The last of the half square triangles

7 02 2010

It’s been quiet on this here blog. Work, unfortunately, has gotten in the way of the crafting time I enjoyed over my holidays. I am trying, this year, to achieve that elusive work / life balance though, and the last couple of weekends I have been able to do a little more on my quilt. Not enough that I have really spectacular photos of my progress, but at least enough that I have something to report!

Over half of the top had been pieced by the end of the holidays, and now I have made the rest of the half square triangles and pressed and starched them.

I feel like I spent forever at the iron today, pressing and starching my squares. Good job it has a nice view of the tv where I watched some Sopranos from Season 1!

The next thing I have to do is the most boring part. I need to square up all my squares before joining them into strips. It takes me forever (I’m pretty sure there is some nifty tool or template out there for this that I don’t have) to do, so good job it’s transportable to in front of the tv too!





It keeps growing

14 01 2010

Well, so far I haven’t lost any steam yet on my quilt. It’s slow progress (and I admit I think I had fantasies of being able to whip it up in a few days), but I can see that things are happening and so far I haven’t had too many major dramas.

Last time I had joined quite a number of squares to make some half square triangles and had them lain out. I’ve added to it since then, sewing some rows together and making some more half square triangles.

Here’s a shot of my beautiful seams, all neatly pressed and starched to within an inch of their lives.

The first two rows have been stitched first in strips, then the two rows stitched together, so I have a finished “zig”.

The next two rows have been sewn into strips, but I need to sew these together.

And the next two rows have just had the triangles pieces together but I need to sew each row into strips and together. I just had to lay them out to see what it would all look like!

It’s so satisfying to see progress! I’m running out of time before my holidays are over though. I have a visitor coming soon and since all of this is laid out in my guest room it will all have to be packed up and put away.  Oh, to have a dedicated sewing room!





Progress is being made

11 01 2010

Something I hadn’t considered. When making a ginormous (queen size) quilt, there is an awful lot of fabric to cut. So much that it’s quite possible to get completely sick of cutting out and wonder what you got yourself in for.

A question for the more experienced quilters? Do you find that you get spots on your cutting mat that are “too used?” And how often do you change your rotary blade?

The exciting part, of course, was the idea of starting to sew. This was the first time I cracked out the new machine that I got for my birthday, a Janome MyExcel. The 1/4″ foot that I bought this morning was well worth the $30 too.

Here’s some squares that have been stitched and need to be slicedto make two half square triangles.

And some that are ready to place.

But of course the most exciting part is to lay out the half square triangles into their pattern.

Here’s a zig:

And now two zigs and a zag:

It’s exciting to see it grow!





What colours to add?

6 01 2010

As I said in my last post, I need to work out what other fabrics to add in to my zig-zag quilt.

Here’s the fabrics I have laid out in order so far. The beiges are cut, the reddy pinky fabrics still need cutting.

I still need three more coloured fabrics. There will be a zig of colour in between each zag of beige. So three more fabrics to choose… any suggestions on colours?

Here’s some close-ups from left to right…





(Another) new project!

5 01 2010

Like I needed another one! The number of STARTED projects around here is mind boggling, and the number of FINISHED projects is paltry.

But since I got a new toy for my birthday, I figured it was only fair to start something with it! The plan is to make a quilt for my bed. No, no… making a small quilt of a managable size to try out my machine and learn how to patchwork and quilt is a silly idea, much better to start on an enormous queen size quilt straight away!


I started cutting out some of the fabric for it today. I’ll be making a zig-zag quilt. Every second zig-zag will be a beigey kind of fabric. The other in between zig-zags will be colours, although I still need to pick some of them. I have three reddy/pinks… I’m not sure whether to add in another colour or leave it at that. My bedroom where it will be living at this stage is only shades of beige and caramel so I’m not sure how much colour to add.

Any suggestions on any other colours that might match?





Another three…

25 08 2009

Following my purchases at the Stitches and Craft Fair on the weekend, it was only fair that I spent some time trying them out!!! So the other evening, I cut some more fabric for some more Christmas ornaments.

They’re not quite finished, but here’s the three I worked on.

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More Quilted Patchwork Christmas Ornaments

31 07 2009

A few days ago I posted these Christmas ornaments that I had finished. Since then, I have managed to finish off a couple more ornaments and thought I would post some pics here. Again, there are others in various states of completion!  This will be no doubt an ongoing project over the course of the year! I hope all their recipients appreciate the time and energy that have been going in to them!

Anyway, here’s the others that I finished.

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