Stars-quilt weekly stats

2015_11_28_1

After being picky with the grey and black prints, I made up my mind and finally discarded them, so I’m almost done basting prints! Once I have sewn the stars , I shall see if I add some of the darks into the quilt. Or perhaps some of the repeated prints. Anyway:

Stars basted: 85/88 (510/528 templates)
Stars sewn: 0 /88
Background pieces basted: 0/264
Stars completed: 0

I’m planning to baste background fabric for half of the stars, and see what dimensions get the whole thing… I still prefer the idea of giving each star a background… I foresee lot of auditions for this quilt!

Advertisements

Table runner

2015_11_27_1

I needed a table runner for my dinning-room, and I loved this pattern by The Fat Quarter Shop since the moment it was released. And it turned out it had the right dimensions! Keeping the pattern in mind, I came across some charm packs from the Baby Jane collection and I absolutely fell in love with it!

2015_11_27_2

The quilt top went together pretty quickly (at least, for my standards of piecing, which normally is very slow) and with almost no use of the seam-ripper (!!), but I had it parked aside to work on other projects and -basically- to avoid quilting it. Quilting is the part of the process with which I’m less comfortable (in fact, I’m not comfortable at all with quilting). I know some free-motion quilting, but my machine doesn’t have a big throat space so for this one it was out of the question. I decided for straight-line quilting, and after consider different options (stitch in the ditch, horizontal lines) I settle for the 45º diagonal.

2015_11_27_3

As the top was mostly in white, I avoided the use of markers of any kind and went with the painter’s tape as a guide. It worked great! Also a walking-foot helps a lot. And as for the needles, I tried a Topstitch needle, but I think it was not the correct size for the thread and switched to an universal needle, which worked fine.

2015_11_27_4

The backing comes from a fabric I purchased some time ago in a fabric store -the ones where you can find different types of fabric, not only quilting cottons-. I purchased it for a specific idea that in the end didn’t materialised, so I’m glad I found a suitable use for it.

The binding is self-made from yardage, I love to make my own binding and not being limited by the choices of already-made binding available in the stores. And hand-sewing the binding to the back is highly addictive, I finished the quilt in no time! Now I don’t have enough time, but wouldn’t this look fantastic with Christmas-themed fabrics?

Project: Table runner
Size: 14 1/2″ x 58 1/4″ / 37 x 148 cm
Date: July, 2015 – November, 2015
Pattern: Mini Charm Mix table runner, The Fat Quarter Shop
Top fabric: Baby Jane, by Eric & Julia Comstock of Cosmo Cricket, Moda Fabrics
                  Bella Solids 9900 98 – White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: Pascale Beatrix Tissus TX 64643
Batting: 100% Cotton batting -unknown producer.
Quilting: machine-quilt, Gutermann Polyester 101.
Binding: Quilter’s Linen 9864, Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Linking with Finish it up Friday!

Stars-quilt weekly stats

2015_11_7

After redoing the maths for the quilt and leaving out the repeated prints in the jelly rolls, it turns out that I finished basting the “warm” prints and just started the second jelly roll, with “cool” colors on it. This difference in hue is kind of motivating as I see a change in the basted templates. This week’s numbers are:

Stars basted: 55/110 (330/660 templates)
Stars sewn: 0 /110*
Background pieces basted: 0/?
Stars completed: 0

*The number of stars can be (better say, would be) modified on the go. For the moment I left some of the dark/black prints of the “cool” jelly roll out.

I’ve started to use precut paper templates to give them a try. For the moment, I find them more tricky to baste than the self-made cardboard templates, as they bent so much when folding the fabric on them. But I’m starting to see some difficulties with the cardboard once I start to sew the stars together, as perhaps the templates are too much stiff. I shall see, definitively, this quilt is all about learning along the way!

Square-in-a-square blanket

2015_11_6_1

This is the other blanket I sewed pairing the tumbler-blanket posted last week. In this case, I also designed a specific pattern to fit the backing I already had. It took a bit lot of drawing and changing my mind two or three times in the process, including discarding a half-sewn quilt, until I decided for the square-in-a-square pattern combined with squares of prints (I wanted them to stand out, I really love this collection for a child’s quilt!). I thought that the big prints needed some bit of solid to contrast and give some space for the eye to rest. I’m not a big fan of yellow, but in this case I think it really suits the overall collection and gives a smooth look to all of it.

2015_11_6_3

I added the border to make the most of the backing, and to have a clean line for sewing while attaching it (so I didn’t have to fight with matching points in the last moment). It also adds a finishing touch that I really like.

2015_11_6_2

Other factor I took into consideration was that I’m not confident enough to work with triangles, specially when, as it was the case, I don’t have much time to work on a quilt. The sq-in-a-sq blocks are made by sewing squares on the diagonal and trimming the extra fabric out -which was conveniently chain-pieced in pairs of solid-print triangles so now I have a bunch of HST ready to go!-. In the end, it turned out that I barely used the seam ripper in this one! How amazing is that? When you put a seam together and, when opening it, all points match??

Project: Child blanket.
Size: 40 3/4″ x 33″ / 103,5 x 84 cm
Date: September, 2015 – October, 2015
Pattern: square-in-a-square blocks combined with squares of printed fabric
Top fabric: Just Dreamy 2, by Zoe Pearn for My Mind’s Eye, Riley Blake Designs
                1000 Colors Collection, n. 42049, Lecien
                Bella Solids 9900 98 – White Bleached, Moda Fabrics
Backing fabric: polar fleece
Batting: none.
Quilting: none.

Linking with Finish it up Friday!

Stars-quilt revised numbers

Just a quick note… I’m revising the numbers for the Stars-quilt, as it looks more than likely to be a really HUGE quilt. So, for the moment, I will set aside the repeated prints in the jelly rolls (fortunately, I have only four repeated strips basted, so the damage is rather small), and plan to add background to only half the stars. By doing this, the numbers should be:

Stars: 112*
Background pieces: 336

*I’m also doubting if to include the black prints on it, so this number can be lowered.

For the moment, I think I will baste the prints, sew the stars together and audition the whole thing. Then, I shall see if I can add more background, or stars. And for the remaining fabric… maybe a pillow cover or two…