Monday, November 17, 2014

Latest in the Hoop and a Finished Quilt Top!

A little bit of hand quilting on my Quarter Circles quilt. I am stitching around the inside of the circles and then doing a 1 1/2" cross hatch throughout the 'background' of the quilt. Looking at it like this, I can see that I may have to go back and fill in another couple circle repeats as it is looking a bit puffy in the circles. Not sure I like that.
Quarter Circles getting hand quilted
And then of course I worked on my Random Sampler quilt over the weekend. Are you getting tired of this quilt yet? It really needed to get off the floor of my quilting room and out of the way. I finally got all the blocks sewn into five big units--4 vertical ones and one that goes about three fourths across the top of the quilt. Sorry I couldn't spread the quilt out a bit more so you could see it better. Maybe if you click on the picture, you'll get the idea?
Random Sampler sewn into 5 big units
The only place I needed to add more piecing was at the top right corner. Not surprising as that is the panel I started with. Since I didn't graph it out on paper, there had to be a starting point for ascertaining length of the entire quilt. By the time I moved on to the other panels, I was already sure the original unit would be a little too short. Much easier to fix it at the end though, then fix it again and again as the quilt develops.
A little short on the right unit. What to do, what to do....
I was worried that my block placement wouldn't properly camouflage where the vertical units began and ended, but the end result seems fine. The last thing I wanted was a random sampler quilt with 4 obvious vertical rows. Ughhh!
And finally it's all sewn together!
If I had a large enough design wall, there definitely would have been blocks that I would have turned 90 degrees etc. during the quilt making, but those are the sorts of things that it's difficult to 'see' while working on individual units. The block I really regret not turning is the tree block on the right bottom of the quilt. How cool would it have been to have the tree block in the top left facing a totally different direction than the one on the bottom? Oh well. Not getting the seam ripper out again for this quilt. I don't think we're on speaking terms at the moment.*wink
Random Sampler a finished quilt top
And now it's done. {But not ironed.} A finished quilt top! Big sigh of relief to get this one to this particular stage of completion and off the UFQ list! Crazy of me I know, but some day I think I'll try to make one with more complicated piecing....

22 comments:

  1. Great job. I agree with you on the tree block. I wouldn't rip it out either. Debbie

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  2. Well done getting your sampler to a finished top, your placement of the blocks is wonderful, it keeps keep your eyes moving around the quilt. Happy circle quilting.

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  3. Looks fabulous - well done you!! Love your hand quilting too.

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  4. Isn't it so funny how we sometimes aren't on speaking terms with problematic projects?!? I have the same problem at the moment. We'll see who wins the stand off!!

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  5. the quilt looks lovely love the mix of applique and pieced

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  6. Love, love, love it, and you did an excellent job of camouflaging where the bigger units start and stop (something that would bug me to). You must be hap-hap-happy.

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  7. LOL!! I love it that you personify your quilts...I do too. My quilts talk to me...sometimes in a threatening manner!! Love both projects, and your random sampler is a big favorite of mine.

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  8. Lovely quilt--don't rip anything out! As my Grand'mere used to say "It'll quilt out!"..hugs, Julierose

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  9. You're a great inspiration for many us to pull out those quilts that aren't communicating nicely and keep working to come up with the perfect plan. An awesome job!

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  10. Great projects! I think it is lovely you are handquilting, that is so beautiful. Don't think there is anything wrong with the circles, don't think you willl notice it (I didn't) especially not after it has been washed. Good job on the sampler too!

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  11. Hi love your Handquilting too. Great job on the pieced top, I think the tree is fine.

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  12. LOVE the handquilting....it's just wonderful!

    I don't think that you sleep much, lol...

    The sampler is perfect. Don't rip a thing.The mix of colors, blocks, everything...keeps your eye moving every which way. It's wonderful!

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  13. If I'd made that Sampler all on my own without the aid of instructions I wouldn't give a jot which way the trees were pointing.... I'd be way too busy blowing my own trumpet to notice! ;o) My eyes had no problem moving around it either... for what it's worth. Love your hand quilting too...... xx

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  14. You did such a great job on your Random Sampler quilt and you certainly did succeed with 'random'!

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  15. Bravo on the Random Sampler. It looks fantastic Audrey.
    I love the red and white sashing in the quarter circles quilt.

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  16. Congrats on your finished quilt top. Looks wonderful and will be even more so when you quilt it. See what you mean about the circles on your hand quilting project needing more quilting. It would match the density of the cross hatching with more. I'm noticed I'm being drawn to light colored quilts recently and this is one of them. Lovely!

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  17. The Random Sampler is exceptional. Such an interesting quilt, I love studying all the different blocks. (I d reverse the tree before I quilted it, maybe not right now, but ...someday.)

    And the Quarter Circles is beautiful.

    Lizzy at gone to the beach

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  18. Even though it took a while, your Random Sampler is a fabulous quilt, so congrats are in order on getting it finished. Now for the quilting. The circle quilt is also looking great.

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  19. Such a nice job on your sampler quilt. I like the sashing on your circle quilt so very much! Great fun and very seasonal.

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  20. Wow, I really like this one, Audrey! There's so much to see, and like all the warm colours too. Congratulations!

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  21. I think your Random Sampler quilt has turned out wonderfully!!

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