The land of endless skies has eaten my family. We all finally arrived safe and sound in Saskatchewan and things are finally settling down into a normal life again. I was disappointed to learn that the guild in town doesn't meet up during the summer. I have more poking around to do but at this moment I'm one lonely quilter. I bought fabric for yet another baby quilt. I drew up a pattern on my trusty graph paper trying to see if I could build a wonky blocks type quilt. Here are the plans I drew up. Its hard to see in the photo but
Blue (17) - 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
Purple (6) - 3 1/2 x 6 1/2
Yellow (7) - 6 1/2 x 6 1/2
Dk Green (1) - 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
Red (9) - 9 1/2 x 9 1/2
Lt Green (6) - 12 1/2 x 12 1/2
Orange (4) - 15 1/2 x 15 1/2
Center Black Squares (33) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2
Center Black Squares for Blue (17) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
Easy right!?! Nope not that easy....
strips from my selected fabric, then I sewed the black square to the strip, I used a pair of scissors to cut the piece off to from step one. Sew another piece onto the other side, iron. Sew the remaining two sides of the black square. Now depending on the estimated size of the finished block the size of the strips may change. For this project I used a combination of 2 1/2 inch strips and 3 1/2 in strips. Because once you get a finished square in step 4 it measures approx. 6 1/2 inches square, and now it's time to make the square wonky. I highly recommend having a 'square up' type ruler for this project.
eventually figure out a faster way to chain piece and assembly line this quilt but unless one was to sit down and plan a lot more (or if you have a huge array of fabrics) it's hard to make this quilt go together quickly. I was also slightly appalled at how much fabric was wasted (especially the first couple blocks). But I was able to salvage much of the waste to make the smaller blocks. Make the big blocks first, and use the scraps to make the smaller ones. Again because of my limited number of prints my design wall played a huge roll in putting this thing together.
I laid out the quilt on the design wall and proceeded to sew the pieces together that I could, and ended up with this. Now I knew that I was going to have to do some fancy planning to put the whole thing together but I remember looking as this so happy at how far I had come when I got stumped. In theory I knew all I had to do was leave a 1/4 in open and put it all together... well but... huh? I went and had a beer on my back deck and pondered my troubles. Although it is that simple I found that you want to do things in a certain order otherwise your seams don't lie flat or your will end up with holes. Well after a little fortification I was able to figure it out but I also found that 1/4 inch wasn't enough space for me I ended up leaving about 1/2 and inch and it was much easier. Anyhow the top is finished and I have already started on another project. I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to quilt this wonky blocks quilt but I'm sure it will come to me at 2 am one of these nights.
|Pretty cool eh?|