Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Halo Medallion Quilt

It is so difficult at times trying to 
keep my halo perfectly centered.
(sigh)

And the same has been true 
as I've worked on my Halo Medallion Quilt,
the BOM available from The Quilt Show.

But, I'm happy to say,
the top is complete
and everything does appear to be perfectly centered.


 92" x92"

 The quilt was designed by
the late Sue Garman.
And working over the course
of the last 12 months, I have come to a few
new realizations. 

1.  Paper Piecing is not my cup of tea.

The entire quilt was presented as a paper piecing project.
I learned early on
 that  I would use that technique only when absolutely necessary,
like with the center medallion and, of course,
the circular flying geese. 


Most of the other borders that were
 pinwheels or hst's I felt I could 
use other methods and be just as accurate.

Isn't it great that there are a variety of 
ways to achieve the same results?

2. Fussy Cutting is not for the Frugal Fabric Cutters

If you can't stand having your
favorite yardage ending up like this skip ahead to #3,


but for those of us who get a burst of excitement and pleasure
out of creating wonderful secondary patterns and designs with the fabric
this is just a natural consequence. 


3. Round and Round We Go

When a quilt is made with a center square and then entirely of borders,
we may not realize how many times you must sew around and around.....

This quilt consists of 19 individual borders beyond the feathered star center.


Do the math
4 sides X 19 borders = 76
That means sewing around the quilt 76 times 
and trying to keep it square!
As the quilt grows so does the amount of time
and the amount of yardage you're wrestling 

with each application.


4.  Floaties are a Life Saver
Okay, that's a good thing at the pool,
but it's also true in quilt making.

Knowing how to figure out the size
 of those floating border strips
between the pieced borders is essential.
Just because the pattern says to cut them a 
particular width and length, we all know
that isn't always right. 

As my quilt grew and grew, I found
I needed to adjust those floaties.


Learning to adapt a pattern keeps
everyone happy and merrily swimming along. 

Each new quilt and stitching project
can give you new insight into what you like
or not like to do.
It can add more tools for your tool belt
as we continue to create the quilts we love.

Both of myself and the quilt are super happy
to be finished.

In fact, I'm simply beaming.
 Until Next Time-
Kyle



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Little Extra Gravy in November

For those of us who have just
finished enjoying a Thanksgiving meal 
with family and friends,
I'm thinking many of us might have added a little extra 
gravy to our turkey and mashed potatoes.

The extra gravy 
was not on my plate this year, but rather, it was
finishing the top I started only last month
with these Lady of the Lake blocks.


The pattern was designed by Jo Morton
for Quiltmania, issue 121.

I had been so faithful to my 17 UFO's in 2017 list
that I needed a diversion.
I loved the design,
I had plenty of fabrics that 
would work perfectly, so I opted
to temporarily take a side trail
and see what might happen.

The blocks went together easily
and soon became the center.


At this point, the pattern added the borders,
but it seemed to look unbalanced.
The photo in the magazine had half square triangles
on all four sides.

With a bit more stitching
the extra hst's were added
then the border, which was cut in an unconventional style. 
I only had a 3 long pieces of the border fabric left from 
a previous project.
With some careful piecing, I had just enough
to frame the quilt. 

Finishing this quilt top
seems like a little extra gravy for November.
It wasn't something I had planned on doing,
but it was just what I needed.
(No extra calories involved.)

Until Next Time-
Kyle



Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Good Ending

All good things must come to an end.
Things like...
Bee Hive hairdos?
Well, maybe that was a good thing to end!

For me this week it was
finally finishing my
leaders and enders quilt. 
A 17 UFO's in 2017 project.

Happy Memories Quilt
60" x 66"

It all started last summer with a free
pattern from 
It was to be a fun summer project.

I decided it was time to dig into my scrap bags and
use only what was there.

A couple of large trash bags worth of 
pieces had taken over a large portion of a closet.

It was time to use it or
pass it on.

It took a lot of cutting,
counting,
and a long time sewing.
I used the leaders and enders approach
and kept working on it for well over a year.

There were lozenger blocks ( 2"x 6") to make along with


and broken dishes (3") and nine patches (4.5").

Combine all those different fabrics together
and what do you get?
A quilt filled with happy memories. 

A quilt made with
fabric pieces from so many past quilts.
It was a trip down memory lane.

It was machine quilted by my friend, Debi,
who kept the swirling feather pattern simple.

When it came to the binding,
it had to be scrappy too.
I found tucked away in the hidden part of a cupboard
some binding pieces
wrapped sweetly on antique wooden spools.
Perfect! 
Use them up!

Yes, all good things do need to come to an end.

Don't you agree?
Until Next Time-
Kyle