Anael - WOW! very nice...also I see how far behind I am! ;-)
Gus...your B-9 color layout is fascinating. Way to go!
Ann Clair - very pretty and nice job on the quilting.
Quilt'n Nan - Ooooo...a new house and a new sewing room. I can understand your excitement! We moved into a new house last June. Have had a man working on finishing the bonus room upstairs for my very first sewing room ( have been sewing on the kitchen table for 40 years so i am very excited about getting a room just for sewing where I can leave my projects out. The room is ALMOST ready for us to begin building a cutting table and a sewing table...in fact, I got to move some folding tables and my sewing machine up here yesterday and I am now trying to decide on what I need for storage and so on....This will be a great change from digging all kinds of plastic bins out to try to find what I am trying to find. I am also excited to be able to make a design wall to put my DJ pieces on. It will all take time....but I have a start! Let us see pictures of your new sewing studio when you get it set up!
Spartan Quilter. I really like your variation on how you are quilting the blocks differently. Especially like your B-7
I keep lurking and loving all of the blocks. I got behind the 3rd week, and never got back to sewing. But I really love seeing how the different color schemes look. Thanks all for such a variety of ideas.
Jeanine in Washington State
TymeToShine--Yes, no one told me that there are rules about quilting, so I am just doing what I want. I decided that if it is machine sewn, then I do the shadow stitching, as I call it, and if it is an applique piece, then I do the stitching like I did on B7. So, I am getting all sorts of different things on this quilt, but it is a definite learning experience.
A learning experience it is!!! and whoever said I was caught up [he he.... fooled everyone by posting all those blocks I guess cuz I'm a week behind!] That B-9 fabric is just two fabrics - the lighter one and a 'Dear Jane' fabric I bought from Brenda's site that has a stripe pattern in it. She designed several reproduction fabrics like the original Jane. I used part for the 4 inside stripe pieces and another part of the same fabric for the corners! When pieces are this small, you get to use the same fabric in different ways - love doing it!!
ann clare, Your blocks are beautiful as usual. Are you quilting just the top and the batting or do you have the backing on your squares? I haven't decided how I want to do the quilting on my squares. I'm looking for ideas from others.
Originally Posted by ann clare
Losie, I am quilting with the batting and backing. Got my backing fabric in Belfast on Monday. It cost 21.70 sterling per yard. I started by hand but now I am machine quilting where possible. When I have Rows 1 and 2 done I will join QAYG (quilt as you go). Love the idea of completing a row.
Hey, I was just directed to your website. I just bought the book and after a first look, I have become very intimidated but this thread looks awesome and I am going to start my DJ soon. I will be far behind everyone else but I don't mind... I want to do this to relax and enjoy quilting. I can't wait to start. I have to shop for fabrics before I start. I have kona white for the background. My stash is non-existent. I buy as I go. I love batiks and I also love 2 color quilts. Not sure which way I will go with fabric choices or if I will get repro fabrics. HMMMM.
Yay Jocelyn....you arrived! Try to take the time to read this thread.....you won't be sorry! Lots of eye candy here.
Welcome Jocelyn!!! don't be intimidated and dont worry about being behind [I started this thing - am a week behind today ...then there's tomorrow :( and taxes...:( gotta do those too] also - if you have any any fabrics in your stash at all [once you figure out whether you are going bright, batik, repro... I guess that should stay constant] you don't need much per block. In fact, I have a few blocks where I used just barely 1 charm square of 'color' plus the background. Background requires about the same. Some will use 2 charm squares of each. You just have to cut carefully and think things through.
If you want to jump in and catch up, I would start with the easier ones and get a feeling of accomplishment - - A6, A8, B13, C3, C1, B4 B10,
If you enjoy applique - A7 is a piece of cake [if you want it to look more like the original, you should reduce the size of the melons a little - don't be intimidated with reverse applique, it is more forgiving!]; B1 =4EZ reverse app circles [I match the size to Karen Kay Buckley circles to mark outer fabric; I also use those for B2 and B3 - the first has you making two sets of 4patches made out of halfsquare triangles and 'twisting' color before appliqueing on top; B3 - I made a larger 4patch, cut inner circle 1/2" larger in diameter than finished, took an extra 1/2" on the four seams and appliqued the circle on background], B12 - a little more challenging,but not bad. As is A10 - refer to the thatquilt.blogspot for those instructions.
Next do A5 - if you look up the nowaste method for making flying geese [http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf] it will go a bit faster. Do A4
wait a little before doing A11 [refer to post #523 to make it easier], same with B11 - look at instructions on post #804. and A1 - several members -starting with judytheSewer and TymetoShine noticed that the book pattern did not look like the original at all, which was wonkier and drew other patterns - starts with post#200. I wrote a tutorial for A2 on post #684.
hope these pointers help!!!
Also - the triangles are not as hard as they may seem. The first ones I posted to make are quite EZ.