Indian Summer update

Remember these quilt blocks?

IMG_1551

It looks like I got everything cut and organized in April 2018.  Well, I finally made some progress with this!  I took my unfinished bits to a quilt retreat this past April and it was the perfect project to sew on while talking, eating and drinking wine.  I mean you just sew on the lines, press and trim – then repeat 83 times!

I got the triangles sewn together last week and that finished the middle part.

The next step was to cut out the outside pieces and then I crawled around on the floor to get the layout I wanted.

The directions for these patterns from Quiltworx are extremely detailed and if you just follow each step, things work out well.

indian summer1

The strips are sewn onto pattern pieces that have 5 strips on each.  The directions have you stack them with #1 piece on top and #5 on the bottom to make sure you get everything in the right place.

I’m not sure if I got everything in the right place but I did refer back to these photos a few times to make sure my pieces were going the right way so I tried.

There are 22 paper pieced sections around the outside of the quilt and 2 corner pieces.  (The other 2 corners are sewn together with a mitered seam.)  This is definitely one of those quilts where you wonder if things are going to work out.  Have faith!

IMG_2222.JPG

I got all the strips sewn onto the papers.  These went together very fast.

Then I sewed the bottom and top borders on.  They went on very easily.  I only had to add the one extra strip that was suggested in the directions.  One of the side borders fit perfectly but one was a little too short.  I ended up taking off the last strip and making a bigger piece and sewing it back on.  (Luckily I had some extra fabric.)

The pattern called for taking the paper off the #1 and #5 parts before sewing the paper pieced sections together.  You leave the rest of the paper.  This helps to minimize stretching in the border and it seems to have worked great.

After getting all the sides on; I dove right into sewing the mitered borders together.

IMG_2227

Those seams take a little finessing.

Then I sewed on the 2 corner triangles.

IMG_2230 (2).JPG

And this Indian Summer quilt top is done!!

I still need to sew a basting stitch around the outside before taking the rest of the papers out.  Hopefully, this will keep the quilt top from stretching while it’s being quilted.

Finishing Touches

This week I’ve been finishing the binding on several quilts.  I had a quick visit back to the states and was able to get my Global Warming quilt quilted while I was there.

img_0442

I bought some extra-wide bright yellow fabric to use as the backing and had it quilted with swirly circles.

img_0441

I was going to use the left over yellow backing fabric for the binding but I decided to use some of the remaining batik jelly roll strips and try to match light with light and dark with dark.  It made the tedious binding job a little more interesting and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

I love this quilt!  It’s so bright and fun.  Plus, I think this is some sort of record for me.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever made a quilt this fast from start to quilted and bound.  It just worked out that way, I wasn’t even trying.  So often, after I finish the quilt top, I’m sick of it and need to put it away for awhile.

While I was home, I was able to dig a couple other quilts out of storage and get them finished.  They will be going to new homes.  Here is the Mystery Quilt I made last year:

img_0436

It was quilted with a floral pattern that goes along with the floral fabric.

IMG_0435.JPG

And the Quiltworx Compass Quilt which was so fun to put together:

img_0440

It was quilted with an all-over wavy stipple pattern which lets the design show through.

IMG_0439.JPG

I feel like I’ve really accomplished something with these finished projects and now it’s on to new projects!

Global Warming quilt- Part 2

The Global Warming quilt top is finished!

img_0426

It really wasn’t that hard.

Once I had all 4 of the segments done, I stacked them up with the center 4 squares on top of each other- all the segments facing up.  I tried to carefully get all the seams matched and pinned all 4 sides so they would stay all together.

Then I got out my tape measure (the pattern called for a yardstick but I didn’t have one) and started marking my curve.  The pattern called for it to be at 36 inches but since my quilt came out a little smaller, I marked my curve at 35.5 inches.  I wanted to keep my curve at about the same place as the curve in the pattern.

After measuring and marking and re-measuring, it was time to cut.  I just used my scissors and cut along the line I had marked.

IMG_0417.JPG

Here’s the quilt all laid out and ready to have the curves sewn.

IMG_0424.JPG

Normally when I sew curved pieces, I find the center of each piece and line them up first.  With this quilt, it was more important to line up the seam lines of each block.  Most of the time they lined up pretty well and the whole thing wasn’t too hard to put together.  I used A LOT of pins which always helps when doing curves.

img_0429

So there it is: “A Global Warming Quilt No 1” by Anthology.  I bought some really bright yellow backing and it’s going to the quilters next week.  I think I’m just going to sew some of the left over batik strips together to make a colorful binding.

I’ll share the finished quilt with you when it’s all done.

The Global Warming Quilt

I’ve finished all 100 blocks for the Global Warming quilt – and 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls on Netflix!  (Hey, you have to have something to make those boring blocks go faster.)  I laid them out and now I’m sewing them into 4 sections.

img_0413

I have to say this about the blocks- many of mine didn’t come out at 8.5 inches.  I puzzled over this because some did and I double checked my seam allowance but then I decided that maybe these jelly roll strips are a little off.  Some were 2.5inches but some were not quite there.  Then I noticed a small note in the pattern that said, “Strips may vary in width. You can deal with it!”  I guess they were referring to what I had discovered.  It’s definitely not the end of the world but the blocks really need to be the same size to all fit well together so I ended up cutting all the blocks down to just over 8 inches.  I hope this is the right way to deal with it.

One of the sections has the light blocks, one has the dark and the other two are medium value blocks.  I noticed that I had a lot of yellow and orange blocks in my medium values so I decided to put those together in one of the sections and the other medium section has more blues and greens.  I’m hopeful that when I cut the large circle out and turn it, this layout will create the most contrast.

img_0410

So the next step is to stack these 4 sections, pin them and mark a 36 inch arc and CUT it.  (How scary is this?)  Then move the circle pieces and sew everything back together.

It sounds like it could be cool.  It also sounds like things could go badly.  I will be holding my breath while I perform these feats of magic.  (And taking photos so I can let you know how it goes.)