Sunday, December 19, 2010

Quilting 202 - the top


Looky, looky!  Diane is making real progress.  I was hoping we could have the whole top done today but there are just so many choices and possibilities to think about.  She does have the top all sewn together and the red inner border attached.  The 2 side outer borders are just pinned and waiting for some attention.  Her next big decision is to decide on the 4 cornerstones, make them, attach them to the top and bottom outer borders and sew the border on.  Then we will have a top folks!  We also planned the back so she has her instructions and her work cut out for her.  After the top is finished and the back finished, she can sandwich in the batting and be ready to machine quilt this puppy.  We also got the binding made and it is ready to be attached as soon as we are ready.  Stay tuned. . .she would like to have this done by Christmas but that is only 4 days.  I say she goes easy on herself and enjoys the process.  After all, she said the Grandson's birthday is in February.  Sounds like good timing to me!!

And we have a surprise planned for the back!!!  Stay tuned for the finished project.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Quilting 202 - the Top!

Diane finished all her flying geese units and was ready to start assembling blocks for our class today.  She got the six main blocks sewn together and we just couldn't wait to start laying out the pieces.

Smart girl that she is, Diane is taking pictures of the layout so she will have something to reference as she assembles the top at home. 

We also decided that this quilt needed a small inner border of red.  We went shopping right outside the classroom in the Joann's Fabric department and found just the right fabric.  Nice to have an entire store of fabric to choose from.  Now if I could just get my stash that big. . .  I'll have to work on that!

*Finish sewing all the 'road'/flying geese units.
*Lay out the quilt top on the floor or on a bed and make sure you like where all the cars and trucks are.  *Sew the blocks together - row by row.    Then sew each row together.
*Also, cut out 13 2 1/2" WOF strips from the new red fabric.  We will use this for the inner border and for the binding.

Next week, we will attach the inner border, decide what keystone blocks will be in each corner and sew on the outer border.  We'll also take our final measurements and plan, if not sew, the backing.

Looks like we'll have to meet an additional time to get the layering done, the machine quilting done and attach the binding.  This is certainly becoming a charming quilt.  I can't wait to see that red hit the mix!  Some very lucky little boy is gonna be very happy!!  Good job, Diane!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quilting 202 - the block!

Diane got so much done today in the second of four classes.  She assembled all her 4 squared focus blocks and started on the flying geese.

Look at the chain piecing - whoa!
Here is a close up of Diane stitching an 'ear' on one side of a flying geese block.  She is so precise and does careful, perfect work.

We jumped ahead a bit and she assembled one of the focus blocks.  Sometimes delayed gratification is no fun at all!  We just had to see where we were going!
Isn't this the cutest block?? Each of 8 green trimmed squares has a different car or truck or plane in the center.  The navy fabric has cars and trucks and road signs scattered about.  This quilt is going to be so bright and fun for her grandson.  Can't wait for next week!!!

Finish all of the flying geese blocks. Press them.  Trim off the excess fabric behind the 'ears' on each flying geese.  When you come to class next week, we will assemble the other 5 blocks, add the linking blocks and then put the top together.  Yes, I think by the end of next class, we should have all the blocks sewn together and be able to add the borders.  We will audition a red inner border to see if we like that.  You are doing really well, Diane.  Keep it up!!!!

Snow Comes to Middle Tennessee!

Ok, not much, but you have to remember that I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the least little bit of a change of season gets me all excited!  It's not much snow and it won't stick, but I appreciate Mother Nature's effort!!!