Thursday, August 12, 2010

Charmed I'm Sure (70 x 80")


Over the past few months I've cut a lot of my stash (especially the smaller pieces) into 5" squares and into strips of various widths. This quilt top was pieced from some squares I fussy cut. I sashed the blocks with some of the pre-cut strips, and added a piano key border. This top will go to Debra and she'll quilt and donate this top along with others she's making.

I also finally finished piecing this top, which has been a few years in the making. The basic units are 16-patches made of 2" blocks, and 3.5 inch half square triangles.


This top was done except for one of the long outer borders. I must've gotten completely sick of making these blocks, so I just folded it up and put it in the Closet of Doom. Once I had my new Singer 185 installed on the kitchen table, I decided to make up the remaining blocks and finish the border on this poor quilt. Of course it came together very quickly. I think this one will likely go to Debra too because I can't foresee a specific need/ recipient for this quilt. I just needed to make it, and now that it's done, I can let it go.


With some of the remaining 2" strips I made 4-patches for these blocks. Debra shared the link to this great method for making half-square triangles. Scroll down until you find the short tutorial for Fast and Easy Pinwheels on the right of the page, and your approach to the hst will be revolutionized. To get 4 of these 3.5" half square triangles, start with 2- 5.5" squares.

It looks like another scrappy donation quilt is in the works.

12 comments:

Quiltnbee said...

I love both the quilts, but most especially the one with the 16 patches...love it, LOVE it! It might even entice me back into piecing...might, I said...=-)

Vicki W said...

I love both of these quilts!

Judy S. said...

Thanks for passing on this link; it's great! I love the way you set your 16" blocks. Three pretty quilts!

floribunda... aka Julie said...

what a coincidence -- one of my local quilting friends just finished a pinwheel & 16-patch quilt that she showed us last weekend! It had been languishing for several years, too. I'll email you a picture. Love the way those blocks interact!

Kay said...

These are both fabulous! I'm wanting to do some scrappy quilting soon. I'll be sure to check out the link too.

Debra said...

I love every quilt you do but these 2 are definitely favorites!!

La MaƱosa said...

Wow, I love these! It's about time I make a scrappy quilt and I'm definitely going to have to try one of these layouts.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous quilts...I love the glam girls!

dee said...

What a fun quilt. Lucky recipient who gets that. Scrappy quilts are such fun to make.

Allison Ann Aller said...

These are both quite beautiful...the ladies who receive them will feel loved and honored I know.
And what a great tutorial, thanks Barbara and Debra!

...hmmm, and I am curious about that Closet of Doom.....

Magpie Sue said...

"The Closet of Doom" - LOL!
I love it. Love the quilts too (of course!). Wouldn't mind being the recipient of either one of them!

Plays with Needles said...

OMG! Eureka on the pinwheel tute -- thanks, I've saved it.

For some reason, charm quilts are my favorite...