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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Three Quilts part 2

Read part 1 here.
After washing and pressing all this cloth...31 yards of various calico colors; 14 yards of Bird & Flower print...
Calico washed but not pressed.

...it is obvious that I have way too much fabric for this project...so I think I will piece the backs out of "left-over" calico.

Each quilt will have its own unique pieced blocks; all three will have solid blocks of the Bird print.

Each of the blue calico prints will be used for sash and outer border in one quilt.

Here is the plan for KA's quilt.
Pieced stars, the most complex of the three.

B's squares

E's pinwheels


I spent some extra time figuring out how to cut all the different pieces and waste as little as possible, then realized I had more than enough!
All the pieces for all the pieced blocks (7 blocks per quilt)

B's squares
One of B's squares sewn together.


Some of E's pieces folded to try out colors.

Decided on one calico per pinwheel for E's quilt.

All the pieces for KA's stars
Notice that the blue calico in the pinwheel photo is NOT among the star pieces...because it will be the sash and border for this quilt.
Those pieces do not look like the typical star pieces because I am using a "No Y seams" method that I found here.  I have seen "star-like" blocks made from Half-square triangles but I do not like the seam in the star point that results from that idea.

Small square of Flower, diagonal pencil line for seam, sew to calico.

This is the beginning of star points. The extra corners will be trimmed off.

Corners trimmed, seams pressed, next piece sewn.

Seam NOT pressed flat, try again!

This one looks better.

Diagonal pencil line for seaming pink to green points.

An additional seam allows the "bonus block" to be cut off the corner.
Star points and a bonus block for later.

A note about pressing seams - sometimes I press them open to get a clean fold, then press to one side.

Pressed in the same direction as the other seams.
Four units of 2 points each make up an 8 point star.

Pairs sewn together.
Now to sew the pairs together ...those central points must match up exactly, so it is worth taking a few extra steps to get it right.

Use a pin to pierce EXACTLY at the point, and then through the corresponding point on the lower piece.

Pins on either side of the match point hold the alignment, and the red pin is removed.
Sew a few inches and then check it!

I'll take that for good enough! ....and sew the rest of the seam.
Press all the seams and it is done!
Six more stars...six more pinwheels...six more squares....to sew...before I can show you the next part.

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