TILTING BLOCKS TO THE LEFT ….

Monday, February 6, 2017

10:34 AM

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I am making a series of tilted blocks for my SKYFALL NINE quilt.   I thought I would post some of the things I learned about making this block.  This can be applied to any tilt block.  This is a left tilt block… I will post a right tilt block soon, but right now I am chaining left tilt blocks.

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I am tilting my 3.5 in NINE PATCH BLOCKS.  The pattern said to make my wedges from a patch 2 inch by 5-3/4 inch rectangle.   I found it easier and much more efficient in the long run to make my rectangles 2 inch by 6 inches.  That resulted in more fabric on the pointed end, resulting  in a block that is nicer to square. YES, there is some waste but I thought it was worth it for the easier sewing and nice resulting block.

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I found in general having made other tilt blocks that the rectangles should be at a minimum 3 inches larger than your finished block you are sewing your wedges too.  The NINE patch is 3 inch finished therefore my rectangle worked best when it was 6 inches.

 

YOUR rectangle is cut on the diagonal to form your tilting frame.  The way the wedges are cut controls the tilt of the blocks. For this LEFT TILT rectangle from the lower left side to the upper right corner of the rectangle.

For a RIGHT TILT  blocks cut your diagonal from the left upper corner to the lower right corner of the rectangle.  The blocks are assembled pretty much the same.

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LINK for RIGHT TILTING BLOCK

You need to cut two rectangles for each tilt block.  Be sure the fabric rectangles are right face up and you can layer one fabric over the other, cutting the fabrics at the same time.   I tried cutting the rectangles with my fabric back sides together but that did not work as the rectangles were mirrored and had to be put aside.

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I found that by making a map of the block layout was helpful to speed up my sewing.  I just grabbed the pieces I needed in order.  Not having to figure out how each patch was sewn to the nine patch help keep things in order and avoided mistakes.

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Taking  wedge “A” flip it so it is ready to sew.  THE right angle should be placed on the mid- point of the patch you are sewing your wedge too.  The slanted portion of the wedge is aligned to the upper portion of the NINE PATCH.  You then sew the wedge to the nine patch.  I sewed the patches so that I could keep the seams from flipping on the nine patch. 

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Aligning the right corner of the wedge to the mid- point of the patch is done in every step to align the wedges to the nine patch and form the tilt in the block.  Repeat this process with wedges B, C, and D.

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Once all the wedges are sewn to the NINE PATCH.  The block needs to be squared up to the correct size.   I did this in a two- step square up … first getting the misaligned fabric removed … then square up the block to the  correct size ( 4.5 inches.)  IT IS IMPORTANT to maintain quarter inch off of the corners of the nine patch, but you can tilt the ruler a little to get a slightly varied tilt.  This was really evident when I increased the size of the rectangle the wedges were made from to 6 inches.  Doing that allowed for easier squaring of my blocks.

 

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WHEN SQUARING UP MAKE SURE YOU MAINTAIN YOUR QUARTER INCH OFF THE CORNERS OF YOUR BLOCK.

 

Once I have finished this block …. I only have about  30 to 50 more blocks not to mention making right tilt blocks. 

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HAPPY QUILTING

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What I learned while making this quilt ….

MQ with StyleI was inspired to make this quilt by the quilt I saw in  CHRISTA WATSON’s book MACHINE QUILTING with STYLE. (page 34)  I really liked Christa’s pattern other than it was too small.  I wanted a queen size quilt of at least 100 inches wide and 100 inches length.   Christa’s quilt was more like a throw size.   So I  decided to make my own quilt inspired by Christa but as usual doing my own way.  

I am listing here what I learned while making this quilt because as usual when I go off on my own I usually run into trouble.

1.   The first thing that made it hard on me was letting my DD see the quilt I was making for her.  I had planned a rainbow quilt but she decided she would rather have a blue and green quilt.  I abandoned the  segments I had already made, putting them aside and instead made other segments. …. What I learned is ……  DO NOT show quilts in progress if you do not want input from someone else.

2.     I usually design on a design wall as I like to design visually.  Only problem is I do not have a design wall big enough to stretch out the segments  far enough to measure the quilt top properly.  I mis- measured  the quilt top multiple times and thus wasted some fabric.  I was also short and had to reorder more fabric.  Of course,  it was not the exact right shade because it was a different lot number.   I can tell the difference but my DD can not …. SO I AM SAFE.  MODERN QUILTS often require more background fabric than traditional quilts.  I had purchased 10 yards of KONA JET BLACK from a local quilt shop ( it was the last of the bolt)  I had to order an extra 3 yards on line.

Second thing,  I could have done to avoid this problem is to draft out a pattern of the quilt and estimate the size of segments I needed.  MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE.    I made the pattern below midway thru the project.  I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation if I had drafted it earlier. ….  like before I started the quilt top.                                                         

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IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO SOME BASIC PLANNING BEFORE STARTING ON A QUILT.  I TEND TO SKIP THIS STEP ….. BUT NOT IN THE FUTURE.

3.   In Christa’s quilt she used a pre cut 2-1/2 inch strips for the background and the colored strips.  Her quilt was 54 x62 inches.  She used a roll of background fabric paired with a roll of colored pre cuts.  I would have had to used 2 – 3 or more rolls of 2-1/2 inch back ground fabric and another 2 rolls of the colored fabric. ( I estimated 7 segments of 10 strips each. )        

My segments were made from a bin of strips I had cut in various widths for a different quilt.  I pulled all the greens, blues and yellows that suited the project.  I had left overs from a set of batik  TONGA TREATS, and I used many of those in the quilt. 

Because the strips were of different widths I had trouble making a matching segment to mirror the first segment.  The left hand segment should match the segment on the right side.  It would have been easier if I had used precuts.  I had to fudge with the segments to get them to the correct side.  The next time I make this quilt quilt.  I am going to echo the sizes of the strips on each segment.   I need to pre plan the segments more carefully. 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO BALANCE AND MIRROR THE LEFT SEGMENT TO THE RIGHT SEGMENT.  IT RESULTS IN A NICE PATTERN.   THE NEXT QUILT I MAKE WILL HAVE TWO CENTERED SEGMENTS and NONE OF THE HALF SEGMENTS SEEN AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE QUILT TOP.

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This quilt is so large I can not hang it anywhere to take a picture of the entire quilt.  The picture above is the top half of the quilt.   The picture below is part of the bottom segment.  I had not finished piecing the bottom segment that went below the segments shown here.   I am going to borrow a quilt rack to see if I can get a better picture.                                   .

 

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4.  I had used a batting as my design wall when I was planning this quilt.  It was white and shedded like crazy.  As a result I have hundreds of tiny fuzz all over the quilt.  I am spending a lot of time trying to clean the quilt top before taking it to the long armer.  I am having my long armer order black batting for this quilt.  Once it is clean it is off to the long armer for quilting. 

THE IMPORTANT LESSON HERE IS DO NOT USE A WHITE BATTING WITH A BLACK QUILT.

I do plan to post a better picture of the quilt…. the entire quilt top ….. IF I CAN GET ONE.

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