Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Black and White Quilt #1 - Part 1

I can't believe I actually numbered this post #1. That must mean there will be more black and white quilts in my collection. I hope so. After seeing all the pictures of the red and white quilts on exhibit at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC ( http://www.folkartmuseum.org/infinitevariety ) I decided to start my own collection.... in black and white.

Might as well start simple and since I love the nine patch block, I'll start there. I was working on getting my seams lined up perfectly. And I did... most of the time. This is a quilt design in progress and I tend to design as I go. So far, the nine patch blocks are made and I've started on the fleur de lis blocks. They are machine embroidery appliqued. I used Moda Bella Solids in Black, and Ivory, which is a warm off white, however the ivory looks a bit gray in the photos. Check out my website (http://www.charmpacksplus.com/) to purchase Bella Solids from Moda.


There will be 13 of the nine patch blocks and 12 of the fleur de lis blocks alternating in a setting of 5 x 5 blocks. Each block will be 9 x 9 inch finished. They are 9.5 x 9.5 now. I will add borders and corner blocks to this, but the exact design has not yet been decided. I need to do a little research on borders before I tackle that job. When I see it, whether it's in another quilt or in my imagination, I'll know it's the right one.

Here's a Photoshop rendering of the design so far......

Friday, April 8, 2011

Binding Clips

I think I've found my new BFF! Binding Clips. Snap! Unsnap! No more "ouchies" from the pin sticks. These binding clips make holding down the binding fast and painless. And you can clip your hair back out of your face with them as well. How cool is that!! The clips can be found at your local quilt shops, fabric stores, craft stores, or on the hair accessories aisle at the supermarket.

You only need a few, maybe 10 or 12, for any size quilt because they have to be removed as you get close with your stitches anyway, and at that point you can just move them to the next available spot. Unsnap! Snap!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Batik Quilt - Square in a Square

What is the correct name for this block.? I've seen it called "square peg" and "square in a square" but they could both be wrong. If you know of another name for it please let me know.

Anyway, I saw other quilts like this online and thought they were gorgeous. So contemporary looking! Perfect for a 30-something son of mine. Using lighter and brighter colors would make it more feminine.

The block is very simple to make and the size can easily be changed to make a larger or smaller quilt, or change the number of blocks. I used 108  blocks in 12 rows of 9. The blocks finished at 6-inches (6.5 inches before sewing together). The fabric is cotton batik. 

Here's the cutting diagram.
Pieces A and B are cut from the same fabric, and C is cut from a contrasting fabric.
Sew with 1/4 inch seams.

This is the finished quilt. Approximate size - 72 x 54 inches