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The Halfway quilt is also coming along.  Two large projects going at the same time can be a little discouraging because it is a long time to a finish.

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Maybe I will be able to do some quilting on one of the waiting tops to make myself feel better.

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In the meantime, I keep piecing.  I have used nearly all of the original half-square triangles from the scrap box.  Now I have to sort, cut, stitch and trim as I go.  That is slowing the process down, but I hope to get a few blocks a week done until near the end of February. That should get me to the “assemble” point.

I really like the way this is looking and want to see it stitched together.

Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.

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But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.

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Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished.  At least at the rate I am going.  Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.

Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Checkerboard

Today is the wrap up for Quilty Name Tag Week.  This is the final of five tutorials that have been featured here on Wedding Dress Blue.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a number of new ideas.  Please remember to share the ones you make and the adventures you go on together.

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CHECKERBOARD QUILTY NAME TAG

3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″

MATERIALS

15 3/4″x3/4″ squares–various colored fabrics

1 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

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CONSTRUCTION

  1. Arrange the 15 1-1/4″ squares in a 3×5 grid.DSC00822
  2. Assemble.  I recommend doing it by rows or columns and “nesting” the seams by pressing them in opposite directions before stitching them to one another.  Once the entire unit is assembled, consider pressing the final seams open to reduce bulk.
  3. Attach the 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ background piece to the bottom of your checkerboard unit. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.DSC00823
  4. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the checkerboard and the bottom background piece–just to stabilize.
  5. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over near the center of the bottom of the name tag.  If you have a better idea, please let me know. DSC00824
  6. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  7. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  8. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

CHECKERBOARD QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

your beautiful creation here…

Quilty Name Tag Tutorial: Hearts

This is the fourth in a series of five Quilty Name Tag Tutorials shared here on Wedding Dress Blue.

The shapes aren’t hard, even though they are SMALL, and no paper piecing is required! Just take your time and enjoy the process.

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HEARTS QUILTY NAME TAG

3-3/4″ x 5″

MATERIALS

2 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ for heart #1

2 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ for heart #2

4 1-1/2″ squares background fabric

8 3/4″ squares background fabric

1 1″ x 2-1/2″ strip background fabric

1 1-3/4″ x 5″ strip background fabric

1 3-3/4″x 5″ fabric for backing

1 3-3/4″x 5″ medium to heavy weight interfacing

1 2-1/4″ x 18″ (or longer) strip for binding

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(Whoops!  I had started to sew one heart together and then I took the picture–pretend it is just right, OK?!)

CONSTRUCTION

  1. Attach a 1-1/2″ background square to the bottom of each half of a heart unit (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ colored piece) by stitching across diagonally.  Make sure the diagonal lines will meet in the middle to form the point at the bottom of the heart shape.
  2. Then, attach a 3/4″ background square to the top of each heart piece by stitching diagonally.  Make sure the stitches angle down and out, as shown below.  This will form the “bump” at the top of each half of the heart.DSC00828
  3. Trim off the outer triangles 1/4″ from the stitching.DSC00829
  4. Press open.
  5. Slowly and carefully, lining things up as best you can, stitch the heart halves together.DSC00830
  6. Create a strip using one heart unit, the 1″ x 2-1/2″ background fabric strip, and the second heart unit. DSC00833
  7. Attach the 1-3/4″ x 5″ background piece to the bottom of your hearts unit. DSC00835
  8. Layer the top, interfacing and backing.
  9. Stitch in the ditch across the dividing line between the hearts and the bottom background piece–just to stabilize.
  10. Bind.  I was unable to make a suitable invisible join because of the small scale, so I just folded the edges over near the center of the bottom of the name tag.  If you have a better idea, please let me know. DSC00838
  11. Add your name–embroidery, machine embroidery, Sharpie marker, whatever.
  12. Attach a hanger as you wish–You can use a pin back, a large safety pin or create a matching lanyard.  Whatever works for you.
  13. Wear it proudly at your next guild meeting or quilt show that you attend!

 

HEARTS QUILTY NAME TAG GALLERY

your beautiful creation here…