Where has the month gone? I've been very busy and in the process kind of lost my blogging momentum. I taught two English paper piecing classes last week. The workshops were organized by the Rouge Valley Quilters' Guild and they were held at Log Cabin Yardage. It was fun to teach in a shop because I was able to pull bolts of fabric to demonstrate ideas. I think everyone had a great time and came away inspired to create. Many of us also came away with some new fabrics for our stashes!
I have a two week break until my next trunk show so hopefully I can get caught up on some projects including my QAL. I've got many of the components made and they just need to come together, Here is a sneak peek at some of the bits and pieces! It doesn't look like much right now but stay tuned because it is going to change and evolve. Part of the reason for the delay is that I am working from the outside edge of the quilt in towards the middle and that makes the math a little challenging but I'm getting there.
I've also managed to put together the rows of hexagon blocks for my Road 66 quilt. I'm really happy with how this quilt is turning out and can't wait to get some borders added to it. The quilt is made with 1 1/4" hexagons. The path that connects them is made with diamonds and triangles.
Now that the top is put together I need to get an accurate measurement of the quilt top. The quilt top design was featured in Di Ford's book Primarily Quilts and while there are measurements provided I never entirely trust them so I'm going to take my own measurements. Let me explain how I do this.
I have removed all of the papers from my quilt top except for those all around the outside edges. I keep them in the quilt until I'm ready to add the border. The paper stabilizes the hexagons and prevents stretching so I can get accurate measurements.
I place my ruler on the quilt top so that the left side lines up with the innermost V where the hexagons are stitched together (red arrows). I line up the 1/4" mark on the edge of the innermost hexagon along the top edge (green arrow). I measure each of the four sides. The top and bottom measurements should be the same and the side measurements should be the same. If there are any differences I measure again. If the variance is 1/4"ish I will either add that number to the opposite side or omit it from the side with the extra. I figure I can ease in 1/4" along the edge of the quilt. These measurements include the seam allowance.
Once I have my quilt top measurements I can position my ruler in the same way as shown above and any parts that are beyond the ruler are trimmed away to produce a straight edge. The last step is to release the seam allowances of the hexagons on the top edge (they are still basted to the paper). This will provide a long straight edge so I can add the border.
I've been hiding away my scraps and leftover bits in baskets and they are overflowing. Sometimes I cut them up and make 3" nine patches but I had lots of leftover hexagon papers so I've been chopping up the scraps and basting hexagons when I'm out and need something to keep my hands busy. They will all be tossed into a bag and when the inspiration to create hits I'll have them ready and waiting to be turned into something new!
Time for a cuppa and maybe some borders! Until I post again happy sewing.
Nice to see you back, Karen! I was at the RVQG meeting last night, and everyone raved about your workshop! I think you have made a few converts. :DReplyDelete
Nice to see your post Karen. It sounds like you've had a great time with your workshops - I bet they were extra inspiring! Love your Road 66 quilt - what a beauty! Happy New Year :-)ReplyDelete
Missed you a lot Karen! Nice to hear from you.The top looks amazing!ReplyDelete
welcome back! love your fabric choicesReplyDelete
Wonderful road 66 top Karen.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the measuring information, I am just at that point with the Grandmother's Garden, will follow that route.
I'm with you. Seems like I've been so busy lately I've lost my blogging ju-ju 🙀, but hope I get it back. Love your quilts. You do such amazing work...a true artisan.ReplyDelete
I'm so happy to see you back. I put my hexies away and now feel inspired to get them out. I don't have a plan for them but I love making them.ReplyDelete
Hi Katie! It is good to be back. So sorry I couldn't send you a personal note but you are a no reply blogger! :-(Delete
Love watching your progress and works of beauty. Such inspiration.ReplyDelete
Route 66 looks absolutely beautiful. I am excited about the new QAL. Can't wait to see what you are doing. Good to see you back in blog land.ReplyDelete
I am glad you are back and busy. Missed your posts. Cheers.ReplyDelete
Karen, you are a tease LOL I don't have a crystal ball, but somehow I see zig-zags in my future...ReplyDelete
Thank heavens it is you doing the math and not me!
I missed you, but I knew you were busy with your trunk shows so didn't worry. Those fussy cut rosettes in the ROAD are amazing.ReplyDelete
I've also missed seeing you on here Karen. Glad to know how successful your classes are.ReplyDelete
You are a fountain of knowledge, but I know its as a result of lots of effort and work. Looking forward to you QAL.
I have been missing in action too! I guess I just needed a break from reading blogs and writing posts. Looks like you have been very busy stitching, can't wait to see how it comes together.ReplyDelete
Glad to see you back. Your Route 66 is beautiful, very cheery! I am glad that your teaching is going so well, and that you are enjoying it too! I hope your mom is all mended and back at her stitching as well.ReplyDelete
Hi Karen, missed your company on here! Road 66 looks really good, was wondering was is the size of the little joining triangles and diamonds? best wishes, Anne in South Wales (UK)ReplyDelete
Always enjoy your posts and miss them when you are so busy. Road 66 is going to be a great quilt.ReplyDelete
Love this quilt!ReplyDelete
I see some of what is to come. Shall I start collecting fabric for the quilt along, could those topics be addressed? No hurry, I'm just asking about that cause I like to have time to search for them. Hugs!ReplyDelete