie Ball. A facing is a great alternative to binding on art quilts. I wouldn't recommend it for a bed quilt or quilt that's going to be used and washed often. I think that a faced edge would wear faster than the quilt.
Here's a little quilt that I faced for the tutorial. If you want to see how it's done you can download the tutorial here.
I shared my Zombie Ball quilt last week. Since Cotton Club is offering kits for this quilt I'm sharing a tutorial for how I made it. It's so simple that this won't take long at all!
For this quilt I used 2.5 yards of Blue Cascade for the background and about 1 1/4 yards each of Pink and Lime Wings.
If you are making this quilt I assume that you already know the basics of Paula Nadelstern's kaleidoscope techniques using templates and understanding symmetry of the fabric prints. I'm only going to be showing you things that are specific to this quilt.
The quilt is based on the Drunkard's Path block. Each block finished to 6". You can draft your own or do what I did and print out this one from Electric Quilt. If you draft your own draw a 6" square and then draw an arc with a 4 1/2" radius. Add 1/4" seam allowances to the pieces and you are ready to get started.
Well almost! First you have to create templates. You will need one for the quarter circle, one for the background and then a half-background for the 4 corner blocks. To make that one cut the background paper template in half on the diagonal and add seam allowance on the cut edge.
I have 1 new tip for using these plastic templates. If you make these quilts you already know that you have to make a template for every piece. While making this quilt I figured out how to reuse my templates! I use black Sharpie (or other permanent marker) on one side to mark the seam allowance and center on the diagonal. These lines will be used to position the template on the fabric. Flip the template over so that the black ink is against the fabric. Use another color Sharpie marker to mark the placement lines for each individual piece. After you have cut the 4 pieces for 1 ball erase the positioning marks with rubbing alcohol! I used 1 template for all 9 balls in this quilt.
I don't have an in process photo of me cutting out the balls but I used 2 colors of Wings and cut 4 identical pieces. You can see in the quilt photo how I positioned the colors to make it look like there was an orange overlay. I cut all 4 pieces for one block, cleaned the template and them cut the next one. I did this until I had 9 different balls. Just be aware of the template placement so that the diagonal center line of the template is on the center of a motif so that each piece is symmetrical on it's own.
The magic for this quilt comes in the background pieces because they are all cut from one fabric.
You will need 16 identical pieces for the center blocks. This photo shows you how I cut them from the middle of the fabric. This is why you need 2.5 yards! I did mark some postioning lines to make sure I kept the template straight. Because I was very careful with the alignment of the black and lime lines in the middle everything met up perfectly when the blocks went together a created a wonderful secondary pattern.
The 16 side blocks are cut from this part of the fabric. For these I did not mark guidelines. I cut a 6 1/2" strips making sure that the strip was centered. Cut 8 and then flip the template and cut 8 more. You need 8 mirror image pairs.
For the 4 corners you need to use the corner template and cut 4 on each side of the template because you need mirror images for this too.
The quilt is 6 blocks by 6 blocks. Here's a photo of part of it arranged and ready for sewing.
I pinned my blocks in the center, at the edges and once between the center and edges. I found that sewing them with the background piece on top was the easiest for me.
I spent three days looking at this quilt and trying to figure out the binding. Eventually I realized that it really didn't need (and wouldn't benefit from) binding.
I'm quick like that. Only 3 days!
A facing was the right answer because that print that I used in the outer blocks created the perfect edge. I used a different fabric for the facing because I had it but there's enough of the Cascade left to use that for the facing.
Tomorrow I'll share a tutorial for how I do a facing on a quilt.
My cold seems to be finally lifting today. I still have some laryngitis but that's normal for me. When I lose my voice it's sometimes for weeks. The best part is that my asthma is much better. I'm glad we can't pass body viruses over the web because I'd hate for anyone else to get this cold. It's a brutal one.
But a cold isn't going to keep a quilter down! I had a darned productive weekend. Today I'll share the longarm-related activities. I'm actually going to see if I can make Monday focused almost solely on longarm activities because it seems that I'll have more to share now that I actually enjoy it again! I tell you there's a huge difference between making myself quilt for an hour a day and trying to limit myself to an hour a day!
When I look at what I do in a day it seems that I'm really ADD but I think I just like working in increments. If I try to do piecing for hours or longarm quilting for hours or hand sewing for hours I inevitably wind up with back pain or tendinitis. Working in hourish increments, I think, makes me more productive in the long run.
So, here's part of what I did this weekend.
I got the binding cut and sewn onto this little quilt. It's my first quilt on FloMo and I got half of the hand stitching done while watching the Eagles lose yesterday. I'm glad I had this to do because it was a stressful game and without hand sewing I would have eaten my way through it.
Saturday morning I finished up the quilting on this HSTeria quilt. It's now ready for binding. This quilt doesn't have a destination yet so it might take a while to get the binding done.
Here's a closer view of the quilting to hold you until this quilt gets it beauty shots when it's done. This one was so much fun to quilt. I loved every minute of it.
Here's the next one up. I made this quilt for myself. It will hang in our bedroom where the walls are kind of a burnt orange color. I'm doing a lot of SID work first.
Have I told you enough times how much I love this machine? I can almost do the SID work without a ruler, that's how much control I have over the placement of every single stitch! Oh, and the stitches. They are so perfect! I'm so happy.
This week I'll be sharing the tutorial for my Zombie Ball quilt and a few other projects that I have been working on. I'm also making good progress on my Drunkard's Path quilt....finally!