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Carla Rodio

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Monday, June 28, 2010

amish sampler quilt

I prevailed upon a friend of mine from church in order to quilt her top for her. "Very well, but only if you meander." I truly meant to only meander all over those beautiful blocks but when presented with fifteen blank slates; I lost it. "Look at it this way," I told her, "You are assisting in my artistic development." My favorite was the card trick block.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Samantha's Graduation quilt

I bet you noticed that this one is fat quarter friendly. I first quilted the borders and did the binding and left the interior quilting for this morning so that I would be doing it with a fresh brain. When I first looked at it this morning; I did not like it at all. I forced myself to finish the quilting. And you know what they say, "quilting makes the ..." Now I love it.
Quilting detail while still in the machine.

Back detail.
finished size: 60 x 69
9@ 141/2 x17 1/2
inner border 42 1/2 x 2 1/2; 2 1/2 x 55 1/2
middle border 1 1/2 x 48 1/2; 55 1/2 x 1 1/2;
outer border 6 1/4 x 57 1/2; 6 1/4 x 60
7 binding WOF

Saturday, June 19, 2010

j is justin

My nephew Justin has just graduated so I whipped up this little number. My inspiration for it is a quilt on Amy's most recent blogger's quilt festival. inspiration here Mine is considerably different. I made it twin size (72x90) and inserted an initial block in the horizontal pieced block. It's an official stash buster quilt. Almost everything in it came from my or my friends' stash. While it looks like it was one big block slashed in two to insert the horizontal block; that is not how I constructed it. It has three blocks. One 28 x 58, one 40 x 58 and one 8 x 58. They were all pieced together and then bordered with two borders. A 1" border and a 6" border with cornerstones.

I quilted a j into the initial block and stippled the background to get the j to stand out just a little bit more.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wahoo! A tomato.

What to do? What to do? 'Mater sandwich? Cheese and tomato omelet? Sliced onto pizza?
I think it will probably be eaten out of hand with juice squirting in my face.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

2 graduation quilts '10

A couple of sweet girls at church are graduating so I whipped up a couple of easy quilts for them. Tutorial here: http://quiltingaccordingtoannette.blogspot.com/2010/06/single-block-quilt-quick-and-easy.htmlSister #1.

Back detail.

Front quilting detail.

Back quilting detail.

Sister #2.

Back detail.

Quilting detail front.

Quilting detail back.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Single block quilt, quick and easy, tutorial

I saw a small quilt out in blogland very similar to this. A lightbulb went off over my head and I came up with this little gem that is great for showcasing some of those big beautiful prints. Please do not print off copies of these directions and share them. If your friends want to make this quilt; please refer them to my blog. You are welcome to sell the quilt at craft shows or online.

60” x 60”

Center fabric:
1 ¼ yds
Inner border w/corner blocks:
5/8 yd plus at least a 4 1/2” x 18” remnant for corner blocks
Middle border:
3/8 yd
Outer border + binding
1 ½ yds

Backing and batting at least 62” x 62”

Note: If you wish to piece your backing; purchase extra length of your yardage pieces.

Rotary cutter, mat, cutting ruler Sewing machine, iron, ironing board Thread, pins, measuring tape
Wash, dry, and press all fabrics. Trim selvages from each in turn.
Note: All seams are ¼”. WOF means width of fabric.

From outer border fabric cut 6 5¼” WOF Sew these strips together, end to end, press seams. Cut two pieces 60” long, fold together. Cut two more strips 50½” long, fold together and stack on top of previous cut border pieces. For binding: Cut 6 2½” WOF strips (or whatever measurement you use for your binding). Sew the ends together with a diagonal seam. Trim seams to ¼” fold your long strip in half and press. Set aside.

From middle border fabric cut 5 1½” WOF strips. Sew these strips together, end to end, press seams. Cut two pieces 50½” long, fold together, stack on top of previous cut border pieces. Cut two more strip 48½” long, fold together and stack on top of previous cut border pieces.

From inner border fabric cut 4 4½” WOF strips. Trim them all to 40½” in length. Cut 4 4½” cornerblock squares from the remnant. Take two of the 40 ½” strips and sew a 4½” cornerblock square to each end. Press cornerblock seams toward the center, fold together and stack on top of previous cut border pieces. Fold up remaining two pieces and stack on top of your now towering border stack.

From the center square fabric cut a 40½” square.

Inner border: Pin and sew the two 40 ½” borders to oppsite sides of center square. Sew the other 2 corner block strips to remaining sides. Press the seams towards the outside of the quilt.

Middle border: Pin and sew the 48½” then the 50½” strips to the quilt. Press the seams towards the outside of the quilt.

Outer border: Pin and sew the 50½” and then the 60” strips to the quilt. Press the seams towards the outside of the quilt.

Baste, quilt, and bind quilt in desired manner.
Detail photos:
Cutting detail of inner border cornerblocks.

Cuttting detail for center block.
Cutting detail for center block.

Sewing detail for outer border. Note how I chain piece the seams.

Sewing detail for corner blocks. Chain piecing again.

Sewing detail for binding. Chain piecing again.
Trimming binding seam down to 1/4".

Binding seams may be pressed open or to the side. Pressed to the side is quicker but pressed open is just a little bit neater in appearance.

Pressing detail for binding.

Middle border pieces neatly folded on top of outer border pieces waiting to be sewn on to quilt. The nice thing about completing border pieces first is that you can just whiz through the piecing.

Pinning detail of inner border.

If you are going to sew across an unpressed seam, pin it down so that it doesn't flip in the wrong direction while you are sewing.

Pieced back.

Detail of quilting, front.

Detail of quilting, back.
If you construct this quilt could you please email me a link to photos so that I can see it?