Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Baby Steps On the Baby Quilt

I've been very busy this past week, working on clients' design projects, learning my music for the upcoming VOX St. John's Passion rehearsals, and even had some minor outpatient surgery last Thursday, so I haven't exactly made great strides with my baby bear paw quilt.  However, I got about 15 minutes in the studio last night for fabric therapy and another 30 minutes this afternoon, and SOME progress is better than NO progress.

On the Wall, Now with Sashing Rectangles

So.  I printed out ten foundation paper patterns from EQ7 for my 4" finished sawtooth stars.  Then I cut out my white rectangles, 4 1/2" x 11", for my sashing.  And I started precutting my patches for the FPP star blocks.

Precutting Patches with Specialty Rulers

I rough cut my shapes using a generous 3/8" seam allowance rather than a standard 1/4" for paper piecing.  This enables me to control the grain line, minimizes fabric waste, and streamlines the process once I start sewing.  Since my block is based on a 1" grid and I'm paper piecing, I'm cutting 1 3/4" strips from which I subcut squares, quarter square triangles and half square triangles using my Nifty Notions Cut for the Cure specialty rulers.  That's the cool thing about those specialty rulers -- I only have to cut one strip size, and from that I can directly cut the correct size half square or quarter square triangles, without having to do any additional math, and without having to first cut squares and then subcut them diagonally as you do in traditional rotary cutting.  Those rulers were one of the best quilting notions purchases I ever made. 

Marble Hand Dyed Fabrics for Sawtooth Stars

I'm using prewashed(!!!) marble hand dyed fabrics from Marjorie Lee Bevis for my sawtooth stars, which are like delicious little textile treasures. I need 10 more stars, and although I have Bible study and choir rehearsal tonight, tomorrow is pretty open except for one ten o'clock meeting.  Hopefully I'll be able to sew up some stars after that.

I'm linking up with Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.  Also linking up with:

·       Finish It Up Friday at

·       Whoop Whoop Fridays at

·       Off the Wall Friday at Creations:

·       Finished Or Not Friday at

Have a wonderful night!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your design wall projects - you are one busy lady

SJSM said...

You make good use of little bits of time. Love your fabric selections.

Jayne said...

This looks like such a fun quilt to make! I love Bear Paw blocks and these are amazing!

Janice Holton said...

Wow! I have never seen this marbled kind of fabric before! Did you make this? And if not, where did you get it? Spectacular!

time4stitchn said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I absolutely admire your preciseness. I thought I was getting better at my 1/4 inch seam and piecing, now you inspire me to go a step further.
Thanks! P.S. I love your design process. Totally amazing. And I had to look up cognoscenti, too. Wow a vocabulary lesson on top... good for my teaching.

Jenny K. Lyon said...

Oh how beautiful-love that marbled fabric!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love everything that happening up on your design wall, lots happening over at yours!

maggie fellow said...

your fabrics are so pretty and are you a soprano or alto?