Last Saturday I went to a quilt show here in Hartselle, AL with Ada and Donna. It was a good little show with lots of inspiration. One of the quilts that made me say I want to do that, was one made by Terri Stover. Terri took my beginning quilting class when I taught at Quilters Refuge. It really made me proud to see some of her work years later. It was a very intricate pattern that she said was made with just one block. After studying it a while we found the block.
I made two blocks and then remembered that this was a Thangles pattern that I also taught at Quilters Refuge.
I think the Thangles pattern called for 2 1/2 inch finished blocks using 3 inch strips, but I had a new jelly roll of brights that I thought would look good in this pattern. This will make my blocks a little smaller than Terrie's but that's okay with me.
Later Saturday afternoon I was talking with Ada about another quilt in the show that had really gotten both our attentions and before we got off the phone I was in the closet pulling fabric. See this is how I get in trouble and end up with so many UFO's. The quilt was blocks set on point with zig zag sashing between. After examining the block we discovered it was a disappearing nine patch using smaller squares. We estimated 3 1/2 inch squares. The best thing I discovered or remembered in my stash was a bunch of pink and brown squares left from a previous quilt. I had cut way too many squares. They were 4 inch squares that I made 3 inch finished half square triangles. I decided to just work with 4 inch squares and have a little larger block rather than cut them down. This quilt maker had used the same center and middle blocks. So this is what I chose. I have enough for one row 83 inches long plus part of the second row done.
- Happy quilting!!!!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Posted by Teresaquilts at 9:20 AM
Friday, November 1, 2013
I finished this little baby quilt a few weeks ago. It was a pretty complicated pattern and I was really glad that I had decided to only do a small quilt. Don't think I will do this pattern again. I am still debating adding a border. Right now it measure 41 x 49 inches. I don't know if adding a border will benefit the pattern or take away from it.
When cutting for this quilt I cut lots of different 2 1/2 inch strips for variety. I only used 4 or 5 2 1/2 inch squares from each strip, so I had a lot left over. I had wanted to do the x's and 4-patch from Missouri Star so I thought this was a good start. I did add a few more strips with the yellow solid background, and this is what I got.
This one measures 49 x 65 inches. At first I thought I would add another border but now I think I will leave it like it is.
I am working tonight but off tomorrow and plan to go to the New Beginnings quilt show in Hartselle. Happy November to all.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 10:44 AM
Saturday, October 12, 2013
We saw a lot of beautiful quilts yesterday and of course there were several I now want to try. One was a lot of cheddar brown and black, very earthy. Another was a Bonnie Hunter pattern that I have yet to try.
It was great seeing folks that I haven't seen in quite a while. Had lunch with Ivy and Edna then we went back to the show to finish viewing and check out the vendors. Have to work tonight so have a good one all.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 8:47 AM
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
I thought I would spend a little time on this Christmas Star this morning since I didn't go in to work until 2 pm. I added two more blocks and was really liking how both the red and the green chain through the quilt. So I made three more blocks but something just didn't look right. Check out the bottom right corner.
It looks like this when it should look like this.
I had to rip it out not on just one block but all three. Not a very productive morning, guess I should have just worked on the green four patch units or the red and neutral half square triangles. Something with less thinking involved. Hope this isn't an indication of how the rest of my day is going to go.
Good luck to all and wish for me a better day.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 9:11 AM
Monday, September 30, 2013
This is an overall look at my design wall, yes there is a lot going on there. After my clean up Friday morning I wanted some sew time. I knew I really needed to finish several things but last Saturday Faye had shared this pattern I think it was called Charming Addition from American Patchwork magazine. Everyone knows I like a challenge and a puzzle, well this one fits the bill.
I was reading Jo's Country Junction blog and she showed Kelli's Christmas Star again. A simple pattern but very striking. Half the pattern is green and neutral four patches, mindless sewing. So pull out the 2 1/2 inch strip drawer and start strip piecing (something I couldn't do in the above quilt). As I am sub-cutting the first strip I start thinking I have already started this quilt , I just know I have but I didn't see it in my cleaning Friday. Keep cutting more convinced I have this already started somewhere. Start digging through boxes again and I am right. I have three blocks done and parts and pieces for several others, not the whole quilt so even with the strips I have done this weekend I will still need more. I put four blocks together so that you can see the pattern.
I really like how both the red and green chain though out the quilt. Check out Jo's blog to see the whole quilt or wait for me to finish it down the road.
Looking at the wide angle view of my design wall I know there are several other confessions I could make, but not at this time.
Hope to find a little time to sew this week and I wish you all the same.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 4:11 AM
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I was off work last Friday and on Thursday night I told Johnny "if I don't change my mind, I am going to clean off my ironing station." He wasn't too optimistic about the idea, says I have said that before. Here is what it looked like.
Have a good weekend.
Have a good weekend.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 12:01 PM
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Have a busy week ahead but with a bright light at the end of the week, a stitch day with friends. Now just to plan what I will work on for the day. Not sure if I will take my machine or do some handwork of a couple of different projects. We will see as the week goes on how much prep work I get to do.
Have a good week.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 6:10 PM