Today is my day on the Piece and Quilt with Precuts blog hop. When Christa was asking designers if they wanted to be part of her new book’s blog hop, I just had to sign up.
I mean really, it’s about precut quilt pieces!
We all know that I just love precuts.
We each had to pick a quilt to play with and I chose Squiggles. This quilt uses 10″ precut quilt pieces. So I was starting to look around for a really fun 10″ square pack when my good friend Sandra Clemons offered some fat quarters from her new line In Bloom for Michael Miller. Well of course I jumped at the chance to use her fabric again. I love it! It is a fun mix of florals, geometrics and butterflies.
Since I was using fat quarters, I had to figure out how many precut quilt pieces I needed. I decided on 20. I could have made the quilt with only 13, but I liked using 20 for the variety. I cut 8 squares 5″ x 5″ from each fat quarter. That gave me 160 squares; I had 6 left over but I did not know at first which ones I would not use so I made them all into blocks.
And if you want to make the quilt a little bit bigger, 20 fat quarters precut quilt pieces could give you more blocks! Or make a fun scrappy binding.
Once I had the blocks, I started laying out the quilt. I tried a scrappy layout like the original quilt, but… well, it didn’t work for me. I kept trying to match things up! I love scrappy quilts but I have hard time being scrappy! So, I just keep moving the blocks around until I had a design I liked.
Once the blocks were all made and the top put together, it was onto quilting.
For those of you who know me, I don’t usually quilt my quilts. I usually work with an amazing long arm quilter, Crystal Zagnoli, who always makes my quilts look so good!
But, the book says: Piece AND Quilt. So I was going to quilt it myself!
Christa suggested using a neutral thread like a light grey or taupe as it blends well with most prints. I thought, hmmm… I could start with that but maybe I would branch out.
Maybe a blue or pink variegated thread? That might be fun. But in the end I decided to go with a more neutral thread. My neutral? A light green!
Green is a neutral? Well, it can be depending on your fabric. I actually use a lot of light green in various shades to quilt. I love that it blends but adds a little pizazz!
And it was onto to the quilting! First I had to decide if I was going to use the quilting design Christa used on her quilt or another one she had in the book. She recommended these wavy lines made by gently moving the quilt. Squiggly lines.
After some debate I thought, why not? It really works for the quilt. So then I had to get the machine ready.
And then I was onto the quilting!
Here it is time for true confessions. First: after quilting the first few squiggly lines to secure the quilt, I was not sure I liked it. Second: not all of my quilting looks groovy. I have a few bobbles- places where the quilt and I were not in sync or where the machine was not feeding smoothly or where the quilt fell off the back of my table and the weight of the quilt made the stitches jump… the gloves cover one “oops” spot in the photo above!
But I kept going and in the end, I LOVED IT!
Yes, I could rip out a few stitches here and there to fix things but nope. I am letting it go.
And I did it. All by myself.
Squiggles – the Play
(Quilters are looking at the quilting on the quilt. Each one leans over and points to different spots.)
Quilter 1- Kate
Do you like it?
I think it looks great! You did a good job.
Quilter 1- Kate
(Quilter Kate does not point out all the mistakes and just pats herself on the back.)
For the binding I could have used the leftovers from my fat quarters precut quilt pieces but instead, I picked 2 fabrics and used 1 strip from the teal and the rest from the dark blue. The teal strip I cut into 2 pieces and just pieced it into the binding in 2 places. Just for fun.
So that is my Squiggles quilt. Like it? I really do.
And the book has some other really great quilts that you will get to see over the whole blog hop. And in the book, for each quilt, Christa gives you a quilting design idea. So you don’t have to think one up on your own. And trust me, if I can quilt my own quilt, so can you!
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Here is the whole blog hop schedule for you so you don’t miss a single quilt!
Friday August 18
Saturday August 19
Monday August 21
Tuesday August 22
Wednesday August 23
Thursday August 24
Friday August 25
Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder
Saturday August 26
Monday August 28
Tuesday August 29
Wednesday Aug 30