Since a few days I have been working on a double quilt with Dresden Plates for Joan. This quilt is for her favorite cousin and she choose fabrics in warm autumn colors. I shall sew it in QAYG technique, quilting each block separately and sewing the quilted blocks together. The quilt has a total of 16 Dresden Plate blocks, each finished size 20″ x 20″.
After cutting all the fabrics I started with piecing :
Cutting of the tips to turn over the seam :
Everything prepared for piecing :
Sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing :
All 16 blocks done! I am still not sure about the size of the dark red circle in the center. Should it be 3,75″ or 4,5″? What do you think? The Dresden Plate itself is 17,5″.
Happy Sunday, we have hot summer weather and the beach is not far away!
Whilst searching the internet where to buy a ruler for Dresdner Plate blocks, I stumbled over Lils Twister Tool. The quilts made with the twister caught my eye and I couldn’t resist not to order this simple, but effective tool to make pinwheels. I was always happy with my standard rectangular and square rulers, so I never looked for something else. I found a nice tutorial at Quilting Linda for a Christmas wreath block made with the twister tool and I really liked it. So last week my parcel from Creative Grids finally arrived and I have worked on some blocks. I am aware, that all quilts made with the twister are easy to recognize, but the design is so outstanding (at least for me) that it doesn’t bother me. Here the two blocks : a Christmas wreath and a block using fabrics by Kaffe Fassett :
Fabric requirements for the Kaffe Fassett block, finished size 18″ x 18″ :
- 12 green 5″ square
- 12 red 5″ squares
- 1 yellow 5″ square
- 4 strips 3,5″ wide in yellow for the border (Kona Solid Corn Yellow)
Here the first step : arrange your 5″ squares as desired, piece and press all seams open.
Add the borders and press seams open :
Now we need the twister tool. It comes with a good explanation how to use it. Top left you can see the “newly” cut squares with the pinwheel effect.
Here a cutting detail :
Place the cut squares in the same order as cut and you can automatically see the pattern. Piece once more and that is it!
Here my Christmas wreath, size 27″ x 27″ – a table runner or wall hanging :
Have nice weekend and thanks for stopping, Barbora
My friend Irena has done some house refurbishing and asked me if I could make her a table runner. So last week we got the colors sorted, I bought some fat quarters by Moda Fabrics and found a nice pattern on the web by Modify Tradition. This is how my design wall looked earlier this week :
I am preparing a Dresden Plate design for patchwork classes and shall make a pillow cover out of it. Following the finished table runner, size 21″ x 36″ :
Quilted with the walking foot, straight lines in diagonal and some squares, detail :
There is some more work waiting for me – pieced units for a new quilt :
and leftover half-square triangles ready to press from the Swoon quilt for Mary :
Something for the belly – I have opened the jam making season with medlar or loquat and the first apricots :
And something for the eye – my flowering orchids :
Happy sewing, thanks for stopping and till next time,
First of all : Happy Easter to all.
I have enjoyed the extended weekend (Friday and Monday are holidays here) and did some quilting for Mary. She has pieced the Swoon stars and I quilted them for here one by one. The blocks are free-motion quilted with meanders using Gutermann Sulky cotton thread. Another QAYG project. This time I had a helping hand from Strubbel – he collected thread pieces that landed on the floor.
Attaching the binding. I use the ironing board as an extra table on the left side. This quilt is 84″ x 84″ – so there is some material to move!
Hurray – I have finished the quilt. Unfortunately it is too windy today to take a picture of the quilt outside in the garden.
Mary also pieced some pillow covers that match here quilt she got for Christmas. I quilted them with straight lines using the walking foot.
Next week I shall have time to carry on with my quilting project.
Thanks for stopping, Barbora
Time goes by so quickly. Somehow I can’t imagine that it has been more than a month since I wrote my last post. I came back from Prague with a cold that stayed with me very persistently for nearly 3 weeks.
Spring is always a busy time : not only in my working life, but also in private. The house needs a spring clean-up. The dog needs some extra grooming. The garden needs more attention as usual – we did not have any rain for a very long period, it is the driest winter since 150 years.
But I have been more active on Instagram. I have enjoyed taking photos, sharing them with others and looking for new people to follow.
My patchwork and quilting is on the hold at the moment. I have helped Janet with basting her quilt. On this occasion I would like to share with you photos of Janet’s second large quilt. Janet retired a few years ago and she came to live here in Spain. She started quilting just a year ago, without having any big sewing experience. Both of her large quilts she made are in QAYG (quilt as you go) technique. The Lone Star block is the centerpiece of the quilt and is already 60″ x 60″ big.
When she added borders to the quilt the size grew up to 102″ square. Janet quilted star as well as the borders with the walking foot. The quilt was joined using a method I found on the web : made by ChrisieD.
I know Janet is very proud of her quilt and she definitely did a very good job!
Until next time, thanks for stopping, Barbora