Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Threads and Messes All Around

I was on a roll over the weekend. I actually used up 5 bobbins and started in on a sixth one
before I called it quits on Sunday.

Yes, threads and all! I whipped through making these Dresden's...
without the pointed ends for a pattern by Lori Holt using some fat quarters that I won
from the oh so sweet Cyndi at Cut Up And Sew! I added some other leftovers into the mix as well.


Here is the Boardwalk quilt I started last week...
which was before Sherri at A Quilting Life showed what she made with
her California Girl fabric! Now I am just going to have to get more
of it... because I am having an affair with that pattern. I actually already had
the Fig Tree pattern that she used but made this other FT pattern instead.
I am so fickle. It doesn't mean that I don't love Boardwalk. 
But I really love seeing Sunwashed made up with this line. 
Now I need to add the 3 outside borders. 


I don't know why these photos look so washed out. 
They are bright and crisp in Picasa. Darn, I hate that!
I also worked on Doc. Again.
I wanted to make a second one... but wall hanging size.
I am using up some more of my Sew Cherry leftover fabrics.

(I can't find the cropped picture, darn, darn...sorry)

I thought I would show you my approach to putting the pieces together.
I hope I'm not to late for those of you making this Schnibble pattern this month.

A design board is very helpful. I actually did this part without the pattern...
with that much sewing going on... my cutting table was a huge mess and I couldn't find
the pattern. I know, you will look a little closer to my mess now, won't you?
For each block I started with the middle unit triangles.

Then I added the matching larger triangles.

Next I added the small triangle with the large triangle.
These do not match with each other. But if you look at the yellow polka dots...
can you see how the two small triangles look like the top of a primitive heart?
See how they are placed in the same position as the triangle in the center?
Just work your way around the block with those pieces.


Then place the background fabric next to it to complete that unit.


In the pattern there is a "before chocolate or after chocolate option". 
I have made the quilt both ways (if you read the pattern you will understand)
and I think I prefer making the corner units first. This was the second option...
making the half sq. triangle units after chocolate. It's probably a potato/pot-a-to
kind of thing.
The last thing to do then, is add the background half sq. triangles and make the
outside unit. 
Your block is ready to sew.

17 comments:

Betty Lou said...

You are on a roll Sinta, love all those fabrics and patterns.

Lesley said...

Thank you, Sinta, for the help on Doc. I have done some cutting and some sewing of HSTs, but now am ready for the next step...your pictures are very helpful!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

You are always on a roll! I don't think that I know anyone who sews as much as you! LOVE the fabrics, Sinta!!

xx

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Very nice! I've thought of doing Doc. Maybe later this summer.

Auntie Pami said...

Cute-a-licious!

Darlene said...

My goodness, Miss Pink, you're abusing your sewing machine. I think you need a fire extinguisher. So much eye candy happening in your corner of the world.

Wendy said...

You are a very busy girl. Love all the projects.

Sherri said...

You have been so busy! I love everything! The Lori Holt pattern you are making is on my to do list as well!

Kris said...

It is all so yummy!!!

Béa said...

Oh là là ! A lot of beautiful work !!!

Marie said...

Five bobbins - you have been busy! Good for you. Your Dresden Plates look delightful and all the other work as well.

Mary said...

This makes so much sense! I like this method better than the other way. Doc is the first quilt I've made using Card Trick. I tried one block several years ago and hadn't since.

I love all the fabrics you're using. They're such nice springy, good weather colors.

Andee said...

I am loving how this quilt is turning out though the block by block construction (rather than strip piecing) is making me nuts but it looks great!

Kay said...

Thanks for the showing how you did your Doc blocks. I got mine cut last night & am going to work on them tonight, so that will be very helpful.

Cyndi said...

Hey Girlfriend! My gosh, you have been a busy bee! Love those little Dresdens without the points. And I have been eying that California Girl fabric lately...better get me some before it's all gone!

Have fun with all of your projects. I wish I could work on more than one thing at a time, but I'd just confuse myself (not a hard thing to do! LOL!)

Have a great weekend.

XOXO,

Cyndi

Nanette Merrill said...

Really love the dresdens. I made those out of Lori's fabric too. Sew fun.

Messy Karen said...

i am trying to restrain myself. but i am ready to bust out and get me some Sunwashed and California Girl. that blue is making it hard to resist. your projects are always so pretty.