Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Side note to pinned in order

I tried the pinned in order tonight. I did a whole section in an hour. Cool! Hopefully that will mean I can get the top put together before Friday. I would love that.

Difference in width

The sections in the center of the quilt are sewed together. Notice how much larger the section on the outside of the quilt are. They have not been sewn together. That is tomorrow's project.
Good Night

The perfect set up

This set up works very well. I sew on the sewing machine. Then I can swivel my chair and press the seams. There is also a garbage can right there so I can trim off threads and get them out of the way. It has really streamlined the putting this quilt together.

Pinned in order

Since the order of the strips is very important, I started safety pinning the top of the seams together. That way I could take more strips at a time. If you pin it right on the seam, it does not get in the way of sewing the one before it. That helped move the work along faster.

Sectional sewing

The picture above is a small section of strips after they are sewed together. At this point I was taking 2 strips at a time, sewing them together and pressing them. Then I took them back to the quilt and put them back in the pattern so it doesn't get mixed up. That is very important. Grandma Hart even does it that so she doesn't get confused.
This is the place the section was put back into the quilt. The blue square surrounded by 4 red squares is the center of the quilt. Since I put it together from the center out, that is the way I am sewing it together. I am starting with the center and working my way out to the edge.

Totally laid out

This is a picture of the whole quilt laid out ready to start sewing the strips together. If you noticed there is an extra row on the far side of the quilt. I took it off and now it is totally ready. Also note that it is bigger than the fabric under it.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Figuring size

I was doing some figuring for the final size of this quilt. The length is about the size it will be. I only have 4 small seams to put the center strips together. The width, however, is different story. I will take out a 1/2 inch for each seam across the quilt. It will be alot more narrow. I need to put on several more rows to make a regular quilt. So glad I thought of that before I started putting it together.

Friday, August 20, 2010

It is coming together

Here's a picture of the progress I made today. I can't decide if I want it any wider. Input would be appreciated.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Here is a quick picture of what the quilt looks like now. I have spent some time on it today. I think it is growing on me even more. I have enough material to make it as big as I want. I love it when a quilt comes together.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The quilt is coming along (read from the bottom up)

This is pretty much what I have done now.

I took a break to finish some bibs I was making for the toddler room.
I still haven't figured out how to put these pictures on in the order I want. Here they are in the order blogger put them in. This picture is starting to put the quilt together.

Another Quilt

Here are the fabrics for another quilt. The cute fabric with the rockets and planets was very light, so I backed it with a white cotton. I already had 2 of the fabrics, so I just added a couple. It has worked out really well so far. Better get back to it.