23 July 2009

. . . quiltspeak . . .

. . . a quilt begins with a trip to your LQS . . .
{local quilt shop}
. . . or in this case OQS . . .
{online quilt shop}
. . . where i ordered this stack of FQs . . .
{fat quarters}
. . . by a favorite designer . . .
. . . then from each print . . .
. . . and from solid white, cut 5 inch strips WOG . . .
{width of goods}
. . . then cut the strips into squares . . .
. . . this step could've been skipped
if i'd purchased a charm pack instead . . .
{precut 5 inch squares - 1 of each print in a collection}
. . . draw a diagonal line on each white square . . .
. . . pair with a print RST . . .
{right sides together}
. . . sew scant quarter inch seam on each side of line . . .
. . . cut on line . . .
. . . forming HSTs . . .
{half square triangles}
. . . press seams toward print . . .
. . . trim dog ears . . .
{seam allowances sticking out}
. . . chain piece pairs of squares . . .
{don't cut thread between pairs}
. . . good idea to have floor relatively clean . . .
. . . put two and two together . . .
. . . forming pinwheels . . .
. . . also good idea to watch monk reruns while sewing . . .
{especially since gilmore girls just started over again}
. . . route 44 is a given . . .
. . . raw blocks ready to be trued up . . .
{squared/trimmed to size}
. . . fabric spaghetti . . .
. . . look! there's mr monk again . . .
. . . cleaned up blocks . . .
. . . lay them out six by six . . .
. . . stand back and squint . . .
. . . rearrange . . .
. . . stand back and squint . . .
. . . repeat . . .
. . . decide this one . . .
. . . and this one don't blend in . . .
. . . remove them . . .
. . . and make replacement blocks . . .
. . . settle on this arrangement . . .
. . . sew into rows . . .
. . . then sew rows together . . .
. . . add narrow white border . . .
. . . boring . . .
. . . decide it needs another border . . .
. . . this one's called piano keys . . .
. . . miter/mitre {if you're british} the corners . . .
{join at a 45 degree angle}
. . . regrets? i've had a few . . .
. . . should have mitered/mitred the corners of the white border, too . . .
. . . play favorites . . .
. . . love this stripe . . .
{pardon random threads}
. . . also love this print . . .
. . . it's pink, of course . . .
. . . another regret? wish i'd known the large scale of these prints . . .
. . . hard to tell with OQSing . . .
{remember? online quilt shopping}
. . . because, no doubt about it . . .
. . . you lose the awesomeness of these fabrics to some degree . . .
. . . when you chop them into little pieces . . .
. . . inspirational credits to vanessa christenson . . .
. . . and our fearless quilt group leader . . .
. . . stay tuned for part two . . .
. . . when it's quilted/bound/named . . .


11 comments:

britney said...

Wow - how many quilts have you made, and how long does sewing one together take? It's beautiful. Sure does look like a lot of work, and something I wish I knew how to do! :)

Goose said...

Love Monk and the Route 44. The quilt was nice too. :)

The Neels said...

Very Beautiful!! You inspire me to keep learning how to quilt. Thank you. All your quilts are great.

granny said...

Truly a work of art. You are so amazing.

Christine said...

Wow, this quilt came out so beautiful! Well done! I love all of those beautiful colors!

becky said...

i ♥ heather bailey! the outside "piano keys" border totally makes it for me! adorable!!!

chris+amber said...

Well, color me happy! I am in love with this quilt! I love each and every single print. Good job, once again, Mama!

Michelle said...

Soooo cute and I'm impressed with your pinwheel points. PERFECTION!

Peg and Parker said...

Yum! I am flattered to be linked. You rock and are one of the few, the proud, the finishers!

Sassy said...

YOU ARE SO AMAZING STEPHANIE!!!!! That is beautiful!

Ferfus said...

Holy cow...That is so stinkin cute! I actually might have gasped when I saw it. Amazing!!!