Thursday, 7 February 2013

Birth of a Quilt?......

 

 
Is this the birth of a quilt I wonder?
I've made up all the nine square blocks.....
 
 
Some better than others! Some didn't match up very well, I then realised I'd mixed up the squares, won't do that next time! Well actually I say that, but unfortunately, I'm not one of those people who learn from their mistakes, well only perhaps after making the same mistake 20 times!!!
 
 
Now, my friends, what do I do next?......
 
 
I want to put white between each square, and maybe a small square of the backing material, at the corner of the big squares.....but what's the best way?
 
 
Any advice would be great, or links to other sites!
 
I love the mix of old and new, and the fresh colours!
 
 
I've popped the moderation thingy on, some weird messages, and unfortunately I've accidentally deleted some of your messages! If yours is one of them.....I AM SO SORRY!
I'm rubbish with all this stuff! I'm sure I will get the hang of it, once I've accidentally eliminated 20 of your messages, of course!
 
I'll be back next week with my latest Printers Tray, which I love, there won't be a finished quilt, but maybe some progress.....
 
 
Ada :) x
 
 
 
 
Etsy stuff....
 
I will be putting some more bundles and scrap packs in over this next week. These are from my own stash, I'm only putting them on to make some space, and don't think I will be selling them on a regular basis, in the future.
 
Also postage and packaging. If I have accidentally overcharged for P&P I refund the customer, through their PayPal account. I've under charged on several occasions now, and want to ensure I cover the cost. It's all a bit trial and error, but I'm getting a better idea of how much things cost to post!
 
I will also be listing some china and Pyrex bits....need to sort out them there cupboards!!! Kitchen refurb on its way!
 
Please email me if you have any queries.
 
 
 
 

41 comments:

  1. Ada,
    you have done well, but I'm not a quilter so I can't point you in the right direction...

    Crochet is another matter....anytime!

    I am sure all of your loyal blogger followers will be coming up with super ideas for this project so best of luck
    Daisy

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  2. Love this Ada ... I haven't any idea about the white .. I have a quilt waiting for the same treatment ... so will wait for all the advice you get :) ... it looks really lovely so far ... Bee xx

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  3. Ada, love your 9 patch blocks. Here is directions to finish your quilt. First measure and trim all your 9 patch blocks so they are the same size. Then decide how big you want your sashing strips. If you want the sashing to be 2" finished then cut 2 1/2" strips of the white. Then cut enough of the 2 1/2" strips into the same length as the 9 patch blocks to put in between each block. So if you have 4 blocks in a row you will need 3 strips in between the blocks and 2 strips at the beginning and end. Sew the 4 blocks and the 5 strips together to make a row. Then cut your blocks for the corner squares in the sashing - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and cut your sashing strips to the same size as the 9 patch blocks. Now you will make a sashing "row" by piecing a corner block and a sashing strip and then a corner block and a sashing strip and so on (ending with a corner block) until it is the same size as the row of 9 patch/strips row. Then you will sew all of the rows together from the top to the bottom. One row of sashing strips/ 9 patch blocks then a row of corner blocks and sashing strips, then a row of sashing strips and 9 patch blocks and so on until all rows are sewn together. Hopefully this makes sense, it is really hard to describe in words.

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    1. Thanks for your advice! I have trimmed each one.....but didn't check they were all the same size!!! Oh well, that's another evening job then! I will read through this properly before I do anything else to it! :) x

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  4. This quilt will look beautiful when finished!! Great start with the blocks. There's some great instructions already posted here I see! You're basically connecting the squares to make a row, then sewing each row together. Very simple, just time consuming. If you're sewing with 1/4" seams, be very careful with the exact size of the blocks because it doesn't give you a lot of leeway if one is significantly off sized. You're getting so much done these days, I feel quite lazy in comparison!! Wendy

    PS ... the snow started ... ugh!

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  5. It's going to look lovely when finished. Fresh and pretty xx

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  6. your quilt is going to be amazing , i love the colours! not sure i can pass on much advice as i mostly make it up as i go along, but i'm sure it will all work out in the end
    kellyx

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  7. I'm not a quilter (unless its VERY random and VERY crazy- I couldn't see a straight line to save my life!) and I soooo admire what you've done, wow! it's amazing!

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  8. So pretty, those colours are scrummy, i wish i could help but i would be rubbish, I've only made one quilt and it was a very simple affair, but i know yours will be amazing.
    love jooles xxx

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  9. Uum, sorry but I have never made a quilt before, so I'm not best to advise but I can say its looking so pretty and light and fairy like. I know you will make a real gem! I thought of you today when I found 2 vintage sheets in a charity shop for £1 each :o) I'm determined to make a patchwork duvet cover of sorts this Spring xox Penelope

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  10. The quilt looks beautiful, sadly I have no advice to give!

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  11. good luck Ada! I have no idea how you make a quilt, but will watch with interest! It's a lovely start! Heather x

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  12. Great colors! How is it mixed up? It looks perfect to me. No idea how to join it. Maybe rectangles of white in between as additional patches?
    Those seedy commenters have been polluting a few of my old posts too. They really are barking up the wrong tree with us. Ish I could send some clever hackslosion back down the cyber hole to them!
    I can't get onto your etsy to peek at your Pyrex.(lthough I know the postage would be ridiculous to here.)

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    1. Me too! Yes think it might be expensive! I've not listed them yet, just preparing myself to opening the cupboards! :) x

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  13. It's looking lovely already. those greeny blues... enough said!
    Popped over to say a HUGE thank you for organising your swap and pairing me up with such a talented maker. My gloves arrived from Penelope today and I don't want to take them off!
    Ellie
    x

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  14. I don't know if you have met this blogger.....but she has a lot in common with you!
    Deb is also doing a nine patch, some inspiration?
    http://deb-robertson.blogspot.com.au/

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  15. That is looking scrumptious!
    Claire

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  16. Beautiful photos!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  17. Isn't if funny how the tiny mistakes we make are glaringly obvious to ourselves but not to others. Your lovely squares look amazing.

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  18. So beautiful Ada!! Love all the pretty colors!!! xo Heather

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  19. Sam from Betsymakes7 February 2013 at 22:37

    Oh Ada, your quilt looks gorgeous! I love the fabrics together. Just a thought, Cut strips of sashing your prefered width plus your seam allowance ( u could make them finish the same width as each of your patches in your blocks) and have the sash pieces a teeny bit longer than each 9 patch block. Sew 1 to top and 1 to bottom of block AND THEN TRIM. You will have to do some accurate measuring for the side bits with your print patches at each end of your sashing piece and then join up the whole row of blocks. The next row underneath will only need the side bits of sashing done. Oh my goodness all that doesn't make any sense at all!! I will lend you one of my books if you want.....Sam x

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  20. your blogs have turned out a treat, the colours are lovely, afraid cannot advise how to put them together, like you I am a beginner but you have ventured further than me.

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    1. Your work doesn't look like that of a beginner! :) x

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  21. Your squares are beautiful Ada, and I can just imagine with white sashing how gorgeous this quilt will be. I see you have received some advice, so will just wait for the next showing!!

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  22. So impressed you are starting a quilt, on my to do list after the reno. No idea how to help you of course but I'm sure a zillion other crafty people will know. mel x

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  23. Your nine patches look great - will eagerly await seeing what they become! I have just bought some of your fabrics to make some more VW van covers - one of the potential buyers specially requested orange 70s vibe! Have a great weekend!
    x

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  24. They look great! Very even and neat (to my eyes, anyway!). Gorgeous fabrics in a happy mix of old and new, busy and restful. No idea what to suggest for the next stage of the quilt - I'll let those who know advise you - but I can't wait to see the finished result.

    Gillian x

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  25. Ada, I was looking for a site that I got a pattern off last year, and I found they have a series on quilting starting. Here is part one of five: http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/quilt-basics-tools-notions-other-stuff-you-need-part-1-5

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  26. Oh my goodness I LOVE THIS...it is going to be amazing! No matter how you put it together...hugs to you.

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  27. ohhhhhh you must treat yourself to this gem of a book!!!!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quilting-Step-Maggi-Gordon/dp/1405362154/ref=sr_1_79?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360339335&sr=1-79

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    1. This was in my local supermarket....wish I'd bought it now! :) x

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  28. Ada your quilt is looking fabulous already! How wonderful it must be to have such a choice of material to use. Sarah x

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  29. Hi Ada, I think a white background on your quilt will look superb and it will really bring it all together. I've got no advice on the process, I'm a novice quilter so I'll be keen to learn from you as you go. x

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  30. This is going to be fabulous! Can't help with the technical stuff I'm afraid - my patching/quilting skills are very rusty - but yes, white sashing, lots of it :D

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  31. Ha ha, when the photo came up in my reading list I thought you'd already finished the quilt with beige strips in between, but it turned out to be your rug! I think white between will really make the colours pop.

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  32. I love your nine patch squares. I agree with you some sashing with pops of color at the crossroads would be nice. If you have some scraps try an unexpected splash of color....perhaps even a great orange or orange/red. Something that pops and keeps your eye moving throughout the quilt! It is fantastic, Ada!

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