Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Progress of a Challenge Quilt
I attend a sewing group at my LQS, and we just participated in a challenge. We were to use at least 80% of this fat quarter (in a visible location) and make something. It could be a bag, quilt apron, whatever. The perimeter of the finish project couldn't be larger than 210 inches.
It is from the Country Girls line by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake. At first I was going to make a bag, but it was just too cute not to fussy cut the shapes. I started out by cutting 3.5 inch strips. (The red is just so you can see where I cut the fabric.)
Luckily there was very little waste, but I did lose the cute girl with the knapsack.
Then I cut the strips into squares and rectangles. I knew I had to piece some ends together to make them big enough to finish at 3 x 3 and 3 x 6.
Then I added fifteen fabrics cut into 3.5 inch squares and put them on the design wall.
I added some Riley Blake Basics, one from Tasha Noel's Little Red line, a couple from Lori Holt's Vintage Happy line, a couple Robert Kaufman quilter's linen fabrics, and some Moda Daysail fabrics by Camille Roskelley. I am very happy with how well all the different fabrics played together.
I pieced the quilt is a new way. After chain sewing some pieces together, I didn't snip the threads. I just continued chain sewing pieces in the row together. There is a tutorial for this method here. It looks really neat hanging from my ironing board.
Then I clipped some of the threads so that all the rows were in pairs. I pressed all the odd rows to the left and even rows to the right.
Then I folded it over and sewed the rows together.
No pins and my points looked pretty good. :)
Have you ever tried that method before?
Pretty soon I had a finished quilt top which used 92% of the fat quarter and had a perimeter of less than 200 inches.
I actually finished this quilt in May, but waited to blog about it. I had fun enjoying it in my kitchen until it was time to turn it in.
I will share more of the finished quilt later this week.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see what other quilts have been doing.