The first of 22 trees of life completed. The quilt will be lovely but the piecing will be very tedious. Besides having many small pieces, the old technique of setting blocks on point will be used for the top. After creating the first block I can see why I had this pattern for 15 years before starting the project.
To create the large number of half triangle squares for my tree of life quit the following quick piecing method was used to create 16 half triangle blocks at a time.
To start with you will need: fabric pieces cut for both triangles in the block, mechanical pencil, rotary cutter, and ruler marked at the cut point. I am making 1 1/2 inch blocks so my fabric pieces were cut to 6 I inches by 9 iniches, and ruler is marked with painters tape at 1 7/8 iniches.
Next on the back side of each of the light fabric pieces make a grid with pencil. An inch at the bottom and right, and in my case 1 7/8 iniches intervals up and from the right to left.
Next add the stitch guides by drawing a diagonal line through the squares. For this 16 block piece you should end up with two diamond shapes inside of the grid. Then sandwich the marked fabric piece with the contrasting fabric piece face to face.
Stitch a 1/4 inich away from each side of the diamond lines.
The stitched fabric sandwich should look like this picture.
Cut along all of the pencil lines. It is easiest to cut all of the straight line first, then move onto the diagonal cuts.
Once all of the pencil lines have been cut you will have 16 half square blocks that can be pressed and tails trimmed.
Our crops are almost done and the canning and dehydrating of our fruits and vegetables has slowed to a trickle, so now I can dedicate some more time to my fiber art projects. The big project I will be working on this winter is a tree of life quit. Thus far all of the base fabric pieces have been cut, a few blocks started, and I have started marking grids on the fabric pieces that will be cut into half triangle squares. Since the quilt top will require 1,528 half triangle squares, 1,184 of them which are only 1 1/2 inches square, I will be using a speed piecing method that will be covered in detail in my next post for this project.
This summer I moved my craft space from the family to one of the small rooms in the basement. I the process of unpacking my fabric in the new space I ran across a tea pot print fabric that i bought about 10 years ago, placed in the fabric bin and completely forgot about. Before it was forgotten again it was moved to my cutting table for my summer rainy day project.
The rains yesterday and today allowed me to finish the top that I have named tea time, since I love a good cup of tea on a overcast rainy days.
Teatime top 64 x 72 I inichs in size
Closeup of Teatime
Making slow but sure progress on my king sized English paper piecing project. Started working on squaring up the edges of the project. This process turned out to be a bit more complex than I had envisioned, especially since I didn’t bother to develop a pattern before starting the project, but I think I have a template now. So it should be smooth sailing going forward. Still hope to finish this project this year.
Finished hand piecing the last of the hexagon diamond blocks over the winter, now it is time to piece the 3000 English paper pieced hexies into a scrappy king sized star quilt.
Thanks to the wonderful longarm quilting done by Joanne at Spitting Stitches ( http://splittingstitches.blogspot.com) I finished the patchwork bedspread and shams along with the coordinating counted cross stitch pillows. The set is washed and placed, so now I need move on to finishing the quilt I promised my daughter almost a year ago.
This week I will be starting on a mandela quilt design that I selected fabrics or more than two years ago. The pattern consists of 32 paper pieced spiral wedges in rich golds, greens and deep reds, that will be placed on a 18th century floral background of warm red tones. The fabric was cut into strips last year and put away until I felt I had the patience to work on a highly detailed project again — I believe this spring into summer season will be a good time to tackle this project.
Another UFO moved from the closet to the finish pile this weekend. After about five years of hand stitching cathedral window blocks my Pretty in Pink quilt is almost finished — just need to sew down the binding. I started this top when my youngest granddaughter was born, she is now in school and outgrown pink quilts. 😒
With all of the patterns within patterns created by the blocks I used a very simple quilt pattern to complete the project…Now to find a home for the project.
after almost two years (this one sat in the UFO pile a few times) I finally finished my paper pieced Circling the Sun quit top.
Now how should it be quilted? Any ideas?
With 10 years of fabric scraps and almost three spools of thread later my king size bedspread top is finished and ready to be sent off for long arm quilting. This the first truly scrap quilt that I have ever made. The project brought back some lovely memories and helped me let go of some issues I have with mixing patterned fabrics.
Over the Christmas break I repurposed the last of my scrap heap into strips for a king sized scrap quilt. So far I have managed to make a 140 of the 160 – 8 1/2″ blocks need for the top.
hopefully within the next week the final blocks will be completed and then the block layout fun begins.
We have a nice week long holiday break during which we have to do zero traveling, so I decided that it was time to attach my 8 year old fabric scrap bin. As it turned out there was enough fabric in it to make at least two king size quilts.
I sorted the larger pieces into two pile: remnants that could be turned into 1 1/2 strips for a pencil quilt, and others that could be cut into 2 1/2 inch patches for an English paper piecing project that I have been working on for the past two years.
The remnants for the paper piecing project have been put aside for now ans as the picture below shows I have cut a number of strips for the pencil quilt and have about 50 of the 120 blocks that I will need for the quilt either started or completed.
I plan on finishing cutting and/or piecing strips and shorting the strips into color categories by the end of our holiday break. If time allows many of the blocks will also be completed and staged for pressing and trimming.
Hope that you are doing something fun for the holidays.
I have fun out of room in my scrap container so I have decided to make a number of paper pieced units with the larger scraps and string block with the narrower scraps. I created the first of the paper pieced units this weekend. What do you think of the person in the rain?
Yesterday I finished the second of the house quilt in the series of four that I will be doing. The first quilt was a miniature paper piceced creation called “Life in Vermont”, the second is a queen sized quilt named “The Village”. I still have two pillow shams to complete for The Village quilt before I move on the third one.
The third quilt will be throw size and made out of fat quarters so that each house sitting on the hillside is different. I plan on starting this project some time in December when we will start to have a lot of time in front of the wood stove.