What quilter could resist a spool quilt? I've been piecing these as fast as I can cut them out. This is my current leader/ender project. The top picture is ones that are all sewn together. You might remember this picture. I decided to take that unit and set it on point.
The second picture is all the ones I have pieced just laid out on the design wall with the others. I want to add rows diagonally, so I'll probably add a row once I have a good assortment of colors. I am making several of the same color at once. Naturally, I want them spaced out over the surface of the quilt, so I will do this the old-fashioned way. Diagonal rows are more tedious as far as sewing the blocks to each other. Can't web the top with these. But patience is a virtue, and one I need to work on for sure.
Off to put my Tulip Chains top together.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Got up this morning to the sound of ice/sleet pinging on the windows. Once I am awake I usually have a hard time falling back to sleep. I went out to the kitchen and didn't see any signs of life, so I headed down to my sewing room. I didn't want to make a racket cooking or cleaning up the kitchen (the girls' bedroom is right below the kitchen).
Last night everyone was making sounds about sleeping in. So I cut and sewed quietly, and voila'...finished blocks! These are laid out on my design wall. I'll go down shortly and stack them to be webbed. Then I'll prepare chicken enchiladas to go in the oven in a bit for lunch.
Maybe some more machine sewing this afternoon.
Friday, January 29, 2010
You've heard of daisy chains? Well, this is Tulip Chains (my own name, as if that isn't obvious).
The beauty of this is that all I had to do was cut a few pieces for the tulip blocks and the rest was already cut out!! Who could resist THAT? The 9-patch and tulip blocks are pieced. The sashing and cornerstones are not. That's why it looks a little distorted as far as square size.
Yes, another new quilt top started tonight. Will I ever run out of quilts I want to make?
We have a lot of snow, so maybe, just maybe, I'll get a few more tulip blocks pieced tomorrow! One can only hope!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I used up scraps of different leftover bindings to bind it--didn't have to cut and press one inch of new binding. Glad those are out of my scrap drawer and onto one of my quilts. This is a beautiful and very easy quilt to piece...excellent for a beginner.
Here are some pictures of the quilt top in progress if you're interested...
Here is the first block of my row #5. Each flower, flower center, and leaves are the same, framed with the same cream fabric. The outside triangles are different in each block. You can see that the second block is framed with gold triangles.
I wish I could hand quilt several hours a day. I LOVE it!! It is relaxing and rewarding to see the quilt come to life as the lines of stitches are laid.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I am using a stencil to quilt large and small pumpkin seeds touching along the cream separator rows, so even after the pieced rows are finished, there is a long way to go. But even with that said, I am encouraged at the progress.
This quilt was pieced with two friends, one of whom I've never met in person. We also pieced this quilt together. Such fun memories!
Stay tuned for more quilty adventures...