Sunday, September 5, 2021

2021: Week 36 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I really like using my blog to document my thought process of a quilt, to see why I start the quilts I start and how they wind up the way they are finished as compared to what I was envisioning when I started.

I got the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine (Issue 172) in the mail a couple / few weeks ago and have been admiring the Golden Glow quilt. I loved the beautiful cheddar, and the simplicity of the quilt. It looks like something that would be fast and easy to make.

When I looked at the pattern, it looks like they make blocks to put together the quilt. I got the bright idea that it would be easier to strip piece it more like a Trip Around the World, although not exactly since I still wanted to use rectangles in the quilt. Looking at the pattern again now, it is a clever piecing method and they did strip piece, so probably either way would be just as fast. Since I am making the postage stamp blocks, I just don't want to make blocks this time.

Although I bought a bunch of white and cream fabric the last time I purchased fabric, I am hoarding  them since I had been out for a while and they were precious. I decided that I could use the black. With these big blocks, I thought a lap quilt would be better than a smaller quilt, and I needed to find fabric that had enough yardage for a lap quilt. Most of my stash is fat quarter or quarter yards since that is what I buy when I don't have a plan for the fabric and I like variety, but my recent purchases which were bought online or for pick up have more yardages.


So this quilt morphed into a nice simple two color quilt to a more complicated color scheme.  As I sewed the strips together, I started to doubt whether they would work together, but after I sub-cut them and laid them out, I can see that I will like the quilt.

I can see that I cut the floral fabric too small, but that will work just fine for a smaller lap quilt - it will provide more room for more diagonal rows going across it.

This color scheme makes me think of a tuxedo with a bright floral vest, even though there is more orange than black in the quilt. I will call it Tuxedo Vest for now since I have to name the quilt for the blog label.

And because starting just one quilt is not enough, I have started yet another one. This is using the pieces that are leftover from the postage stamp quilt. I have to cut two strips of the constant fabric and don't need the entire length of the second strip so I can use it here. Also some scraps are wide enough for the postage stamp quilt but don't have the one and a half inch length I need for the stamp so I am adding them here. I am sewing them together as I go so I don't try to use them in the postage stamp quilt.

I haven't decided exactly how to use these, but I am thinking I will just sew them together to make (maybe different widths of ) blocks and sew the blocks together with all the fabric going in the same direction. 

I will call this Dots and Dashes since the pieces are either very big or very small. This will be a long term project. I've made other quilts this way. Well, they are unfinished so I should say I have made other quilt blocks this way.

2021:  Week 36 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent a lot of time sewing this week, I have been cutting postage stamps and sewing them together.I started two new quilts.

I also sewed down the binding to the Quote quilt. I will hand stitch it to the back after I add a label and hanging sleeve.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 226 out of 248 days
Success rate  = 91%

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Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

You have been busy! I love that last photo. I haven't had my camera handy when the few Monarchs I saw were near me.

O'Quilts said...

Good for you...quilting and taking lovely pictures. I should do that 15 min a day thing. I struggle to get going and focused xo

Queeniepatch said...

We all make quilts differently. It is important to find the way that suits one self. I often get my inspiration from magazines or pictures, it is mainly the colour scheme that starts the process. Sticking to the plan is something I often can't do! While working, I decide to add a colour or change the pattern, so it is important for me to be flexible.
I know other quilters who have a working journal and make notes of every step or change along the way, but I prefer to use the blog for my records.
You have selected lovely colours for your new quilts.

seabreezequilts said...

I love that orange and pink print very pretty and the photograph of the butterfly is georgious

Kyle said...

It's always interesting to see how and why quilts morph until they are done.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I really appreciate it when, as quiltmakers, we encourage each other to use our own gifts: our own eyes, our own techniques and our own time tables. It's not a race and do we really want to create the very same quilts we see in magazines and patterns? I hope not! It's the process that pulls us in and then pushes us to explore on our own! Your colors and techniques inspire. Thank you!

Kate said...

I really like the fabrics you've picked for your new project. Looking forward to seeing it come together. Another good week of stitching time, hopefully that means good progress on your projects.

Rose said...

You sure are keeping busy...I will enjoy watching your progress.