catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
Preliminary Layout

I’m very happy to be back on the road, but with resuming our travels the quiltmaking has slowed down some. Still, all but two of the whole blocks are done for the 30’s Stars quilt! I laid out all the blocks and put together a rough preliminary layout so folks could see where this is headed. (Click on the photo to open it in my Flickr account at a somewhat larger size, if you like.)

Next step is finishing the last two full-sized border blocks; then I think I’ll swap to hand-work for a few days. We’ll be touring National Parks in New Mexico for the next week or so, so most of my time will be given to that. And in the evenings I’d really like to finish binding the log cabin quilt that has been waiting patiently for completion since November. That’ll be a nice, warm, low-stress project.

Check out what everyone else is laying out and planning up, on Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday!
catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
Four-patch border units

I’m calling this quilt 30’s Stars, but maybe I should be calling it 30’s four-patches. The stars went together in jig time compared to the four-patch blocks! These are the centers of the last of the full-sized blocks intended for the border. This picture was taken Sunday morning; as of Sunday evening, seven of the fourteen border blocks are done and stashed away in a pillowcase with the other finished twelve-inch blocks, and the rest are laid out and rolled up in a towel for travel. Hopefully, next time we stop those can be finished, and after that I just need to cut background triangles and strips for the edge blocks and put everything together.

Be sure to take a look at what other quilters are working on (with or without feline assistance) at Judy Laquidara's Design Wall Monday!
catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
Awash in 2-patches

The picture features most of the 468 two-patch units made with 30’s prints and white squares. Some of them were used to make 76 one-patch units, but the rest will be sewn into four-patches for the 30’s Stars quilt.

Naturally, somewhere in all that sewing I miscounted... )
catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
The stars

2012 was a good year for quilting; sitting in one place for months made it easy to finish three quilts, which were all well received by their owners at Christmastime, and a couple of longstanding finished tops were sent off to become full-blown quilts. I started a new quilting notebook (finally filled the old one) and made a list of projects to work on in 2013. I’m looking forward to next year and Judy’s new monthly pick four focus; that should give me the impetus to get a lot done!

The stars for the 30’s stars quilt are all done (someone reassure me that those dark blue centers aren’t too dark!) Now there are just 468 two inch squares to sew to their respective background squares and make up into fourpatches. I apparently really like the look of quilts with fourpatch blocks alternating with other blocks for a “sashing” effect, as this is the second in just a few months (Holly Berries being the first.)

But first, I’ll be off to the quilt store here in Turlock today; they’re having a deep discount inventory sale and I need to stock up on backing material. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else is up to at the end of the year, at Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday. And may everyone have a happy and healthy New Year!
catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
30's Star quilt beginning

One quilt... just add thread.

May everyone who reads this have a wonderful holiday season, and a happy New Year!
catlinyemaker: (starquilt)
Cutting 30's prints

It was a grey and dreary morning, which is why my window looks almost black with the flash. This is the start of a new quilt (well, three new quilts, once all is said and done.) I love the look of 30’s quilts, whether reproduction or vintage. I’d made up patterns in EQ for several, and picked the one I wanted to make most for my next project.
Cutting for multiple quilts... )

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