Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I have decided to make the mystery quilt a king size so it is back to making all the basic units. I have enough of all units to make about 6 of each but need a lot more. Trying to organize them in this basket.
I use Thangles to make the half square triangles need for the pinwheel and bird in the air blocks.
The neutral 54-40 blocks have been a lot easier than I thought they would be.
The red 54-40 are used in the pieced border. Trying to make a few along the way to keep a variety in the dark wings of them.
The four patch unit is the easiest but I am running out of the right shades of red and green.
The bird in the air block deals with a lot of bias edges and uses more of the black fabric. I hope I have enough. Would hate to have to go shopping, laugh if you must.
I could not get the computer to upload my photo of the chevron block, can't figure that out. However it is I guess the most time consuming of the different units, just ahead of the bird in the air unit.
This quilt will take some time. I only sew on it a few hours a week, so this may be a year long process. Longer if I get sidetracked.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 7:51 AM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
We had a great day stitching last Saturday at the Courthouse, the only problem was I let Ada talk me into bringing the tub of 6 inch squares home with me. Now remember we have already made at least 3 quilts from this tub maybe 4 or even 5, but the tub will still barely close. We made the other quilts using the disappearing nine patch so I thought I wanted to do something different this time. I got to looking through some books and saw this block in a Nickle Quilts book. It called for one 5 1/2 inch color square and four 3 inch white squares. Since a lot of those 6 inch squares weren't exactly square this would work. Plus a lot of those squares are pretty ugly so this cuts them down to a smaller size. I tried to choose some that read as solids and with a nice contrast to the white. We will have to find some pattern that cuts them even smaller for those real ugly ones.
These are waiting on the second white square to finish the goose.
Posted by Teresaquilts at 11:03 AM
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I know it has been a long time since I posted here and a lot has been going on in my life. I will talk more about that later maybe. I have finely gotten some time to sew on Bonnie's mystery. If you look close you will see a little difference. I completely turned one block around when putting it together and just love the difference.
This is how the block is supposed to be done.
This is what you get if you turn the chevron unit around. I really like it and Johnny says he likes it better the the original.
I like how it cleans up or strengthen the white background. The diamond is more distinct.
Turning the gold part of the chevron out makes the diamond kind of choppy. I have debated maybe putting the original block around the outside or just rip apart. I have only done 5. I have also been debating making it the king size. My concern is having enough of the black that I used to replace the blue in Bonnie's quilt. I used dark reds to replace orange and gold for the yellow. The greens leaned more to the dark blue green side. I may have to go bumming from my stitching buds on the black.
Looking forward to Saturday's stitch group. Hope the weather warms up some or that old building will be cold. I plan to take a quilt that needs binding so at least I will have something to cover up with.
Stay warm and happy stitching.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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!!!!
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