As for so many people, I have missed scheduled retreats with my usual group due to COVID. The situation appears set to drag on for a while more, so we decided on a monthly block swap to give us something to look forward to.
We take turns deciding what the block will be. All blocks are made from batiks and all finish 9″ square, but there are no other “rules”. Here are the blocks I’ve made or received so far.Obviously this is going to be more than one quilt. The original rule was make one block for each person each month, but mostly we’ve done 2 for each. And, as you might suspect, the most over-scheduled person in the group made 3 for each last month!
What are you doing to make up for missing your quilt group?
I’m going to resurrect Terry Atkinson’s Lucky Stars quilt pattern as a Christmas or baby quilt class for October at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, so I’ve just made two new shop samples. This is a great pattern because it is quick and easy to make and almost any mistake made during construction can be fixed without much difficulty. Therefore, I thought people might enjoy making it as a gift quilt or Christmas quilt.
This is an older pattern, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made it for various recipients. Here are my latest versions::
Quilt Name: Baby Stars
Size: 48” x 48”
Fabrics: assorted batiks left from other projects
Made by: me
Quilted by: me
Pattern: Lucky Stars by Atkinson Designs
Quilt Name: Christmas Stars
Size: 64″ x 81″
Fabrics: Assorted Christmas yardage bought because I liked it
Made by: me
Quilted by: Julia Madison
Have you made a Christmas quilt yet this year? It’s not too soon to start 😉
I love triangles and I love log cabin quilts, so what could be better than triangle log cabins?
This was made using Moda’s pattern for Wild Waves Batiks, available free here.
I used a 60 degree triangle ruler rather than the template provided, and it was not at all difficult.
I wanted to try my hand at getting a quilt to come out completely “squared up” for a change. I don’t usually worry about it–after all, most of my quilts are intended to keep people warm rather than hang on a wall, so what difference does it make? However, just for a challenge…
I used Susan Cleveland‘s instructions for squaring and stabilizing a quilt while applying tiny piping around the edge.
I took a binding class with Susan years ago, and I highly recommend it. I used her Piping Hot Binding tool and binding instructions, which I also recommend. The whole process was well organized (Susan could have been an engineer!) and her directions were easy to follow.
Here is a detail of the binding. My quilt came out nice and square (OK, it’s a rectangle, but you know what I mean!).
The quilting was done by Julia Madison, and you can see in the photo here that she used a triangle motif to go with the quilt.
The quilt finished 50″ x 53″. The pattern finished larger, but I quit when I got done making triangles 🙂
It all started with this beautiful batik that was ON SALE…And I have quite a collection of batik scraps from other projects, so I decided to make a scrap quilt with colors that would go with the sale fabric. Initially, I made the blocks really scrappy:
Then I made a few that were more controlled and liked them better:
This is just up on the design wall, not sewn, and I’m thinking of taking out the really scrappy ones. They kind of jar my nerves.But, what do you think? It’s good to have opinions from quilty friends!