Monday, May 23, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Do you remember this pile of strip sets from last week's post?

I used two jelly rolls - Horizon and Dot. Dot. Dash! These fabrics are so bright and fun and they went together beautifully.

After the ten strip sets were sewn, I cut each one into 2 - 16 1/2" squares and cut them each once on the diagonal, thus creating four "strip triangles" from each of the original strip set. The remaining 10" of the strip sets were put aside for later.
I played around with the triangles until I came up with a design I liked.
This quilt is so bright and cheery! I have to check out my stash to see what I have for backing, but I think I'm going to look for a variety of fabrics and piece it. I kind of envision this being a reversible quilt.  :-) I haven't even thought about binding yet, but I often don't do that until the quilting is done anyway, so I have plenty of time.
I had a few issues when I was sewing the triangles together. In order for the horizontal strips to line up correctly, I had to carefully align and pin the triangles and then be sure to sew an accurate 1/4" seam allowance. I found that my pinning wasn't always correct so I used my seam ripper quite a bit when I first started putting blocks together.
I finally figured out a system that worked for me and I'll share the process and pictures tomorrow for Tip Tuesday! (Yes, that's right. I'll actually be posting a Tip Tuesday! this week.)
Remember that 10" of each of the strip sets that were put aside earlier? I cut each one into 4 1/2" segments and then sewed them together to make this baby quilt.
I think it is adorable! It measures approximately 32" x 40" which I think is a decent size.
What's on your design wall today?
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Kate said...

Definitely a bright and fun quilt. It's a very fun setting.

AnnieO said...

Clever girl! I seldom have brights in my stash but they are awfully smile-inducing in your two quilts.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Super cool! Love both

Julie said...

I will be back for your tips later today. I know getting those pieces to line up can be tricky, and can also make or break your overall effect. This pattern has a lot of visual impact.

Bonnie said...

Both quilts are wonderful. I agree that the two jelly rolls go together really well. There's nothing quite as fun as a light, bright quilt.

Lena Pugacheva said...

Well done! it always makes me wonder how the simplest blocks have such great impact.