Design wall 3/13/17 more fun with strings & Triple play quilt

Life’s been busy the last few weeks and I haven’t had (or rather taken) the time to post anything. I did finish my Triple play quilt top and it’s quilted and bound. Yea!

We held our annual mystery lock in day earlier this month. Everyone was busy sewing all day and appeared to have a great time. We had lots of show and tell of last years mystery quilt, Knotty Times.

Also lots of Midnight Magic quilts from the 2015 lock in. 
It’s always fun to see all the different colors that the ladies use. They all look great!!

We are hosting another mystery day next month so  you’ll have to stay tuned to see our latest mystery quilt.

I finally got back to working on a new string quilt and I am currently sewing the rows together. It’s on the design wall this week. When I get time I will finish sewing them together and get the borders added on.

That’s it for today. To see more walls, check out www.patchworktimes.com

Theresa

Purple string quilt ready for quilting

I finished the purple string quilt tonight and it’s now ready to be quilted. 

It will get an edge to edge quilting design on it.  The string sashing was perfect for finishing off those blocks. This quilt will be one of the quilts I will show in my lecture on string quilts that I am working on putting together.

Now back to sewing more strings!

Theresa

Design wall 12/5/16 purple string quilt

I have become so addicted to string quilts. Whether I’m making squares or sashing units,it doesn’t matter. I just love sewing those strings together and coming up with different ways to put them together into quilts!
I bought these blocks online probably 16 years or so ago. At the time I thought it would be a fast way to put a quilt together  (save time by not having to piece the blocks) and have something to practice my machine quilting on.

Needless to say, I never did get them made into a quilt top.

I always knew I had them in a box somewhere………but where?????

I finally ran across them this last week and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I started pulling purple strings from my string basket and cutting a few more.

I’m hoping to find time this week to work on getting the sashings finished. I have all the string pieces made, just need to sew them together to make the sashing units.

But right now I have to get back to the longarm. Check out more design walls at wwwpatchworktimes.com

Theresa

I’m a gluer….😀

I know some people are against using glue in the construction of thier quilts, but I am “not” one of those people. I love how easy it is to glue the pieces together and then just sit down at the sewing machine and sew.  I’ve been working on the crown royal blocks, which has really gone together quick! I like doing things that are quick, that way I can get more things done.

I thought I would share a bit of the glueing process with you today. I had all the blocks made and there is a sashing strip that goes in between each block. I sewed a sashing strip onto the right side of each block (the first block has a sashing on both sides).  Here’s where using the glue really speeds up the process.

Starting with the first block, I glued the blocks together one by one, making sure they were in the correct order. After glueing the first 2 blocks together, I would fold up the block on top and then with rights sides together, glue the next block on and repeat that process until all blocks were glued together.



I then picked up the stack and moved  to the sewing machine.

Keeping the blocks stacked, I started sewing.


When I reached the end of the first block, I chain pieced to the next block.

I continued to keep them stacked while chain piecing the blocks.

When I finished the last block, all I had to do was clip the threads between the blocks…….

Tadah! Row is complete. No blocks accedentally turned, no pins to fuss with or get poked by. Only took a few minutes to have all the blocks sewn into rows.

That’s it for now. Next step will be to glue the sashings onto each row and then take my pile of rows to the sewing machine and chain piece them. Yep, I like using glue!😳

Theresa

Purple scrap quilt

In my quest of trying to use up my stash, I am making progress! I cut up 14 purple fat quarters for this one.
I got the borders put on it today, now it’s ready to quilt.

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This is the second quilt that I’ve made from my stash by using this block. It’s a fast block to make so I thought about how to do another quilt using this same block.
I decided to use my blue fabrics. I cut what fat quarters I had and then cut up different scraps of blues. I needed to have 200 pieces cut. I cut them in sets of 50’s and I’m now ready to sew.

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In looking for blue fabrics to use, I came across some boxes of fabrics that I didn’t even know I had. Good grief! This is actually ridiculous. It’s no wonder I was running out of room!!
Ok, well, that’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. I am determined to use my stash!!

Theresa