Friday, May 24, 2019

It's a Finish! Triangle Tiles

Triangle Tiles
It's a finish!
82 x 88
Hand quilted. 
 My quilt was inspired by a vintage quilt made by Stella Freeman Gillion in the 1940s or 1950s which is now in the collection of her grandson, Dr. Alan Childress. 

Normally I don't use a pattern for vintage inspired quilts. I just usually see one and make my own version. In July 2018 Quiltfolk Magazine started a monthly digital pattern subscription. I subscribed and each month for $3.95 I received patterns for a "source" or vintage quilt and a "revival" or interpretation of that quilt by a modern quilter.  The patterns were a surprise I looked forward to each month; however, Quiltfolk discontinued the monthly pattern subscription and instead offer the patterns now at $8.95.   This one was Quiltfolk Pattern 001 released as a digital pattern subscription in July 2018. 

I used 30s reproduction fabrics in red, blue and yellow with a few browns thrown in for fun. 

 I don't normally add borders to my quilts but I thought I would add the plain borders like the vintage quilt had in order to make the quilt a little larger. I had the Kona Candy Blue in my stash leftover from making another quilt. It was meant to be since I had just enough.   Originally with borders my top measured 82 x 92 but I cut off 2 inches on top and bottom borders before quilting in order for the quilt to fit my batting. 

Battins is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. I hand quilted in a neutral thread Baptist Fans marked with stencil and chalk. Binding was the same Kona Candy Blue as the border.   I don't usually remember fabric colors or names or designers but I remembered this one because I thought blue candy would taste terrible. 

For the backing I pieced together yardage with tea cups sketched in light brown and letters in blue. 

This was my goal #1 for Q2 Finish-Along

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Some Assembly Required

 I now have 48 Spider Web blocks! 

An empty shoe box of 1.5 inch strips or 26 more Webs for my target of 48 was my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for May.   I made all my Webs and almost emptied the shoe box too. The remaining strips went into the bright strings box to be used in a couple of other UFOs. 

 This week's 16 blocks are on the left. The pile of previously made blocks are on the right. 
A total of 48 blocks...192 wedges...2112 pieces (if my pencil and paper math is correct).

It's about time!!! I started these webs back in October 2015 but ran out of 1.5 inch scraps a couple of times along the way.  When I decided to move this UFO forward this month I had 22 blocks and a shoe box full of 1.5 inch scraps accumulated over a few years to work with. 

Now there's some assembly required. 

Maybe I'll have a top completed for the next Wednesday Web report. Or this might be the last Wednesday Web report. Time will tell. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

And Then There Were 84!

 I just finished 23 of these 6 x 14 inch blocks. 
Now I have 84 and can begin to assemble the top. 

I started making these back in November 2017 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project to use 1.5 inch scraps.  The individual pieces are cut 1.5 x 2.5 inches.  At first I called them Whatchamacallits because I didn't know what to call them.   Then Sally at Objects of Design started making them and called them Bitcoins and I thought that was a very clever and more descriptive name so I started calling them Bitcoins too. 
 I'm going to join the blocks together randomly 14 x 6 or 6 x 14.  That way the quilt will be a square 84 inches and I will be able to have the quilt oriented two different ways. I was going to make a rectangular quilt but couldn't decide which way to orient the blocks so this way it makes no difference. 
 As I mentioned previously, I've been making these from 1.5 inch scraps. The little pieces were individually cut and sewn and not strip pieced although that would have been faster.   I really didn't want a repeat of any fabrics except the neutrals but that didn't happen -- there are a few repeats.  

 I made these last 23 blocks from the 2.5 inch scraps since my 1.5 inch scraps are running low ( and that's a good thing). 

As soon as I iron these blocks...
...they will join with the 61 other blocks and I can begin quilt top assembly.   I've been chomping (or is it champing?) at the bit(coin) to move this forward!  Since the weather has been rain, rain, rain and more rain and I can't work in the garden I might as well go sew. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Using Two Inch Scraps

 Orange is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month. This month I'm also making blocks in last months color which was aqua.  This week I dug into my two inch scrap bin to make some blocks. 

Wedding Ring blocks in orange that finish at 7.5 inches. 

 Wedding Ring blocks in aqua. 

Sixteen Patch blocks. 

Wonky Stars that will finish at 4.5 inches. I'm using waste triangles for the star points.  I've been making these off and on for a few years and only have a small pile of them. 

I have a big bin of 3 inch nine patches so have been making some 3 inch kitties to combine with them.  I cut all the kitty pieces from 2 inch scraps. 

Friday, May 17, 2019



Inspired by the following vintage quilt:

Four inch finished blocks with fourteen pieces. 
I like all the secondary patterns and chains that form. 
I made these blocks this week and now have 181 of them. My goal is 396. 

I just make them as the urge strikes. 

The little 1.5 inch HST pieces were cut with the Easy Angle ruler off the end of strips used to make QSTs for Vintage Thingamajigs and I still have a lot of them I can use.  After the HST piece was cut off the end of the strip then the  QSTs were cut with the Easy Angle Companion ruler and then the end was cut again with the Easy Angle ruler and resulted in another HST.  The little 1.5 inch squares are what is left of a pencil case full of scraps left from making several postage stamp quilts.  And the 2.5 inch scraps come out of the 2.5 inch scrap bin. 

More later. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019


I've been spending most of my time gardening; however, I have found a little time to sew too. Thank goodness for retirement! 

These blocks are inspired by a vintage quilt and I'm using aqua as my neutral. 

More later. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Webs

And now there are thirty-two webs. 
Sixteen more to go. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

It's a Finish! Blue Skies and Butterflies

 Blue Skies and Butterflies
64 x 80

It's a finish!

 I started making these in 2015 to use waste triangles to make butterflies ...
 ...and a variety of blue 2.5 inch scraps for the sky. 

I used a variegated thread... quilt flowers and leaves on my DSM. 

 There's more butterflies on the back. 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Using 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 Inch Scraps

 This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is orange. I'm also making blocks this month in last month's color which was aqua. 

I dug into the 2.5 inch scrap bin and made some 8 inch Garlic Knot (aka Arrowhead Puzzle) blocks. 
 I also made a few six inch Plus blocks from 2.5 inch scraps. I've been making these off and on for a few years if I end up with enough 2.5 inch scraps after making other blocks.  I was going to alternate light and dark/bright background but think I might end up with two separate quilts instead.  Working titles -- The Power of Positive Thinking, Nix the Negative, On the Plus Side. 
 With 3.5 inch scraps I made a Sixteen Patch with Star...
 ...and some Broken Dishes blocks. 
With 4.5 inch scraps I made some Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs).  

Thursday, May 9, 2019


A New Project. 

Maybe these are a Stone Mason's Puzzle blocks or a variation. 

How did these blocks come to be? 


I recently saw Kaja, who blogs at Sew Slowly, making some blocks  that I love. Then I remembered that a long time ago I had bookmarked a similar quilt I love at a blog named Cactus Needle.  That quilt was in an exhibit in the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in 2011.   The info with the quilt was as follows:

 Unknown Crosses (Stone Mason's Puzzle) 

c. 1940-1970 
71" X 81" 
Collection of Roderick Kiracofe 
*The quilt top was found in Alabama 

Back when I saw the quilt from the collection of Roderick Kiracofe and the mention that it might be a Stone Mason's Puzzle I looked at the directions in my Ladies' Art Company Block Tool (now out of print but I see there's a new version) I saw pieces had to be cut at an angle, some pieces reversed, etc. and my lazy self decided then I didn't love the block all that much.  I also looked at the block instructions at Quilter's Cache and yuck...that version is paper pieced and I like that even less than cutting and sewing angled pieces.    So the idea of a Stone Mason's Puzzle quilt for me remained as a bookmark for many years until Kaja reminded me how much I liked it. 

My recent research shows that Jinny Beyer has free templates for 6, 10 and 12 inch Stone Mason's Puzzle blocks based on the Ladies's Art Company 1922 block. I still didn't like all that cutting, all those angled pieces, some reversed. I never remember to put the template on the fabric the correct way when there are reverse blocks.  But I was tempted by those templates and a small six inch block because I love scrappy small blocks. 


As you have seen the last few Wednesdays I've been making Spider Web blocks. While making those blocks an idea popped into my head as to how lazy me could make the Stone Mason's Puzzle. I gave the idea a try. 

 I cut 9.5 inch pieces of newspaper for foundations and  I made two blocks exactly the same. 
I cut strips and sewed them to the foundation, keeping both sides of the center strip the same. My center strip (aqua brown steam punk) is 3 inches, next pieces (orange) are 1.5 inches, the next two pieces (brown arrows and gold floral) are 2 inches and the corners are 2.5 inch squares cut in half. 
 Trim to 9.5 inches. 
 Cut on the diagonal making sure the block is oriented properly. 
Tear paper foundation off the back of four quarters. 

 They will be assembled like I've been assembling Spider Web blocks... together the top two quarters, the bottom two quarters and then sew those halves together for a roughly 12 inch block.   

I notice that a lot of the versions of Stone Mason's Puzzle have a center square.  I might experiment with that by adding "flippy corners" to the center of the quarters before they are sewn together.  I also see a lot of the versions have all the same sized pieces. I might make some blocks substituting the 3 inch center and two 1.5 inch side pieces with two inch strips. When sewn together either sets of 3 center strips equals 5 inches. 

I also think I noticed last month when the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month was aqua that aqua/teal/turquoise/sea foam, etc. goes well with every color. So I'm going to test that theory by using aqua in each block. Aqua is my neutral. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday Webs

 Only two more Spider Web blocks to show for this week. Now I have 24 blocks which is exactly half of my goal. 
 No worries, though. I have lots of block quarters that need trimming and papers removed.  I trim a few up each day if I feel like it (I don't like trimming) and then remove papers while watching TV after dinner.  Then I sew them into blocks the following day. Well, in theory that's how it's all supposed to work. Some parts of the process get clogged up sometimes but things are still moving forward somehow or other. 
 I also prepare pieces for sewing the next day in front of the TV.  I think that spider and webs glow in the dark.  I'm not normally awake when it's dark so I'm not sure if that's true. 
 I usually work on 8 quarters at a time and cut pieces for each round as I sew. So I sew a strip each side, get up and iron, cut pieces for next round, sew a strip and so on.  I use a tiny stitch setting so papers practically remove themselves when I sew. That means these blocks are thread eaters. I sew with old thread from the thrift store, ends of spools, bobbins that aren't empty in any color. And then when those run out I sew with cheap polyester thread from Dollar General. 

 As I cut strips I keep two piles of short strips going. If after I cut a piece it looks too small for the first round I put it in a pile. I will sort through it for pieces to cut for each successive found before I cut additional pieces from strips in the shoe box.   If a strip seems too small for the end piece it goes into a baggie. At some other time I will sort through that baggie and cut postage stamp squares of 1.5 inch or sew them all together into one long strip. 

To make this quilt I've been using Bonnie Hunters tutorial for a 10 3/4 inch block.  I'm using 1.5 inch scraps that have been accumulating for quite some time. 

In 2012 I made a Spider Web quilt using a tutorial from Quilt It and a varied widths of scraps.  That tutorial uses a fabric foundation that is cut away so I felt there was a lot of waste. 

But I've saved that "waste" all these years and I've been sewing some of those scraps together into larger pieces of made fabric to cut and use for some of the center kite pieces for this string quilt.