Vintage Compass Quilt

The past week or two, I’ve been hard at work deciding which fabrics to use for my first attempt at a Judy Niemeyer quilt.  I finally settled on using muted Americana fabrics.  I ordered several fabrics from the Best of William Morris line from Moda. compass fabricsI’m not sure if I mentioned before but there are 16 pages of directions for this quilt to keep you very organized and straight.  I’m doing my very best to follow along with them.  You might remember that first I had to cut the paper pattern pieces out and put them into labeled baggies.  Then the instructions have you cut strips of the fabrics and separate them into the correct bags. organizing the fabric Then you go back and use the template papers to further cut those strips into shapes. cutting the fabricI kept going back to read the instructions because usually when I paper piece, I just eyeball the pattern and cut off a big chunk of fabric.  I suppose doing all this pre-cutting is a more conservative way of using the fabric.  Also this way I know I’ll have enough. So now I’m all ready to start the piecing!  And thanks to a 5am text message from my husband, I am getting a super early start!  I hope to post photos of the quilt in progress tomorrow so wish me luck.

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Mystery Block #4

I found out that there are only 6 mystery blocks in this quilt so we’re past the halfway mark!  I really like this month’s mystery block and it’s fabric/color combination.

Mystery Block #4

I’m still not sure about all the blocks together though.  It feels like there’s too many different fabrics for it to be cohesive although there are more blocks and borders to make, so hopefully it will all come together.

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Another T-shirt Quilt

I’ve been hard at work on another t-shirt quilt.  I’m trying to piece this one together like a puzzle with no sashing and I just keep moving things around and cutting and sewing.

t-shirt quilt

These t-shirts are from an MU grad so I found some cute fabric to make a personalized border.

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The border is still a work in progress but I wanted to share this latest project.

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I’m still trying to decide on fabrics for my compass quilt and there’s only about a week left of school so hopefully I’ll have the fabric and be able to get it cut out soon after that.  I’m running out of time!  I may be cutting fabric during my personal quilt retreat (I’ll probably be cutting some grass too since my husband won’t be here) but I guess that’s how it goes sometimes.