Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Picking Up Where We Left Off

Between family visiting and getting lost in a couple of good books it's been a whole week since my last post. Sorry about that! Hope no one has been holding their breath (but I rather doubt it!).

So when my plan for Patience Corner blocks was foiled by my own mistake I had these piles of rectangles to work with.

I decided to try the obvious first.

And I actually quite liked it. Especially since I know so little about the recipient of this quilt. She's going to turn 12, she likes animals and nature and music and the color red. That's all I know besides what part of the country she lives in. So a simple quilt is probably the safest.

Of course I could only lay out half of the quilt top at a time on my design wall. And the trick was to distribute the various red prints as randomly but evenly as possible.

I pin little pieces of paper with the row number to the left-most block in each row when I'm assembling a top like this and then stick to adding new blocks to the right side until I reach the end of the row. I also like to work on at least four rows at a time so I can chain piece. In the picture above I have four rows pretty well along and had started the fifth. The "blocks" in this quilt are set 10 x 10. Since the blocks will finish at 6 x 8 inches that gives me a quilt top that measures 60 x 80 inches. At least that part worked out well!

Here you can see the music print that turned out to be sashing and a few of the red prints.

Oh, and I ran out of the original music print before I had quite enough blocks. Fortunately I had something very similar in my stash and was able to incorporate it throughout the quilt top. You may be able to find it in the picture below.

I have to say that I wasn't really thrilled with this while it was on the design wall. It did give me a chance to get to know my new sewing machine a bit but it just isn't the kind of quilt I generally like to make. Once I threw the flimsy onto a twin bed, however, I like it much better.

I'm not going to quilt it right away since it's not to be gifted until December but I can see that this will make up into a wonderfully cheerful, cozy quilt. And I'm confident the new machine will do a good job with the quilting. In the meantime, I have a journal project that is taking over the studio. I'll show you that the next time!


  1. It looks great! And I love that way of doing sashing. Normally I hate putting on sashing, but this way you get sashing without doing it the traditional way!

  2. Congratulations on the new sewing machine. After the adjustment period, it sounds like you'll be very happy with it.

    Your quilt is very striking--and exactly the kind of quilt a pre-teen or teen would like. Good job substituting the other music print. I love finding those kinds of variations in a quilt.

  3. I think it looks great! Simple, graphic and still interesting. I think she'll love it!

    Congrats on the new machine, by the way. The adjustment period is a little tough (I still have trouble using the needle threader on my new one!) but worth it in the end. Can't wait to hear how it quilts!

  4. It's definitely a striking quuilt graphically. Not my cup of tea, since I eeem to live in Scrapland, but very affective design wise and comfy looking as well.
    I'm sure your birthday girl will love it! You did great with your options! Hugs, Finn

  5. Really interesting quilt, I think. I'm beginning to need more red fabric as it were--


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