Sunday, August 12, 2018

Free Motion Quilting Progress

Slowly but surely, I'm getting there. It took me a bit to get used to free motion quilting on a domestic sewing machine. It's not perfect, but it will do. :) I am about half-way done, four more blocks and the final border.

I took a little break from the quilting and put together this sweet little block. I am somewhat sheepish to confess that it is the first block from Fat Quarter Shop's Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2012. One down, 11 more to go!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Medallion Quilt Finish!

I am so excited over how this quilt turned out, especially for a first stab at a medallion quilt! I think I also completed it in record time.

The final block is called Summer Winds, and is 12 inches finished. I made a total of 20 of these blocks for the last round. Here is a EQ7 mock-up of how it will look once the binding is attached.

I now have three completed quilt tops. Time to start basting!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Medallion Quilt - Round 4, Summer Winds

I am done with about half the blocks for this round, but here are pictures of one of the sides attached. As you can see from my last post, I also attached a four-inch border around the Friendship Stars round.

This was going to be the final round, but I think I need one more border to tie everything together. My husband suggested something blue, and I think that's a good idea.

Here is a close-up of the block. It is called Summer Winds. Fabrics are from several Art Gallery collections, except for the background fabric. This is a blender I picked up from Fabric Depot from Studio E's Cream & Sugar VII collection. I will post piecing instructions for this block soon!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Friendship Star Border Piecing Instructions

Here you go, as promised! Click on the Friendship Star block for a copy of the piecing instructions. For this round, you will need 3/4 yard for the background, and 1/2 yard for the stars. For more information on this round, go to my original blog post here.

Round 2: Friendship Star - Make 24

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Round 2, Medallion Quilt: Friendship Star Border

Friendship Stars are so easy but satisfying to piece. There are a total of 24 of these blocks in the second round, but they went super quick. Each Friendship star finishes at 6 inches. This round added 12.5 inches to the quilt, so now it should measure 42.5 inches.

The fabrics for this block are both from Art Gallery. The star is their Pure Elements solids in Honey, and the print is from the Indelible collection by Katarina Rocella. I didn't have time this week to put together the piecing instructions, but check back soon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bow Ties, a Leaders and Enders Project

I am pleasantly tickled at how this turning out. In fact, I LOVE (yes, all caps) the way the blocks came together.

I started sewing these bow tie blocks as leaders and enders quite a few years ago. I had a bunch of them sewn, but then stopped because I didn't have the wherewithal to organize and cut scraps for more blocks. In my resolution for 2018 to finish WIPS, the stack of blocks I had collected was one more project to tackle!

What I love most about finally putting the blocks together is to think back and remember the quilts I've pieced, as represented by all the different fabrics. There was no organization to this -- I just pulled bow ties out of the box and started sewing them together, four at a time, to create an eight-inch block.

After all that, I only had enough blocks to make final quilt of 32" x 32". You know what this means? It means I need more blocks. So back to my scrap basket to cut more bow ties!

UPDATE (7/20) - I was going to prep a quick block tutorial, but I found instructions for a four-inch bow tie on the on the Moda Bakeshop site this morning. You will need four bow ties for one eight-inch block. Click here to go to the block instructions.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Round 1, Medallion Quilt - Checkerboard Border

Easy to piece, but it packs a big wallop! After attaching the checkerboard border, the quilt should now be 30 inches.

Round 1 - Checkerboard Border

The orange print is by Allison Rhodes, from the Wanderer collection for Art Gallery. The cream solid is also from Art Gallery (I think).

Click on the image at left to go to the piecing instructions for the checkerboard border. You can find instructions for past rounds by clicking on the tab above, or through this link: Medallion Quilt.