When I’m not sewing I’m usually looking for inspiration. Tonight after packing I spent a little time searching for antique quilts on eBay. Somehow I don’t think this qualifies as an antique but I’ve saved the photo for inspiration as I’ve had one of these spool type quilts on my list for a while. I’m thinking it could be made with a Jelly Roll or 2.5 inch strips from stash and the Companion Angle Ruler but I’m not sure if I have that ruler or where it might be. I’ll look at Big Canoe and if I find it I’ll make a block or two to test it.
To answer some questions about the UFO I pin basted yesterday … the block used is called Mary’s Triangles or shaded 4 patch and while it can be pieced with triangles, there is also a method of piecing it that makes two blocks at one time and does not use triangles.
I originally learned the method in the book called Triangle Tricks which also gives you a table for making blocks of all sizes. The tutorials I found online and posted back in 2008 are no longer there so I did a quick search and found these two but I’d suggest you save or print them out in case they disappear also. It’s the same block, just two different tutorials.
This was my planned quilt …
I put the pieces away and never got back to it after finishing the top left and the bottom right sections. At Big Canoe last summer, I pulled them out and put borders on the larger section which made a nice size lap quilt – it’s now ready for quilting and I thought it might be nice as a wheelchair quilt for a veteran. The smaller section will be a doll quilt when finished.
How about a RWB version?
I was doing well for a while – going to bed and getting up at somewhat normal times but this week I’ve been unable to fall asleep until very late and each day gets worse until here I am sitting up at 6:20am not having slept at all. Sleeping today won’t be a problem but I won’t be able to sleep in the rest of the week. UGH!
Since I couldn’t sleep I played around with some quilt ideas on the iPad. I wrote that when I buy dies, I think about sizes that can be used together. Tonight I paired the half rectangle and chisel dies – they both finish at 3×6 so the blocks would finish at 12 inches.
You could also pair the half rectangle with the 3×6 finished rectangle for a simpler, funky pinwheel.
I had a lazy morning around here and need to get to work … last night I intended to pin baste this top after Keith left but I forgot the guest bedroom only has a small bedside lamp so I decided it could wait until today. I do need to get it done because I have a cleaning service coming Wednesday and company coming Friday so the table has to come down before then.
Along with the HSTs for the Dutch Windmill quilt, I’ve been cutting small rectangles on the electric GO for a second quilt. I made a RWB brick quilt a couple years ago – or should I say top? It hasn’t been quilted yet! It was based on an antique quilt and I always intended to make a more colorful child’s quilt so while I have the fat quarters out, I’m cutting 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles. Of course, this is an easy one to strip piece too but this fits my leftover fat quarter pieces perfectly and I get 8 rectangles which is just what I need per block. I’m also thinking I’ll make the background scrappy and by cutting the rectangles I can mix them up more. There are similar modern quilts out there and I bet you could find them with a google search but I prefer to go my TouchDraw app and draft one myself.
I’ve still got such a mess in my office area and the more I do the worse it gets! Yesterday, I had a couple appointments and worked on the computer a while trying to finalize a log cabin design for Mom. She’s not crazy about the flower design I’ve chosen for the center so she’ll probably use something else but I love those tulips! I’m visiting her in a few weeks and taking the fabric so we can get this one cut out and started. I was kind of lazy and didn’t redraw the Log Cabin block with a smaller center but that piece will be the same size as the other logs.
I’m heading to the sewing room now to work on sewing those tumbler rows together. They’re going a lot faster than I expected. I guess I’ll have to cut some more scraps for another one of these. Not sure why I waited two years to sew this one together either!
I’m more than halfway home and while I was tired after 9 hours behind the wheel it was too early to sleep so I played around in my TouchDraw app and drafted a red/white/blue quilt. When I make this, it will be scrappy.
Churn Dash with Chain – without borders – 9 inch finished blocks
I’ve been playing with Churn Dash designs and a few weeks ago worked up a little one for Mom to make.
I did post some VERY brief notes on the quilt on my website if you’re interested in what size blocks/strips/borders we used. The finished quilt is approximately 41 x 52 inches
So I’m away from my machine for a while but that doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas for quilts. I’ve never made a Sister’s Choice quilt but one day I want to. I saw this one on eBay – two things jumped out at me – first the block with the error … (can you find it?) second, because the blocks are all one color they kind of run together which I don’t really like.
Here’s a link to a free Sister’s Choice pattern on the Fat Quarter Shop site which I like better but I don’t like to sash quilts (I’m lazy).
So here’s one of my options – no sashing and the blocks don’t run together! If I end up making this quilt, I’d use more than three fabrics and might use more than three colors too but it’s easier to design in a limited color scheme on the iPad.
My sister decided she wanted a churn dash quilt after seeing the child size one I pieced.
I bought Mom the 9 inch Churn Dash GO die (My blocks were 12 inches) and I’m going to send them these three photos to see which one they want me to write up.