Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Underground Blues Update: So Far, I Love It!

Some very happy hours have been spent right here working on my beautiful batik quilt this week. 

However, before I can stitch, I must PIN!  And pin, and pin and pin even more!

All the seams on the blocks were pressed open so many pins are required to control all those seam allowances. The heavy pinning means construction of this quilt top is slow going, but it's worth all the time it takes.

 The setting triangles were the right decision. So far, I LOVE IT! 
See my little step?  Even standing on it I can't reach the top of the design wall!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Stuck and Unstuck!

Blue Underground/Underground Blues is STILL on my design wall.  It's been there for WEEKS!  (Can never remember that pattern name...)
Getting the final arrangement of the blocks took ages and I finally had to ask my DAUGHTER to come help me.  She has a great eye for color and her assistance was just what I needed. 

Getting the quilt top to this point caused my second sticking point.  I really like how this looks up on the wall.  The longer I look at it the less I want to chop all those points off.

Let me show you the pattern again.  The blocks are assembled and then all the pointy bits are sliced off to give a square top. Yes, I do like that look a lot, but I can't bear to chop all those blocks off!  The blocks are so pretty and were a surprising amount of work!  

The solution, of course, is setting triangles. Looking for a nice batik to make those setting triangles has proved to be a problem.  Daughter and I went to several quilt stores and hunted.  Hubby and I went to a couple quilt stores and hunted.  Nothing seemed right. I kept thinking I wanted something darker and with more black in it...kinda like this 108 wide backing fabric I'd purchased....hmmm...are you thinking what I'm thinking?  

Yep, chopping up my backing is the answer!  Using 108 wide fabric for setting triangles was actually wonderful!  So many triangles can be cut across all that width. I only had to cut 3 strips and had more than enough triangles.  I haven't used setting triangles very often, but invariably I mess up a few and then distort them to bits taking them off with the seam ripper so I like to have a few extra. I decided to use this as my binding, too.  Cutting binding was really fun!  Three 2 1/4 inch strips and binding was cut!  Woo Hoo!!

So happy to be Unstuck!
Although now I have no backing.........  ; )

Happy Stitching!

Friday, October 28, 2016


The blocks on my design wall have been multiplying!
The scrappy Log Cabin Blocks and the Blue Underground Blocks are competing for space at this point.   It really is fun to have the entire design wall covered with pretty blocks. 

It was time to pull the Log Cabin blocks off the wall to make room for the rest of the Blue Underground blocks--which are FINISHED!! Yipeee!!!!  Here they are!  There are 52 blocks.  The quilt top will use 50 of them, so I have 2 extra.  I think I might cut up the spares and make some mug rugs or a pair of pot holders. 

On to shuffling and arranging these pretties into the final layout. 
I think it's going to be just stunning!

Yay for progress!


Previous Post about the Underground Blues project HERE.
Previous Post about Scrappy Log Cabin project HERE