Assembled: The Hundred Patch

About 11pm last night, April 7, I put the last stitches in THE Hundred Patch top.

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The small squares started at 1-1/2″.   The narrow sashing likewise started at 1-1/2″ and the wider sashing between the blocks at 2-1/2″.

In case you are counting, and if I counted correctly, there are 5749 pieces in the completed top.  Just over 8-1/2 yards of rescued fabric scraps in those tiny squares.  Looking at it, I am surprised at how red/orange/yellow it is.  I don’t mind, but I would have guessed it would “read” cool as those are the colors I thought I used most.

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I feel oddly emotional this morning as I take pictures and fold the top to put away until there is a back for it.  (Pictures inside only because the wind is blowing hard.) Thank you to everyone who provided help and support–fabric scraps, encouragement, and time I could spend on sewing because you cooked dinner or worked on laundry or drove the children places.

There is still a long ways to go, but this step is complete.  It is assembled.

TUTORIAL: The K-Quilt

This quilt was designed for two different babies, so we have already made it twice with two really different looks.  I don’t have step-by-step pictures, so this is more like a general guide, but I do hope you’ll like the results!

K-QUILT TUTORIAL

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Finished size approximately 39″ x 49″

MATERIALS/CUTTING DIRECTIONS

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109 4″ assorted squares of all the beautiful colors

40 4″ squares background (for stars)

20 4-1/2″ squares, cut on the diagonal (for star points)

5 4″ squares (for star centers)

1-1/2 yards WOF for back

1/3 yard WOF for binding (cut at 2-1/4″)

CONSTRUCTION

  1. You will build 5 star blocks using the background and star fabrics listed above.  I followed THIS TUTORIAL for the stars themselves.  They will seem a little awkward at first, but the result is worth it. NOTE:  The tutorial uses 5″ squares, but it works just fine with the changed dimensions.

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2. Lay out the quilt in a pattern 11 blocks wide and 14 blocks high.  Note the placement of the stars.  Now you can see the reason it is called a “K-quilt.”  See the constellation?  The family name of the baby it was designed for begins with a K.  I try to sneak special messages into quilts when I can.

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3. Assembly is a little tricky, but if you build chunks you can join them together with no partial seams.  Here is one suggestion from my lovely sketched plan for the quilt.

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4. Ta-dah!  You have a finished top.  Now just quilt and bind and it is a completed quilty item.  I used a spiral done free-hand on my grandmother’s faithful Pfaff 130.  Not fancy, but it gets the job done.

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5. Here is a glance at the back.  The fabric was printed by Cranston Print Works in 2007.  I don’t know the line.  But I love it!

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K-QUILT GALLERY

Sparkle Jane was commissioned to make a baby quilt and decided to use this pattern, too.  What a difference a color scheme makes!

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…your beautiful creation HERE

Show And Tell–That Happy Time

Seeing your projects made using WeddingDressBlue tutorials makes me very happy.  So happy, in fact, I share the pictures with all my readers.  Which encourages them to make more projects.  Which they share with me.  Which makes me happy again.  Yep, this entire blog is a conspiracy of quilting and happiness!

Here is a striking version created by Charlene of Calico Rose using black background fabric.  It makes the “arrow” secondary pattern show up much more, don’t you think?   I like the piano key border, too.

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Moira built this nice variation on Build-A-Baby.  I like the corners.

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Linda has a finished Calico Rose top, too. She conquered those borders!

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I am particularly honored that Gaby chose Hundred Hugs as her very first quilt.  She is off to a great start in the joyful world of quilting.

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Bonnie’s Calico Rose is FINALLY (her words, not mine) finished.  She did a nice job and is waiting for the next quilt along.  I really need to get one put together.

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Yvonne is working along on a Film at Five.  It started out to be a baby quilt, but just kept growing.  She is using all black in the “filmstrip” sashing.

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And, finally, Martha has been stitching away.  She shared three quilts:  Calico Rose, Film at Five and Stutter Steps.  All darling baby-size versions.

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Thank you all for sharing and for supporting WeddingDressBlue.  I have been very quiet lately, but I am on Spring Break this week and have several things I hope to show you soon.  In the meantime, you all keep sewing for me!

 

How Did You Celebrate?

Today, March 19, is Worldwide Quilting Day.  I hope you were able to celebrate in a very quilty way.

The weather was lovely and I had errands and chores, but on a beautiful spring day, who minds that?

While running errands I went to pick up some scraps that I had been offered.  Jackpot!  I didn’t want all the fabric in the two large bags and one box, but there was some that just suited me.

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Part of it was a pile of 30’s reproduction fabrics.  How perfect!  I was wanting to join in the Splendid Sampler series, but hadn’t felt inspired on fabric selection.  This is just what I needed.  So, part of my celebration today was starting a new project.  I plan to make two of each block that interests me.  I do not feel compelled to make all of the blocks, but by making two of the ones I do like, I am sure to end up with enough blocks for a fair sized quilt at the end.  It will be fun to find out.

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About 2 weeks ago I started a baby quilt for a fellow teacher and his wife.  Crayons!  All six crayons are created now and I am assembling the top.  That is worth celebrating! (No pattern, but there are similar ideas out there–just do a search for “crayon quilt.”)

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Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week because that is when the new blocks for Circa 2016 are released by Temecula Quilt Company.  Had to work on those, too.

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And, finally, a new leader-ender quilt since I have finished all my Hundred Patch blocks.  I call it Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know how large this one will be either.  Probably until I am tired of it.  It is based on 2-inch squares and would require 125 blocks for a queen size finished.

So, I have celebrated in style!  Thanks for sharing in the joy of quilting with me.

 

It Is Leftovers, But That Doesn’t Mean It Tastes Bad

Longtime readers might remember that the Calico Rose quilt was a design that went through several iterations.  Initially it was all star blocks, but, once the blocks were all finished, it was…boring.

Later the alternating blocks and pieced border were created and I loved the final product, but I still had all those leftover star blocks.  Seventeen of them.

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After looking at all sorts of options, I settled on an on-point layout with sashing.  My little clearance fabric shopping trip a few weeks ago got backing fabric and the setting triangles.

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Here is the finished top.

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And the ready-to-go back.  I know the plaid doesn’t match on that seam, but there wasn’t enough fabric to match seams and it won’t be so noticeable once it is quilted.  Plus, anyone who is that concerned is already impressed or generally uncharitable (At least that is what I tell myself about my less-than-perfect work.).

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It is about 55″ x 77″, enough for a throw or even a coverlet on a twin size bed.

It isn’t what I originally planned, but it is better than leaving those poor leftovers laying around to rot.  And the final “dish” is pretty tasty–for leftovers.

 

A Little Shopping

My local quilt shop had their big pre-inventory sale today.  All clearance fabric just $3-yard.  You can’t beat that!

I worked the first three hours after opening the doors, which  I always enjoy.  We have the nicest customers!

Before leaving I took some time to shop a little myself.  Four pieces came home with me.

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These first two are just because they are cute!  They will be backs for future baby or lap quilts–about two yards each to finish off the bolt.

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Then I added the green and plaid pieces in this picture to finish one of my UFOs–the leftover Calico Rose blocks.  If you have leftover blocks, time to get them out and turn them into SOMETHING, even if it isn’t what you originally had in mind.

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it is worthless.  Thomas Edison.