Having fun with FREE MOTION QUILTING .. .. …

MAPLE LEAF

It has been a while since I started this little project. Last January I made the block which is the subject of my previous blog. I detailed in that post the problems I had making a maple leaf block using the new(er) picture piecing method. When I got home from my retreat I had to take my machine in for service. It took almost 2 and half months to get it fixed because they had to send to Switzerland for the parts. I did buy a Singer 301 as a back up machine but it does not do any free motion quilting. I did use it to piece the block I was working on but then I got stalled. It did not help that LIFE interfered with other home projects that could not be delayed. When I got my sewing machine back I finished the block in one afternoon and had a blast doing it.

 

 

Last year I had designed a 8 and 12 inch maple leaf blocks I had seen in a magazine. I had made several of the blocks for a quilt I want to make for my husband… This is my version of a block of the month. I make blocks of various sizes when ever I get the chance. I then put the blocks into a box and will assemble the quilt when I get enough of them. I also recently redrafted the block in EQ7 because I was not 100% satisfied with my first block draft. I had trouble lining up some of the pieces. For the post card I used the improved design but had trouble getting the size I wanted. For the BOMs it does not matter what the sizes my blocks are as they will be assembled as if they fell out of trees. I do get aggravated when I use EQ7 and do not get the block to look like what I want… to be honest I do not have enough hand control to draw really nice blocks. I usually have to fix the block when I sew. I am finding that when I redesign a block a second or third (4th) time it usually comes out better…. YES practice makes perfect… or at least nicer looking. . .

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When I got to the free motion quilting I used a technique I saw / learned from my Craftsy class with CINDY NEEDHAM. She took a patterned fabric and used it as backing she then used it as her FMQ design. I did the same picked a pretty fabric; I then FMQed the background pattern. I used thread painting, over stitching and back tracking to add texture to the piece. This has inspired me to do the same to the BOM leaf quilt when I get to the point of FMQ. I have been looking for 108 INCH LEAF pattern backing fabric but so far NO LUCK. IF I do not find a patterned background fabric I like I going to make my own by using various stamping and marking techniques in order to get a leaf backing I like. By stamping my own background leafs I will take the plunge into mix media art work, but this is a blog for the future when I actually try out my ideas.
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This is the block I made … it is now on it’s way to the giftee. I am very pleased with it and look forward to making more blocks for my quilt using the new design …. I can hardly wait until I get to the FMQ part of the project.

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HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

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Playing some more in EQ7 — Version #2

I have been playing in EQ7 again… I started wondering what would a quilt look like if the small center squares in the uneven NINE patch blocks also had a strip of fabric, making it look like the big (A) blocks. So I redrafted my blocks and plotted out the quilt. I will tell you I have to work on the measurements for the the mathematical measurement would be 1.33 inches ( then you have to add a half inch for seam allowances to cut out your patches.) Who ever, heard of having 1.33+ patches, what number is that in real, useable measurements. I am going to have to convert those numbers but I am not going to deal with it until I actually have time to make the quilt. I will probably use my old tried and true method of cutting out the large patches ( on gridded paper) that fit the project then subdividing it to the appropriate size patches so they will fit the project. I have done this before and it usually works… best there is no math involved…

Here is an illustration of the EQ7 design.  I have found some cute baby fabric I can use to make this quilt  as a 3 block by 3 block layout.  Using large blocks result in faster assembly.  And as you know .. we have babies coming to this family.

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MULT GRID QUILT - BLK - 16-IN- E-E-E
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Well this is all for now… got to get to WALMARTS to buy some plastic tubs. This will be my first trip out of the house..
SO as always, HAPPY QUILTING,
NONNIE

 

 

 

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Grid Pattern with 16 inch blocks … Drafted in EQ7

Being sick this last week I was unable to do anything constructive (ie sewing … drippy noses, sick to my stomach did not allow sewing)  I spent a lot of time surfing the internet and playing on EQ7.  I found some really neat pictures of quilts and then played with drafting the blocks in EQ7.  This was my favorite pastime between taking naps.  I am posting one of the quilts I drafted with some basic instructions for making the quilt. 

I am a novice at writing patterns so I do not recommend a new / novice quilter trying this pattern out.   I think you need to have some understanding of cutting and quilting to make this pattern.  I also think a DESIGN WALL is absolutely VITAL to assembling this quilt.  It is a giant color puzzle.   I am including different colorways for inspiration.  And an illustration for block B.  I hope this might inspire people to learn EQ7 and design some of their own quilt patterns.  I enjoy buying quilt patterns but sometimes I can not find them on line or from their origins, so I have to design my own.

Nonnie

GRID PATTERN -BLUE, GREEN, PURPLE

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Fabric: 1/2 YARD for each large patch.  You should cut other patches at the same time.


Patch A : CUT 16.5 inches
Matching strips to be used in PATCH B  can be cut at this time:
8.5 inch x 2.5 x 4 patches for each blockI plan to cut a strip when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch.  These strips match a neighboring 16.5 PATCH A.

Cut 8.5 in square  for the center patch of any color you choose.
I will scatter these blocks to the opposite side of the quilt.

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block sizes- 16 inch

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This is a mock up of BLOCK B. it is what is called AN UNEVEN NINE PATCH.

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Patch B:  

8.5 in    Center patch of any color you choose.  I  plan to cut a patch when I cut the larger 16. 5 patch  (THIS is a repeated step, you do not need to cut extra patches.) 

You will also need also need the 8.5 x 2.5 inch strips to match the neighboring Block A to construct this patch.

BLACK CORNER SQUARES:   4.5 inch you need 4 for each block.

Black Strips:    8.5 inch x 2.5 inch .x  4 patches   for each block.  This patch is is next to the small 8.5 colored patches to frame that block.

I consider the outer blocks unfinished along the border and plan to design the border so that the large patches have their strips carried off into the border.    Not sure if I will do anything with the BLOCK B patches in the border… I will probably keep it solid black.

ALTERNATE COLORWAY AND PLACEMENT
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16 inch patch grid quilt- improved

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New PROJECT FOR 2013

I have always wanted to make a 1000 PYRAMIDS QUILT and I have finally started one. While cutting my scraps for Easy Street, I thought to myself I should start cutting my pyramids. I hope to have one pyramid from every fat quarter I own. I will probably get two as I found it I could get two pyramids from a 9 inch by 18 inch cut of fat quarter fabric I have. I am going to float them on a white background. I have a whole bolt of WHITE KONA that I have wanted to use to make a modern quilt with. This will be my version of a MODERN QUILT.

CUT FROM A 8.5 INCH X 10 INCH PATCH: added 2-1/2 inch strip
CUT FROM A 8.5 INCH X 10 INCH PATCH: added 2-1/2 inch strip

I am sewing a 2.5 strip of the white KONA to each triangle prior to cutting then I cut them out at the same time. This works good for single patches but worked best for a fat quarter section. ( See pictures.)

pyramid block-2 From a 8.5 inch x 10 inch patch one triangle can be obtained.

9 inch x 18 inch from Fat QuarterTWO pyramids are obtained from 9 inch x 18 inch Fat Quarter section.

pyramid MOCK UP of Pyramid Quilt with rainbow color plan

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I used my EQ7 to plot out my idea for the quilt. I want the triangles to float in a field of white. Well this is a start. I plan to start cutting during the BOXING DAY SEW IN…. ARE YOU JOINING US ON TWITTER?

HAPPY QUILTING

NONNIE,

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ADDENDUM: 12-26-2012
I will also be doing PYRAMID within a PYRAMID blocks for my quilt. I figure I can use up a lot of scraps by making these blocks. I will be paper piecing them from a pattern I made in EQ7; I think that will make them accurate. I will be doing several trial triangle blocks till I get them CORRECT. The patches are made from 3×3 squares but I won’t know for sure till I do a mock up of the blocks… I hope to test the pattern out this weekend. Wish me luck.

PYRAMID IN PYRAMID BLOCK
PYRAMID IN PYRAMID BLOCK

BOOK REVIEWS: Setting Solutions

Setting SolutionsSetting Solutions by Sharyn Squier Craig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

2001

This is my go to book when I have a problem quilt.

Defining the Norm… figuring out what went wrong.

Reconciling Size Difference

Color Corrections

Dare to be different

Framing

Alternating Possibilities

Organizing YOUR Orphan Blocks

Corner Cutters

Project Maps

Wrap it UP

The one problem with the book as it is old and the quilts are somewhat dated. I have seen quilts using these techniques and they are lovely, but right now I am looking for a new and different setting.

There are a lot of great technique in this book that will make quilts special.  All of Sharyn’s books are good for problem solving and great looking quilts.

Nonnie

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PLAYING WITH EQ7- FRACTURED

I am playing with EQ7 this time I am looking for blocks made with HALF SQUARE (2-1/2 inch) TRIANGLES. This block was made in an unconventional way with some waste but I love it’s versatility. There are so many different setting for it. I would love to see this in navy and cream scrappy blocks. What do you think?? So many ideas, so little time to bring them to fruition.

 

FRACTURED TRIANGLE BLOCK
FRACTURED TRIANGLE QUILT --V4
FRACTURED TRIANGLE QUILT -V3
FRACTURED TRIANGLE QUILT V2
FRACTURED TRIANGLE QUILT-V1

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