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Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 3

Conscript Law

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

See details of this quilt on my project page: Civil War Diary Quilt.

 

I needed 12 HSTs. I couldn’t figure out how much to cut the squares to get a finished 1.5 HST.  I couldn’t figure out how to get EQ7 to tell me how to do this.  If you know, please let me know.  To be fair, the program comes with tutorials and things and I’ve only watched the first video.  I plan to spend time each week learning the program but I’m not there yet so… it’s the user, not the program.  Anyway, this site calculates it for you.  All you need is to enter the finished size of the HST and it will tell you how big to cut the squares.  Since I needed 12 HST I chose to use the 4 HST method. 🙂

The blocks in this quilt will finish at 6″.  I cut my squares to 4″.  To be exact, it would have been cut at 3-3/8″ but I cut it larger to trim down.  I trimmed the HSTs to 2″.

Then I needed to make this little block:

That baby is probably about a 3″ square.  I trimmed it down to a 2″ square. I do not know the name of the unit.  There probably is a name for it.

To get 4 of these I needed to cut:

  • 2-4″ squares of the red and the white
  • 1 – 4″ square of the turquoise, then cut on the diagonal twice for 4 triangles

For the red and white squares, I put the right sides together and drew a line on the diagonal. sewed a quarter inch from each side of the line; cut on the line and then cut on the diagonal. you’ll get a total of 8 half triangles. put aside the ones with the white fabric on the left and keep the ones with the red fabric on the left.

Then I center the turquoise triangles onto the red/white triangles and sewed on the long edge.  I press fabric into the turquoise but I assume you can press in the method you like.

Then I trim to 2″ squares. And put all the little pieces together to make the final block.

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

 

And here’s my back so you can see what that looks like:

Personally, and I don’t mean to brag, but I am so amazed at how far I’ve come in my quilting journey.  I’ve been quilting for about 10 years now and I’m loving how my points are matching and how flat this block is.  I’m happy that I took the time to learn the steps and practice and learn things over again.  Practice makes perfect.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I love how my journey is progressing. 🙂

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 2

Oath of Allegiance

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 2
Oath of Allegiance
5/20/17

My blocks will finish at 6″ once pieced into the quilt top.

There are faster ways to put this block together but since I’m only doing 1 block and not 50 of them, I cut each individual square at 1-3/4″ and then pieced them together.  First in pairs, then in squares, and so on until the block was done.

I’m still loving it!

See the first block and all the details on my project page at Civil War Diary Quilt.

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Civil War Diary Quilt

If you follow me on Instagram (@thousandneedles) you saw all these pictures already.  But I wanted to go into full detail while I still have all the details…  I’ll prepare a project page for future reference at some point.

Fabrics used:

Kona White

Red/Salmon (Medium): Doodle Box Red, Cori Dantini by blend – The Adventurers

Turquoise Blue (Dark): The fabric line is not on the selvage.  Also, the front looks exactly like the back.  I hope when all is said and done, you won’t be able to tell.

Also, I am planning on using other fabrics as I go through each block but I’ll be starting with these three for now.  I am also planning on staying within the colorways.

I’ve had the book Civil War Diary Quilt by Rosemary Youngs since the rage a few years ago.  But didn’t make the quilt for one reason or another.  I decided one morning that I wanted to start.  I’d been thinking about modern quilts and traditional quilts and I grapple between the two.  I have not made a “modern” quilt as I’ve been trying to finish up some things over the last few years and the urge to stop what I was working on to work on other things was kept at bay.  Now, my sewjo has left me again and the old tactics I’ve used in the past to get it back are simply not working.  I think it’s time I start something new.  And how fun it would be to create this traditional quilt normally created with civil war reproduction fabrics in my current 2 favorite colorways.  Actually salmon/pink is my color and somehow this red took over.  I plan to put more salmon/pink in the quilt to reduce the red effect.  I love how the turquoise blue looks with the salmon.

The intro of the book provide instructions on how to do the blocks by hand with templates and foundation piecing.  It seemed overly complicated to me.  So I purchased the Civil War Diary add on from Rosemary Young for EQ7.  I have EQ7 but I’m not proficient in it and very rarely use it.  I bought it because I knew I would use it for this book, Dear Jane, and other quilts I want to make in the future.  Since this is the first real project I’m using EQ7 I’m struggling.  Any pointers would be much appreciated.  I was able to get the Civil War Diary blocks into EQ7.  The blocks are not in the same order as they are in the book and there isn’t a way to search for them.  If you know of a way to search, please let me now.  For now, I have to scroll through all 121 blocks and examine them closely to see if it resembled the first block.  Of course, the first block in the book was the last block in the program.  I’m rearranging them as I find them so that the first block is really first in my block library for this project.  To be fair, I haven’t taken any of the tutorials for the program.  I do plan on taking them one of these days to help me get my bearings.

I figured out how to print the block with “rotary cutter” instructions.  It’s kind of helpful in that it gives me the measurements of what to cut.  But it’s not completely intuitive.  For example, the first block finished looks like this:

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

There are 12 HSTs in this block.  EQ7 provided the measurement for the HST.  But I like to do my HSTs where you cut the squares, draw a diagonal line and with right sides together, sew a quarter inch on each side of that diagonal line, cut on the diagonal line and that will provide me with 2 HSTs.  The problem? I didn’t know how big to cut my squares so that the HST would finish at 1-3/4″ I basically cut them big (2.5″ squares) and trimmed the HSTs down to 1-3/4″.

In addition, there are 8 pieces that use the tri-recs ruler.  Again, the program gave measurements of cutting the fabric along with the degree of the angles.  That’s way too complicated but I guess if you didn’t have a tri-recs ruler, that would be the way to get these shapes.  I don’t know.  I’ve had the tri-recs ruler for so long I don’t remember ever making these without them.  Or how to do it without them.  I wonder if there is a way to tell EQ7 what rulers I have so that instead of giving me the measurements, they tell me where to cut the tri-recs at.  I cut them at 2″ and once the little pieces were put together, trimmed them down to 1-3/4″ again.

Block #1 – Alarming Conditions

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

I generally try not to work with directional fabrics and I didn’t realize I had purchased it in this case.  I normally don’t care or pay attention to them.  But this time around, I feel like paying attention to them. It takes longer and some fussy cutting but I am enjoying to process right now.

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
The back
5/14/17

As much as I love the finished block, I wanted to point out that back. A lot of times, people do not show the back of the blocks.  I really paid attention to my pressing as there would have been a lot of bulky seams where the points met.  In the places that were extremely bulky, I went to the back and spun the seams.  Is that what it is called?  I learned this from Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt-a-longs each year.  The block lays pretty flat and I’m happy to have the first one done!

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

SFVQA – Quilting in the Valley Quilt Show! Recap

I had a fabulous time.  Everyone was mostly pleasant and a blast.  There were a handful of grumpies but that’s normal so we can ignore them.  I was able to help the ladies run the credit card app and I traveled between locations to be on hand for any troubles.  They were pleased with my presence and I’m glad to have been of assistance.

Sorry I wasn’t able to post pictures last night.  One of the issues we ran across was that an older tablet was not connecting to the internet properly so I left my phone with that location so they would be able to use the credit card app on it.  I was not able to take pictures on Saturday.  But today, Sunday, I knew exactly which pictures I wanted.  Here are some pics of the quilts I enjoyed.  I didn’t get all the details (like whether it was machine appliqued, a pattern from someone else, or anything like that) but I am including the main quilt maker’s name.

Flower Pot #4
Lois Christianson

“Rainmaker”
Sue Rasmussen

 

“At Home in the Garden”
by Becky Kokkinos

“Fun and Fancy”
Zena Thorpe

“Guess who’s coming to Dinner?”
Victoria Crayne

“Leftover Stars”
Francine Landau

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow.

~Happy quilting

~Melanie

Craftsy Class Review: Free Motion Filler Volume 1

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Free Motion Fillers Volume 1

with Leah Day

This is a great informative class on how to FMQ and different designs to use.  Leah Day is a wonderful instructor.  She’s nice to listen to and gives clear examples.  If you’ve never checked out her website, you should!  You are missing out.  When I purchased this class I wanted to use my Bernina and do FMQ on my quilts.  I still do.  However I quilt big quilts – usually Queens with a Full thrown here and there.  I hate quilting these on my little Bernina 330.  The throat space is just too small for that size.  So my intent originally was to take this class and practice until I was good so I can have different options to quilt.  But I hated quilting on my Bernina.  The smaller quilts – like baby quilts I generally do straight lines.  So I watched the class while finishing up projects here and there.  There are a lot of great ideas.  And I plan to use this class as something to refer to when I feel the urge the FMQ on my domestic.  I may have smaller quilts that I want to do a design on in my Bernina.  One of the issues I found with the designs is that they are really small and small quilting tends to make the quilts stiff.  I want soft quilts.  I like that I can take the designs and enlarge it so that I can retain a soft quilt if I wanted to.  I may one day take the designs and practice them to see if there are any that I like to use in one of my quilts.  If I ever get a real sewing table for my machine, I may take this class again specifically for that.  Until then, I will consider this class complete.

Note: Go to the class’ site on Craftsy.com for information on the lessons, etc. on the class.

 

Stash Report – Week 9, 2015

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I got the quilt frame put together and Bailey up on it.  I also got Month by Month on it.  It took me all afternoon yesterday to get it going and by the time I was done putting everything together, I was too tired to tackle the machine and actually quilting.  That’s my plan for tomorrow.  I’m really excited and I hope things go smoothly.

Finally finishes to count!  The secret project is done and I’m counting the top for Tell It To The Stars now.  I could count Month by Month now too but I’ll do that when it is off the quilt frame and bounded.  That’s a total of 9 yards used this week.  But I had to add fabric for the backing of Month by Month.  I bought 5.25 yards.  I wanted 6 to be safe but I bought the end of the bolt so 5.25 it was.  And I stuck to my intentions and got clearance fabric.

Used this week: 9 yards
Used year to Date: -23.25 yards
Added this week: 5 yards
Added Year to Date: 29.75 yards
Net Added for 2015: 6.5 yards

see more stash reports at  Patchwork Times

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 11/27/2013

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

It’s really early but the kids are out of school this week for the holiday. So we took advantage of it and got them to decorate the house for Christmas.  Thanksgiving is at another family’s house so we’re free and clear to start early.  But that means my sewing machine is tucked away and my sewing area has become Christmas Central.  I’m not sure where I’ll be sewing during this time but there is no way I’m not sewing for the next few weeks.  I just have to be okay with  a temporary, possibly cramped, space.  And as long as I have my sewing machine to keep me sane, I’m okay with that.  Just a brief update on what I’ve been (or not been) working on lately –

I haven’t been doing much lately and there is nothing new to add from retreat.  I’ve been working a lot lately and instead of quilting during breaks like I used to do, I’ve been playing Sudoku on the iPad.  😦  Last night I did finish watching “Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine” with Ann Petersen and I was inspired to do the block by block method for Raining Cats and Dogs.  I need to check out the finishing instructions and see if that method will work but I think that will help me get that project quilted.

Thanks to the hubby, I’ve got all the ingredients for our part of the Thanksgiving Feast and I’ll be starting that tonight after work.  I’ve got half my Christmas shopping done – thanks to the internet and only a few more people left.  The Holiday Newsletter is not even close to getting done but all the pictures are picked and I’m making it real simple this year.  No one cares about lay out and stuff – all they want are the pictures of the kids.  And this year, that will have to be good enough for me too.

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.  Also linking up with Kate  at Life In Pieces. 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 11/20/2013

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

I have nothing new to report from the weekend.  I just started working on block 2 of Raining Cats and Dogs and I haven’t moved that much further along since Monday.  I touched My Hand Quilt only once since then too.  Easy Street is out of the machine but I am not yet finished with it.  I do not think I’m going to get it done before 11/29.  Which is okay with me.  I still want to get it done by year end.  While I finished Block #2 (September) for Rainbow Garden, I haven’t prepped Block #1 (October) for the retreat on Friday.  I know it’s weird – Block #2 came before Block #1 but some times that’s what happens with BOMs.

At the retreat I plan on working on Missing Ivy.  I haven’t touched it the last few months and I’m hoping it will re-invigorate my quiltiness.

The end of the year is fast approaching.  Are you ready?  I’m not.  I really need to get my act together so I may have to meditate and just brainstorm everything I need to get done – and figure out which items I absolutely must do, which are to be delegated and which are to be taken off completely.

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.  Also linking up with Kate  at Life In Pieces. 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 10/30/2013

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

I’ve been spending most of my time quilting the secret project and a bit of hand work.  I do not like switching from quilting to regular piecing because I’d have to switch out the feet and I’d rather just finish the quilting than going back and forth between quilting and piecing.  But the quilting is done now.  I’ll finish hand binding tomorrow and will get the label on it at some point. I’m sorry I can’t post pictures yet.

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 6 – The house is done.  I’ve got the dog and the lamp left to do.  At the rate I’m going, this should be done in the next week or two and I’ll be able to start on the next block next month.  This is definitely going much faster than I thought since Block 6 wasn’t even on my list of things to get done this month.  When I started this BOM it took me 3 months to complete the first block.  So I’m happy to see how much I’ve improved over the last two years.  When I put all the blocks together it will be interesting to compare the first blocks I did with these last few and see visually my improvement.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #3 – I finished quilting the first ring of the last border last night. I think I’ll be doing at least 2 more rings but I may turn that into 3.  We’ll see how it looks as I get further along.

3. Rainbow Garden – I’ve slowly been working on this BOM.  It was a really slow start.  I got my first block in September only to discover that I didn’t have the right thread.  I’d never worked with wool before so I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t even know what kind of thread I needed.  So I asked the shop doing the BOM to send me my thread and they sent it to me with my October block.  So right off the bat I was a month behind.  When I received the thread I enjoyed looking at it and the pieces of wool but I was afraid to cut into it.  Again, I had no idea what I was doing.  I went online and googled how to applique wool.  The method I found and I tried was the following:

  • Trace patterns (without a 1/4 inch seam allowance) onto freezer paper – I used a lightbox
  • cut around the patterns – not on the line but just to separate them from each other
  • Iron them onto the correct color of wool – I had to look at the picture and figure out which piece matched which fabric
  • cut the pattern and wool on the line to get the exact wool piece
  • place the pieces onto the background material – I matched the picture to figure out where things go where
  • use a lot of needles to pin it down

This BOM listed the order of the tread in the instructions they sent for the September packet.  I haven’t looked at the October packet so I do not know if this was just done for the first one or will be the case each time.  It helps that they list it in order.  At first I wasn’t sure what kind of stitch to use.  When I applique normally, I’m needle-turning for an invisible stitch.  That isn’t something I can do with wool.  One, because it’s to thick.  Second, because I didn’t cut a seam allowance.  Well – even if I did – it would still be too thick to needle-turn wool. 🙂  The instructions said to whipstitch.  I’ve always understood whipstitch to be the simplest stitch in stitching two fabrics together but I still thought that the stitch was practically invisible – at least I tried to make it so.  I whipstitch when I do my hexies.  But nobody taught me this and all my research has been online so it may not necessarily be correct.  I tried to applique the wool with the whipstitch being “invisible” but it didn’t come out so well so I made the stitch visible and I think it looks better.

Rainbow Garden BOM Block #2 (September 2013) Unfinished

Rainbow Garden BOM
Block #2 (September 2013)
Unfinished

 

Rainbow Garden BOM Block #2 (September 2013) Unfinished Close Up

Rainbow Garden BOM
Block #2 (September 2013)
Unfinished
Close Up

This process has been a real enlightenment for me working with something new.  I’m almost done stitching it.  I’ve got the large leaves and the stem left to do and the last step is to embroider.  I’m not sure yet what that entails as the only embroidery I’ve done is the bit I have to do with Raining Cats and Dogs.  But while I’m stitching I realize that this is an art that doesn’t need to be precise and maybe that’s why there isn’t specific instructions on how to do it.  You pretty much have to look at it and do whatever looks right to you.  This is so different than appliqueing with cotton fabric which has to be very precise.  I have to consciously let go of wanting to be precise and just do what I think looks right.

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.  Also linking up with Kate  at Life In Pieces. 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 10/23/2013

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedGetting it done – one piece at a time…

I tried spray basting for the first time Monday evening and it worked! It was relatively easy. If I had followed each step completely it would have been even easier. But I didn’t and I suffered for it. Anyway I got the back of the secret project done on Sunday and spray basted it Monday right before the sun went down. I’ll be quilting it later this week. I plan on moving my sewing machine around a little to get the table configuration set up for quilting a “throw” size quilt. At least it is not a queen size. I plan on doing simple straight lines and on Saturday I will need to get fabric for the binding. I have nothing in my stash for that. We’ll see how the spray basting works with the quilting. I’ve heard mixed reviews online and from the comments in the Craftsy class “Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine”. Some have loved it and some have found their needles get all gummy.  I’m curious to see how mine turns out.

Lucky Star BOM Jan. 2013 Unfinished

Lucky Star BOM
Jan. 2013
Unfinished

Here’s where I’m at with Lucky Star – Jan. 2013 Block. It is still unfinished. I’m about half way done and I’m a little worried that I do not have enough red in my scrap box. At least pieces that are big enough to use. My point doesn’t match again but I’m okay with it.  It really is just all the bulk that builds up.  If you’ve got any tips or tricks on how to get the points to match despite that – I’m all ears. 🙂

Hampton Ridge BOM Block 2 Completed  October 22, 2013

Hampton Ridge BOM
Block 2 Completed
October 22, 2013

I’m enjoying Hampton Ridge.  The smaller blocks are more difficult and I’m learning to ignore some of the pressing instructions to reduce the bulk in the back and help keep my points matching.  I’m usually one to follow all the instructions because I assume the pattern designer knows how everything will turn out and that is why they give certain instructions.  However as I quilt more and more and follow patterns I realize that it’s okay to not follow some directions if I know a better way to make the block come together and lay a little more flat.  There are so many ways to do things that the pattern writer may not know all the tricks.  Or they are just making the instructions simple for all levels to follow.  That bit of freedom I allowed myself helped me to match most of my points and reduce some of the bulk. Of course, sometimes I get into trouble like the skipping steps in my spray basting instructions. 🙂 Working with a smaller size causes bulkiness.  Have you experienced the same thing?

1. Raining Cats and Dogs – Block 6 – I’ve got the first 3 pieces appliqued down. There are a ton of little pieces for this block so I’m just concentrating on doing one piece at a time.

2. my hand quilt – Working on quilting Border #3 – This one is like the Eveready Bunny – it just keeps going and going. Well the end is in sight because I’m on the last border. I just got to be like the Eveready Bunny – I need to keep going. lol

3. Easy Street – I’ve put a hold on this. Being on the same step for Easy Street and Secret Project is no fun. I get tired and I don’t enjoy it. So I’ve set that aside until the Secret Project is done. Then I can finish the backing and work on getting it quilted. Since I have to go to the quilt shop on Saturday for fabric for the binding, the long arm certification class is on Saturday. I may get in on that and get it out-of-the-way.

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

See more WIP Wednesday posts at Freshly Pieced.  Also linking up with Kate  at Life In Pieces for the first time. 🙂