Monday, May 15, 2017

Courthouse Steps - A Finished Quilt

I started this quilt about a year ago and, after finishing the top last spring, it just laid there for a while until I decided to go on with matchstick quilting. I am so glad I did. I called this one Step By Step.

There are so many different fabrics in this quilt, I used a lot of scraps, but it hardly made a dent in my scrap bin. I had a great time mixing different fabrics to create each block. Not a fast quilt to make but, a rewarding one. 






Now a little more about the process for those who might be interested.

The first thing I did was to separate the scraps into three different bins, light, medium and dark. Then from that bin, I divided them by length but keeping the light /med/ dark separate. Bigger scraps were cut into strips then joined the others. 


All blocks were paper pieced. You can see bellow how I arranged the strips before assembling the blocks. To save some time, I worked on 4 to 6 blocks at a time. 


Evolution of a Paper Pieced Courthouse Steps Block.
Such a fun block to make!!


As for batting goes, all I had in hand was wool batting, and I wasn't sure how it would turn out, so I went to Hobby Lobby and settled on Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20. I read once that 80/20 batting had a nice drape so I thought I could use that. :-) Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 is a thinner batting, so again I figured it would be perfect with the dense quilting. I pre-washed it; I was afraid it would shrink too much (remembering a previous quilt I made using the same batting that shrunk way too much for my liking). I think it's ok to pre-wash batting in some cases, definitely not something I do every time. 

For those who wonder about the texture, the best way for me to describe it, is that it sort of reminds me of the Catalogue blankets my mother used to make on a large loom. 


Details about the quilt:

Name: Step By Step
Size: 53"x 68.5"
Pattern: Courthouse Steps paper template I printed online. 
Fabrics: From the scrap bin to my stash, there is a mix of everything.
Backing: Penmanship in Milk from the Honor Roll Collection by Anna Maria Horner 
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20
Thread: Superior Threads King Tut White Linen 40w 
Binding: Normandy Court Ticking Stripe Navy/Blue by Michele D'Amore
Finished: May 2017



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Triangle Quilt Top ~ A Flimsy Finish

One Patch Quilts are fun to make, with just one shape and a good array of fabrics, you can make a unique quilt that comes together quickly.



After making this quilt in 2014, I was left with a bunch of scraps, I decided to put them to good use and make another quilt for my husband, a lap size this time.


You can see on the back of the quilt top that some units were pieced together to get full triangles; it's barely noticeable on the front. That allowed me to use as much as I could out of the scraps.



If interested, this is the acrylic template I used to cut my triangles; I love the proportion on this one, the size is perfect for showing off larger prints. There are also many tutorials available online that explains how to cut isosceles triangles, but as a personal preference, it's just easier with templates especially when working with scraps.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Quilty365 ~ A finished quilt top



After making a circle a day this past year, I now have a finished quilt top!!

It was exciting but also a bit tiresome at times (especially towards the end) but I'm so so glad I finished it. This quilt features a mix of different fabrics from my scrap bin but for the most part from my stash, (there might be a few repeats, but that's ok). 
There was no rules, just the fabric that I was drawn to that day and then hoping it would all come together beautifully in the end. I used three different shades of reds as background, lighter in the center to darker on the outside. I rounded up my circles at 380 to get the design I wanted. I'm pleased the way it turned out so far. Now I have to decide how to quilt it!

Sadly I missed the last Quilty365 link-up but, this quilt will be finished by May 1st for the last link-up with Audrey. It was a fun Quilt-Along, I enjoyed it very much, it seems like I started yesterday! Many thanks to Audrey at Quilty Folk for hosting this fun quilt along, I think it's fair to say that it was a success; I love my quilt! So, if you are interested in making one, Leanne at Daisy and Jack Handmade is taking over and will be hosting the Quilty365 this year.

Wishing you all a wonderful year!!


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

FAL 2017 - 1st Quarter List



2016 wasn't a good year to complete projects, but I hopefully 2017 will be more rewarding. So, let's give this another try! Time to make room for new projects!! 


1. Triangle Quilt
A quilt I started a while back with scraps from the Man Quilt I made a few years ago for my husband. I am currently piecing this one.




2. AMH Nine Patch
Another quilt I started a few years ago, greatly inspired by Katy Jones St-Louis Sixteen Patch. This one in currently the oldest unfinished project in queue; it would feel good to finish this one. 




3. Quilty365
I just completed the top and it's now ready to be quilted and bound. 




4. Christmas Trip Around the World 




5. Scrappy Courthouse Step



That is it, for now, plenty to keep me busy for the next four months.



Linking up to the FAL - 2017


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

GIVEAWAY WINNER


A huge thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway and for sharing your stories; I enjoyed reading all your comments. 

Without any delay, the two winners are Judy and Karen, congratulations!!
You both scored TWO YARDS of BRITTEN NUMMER!!  (I already emailed you)

Here are the comments;

Comment number 110.  Judy H
Not labeling the gifts and having to guess who each went to.

Comment number 195. Tu-Na Quilts
 Forty four years ago I laid under the Christmas tree (our first Christmas as a newly married couple) as my husband wound the Christmas tree lights around the tree. I said, "Wouldn't it be a good idea if someone invented artificial trees where the lights were already attached or imbedded in the branches?" He laughed and said, "It'll never happened." Guess who's laughing now and I haven't let a Christmas go by that I haven't reminded him of our million dollar opportunity that we let get away. 



Thanks everyone for playing along, it was such a fun giveaway!!




Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IT'S GIVEAWAY DAY!

This Giveaway is now closed!


Hello and welcome, it's time for another Giveaway Day at Sew Mama Sew, and I'm excited to join in again this year. I am offering two of prizes this year; there will be two different winners, and I am giving away approx. TWO YARDS of BRITTEN NUMMER (2 1/4 yards to be precise), the fabric is 60"wide, so there is enough for a lap size quilt backing.


To enter my giveaway, answer one of my questions; it's simple and all about having a little fun! You don't need to be a follower but if you do (blog or IG),
please let me know in a separate comment, you get another entry and I'll throw in some extras!!
The giveaway is open to everyone and I'm willing to ship anywhere!

What is the funniest or the worst thing that has ever happened to you on Christmas Day? 

or

Tell me what's on your Quilting Christmas list this year?

*If you are a no-reply blogger, make sure you leave your email address in the comment; if I can't reach you, I will pick another winner. The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 11 (let's say midnight). TWO winners will be chosen randomly on Monday, December 12.



 Happy Giveaway Day Everyone and thanks for stopping by!!




Saturday, November 5, 2016

Quilty365

Over the last few months, my daily circles have slowly evolved into "monthly" circles; the excitement of making them every day dropped a bit about halfway through.
That was until we neared the end of the month, then I was playing catch up for the monthly link up at Quilty Folk. Surprisingly It was still very much enjoyable once I started, go figure. I have completed all my circles except for three. I started my circles on November 15, but I decided to power through and finish them all and be done with it.

Here are all my circles by months:

November

December

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

The extra circles

I try different layouts, but as you know, it was impossible to make a design with 365 blocks, so I round it up at 380; I thought it was preferable just to make a few extra circles. What's a few more when you've been making them for a year?

Here is a rough sketch of my layout (the center isn't quite accurate but, I didn't feel like drawing another one). Just to give you an idea of what I am aiming for.


I played with three different shades of red for my circle's background. The lighter ones will be placed in the center, then the med red around the middle section and the darker ones, all the way around the outside. Hope this comes together nicely.


I just can't wait to put all my blocks together, it's been a while since the last time I've played with them but, that will have to wait for now. I won't be back in FL until the beginning of December, and I have a couple of quilts I would love to finish for Christmas first.

Stay tuned!


Linking up with Audrey at QuiltyFolk