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My Quilting Journey
New Quilter On The Block
This lens is about quilting blocks and patterns I am attempting to incorporate into place mats, table runners, and table toppers. Although my first attempt at a quilt was just buying a panel and quilting it, I do not plan on making any more larger size quilts. I am going to make smaller items. There are so many patterns and blocks that I like, but I can only use so many large quilts. My friend liked this one so much, she purchased it from me and is using it as a lap quilt. I used that money to feed my fabric addiction.
As I did more exploring with quilting patterns, I became fascinated with quilts that had illusion. I also became attracted to fabric with the same pattern, but in different colors.
They say Cleaning, Cooking, & Housework comes before Quilting. My Answer: Only in the dictionary, and I don't own a dictionary, as I use "Spell Check", and Q comes before S.
The only way to get my sewing space organized is to build me a Bigger sewing space.
If there's no fabric in heaven, then I'm not going.
The Card Trick Quilt Block
In my search for quilting blocks, I found many I liked, but when I put them together to make a project, I found that I did not like them. I liked them only as single quilt blocks. So my search continued to find a block that I really liked when I put many of them together.
I finally found it: The Card Trick Quilt Block. I love this block whether I used 2 colors, 3 colors, or 4 colors. So I started experimenting getting this block to look the way I wanted it to. I started out using the traditional method of making this block by using Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles. My finished projects were just okay. I was losing my points at the end. I had to find a better way, and so my search continues.
I like this ruler, as it as a 60 degree line on it, as well as 30 and 45 degree lines
Quilts With Illusion
After doing much research, I have fallen in love with quilts that have illusion, such as The Card Trick Block. Besides that one, I have also fallen in love with Tumbling Blocks. Below is a Table Topper I made. Mitered corners and Inset seams are not hard to make. You guessed right, my friends wants one like this as well. For now I have it hanging on a wall in my kitchen. My husband and I just finished repairing and painting the wall, and I immediately took it over to display my quilting projects. I purchased 4 wooden yardsticks ( where I live, there are meter sticks so I could hang what I had made.
No matter which way you turn this table topper, you will see tumbling blocks.
My Quilting Methods
When I started quilting, I did research on the Internet, and learned I was to used the quarter inch seam allowance. Well, I did that. It was something I was not used to, after years of sewing and using the 5/8 seam allowance. I made some place mats for Xmas using the 1/4 inch. I guess I was not careful enough, so I ended up doing some repair after washing. After that, I vowed never again to use the 1/4 inch. I am now using 3/8 inch seam allowance, and I love it. Now, I know a lot of quilters out there are going to cringe at not using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, but my projects now turn out the way I want them to
I do not do too much quilting on my projects. I make the projects because I like the patterns. I only quilt enough so the backing of my project stays in place better.
The place mats I made are from a pattern called "Table Graces", which can be purchased from Amazon This pattern is very easy to make, and suitable for any occasion.
Impossible Triangle Quilt
Here is a quilt I made for a friend of mine. I showed her this pattern in a book of quilts, and she wanted me to make her one. After reading the pattern, the instructions were to make the whole quilt from small triangles. Since I was not into sewing very small pieces together, I studied the picture for a long time, and finally came up with a plan to make this quilt with as few triangles as possible.
I made the 3 triangles using strips around a middle triangle. They had to be sewn in correct order for this to work. After the triangles were made, I added bigger blue triangles to each side of the colored triangles to square it off.
My friend enjoys the quilt very much. I told her to take good care of it, as it is probably the one and only one that I will make from this pattern.
The Card Trick Block Poll
Have You Made Card Trick Block?
Tumbling Quilt Block Poll
Have you made a tumbling quilt block
The way I choose what colors I like together goes back a long way. It goes back to 1966 in High School where I was taking a sewing class. I don't know if the teacher selected her choices of what colors went together by using the color wheel or not, or if it was just what she liked. I do remember, however, when I wanted to sew a project with the colors Blue and Green, I was told in that no one ever mixed those 2 colors together. The same went for Pink & Green, Mauve & Green. I was not mixing just any shades of these colors together, as I knew the right shades had to be together or they would not look good together. I just went with the flow in order to get a good mark.
Much to my surprise, in the mid 1970s, they were coming out with those exact colors mixed together in Ski Jackets. I wonder what she thought about that? I like to think I was ahead of the times. So now have 2 reasons to mix those colors together--I Like Them, and To Spite Her.
If she is still around, she would probably state that fashion designers came up with the idea, so it's okay. My answer to her would "why do we have to wait for them to decide what colors go together"? .
I still use traditional colors that go together as well.
My Quilting Projects Display
Here are all my quilting block I have made so far. This display is on my kitchen wall.
Faulty Rotary Blades
Are you struggling with your rotary cutter? Is one brand of rotary cutter better than another? Are some Rotary Blades better than others? The answer to all these questions is NO. The only Rotary Cutter that may be better than another is what I call the Contoured Rotary Cutter, which may fit better in your hand. I am here to tell you that it is Not Your Fault that you have trouble with your blades.
I struggled with a Rotary Cutter for quite awhile , thinking that I did know how to use it properly. I changed blades, thinking that was the problem. I even had trouble after putting in a new blade, so I used it the best I could because I did not want to throw a new blade away. Then one day after I had enough, I changed blades again, and to my surprise, what a difference. I was able to cut through 6 layers just like cutting through butter.
So what was the problem before? The simple answer is very simple--A lot of blades are faulty--nothing more. It was a good thing that I had purchased the blades in a package of five because I could of wasted a trip to the store and still could have purchased a faulty blade. The package of 5 that I purchased came with 2 faulty blades. Do they not check those blades before putting them out on the retail market? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?
As you can see by the photo, I have 2 rotary cutters. One is a 45 mm, and the other is a 60 mm.
I started with the small one, and thinking that was the problem, I purchased the bigger one. Although. the small one was not the problem, the bigger one is better for cutting through more than 2 layers of fabric.