Monday, July 25, 2011


Well, I was able to start on my Aunt Luanne's quilt this last weekend. We had a quilting get-together in Ferndale on Friday and Saturday. Had a great time and was able to get going on the quilt. Here's what I did:

First, cut 8 - 10 inch squares from each of the 5 colors of maroon she picked.
Here they are.

Next cut 40- 10 inch squares of the gray background fabric.

Then, you have to draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of all 40 squares.

Pair them up with one of the maroon squares and pin them together.

Next, sew a 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.

Here they all are sewn and ready to cut apart.

Yep, you guessed it, here they all are cut apart.

Next, over to the ironing board to press them open.

Here they are all organized and pressed.

I forgot to take pictures of when I was cutting those triangle blocks into thirds, rearranging them and then sewing them all back together again. I'll try to remember next time I sew on them.

It takes 4 of those "half-square triangle" blocks to make one of these big 17" blocks that will make up the quilt.

We quilters really are crazy to cut up perfectly good fabric and then sew it back together again!

I did find one thing out:

You can't take a block that was originally a 4 1/2" block and double it and have it come out the same. It just doesn't work.

I think it's going to look great, but it doesn't look the way I thought it would.

Anyway, I got 4 out of the 20 large blocks done this weekend and now I just have to find the time to do the rest. It might be a while, but I know it's making progress!

Chirp, Chirp,


Friday, July 1, 2011

Birth of a quilt....

My Aunt Luanne contacted me after seeing a quilt that I made for my Mom and asked if I would be willing to make her a quilt. "Of course I would!" I told her the best thing to do would be to let me figure out how much fabric she would need and then she could shop for it herself. Well, the other day I got this fabric in the mail. She wanted maroon and grey. I told her that "one man's maroon is another man's purple" so it was good that she picked out the fabric. I think she did a great job!

Here is the quilt I'm making:
She saw my pattern called: Windcatcher Charms and liked it, so I just tweeked it a bit and came up with this 87"X 103" version.

Right now my son and his wife and our grandson, Kellen are visiting, so I'm not going to be able to start it right away, but I'm going to post my progress here on my blog so she can see.

As you can see, we are having a great time! Time with Kellen is so precious that quilting will just have to wait!

Chirp, Chirp,