Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Blackbird Gathering quilt top and my new quilting frame

Hi everyone,

I've been pretty productive lately. 
Today, I got block #4 and #5 of the Blackbird Gathering quilt designed by Cheri Payne prepped for hand stitching. 
I also made the log cabin blocks that are part of the pattern. I made them in the style of courthouse steps instead. I got the top all sewn together. 

I love how is turning out. 
I'll stitch the last two blocks, then I'll be able to quilt it. 

In other news, I bought a second hand Gracie quilting frame. 
It's the first version of this frame. 
I finally set it up in my sewing room today. I had to rearrange all my stuff to make it fit. I haven't tried it yet. But hopefully I'll be able to try it out soon. 

Right now it's great to hang Quilts in progress. I hope you all had a great weekend. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

My scrappy medallion quilt - round 1 done

So here it is. 
The first round of my scrappy medallion quilt is done. 
Now to come up with the second round. 


Friday, October 21, 2016

Scrappy Medallion Quilt Along.....join me!!

Hi everyone, 

I was doing some mindless sewing a few nights ago. I grabbed my cut 1 1/2 inch blocks and sorted them by colour. Then I started sewing them into 16-patch blocks .

These blocks are only 4 1/2 inches, and will finish at 4 inches. 
I was trying to think about how I was going to use these blocks. I thought maybe I should use them in a medallion quilt. My quilt guild is making medallion quilts this year for our BOM. We all design our own. So I thought I might as well make one too. 

So, I'll share my process on my blog here. If you want to join me and make a similar quilt that would be great. 
This is going to be a rainbow coloured scrappy medallion quilt. 
I'm going to use only scraps. 
Some of my scraps are pre cut to 1 1/2 inch squares and strips, 2 1/2 inch squares and strips, plus organized by colour. 

This is what I have up to now.

The Maple leaf blocks are made up of 2.5 inch blocks and HST's.

I'm going to assume that whoever follows along has done a lot of quilting already.
That's why they have so many scraps.
So, I'm not going to go into major detail about the construction.

For the maple leaf blocks, select four colours that you want to use for the leaf.
I chose green, orange, red and brown.
I also chose to use a medium blue for the backgrounds of the leaves.
From my scraps I cut:
 3 - 2.5 inch blocks of the chosen colour
I used the easy angle ruler to make my HST's from 2.5 inch fabric strips.
I made 4 hst's for each maple leaf.
If you don't have the easy angle ruler, cut 2 -  2 7/8th squares, one from your coloured fabric and one background fabric and lay them facing together.
Cut them on the diagonal and sew a 1/4 seam on the diagonal line.
I press my seams open on hst's
For the stem, I cut a 3 inch square of background fabric and cut it diagonal.
I also cut a 0.75x5 inch strip out of the leaf colour fabric.
I sewed the strip to the diagonal seam of the cut 3 inch triangle, iron the seam and sew the other triangle on to the strip, iron the seam and trim square to 2.5 inches.
Your maple leaf block should be 6.5 inches.

For the 16-patch blocks, I used 1.5 inch squares. I sewed them together into four patches, then those 4-patch together to make 16-patch blocks.
These are made mostly of 16 different fabrics.
Some of my blocks have repeat fabrics because I don't have a lot of that colour in my stash.
I have 8 colours of 16-patch blocks.
They are black, brown, green, blue, yellow, orange, red, and purple.
I have made one of most of the colours except the purple.
I'm working on it though.
You will need two 16-patch blocks of each of the above colours.

Now, lets say you don't keep scraps that are 1.5 inches because you find that too small.
That's okay. Just make 4 patch blocks in the above  colours using 2.5 inch squares.

They need to be 4.5 inches in size.

I hope you understand my instructions. Lol! 
I also hope you join in sewing along with me. I'm designing the quilt as I go. So when I get to the next step I'll post it here on my blog. Have fun!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My blackbirds quilt

Today, I worked on my blackbirds quilt designed by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. 
I have the top almost done. 
I only need to add the borders. 

I think it's so cute. 
I work the next two days. Hopefully I can finish it up on the weekend. 

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