Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Productive Four Quilt Top Day

     I added a wide large print fabric border to my Grand Illusion top so it now finishes at 58” square. 
It is very bright and will make a bright spring lap quilt.  I pieced a backing of leftover fabric and am ready to sandwich it for quilting.   However, before tackling that I chose to try a simple quick project.

     While piecing, I have been watching old videos of “Simply Quilts”.  One was of Anita Grossman Solomon showing a supersized nine-patch baby quilt.  I searched and found her blog with a link to the same video online  and a free downloadable pdf with directions.

  This evening I cut one yard each of 3 fabrics and about 1 hour and 45 minutes later, I had 3 complete baby quilt tops.

For the process you quarter fold each yard.  The next photo shows one folded and cut into sections.
Next I shuffled the fabric sections and sewed together like a nine-patch.  
One thing I do not like is the direction of the prints, but the width of the fabric and how the fabric was printed determined the direction of the center motif in the quilt top.  If I had cut pieces larger than a yard, I would have been able to control the direction of the center motif but there would be a little waste. This way about the only waste were the selvedges.

I decided this one needed something extra so I copied the seal in the large print, enlarged it more and cut out a fusible applique motif.  It is cuter.

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