Thursday, January 19, 2012

Week 2 Progress Report on Handquilting my DWR

Here's what I got done this week:

 I have to remember to outline quilt 1/2" at the outer edge so I won't just cover the quilting with the binding later. (Actually I'm not sure if I'll add a binding or do a knife edge but there's plenty of time until I get to that.)

So I've now finished half of this roll! Yeah!

I've started a new project-what I think of as the ultimate scrap quilt-a postage stamp quilt. I spent the week figuring out the sewing scheme-I'm doing it in rows-and cutting directions.
I'm using unbleached muslin and quickly cut that up. I needed 1 1/2 yards and I had a uyard and some large scraps so that was taken care of.
 Then I started on this mess of strips from my scrap strip drawer. I'm going for a dark quilt so I'm also sorting out the lights. Trimming them to 1 1/2" wide took a while.
 When I got tired of cutting, I started sewing some of the strips together in groups of 4 or 5. I'm going to need anywhere from 7-21 scrap squares sewn together in sections so I thought this was a way to get some strip piecing to speed things up and still have a lot of variation in those sections.
 Next I went to work on the smaller strips, squares, etc. Some of these were long enough for strips and some I just cut into 1 1/2" squares...again it will help with the variation though I don't want to sew all squares.
 I started to get a bit more creative in sewing the strips. From this weird bit, I'll get some 4s and some 5s, and at the end some 3s and maybe even a 2.
 See its working...some sections ready to be sewn together and some "strata" read to be ironed and cut and some strips to be sewn into strata plus those individual squares
I hope to have some rows sewn today and something to show soon. If you know the pattern, I've decided against using focus fabrics around the muslin-I like the look but since I'm using dark fabrics, dark focus fabrics didn't show up and I don't think I'd like the look of light ones.


Unknown said...

Oh girl - you have inspired me to pull out a quilt that I'm 1/3 of the way finished hand quilting on! Your double wedding ring is gorgeous! You rock!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Your hand quilting is so beautiful, Miri, and I can't wait to see what all those scraps will grow into. It's really looking interesting there!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

the quilting is looking really good. I really, really need to organize my scraps.

Paula, the quilter said...

Your quilting is beautiful! I have done a knife edge on a GFG. It fits the era-style of the quilt.

Roslyn said...

It's looking really nice Miri, your hand work is so lovely, my hand-quilting is awful so I don't do it!
I've wanted to make a postage stamp quilt Miri -don't know if I have the patience though.Perhaps if I make it a long term project so I am not at it all the time, some other quilts in between.I certainly have enough scraps!Are you sure you don't need more......?

Ulla said...

Lovely quilting, and you have done so much already! The postage stamp quilt sounds tempting, I have SO much scraps to work with! It could be a 5-year-plan.

Sandra said...

The quilting and the quilt are lovely. Keep up the good work!