This is the sixth week of the Garden Snail Quilt Snail Paced Slow-along Sew-along Gnomengel and thankfully I have been able to catch up. Next week, there is travel planned on my itinerary so there could be a break again. But so far so good…all 6 snails are ready in 6 rainbow colours!
One remains yet!

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Learning from 1&2: The grey is too light and the snail body doesn’t stand out against the white backdrop.

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green-snail

Learning from 2&3: The grey is fine and stands out against the white background but the material is polyster. Firstly, its difficult to sew and then it shrinks under and iron!

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orange-snail

These are better but the wonky blocks need to improve.

Linking this to Sew Fresh Quilts.

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The quilt top is finally ready and I cant tell you how happy I am. Not just because its the next logical step in quilt making but because this is where all the 100 blocks come together which I together before Halloween last year along with the #100days100blocks quilt along gang on Instagram.

Tula Pink Sampler quilt

Tula Pink Sampler quilt

This quilt top is huge…its 90X90″ and I have no clue what to back it with and how to quilt it on a domestic sewing machine. Here it is lying in all its majesty on my sofa:)

As of now, I am just basking in the happiness of the Quit Top being ready.

My friend recently had a baby girl and named her Mira. She is the cutest little baby I have seen(actually I have just seen the pictures, am yet to meet her). Having told myself that I will go and meet Mira only when I make her a quilt, am already too late in starting one. What good is a Quilting aunt who cannot make a baby quilt for her new born neice…ha ha ha

Mira's Triangle Quilt

Mira’s Triangle Quilt

So here we go. The idea is to make a simple triangle quilt(not simple for me as I will be trying a triangle quilt for the first time, but simple in the conventional sense of quilting). I bought an isoscles triangle ruler last month and have been wanting to use it since it arrived.

Fabric details: Some of my pink and green neons for this project.
Thread: Aurifil, nothing less than the best Egyptian cotton from Italy for teh little one
Size: 36X40″ tentatively
Name: Mira’s Triangle quilt

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I will be using directions from this Quilt Along which I have eyed for long but have yet not been able to make a quilt.

Linking it to One Monthly Goal for December!

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Now a different setting for the next 10 blocks…a white background!

I am not known for my patience but I am thoroughly enjoying the slow and measured pace of the project !

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Right at the time of its scheduled completion, I will be traveling so lets see how it goes 🙂
keeping my fingers crossed…hoping the ombre’ quilt turns out fine!

The quilt blocks have been progressing well and I have been posting one on Instagram as per schedule everyday. Its good fun and exciting at the same time. Given that one has to maintain a schedule, ensure the blocks are completed and posted on time, brings in a bit of Quilty discipline which is otherwise missing in my life.

I am eager to get the quilt finished and see how it turns out!
10 blocks done beyond the halfway mark 🙂

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All the blue fabric seems to come alive now…

This set of 10 blocks was a rather late-night kind of set; 6 out of 10 were sewn after the work day was over. With the online community showering as much love and affection as they did in the earlier blocks, this set also got completed as per schedule with a sew and post each day!

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Half the journey is over. 50 blocks completed! Now for the next 50…

This is my first sampler quilt and it feels great to be moving ahead steadily as per schedule.

Quilt Size: 90″X110″
Fabric : Indian Rajasthani

Made this lovely large quilt over the weekend. The top is a simple design with a long centre strip of 42″ width, lined with 2 solid blue strips of 6″ wide and then flanked with again a small print of 42″ width cut lengthwise into two parts and joined on either side. Adjusted and trimmed to 90″. The length was 110″. The quilt top came together rather quickly, one morning the fabric was cut and the subsequent morning the top was stiched. The back however, wasn’t as easy to put together. The top band was in printed fabric(half and half) while the lower part was Blue solid. Indian solids are 36″ wide so by the time you remove the selvage and join it to make a quilt back, you get to 36″. So a bit of school arithmetic was put to use before I had a quilt back to match the top.

Peeping out of Ocean Blue

The real challenge however was to quilt a quilt this big in a small home sewing machine. I tried thread basting partially and pin basting for the rest. Later, completed the quilting with straight line quilting. And all through the two days that took me to complete the quilting and binding, I just kept thinking how large the quilt was.

When completed, I took a sigh of relief. And smiled to myself. This is the first time that I have finished such a large quilt. Small baby steps towards my goal of becoming an accomplished quilter 🙂 Just that, this step wasn’t a small one by any stretch of my imagination…ha ha ha

I would say, the binding of the quilt was my greatest achievement.I got some good reviews from my quilting friends on this aspect. My earlier quilts have sometimes turned wavy or have pleats on account of inappropriate binding.So little note here on what I did to overcome my lacunae.

Ocean Blue Spread


Binding:

I took 2.5″ width of binding fabric in solid blue and cut it in strips that were as long as my fabric permitted. Then I took each strip, folded it in half lengthwise and ironed it to get a strip 1.25″ wide and as long as the fabric.Each additional length of 2.5″ strip was joined to the earlier one at right angles with right sides together so that the seam join doesn’t bulk up when the binding is spread out. I kept joining strips until I reached a length that cover the perimeter of the quilt, and then some more.

Perimeter= 2X(length+breadth)
Perimeter of Ocean Blue= 2X(110+90)=400″

Binding

So my binding strip was a little more than 400″, around 415″ would suffice for the mitered corners! Since I was machine binding the quilt, I joined my binding on the wrong side of the fabric aligning the open edges of the binding strip and the quilt. I sewed around with a .25″ seam allowance. Once the entire perimeter was done, I turned it over on the right side and held it down with pins to ensure it doesn’t stretch. Finally I sewed the top with a decorative strict in a contrast thread. If I had used a straight stitch, then I would have used a thread matching the binding fabric.

Hope the binding details are useful. Please drop me a line of you