Saturday, January 18, 2020

Buttons and Bows

Hello Everyone,
 
It's been a busy week here at Wilder's Last Resort.  I loved being inside at my machine while the snow fell like crazy.  I worked on this project for Henry Glass & Co.  I'm going to call it Buttons and Bows.  There aren't any buttons on it yet, just pretend for now...ok?
 

With the borders, the quilt measure 46" x 46".  There are (36) 6" x 6" blocks in the quilt.


There is where the "bows" comes into the name of the quilt.  There are little flashes of red in each of the corners.  I finished it off with a flange, border, and a little "scrolly" accent in a corner.


I began the project by combining two lines of Henry Glass fabrics, Country Journey by Jan Mott, and Best of Days by Janet Rae Nesbitt. 


I put a little tutorial together so you can see how I made the blocks.  I began by cutting a lot of 1" strips and put them on my Strip'n Sew that Mr. Joe made for me.  A pasta dryer works well too.



Then select 6 different fabrics.

Stitch them together.


Always press toward the last strip sewn on.


Cut the strip set into (12) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares.


You will have a ton of these!  Each strip set makes three identical blocks.


Lay them out like this.


Place a 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" square on the two center corners.  Note that I mark each square corner to corner.  Stitch directly on the marked line.


Trim off the extra.

Now you will have this.  Press toward the red square.


Now stitch the sections together.



Now put 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" on each of the other corners. 


Stitch and trim.


Press the corners in the opposite directions.  When you do this, the blocks will "lock" when you put all of the blocks together in the quilt.


Voila!  (36) 6-1/2" x 6-1/2" unfinished blocks.


It has been very cold here.....too cold to venture out to the detached garage and machine quilt.  Yesterday I checked on the temperature in the garage.....31 degrees is not an optimal machine quilting temperature.  I could use my space heater, but it's like heating a barn.  I may be able to get the temperature up a few degrees, but by then, I would still turn into a popsicle.

Don't forget to check out the comment section on my blog.  I've been keeping up with the comments, and I've responded to each and every one.  It's been fun, and it's creating an ongoing dialog about each post.  I like being able to touch base with everyone, even those with a no-reply status.

Have a great 3-day weekend!  It's always a 3-day weekend here in the mountains.  If I didn't have my to-do calendar next to my computer, I would never know what day it is!

Soon,
Madam Ambassador
for Henry Glass Fabrics




22 comments:

  1. I like this - you share so many great ideas and how to put them together - love that fabric you are using

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    1. Thank you Karen. I think ideas about quilting need to be shared. In the end, we will all become better quilters. You do the same thing on your blog. Have a great weekend. --Lynn

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    2. Oh Lynn......”Strip Search”......hysterical!!! I vote with Joe. I am so engrossed in this format of sharing ideas. I would never have entertained the thought of using 1” cut strips. Must admit, this quilt has just the right amount of ‘sass’ to it. Delightful.

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    3. You know, whether you use 1" strips or 4" strips, it's still a 1/4" seam no matter what. Give 1" a try sometime. It is my "go to" size.

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  2. I love this quilt! Definitely on the “to make” list! Thank you for the tutorial, Lynn. Does Mr. Joe make the Strip n’ Sew holders for sale? Most of the pasta drying racks I’ve seen are very short.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Dar. Occasionally Mr. Joe will make up a few Strip'n Sews. It won't be until Spring when his workshop thaws out. I love mine! I can put hundreds of fabrics strips on it and be able to see all of my colors. He wanted to name them Strip Search.....I nixed the name. Maybe I shouldn't have! I'll put your name on the list if you want. --Lynn

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    2. Lynn, put me on the list for a strip n sew
      Kathy

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    3. If you cheer for the 49ers during the game tomorrow, your name will be elevated to the top of the list! -Lynn

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    4. Go niners and niners ball are our two favorite expressions around here

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    5. You've been elevated! Go team go!

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  3. This is another very fun design. I look forward to making it someday and hopefully with some of that gorgeous fabric. I think Henry Glass also has Kim Diehl fabric. She is one of my favorites, like you are :-)

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    1. I'm hoping that Henry Glass will be sending me some Kim Diehl fabrics. If they do, I'll start my Let's Make a Diehl online class. --Lynn

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  4. Hi Lynn, I have made a doll quilt simular,love the wonderful "twist" you added with the bows in the corners❤❤! Also....each "tutorial picture" you posted is so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing!!

    Carolyn

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    1. You are very welcome Carolyn! I always have to make my patterns a little different by adding little accents. --Lynn

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    1. Madam Ambassador thanks you! I take my new role very seriously.

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  6. very very cute Lynn. Love the Pattern. And the fabrics - so yummy.

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  7. Yippee! Another new pattern to use some strips! I will get right to it - will just have to set aside a few UFOs - including Heartfire - it is very nearly finished. Hmmmm?

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    1. This is going to be a retreat project too Fran. Bring lots of 1" strips!

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