Thursday, July 25, 2013

WIP Wednesday 7/24/2013

Above: Scrappy Blocks
Green and teal scrappy strips sewn together any old way

On Saturday I traveled to Sacramento to attend the monthly Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I got to see friend and first-time visitor Marilyn L. (North Hills Quilter). I showed off the Boston Common quilt top, as well as plans for the Fourth of July quilt and a tropical quilt. 

After the meeting I had lunch at Cheesecake Factory, then spent some time at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. In one of the books I read that it's good to have a ritual before beginning a creative session. I decided to try sewing some scraps together for 15 minutes as my ritual. I did it twice, and the results are seen in the photos above. The jury is still out on whether I'll keep up the ritual. It's nice, but since I start sewing so late, I got little done on the Fourth of July quilt that I'm currently working on.

Star pattern from Electric Quilt
Printed on plain paper, then traced onto junk mail card stock
For the Fourth of July quilt

Wonder Under fusible web
Someone gave me several packages of this. Looks old, but it works.

Fusible web placed on back of white-on-white print

Fused fabric

Tracing star pattern to fused fabric

Tried pencil, but rubbery texture of webbing made tracing difficult. Used pen, will cut inside the line to prevent seeing a dark line on the edges.

Traced 13 stars

Rough cut one star

Star cut, inside the dark outline

Star placed on blue square and fused into place

Scrap to practice zigzag stitching

Pretty happy with this
I reduced the width and length of the zigzag to sew around the actual star.

Zigzag stitching done. I like it.

View from the back

I'll finish the other 12 star blocks, then sew them together, alternating with plain blue blocks. Red and white stripes will be created, using a quilt-as-you-go technique. I'd like to have most of the quilt done by the end of the weekend.

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  1. That is a very cute star! Thank you for showing how you made the little beauty!
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  2. Thanks, Esther. I'm glad you enjoyed the step-by-step.


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