Tuesday, October 20, 2015

baby herringbone

I have a dear friend whose daughter is having a baby......so .....of course I need to make a baby quilt!!

I have wanted to try a "Herringbone" for a long time, so thought this was the perfect time.  I had some Riley Blake Basic Grey charm squares which would be perfect!  I cut some 5" squares from some white fabric, and got to work.  I used 32 of each which made a baby quilt of about 36" square.  If you want it bigger, you can add more sets of squares.

If you haven't discovered the magic of HST ....you really should try them! They are so versatile and not nearly as hard as they look.  I used to be scared to try all those pointy bits, but really they are easy-peasy! :)

Place one grey square, and one white square , right sides together, and draw a pencil line across the diagonal. Repeat this for all the pairs of squares

Then sew a 1/4" seam using the pencil line as the outer edge.  You can chain piece all the sets of squares.

Now repeat on the other side of the line, again chain piecing the whole lot

Once you have them all sewn, cut each set along the pencil line.

Press the HST open, pressing to the dark side..

Now comes the annoying part....trimming!
I sometimes think about skipping this part, but it really does make it much easier later to sew the squares together, and also gets rid of those little dog ears, which only make the seams bulkier....so a-trimming-we-will-go !

Line the diagonal line on the ruler up with the seam, and carefully line up the edges..

Sometimes there is almost nothing to trim, other times there is a bit.
Because there is a seam in the middle,  often the ruler will wobble a bit, so be sure to hold it firmly.

It is tedious work, but once you get into a rhythm it goes pretty quickly.  Then you have a little pile of perfect 4-1/2" HST and a little pile of trimmings!

No, the trimmings are not garbage...they go towards stuffing my "batting bears"

Now the fun begins!  HST's can do so many interesting patterns!


Offset Squares..

I am sure there many other options as well,but I went with the Herringbone. To make the Herringbone pattern you need to keep both halves of the HST set together, and alternate the direction that they angle.
Once you get them organized the way you like them,, sew the squares together by row..

When you are pressing the seams, be sure to alternate directions on the rows so they "nest" together nicely when you sew the rows together.
Although I generally press my seams to one side, I find that these seams can get quite bulky, so usually press them open in this case.

 Once you have sewn the rows together the top is finished!

I used minky for the backing and quilted it with zigzag lines echoing the seams..

I still have to get the binding on and then it will be ready for the baby bag!

I will add a few other goodies....some receiving blankets and burp cloths and maybe a "Grab and Go" diaper clutch.  But that is for another day :)

So that is what I have been doing...as well as lots of cuddles for my new little grandson..

Linking up today to TN&TN....and going to check out what everyone else is  up to !
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Island Chain

This is such a fun quilt!  I saw several pictures of it on line.

I think the pattern is in a book called Scrap Basket Sensations (available at Amazon)
Of course, I didnt have the book , or the pattern, so had to do some figuring out for this one!! It was not all that difficult, but I did have to rearrange several times!

I used a jelly roll (Sweet Serenade by Moda)  and then extra fabric for the borders and sashing. For the  backing, I found some darker brown fabric on sale that I thought really complimented the quilt top.

I quilted this very simply with straight lines echoing the lines in the pattern, and a large zig zag pattern on the outer border.

This is now one of my very favourites!  I love the colours and the simple geometric design.
mmmmm.....guess I cant give this one away either !!

Linking up to TGIFF today over at The Carpenters Daughter who Quilts.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Crop Circles!

My goal this year was to use up a lot of fabric that was sitting waiting in my cupboard.  Pretty much so far, I have only bought fabric for borders and backing.  Not bad, eh?? (yes, I am Canadian!)

So this was another layer cake -Basic Grey - Curio.  I did buy extra fabric for the sashing for this one too.  I wanted to keep the muted colours so went with a blending kind of sashing rather than using white.  I love the soft warm look to this one.

I cut the whole layer cake across the diagonal, then added a 1-1/2" strip to one half of each pair.  Then I mixed them all up and sewed the other half together.  I did not add sashing between each block, so when I put them together it makes a really fun pattern.

 I added a 1-1/2" inner border, and a wider outer border.

I used the leftover block as an accent on the back..

I had some fun quilting this one...I used spirals!   Several to be exact, and overlapped them where they met. Or Crop Circles as I like to call them LOL
It was a little challenging moving the quilt around and around, but not as bad as I expected.

I am finding that I am having more fun with these quilts because they are not starting out as something specific or special so can play more and not worry about how they will turn out.  Strange? Maybe! But still having fun :)

I am linking up today with TGIFF..over at Quilt Matters.  Check out M-R's amazing Bubbles quilt...love it! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

catching up...back in Arizona!

I have a lot of quilts to show you!!  Sorry, I have been so negligent in posting, but have still been busy sewing.

Before we left Arizona I finished up these 3 quilts.
This one was a kit that I purchased on a road trip in the dessert.  It was Quilting Sisters shop in Payson , Arizona.  You find the greatest little quilt stores all over the place!!
I love the simple colours, reminds me of the desert!  It was all batiks, which I don;t usually use often, but really liked working with them.  Interesting how turning the blocks on point makes them look like straight lines!  Cool.

And I love the bright cheery colours in this one.  It is one of Missouri Star Quilt patterns.. I think it is called Falling Charms.  This one goes together very quickly. This was some leftover 5" squares from another quilt...great to use up all the leftovers!

And this one is special.  It was inspired by this quilt.  I made it for a good friend who has recently gone through a marriage separation, and thought she could use a quilt hug!
I spent a long time collecting a variety of green fabrics, and really like the combination.  I must admit that the diamond pattern is a bit challenging, but after a few bad words and several redo's I think it turned out pretty well.  I have now given it to her, and she tells me she loves it!  Great to hear.

More to come....I still have others to share! See you next time.