Yes, I have a pile of quilts ready for the longarm. But the lure of a fresh project is hard to resist! So, I have this collection of teal fabrics in light, medium and dark values.
I’ve done a bit of sketching and number crunching…
Actually, I had the idea for this quilt about six months ago but the design took a bit of tweaking. I had fun with colored pencils and graph paper and now I am trying to figure out the best way to piece it so I can write out the pattern when I am done.
Here is the first section in progress on my design wall:
As a filler in between sections, I am continuing the sashing on my 2013 Quilt of Valor. The Star-Crossed block pattern came from the Block Lotto, and I started the blocks during the New Year’s Day Sit-n-Sew. Hopefully it will be done before 2014 rolls around!
New Year’s Day 2013 saw many quilters gathering for a virtual quilting bee, named New Year’s Day Sit ‘n Sew. I had the pieces cut and ready to go…paper plates are a great organizational tool. I pieced a few, then stopped to trim the half-square triangles.
I like the idea of chain piecing, but I need the gratification of seeing finished blocks. So, I work on about six blocks at a time. I am using the Star Crossed pattern from the December 2012 Block Lotto.These are 9-inch finished blocks, and I plan a 6 by 7 layout, with sashing. The minimum size for QOV is 55 by 60 inches, and I like to have a final size closer to 60 by 72 inches. Since I didn’t make much progress on New Year’s Day, this will be a priority for January.
Phew…I am glad we all survived the fall semester. Hubby is working two jobs, I work and volunteer, and daughter skates. We have busy lives, and I am thankful for our many blessings.
But, it is nice to have some time off to play in my sewing room! Here is the quilting for a Christmas project, some basic freehand designs on the longarm.
And I am cutting patches for a Star Crossed Block. You can find the pattern at Block Lotto, it is the December block.
I am getting ready for the Quilts of Valor 1st Annual New Year’s Day Sit-n-Sew (NYDSnS)! Everyone involved in QOV is planning to work on a quilt top on January 1. Hopefully, we can get lots of tops done, and then the longarmers (me included) will get busy with the next step. The goal is to have these New Year’s quilts ready to mail by March 13th. I think there are prizes…check the QOVF blog!
You may be wondering about the paper plates…I am making an attempt to be organized! The block consists of star, background and cross fabrics, perfect for a scrappy patriotic quilt. I cut the necessary pieces from a blue fabric, then separate them onto three plates. Then I grab a white fabric and a red fabric – cut, distribute, and then I have all the blocks ready to assemble. Each plate is a complete block, and the fabrics are jumbled so they should make unique combinations. I am noticing a distinct lack of white in my stash, so I will shop in Grandma’s sewing room on Christmas day and make a run to the LQS if needed.
For my QOV top, I have calculated that you need 2 strips of each fabric (1 strip at 3″, 1 strip at 2.5″), and 14 different reds, whites and blues will give you 42 9″ blocks. I plan to add 1.5″ sashing and 3″ borders from a yard and a half of yellow/gold fabric.
Feel free to email me if you want more details about this pattern. Judy L. at Patchwork Times has a pattern from 2.5″ strips, and some people have found free patterns online with the keywords “5 yard quilt.”