A scrappy churn dash quilt was on my “to do quilt list” for ages. I know I have several unfinished quilts – Radiate quilt, Summer Sampler and a few more… But I couldn’t resist to make a quilt only with classical churn dash blocks.
I got out all my boxes with diverse fabrics and also the scrappy baskets. The finished churn dash block size is 9″ x 9″, set diagonally. This must be the second time I am using a diagonal block layout. Altogether I have prepared and cut fabrics for piecing 50 blocks.
Cutting and piecing was straightforward (no wonder with my new Bernina sewing machine). I pressed open all seams, avoiding problems with nesting seams. This left me free with the block distribution and layout.
For the quilt backing, I have used bedding sheets from Laura Ashley. I found a set on sale and the price/quality was exceptional.
Quilted with a wavy pattern with the walking foot, stitch #4 on the Bernina.
For the binding I have used the same fabric as for the filler triangles on the quilt sides.
Quilt size : 64″ x 77″ diagonal set / Block size : 9″ x 9″ – 50 blocks
Wadding : Quilters Dream Select 100% cotton
Quilting thread : Aurifil Cotton Mako 40/2 colour 2600 dove
Wishing you a wonderful Easter. Here in Spain we are still in a total lockdown. We are staying at home.
Hurray, hurray, my new Bernina has arrived! At the end I got the B 720 and the free space right to the needle is absolutely perfect.
So over the last weekend I made a dust protection cover for the new machine. There is a cover provided by Bernina, but it is dark blue. But I need bright colors in my sewing room! Bright color fabrics = Kaffe Fassett Collective designs. I got out my stash collection and started cutting from each fabric a 4 1/2 inch square. At the end I cut double so many squares as needed. The idea was to make a rectangle of 6 x 7 squares.
After a busy afternoon with cutting, piecing and pressing – the dust protection top is ready to quilt.
This is a perfect small project to try out the new Bernina B 720 with the walking foot. I have used two different quilting threads. The red/pink variegated quilting thread is from King Tut, and the yellow one is from Gutermann Sulky.
Added some straps using a bias tape to knot the dust cover on the sides.
And a few colorful shots from the garden. This winter has been very mild, and we have had hardly any cold weather. Since weeks we have nice and warm sunny days, sometimes with some wind. Spring is here.
I started writing this blog post before the pandemic spread of the corona virus. At the moment our area is secure, but this can change any moment. My trip to Prague to visit my Mum has been cancelled – which I approve. If each of us can help a little, we all together can achieve a lot. So, I shouldn’t let sewing machine wait for a long time, it is time to sew. Get out the best of the situation!
Time flies, in this post I have blogged about my fabric choices for the Sugaridoo/Bernina quilt along. In the meantime, I have received instructions to make three different rows. 3 done, 9 more rows to go, only that I have to wait till autumn for the quilt design release. A very long time!
Part 1 – row 5 : Hashtag, it is the row with yellow fabric. This one was real fun piecing. Straight forward tutorial, good cutting and piecing directions. Irene also has videos for each row, but I am “old school” and prefer instructions on paper to a video tutorial.
Part 2 – row 1 : On Point, it is the row with the pink fabric. The row instructions and the tutorial were for paper piecing with freezer paper. Somehow I didn’t want to paper piece the row in sections and sew various blocks/units together. Instead, I used my 60º triangle ruler and made my own calculations. The design is the same and the On Point row is in one piece, only a bit higher than the original. I will cut the row when I have all rows pieced and before I sew the quilt top together.
Part 3 – row 12 : Tetris, it is the row with purple fabric. Once more easy to follow and straightforward instructions. This row is to practice an accurate 1/4 inch seam allowance. There are 40 seams in the row’s length. So any little inaccuracy will show on the length. I was very confident, this can’t be a problem for me. But because I sew a scant a bit under 1/4 inch, it all added up. And the row is longer. My options are : check well the size of each section. Get the seam ripper into action and increase the seam allowance. Or wait till I assemble the entire quilt top and decide what to do. No rush at the moment!
Stay tuned to the continuation of the Suigaridoo/Bernina quilt along. The new row designs get released end of each month.
Well, another WIP. From the moment I have seen the Radiate Quilt Pattern photos on the internet, I knew I wanted to make it. Meghan Buchanan designed the quilt, and she is the person behind Then Came June.
I have pieced enough blocks to make a good size quilt throw. Once more I have alternated the size, this time my version of the quilt throw is longer than in the pattern.
I love the straightforward design. My accent blocks are all pieced, they only need some cutting. I have opted for a dark purple/brown hue.
The quilt has a diagonal design with 3 inches (finished width) sashing. My choice of the background is the same as in the quilt pattern – off white. Most of the fabrics are Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman. A few are Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics or Spectrum Solids by Makower. A mix and match from my stash.
Here photos of a few of the Radiate Quilt blocks, each block has a different color combination. The block size is 10 1/2 inches unfinished.
The next steps : cut some blocks on the diagonal. Layout the blocks on the floor and decide where to place each block. Cut sashing and piece the quilt top together.
Stay tuned to the Radiate Quilt work progress, happy quilting
Over Christmas I have started a new quilt and finally I managed to piece the top. I have used a pattern by Emily Dennis from her great book Modern Quilts. It is not a one-to-one copy of the Block by Block Sampler. Some blocks were not my favourite ones plus I have changed the quilt size.
The original quilt design is 60 x 66 inches. My quilt top is 56 x 67 inches as I prefer rectangular quilt shapes to the square ones. I have also used other block layout. I had so much fun selecting the fabric colors, cutting and piecing each block.
Once more I have used only solid fabrics, most of them are Kona solids by Robert Kaufman.
A detail quilt top view
This week I want to visit the Bernina representative in my area (2 hours drive) to try out the Bernina 720 and 770QE. I am so happy with my Bernina 440QE, I have had it for at least 10 years now and it is time to move on, to a higher level. What I like on the 720/770 is the larger space to the right of the needle. 3 inches more space make a big difference. This is the reason I am piecing so many blocks and not quilting. I want to leave it for the new machine!
Happy quilting !