WORKING OUT A PUZZLE

Hello my lovelies on this second day of April. I can’t believe March is over. Where have the first few months of 2018 gone. The days seem to blur one into the next.

So, it’s Easter Monday. My Sarah and I had a lovely quiet Easter weekend. We both did a wee bit of work, Sarah put some effort into her final major projects for uni and I disappeared for many hours in my sewing room. Yes, another adventure in quilt making. I have been trying to work out how to use up some quilt blocks which have been donated to my favourite charity so we can piece some more quilts. Well of course I can’t do it all myself. Have a look at how many blocks I have leftover once I stitched a whole slew of blocks together to form one quilt …..

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I can’t possibly piece all these blocks together myself. No way. No way. However, as I pieced the first forty-eight together I could work out a method so we can use the quilt as you go method so that all the members of the Burnopfield Belles can help with the challenge.

These blocks are string pieced over a foundation fabric and have all been squared off to 8-1/2”. I was so grateful that everything was squared off already. That alone saves a whole lot of time. So, I joined four blocks in a diamond pattern. I sewed until I had twelve units, three for each section. At this point each section measured 48” x 16”. Our Signature size quilt is 56” x 72”. So, 48” x 16” sections time four won’t cut the mustard. So, I pieced up some borders using the stitch and flip over foundation fabric to add. The borders are 4” which will help bring the size to exactly the Signature we aim for. Here a sneaky peek at the sections …..

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Here’s a little peek at the stitch and flip border in progress …..

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You may not be able to see that I added the borders to each section even before I started quilting. All this is looking pretty simple isn’t it. Well that’s because simple is what I was aiming for. Because I pieced the quilt in sections, the quilting can be easily achieved using a domestic sewing machine. The four sections, once quilted will be joined together using a scrappy quilt as you go method. Here’s little peek at the quilting in progress …..

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Straight stitching is easy. You start at one end and stitch right across to the other end. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect because the scrappy look of the quilt top will be what draws your eye around the quilt. Even layering up one quarter of a quilt is easier than layering up a whole quilt. I have wanted to do straight line quilting for such a long time. I love the simplicity of it. Stitching quarters made the whole job so much easier. I’m loving the whole process. I just hope I can sell it to my fellow Belles.

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It’s cold and wet out today. The perfect day to disappear into my sewing room. I have a few more hours of layering and quilting left before I complete the challenge I set myself. Tomorrow’s another day. I hope this adventure is a success.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I spent many hours trying to work out the puzzle of how to put all those string pieced blocks to good use. I think I’ve work out a pretty good recipe. Now I can finally sit quietly to work on some hexagons. Sitting at my sewing machine for hours sewing has given me a sore bottom. A nice soft cushy sofa is calling my name. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

9 thoughts on “WORKING OUT A PUZZLE

  1. frayedattheedge

    As always you have been busy! I like your straight line quilting, it’s all that is needed with the scrappy blocks. It has been snowing all day here!

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    1. Hi Anne, I’m enjoying this challenge. And geingvable to do a little bit of straight line quilting is brilliant. I don’t often use my domestic sewing machine for quilting so it was rather nice. We’ve had nothing but rain here all day. I sure look forward to some proper sunshine again. Thanks for popping in today x

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  2. You know I love scrappy AND string quilts AND straight line quilting. I use my walking foot and edge guide. I like to l lengthen the stitch a bit when I straight line quilt. Interested to see how you join it all together! Happy stitching. 🙂

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    1. Hi Mary, I’m hoping to get this project finished this week. I plan on joining all the sections together with a narrow smashing in thenquilt as you go fashion. The sashing will be mutli coloured which I hope will blend in with the scrappy blocks. My goal is to make it as easy to get a few charity quilts finished without out too much struggle with the quilting part. Thanks for popping in today Mary x

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  3. Hi Lucie, I had to read this a few times to get my head around it, being a newbie!! But, now the logic is there, and it seems to go pretty quickly, but of course as you say, it was put together beforehand (squared up), which seems to be a boon. Less math. Answers some ?? of mine, as I think this is what I had in mind, sort of, to begin with, this summer. Phew. You have some big big bag of pieces there. Certainly, help is needed. Overall, it looks very pretty, bright and the quilting is a nice change, simple patterns, simple row quilt, I like it.
    Two new patterns…Flower Garden and Secrete Garden. I keep thinking of you when I see some like this. Have a great day, good luck Sarah, hugs to Maisie.
    Joanna. x

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    1. Hi Joanna, I hope you and Basile had an enjoyable Easter weekend. I really enjoyed working on my little challenge. I feel like I’ve moved forward with one or two things on my To-Do List. I spent plenty of time in my sewing room over the last couple of days, very satisfying seeing a project progressing as I imagined. Let’s hope it all goes to plan on the day. Thanks for popping in x

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  4. Well done you for solving your puzzle. I do hope the belles love the idea. Now, Miss Lucie, you must remember to take a few more breaks (cup of tea, walk round the garden, etc), so you don’t end up with any problems. Have a good week & take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I must admit that sitting at my sewing machine for hours quilting straight lines knocked the stuffing out of me. I have completed the straight line quilting on all four sections now. The puzzle really starts now. I need to join all the sections together with neat narrow sashing and hope that’s it’s not obvious. I thought a multi fabric sashing would work well with the rest of the scraps. That won’t happen until Thursday so stay tuned and watch this space to see how it all turns out. Thanks for your words of encouragement. I am taking your advice to take a break now and again. I certainly needed the break today. Thanks for popping in x

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