In between class preparations and getting my house ready for a viewing day ( in the hope to sell it soon) I have been working slowly but steadily on a new quilt. One that will be mine… ALL MINE!
(Have you ever stopped to think how many quilts you have made for other people? It was time to make one for myself again!)
I have chosen my favorite autumn colours and mixed several fabric lines, combining anything yellow, orange and red. I even pulled some other fabrics from my stash.
This is what my plan for a large lap quilt looks like right now.
I am using the tri-rec rulers to create my “Autumn Candy” quilt.
While cutting the pieces of the above (partial) blocks, I also had some leftovers that I turned into triangle blocks.
Please ignore the triangles as they will not be added, even though they look great with the “hexagons”. The triangle blocks all need to be trimmed down to be to get a straight block and will not be big enough for the hexagon blocks. Even with my very careful piecing and abundant starching the blocks came out smaller than expected. I have even had to fiddle with my needle position to get 6,5″ hexagon blocks.
Mmmmm… lesson learned here: Always start with a bigger block if possible and then trim down, even with a tool that promises that you do not need to cut larger.
(I am using all quality quilting cotton and a very fine thread to piece, so I am still looking for the reason for my blocks not being the correct size. I am pressing, not ironing. The fabrics were not prewashed. I am using the quarter inch foot on the machine. I am starching the seams with a brush to get crisp clean flat fabric… what else could it be? I have set my needle to 4.0 instead of the standard 3,5 which was fine for every other project I have worked on.)
The triangle blocks were never intended to be used with the hexagons, so they will become something else.
I already have a wonderful idea, one that I will not be sharing with you just yet! Just wait!!!
First of all I will try to finish the big “Autumn Candy” quilt before the beginning of December. If the rest of this month is anything like these last four weeks, I do hope to finish this quilt before Autumn 2015… 🙂
Here’s hoping for more quilting time!
P.s. Linking up with Anything Goes Mondays