Thursday, January 30, 2014
WIP Wednesday 1/29/2014
Free-pieced heart blocks
The last couple of nights I've been working on a little hearts quilt, inspired by Stargazey Heartz quilts seen online. I gathered a bunch of red and off-white scraps and paired them up. My idea was to free-piece the blocks, but just to make sure I was in the ballpark I made a sketch of a block and kind of measured the width and length of the red strips.
Rough cut strips without measuring too carefully, sewed them together.
Pinned along the seam line just to see how it would work out.
Folded back, pins still in place. Not bad.
Removed pins, stitched.
Trimmed off the excess.
Attached strip along the top edge.
Attached to the other top edge.
Cut a good-sized square (no measuring), then cut diagonally.
Four blocks sewn
I measured the mis-shapen blocks and figured 4.5" unfinished was the biggest cut I could get. Found this template in my little collection of various sizes. Yippee!
Grainline went out the window long ago, so I just found a spot that worked. Drew little pencil marks at each corner, removed the template, then cut the square using a ruler.
Four blocks squared up. Each is different, but that's what I wanted.
Changed the arrangement a little.
I may add some sashing between the blocks, but I may sew them together as they are. Either way, the quilt will be very small. I intend to display it on my bulletin board at work, which is only 17" long. It will be nice to enjoy during February and probably for a while after that.
Patriotic Quilt - Electric Quilt sketch
A sampling of red, white and blue fabrics. Many others will be used, as well.
Tonight I designed a quilt to be made in red, white and blue. I plan to use all stash for the quilt top. I'll start the quilt in a day or two, and I'm sure I'll have it done before President's Day.
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