December 2, 2016

The Stereo Quilt Top is Finished!

Today I joined the final three rows together, then I stitched the three groups together for the final assembly of this quilt top.  The orange is this project is Kona Kumquat; it really brightens up the Max's Adventure Spoonflower fabric.

At this stage, I normally go down to the tennis courts and take outside photos of the progress.  Today we're having cold and ferocious Santa Ana winds; outside photos just wouldn't work.  I ventured into to Billiards Room and found a blank wall large enough to tape-up the quilt top.

I started this quilt top on 11/25 and finished it on 12/2.  I have a busy weekend ahead, so I'll piece the quilt back next week.  The quilt top measures 64 x 49.5 inches, pretty close the 60 x 48 inches requested.
May your bobbins always be full,

December 1, 2016

Advice for the Stereo Quilt

I'm making steady progress on the Stereo quilt for my lovely customers.  I wanted to comment on the construction for anyone who is considering making this quilt.

The first thing is Julie Herman of Jaybird quilts has developed a very useful tool, the Super SideKick ruler, and I really recommend it for this quilt.  I'm an experienced quilter and I found this tool very valuable.  She has other great tools that I haven't used because I normally don't follow patterns.

Two:  I wouldn't recommend the Stereo pattern for beginning quilters.  I think beginners would quickly become frustrated.  For example, the pattern suggests laying out the triangle and half triangle units, then sewing the rows together.  That would work for an experienced quilter but a beginner would be lost because all those 45-degree angles just don't go together easily.  You need to join two adjacent units, like above, then join them all together!  It's an easy step that I thought I'd share, in case you're a beginner and want to make this quilt

This is my progress, as of yesterday:

I took the second photo to include the fun Christmas tree I got this year.  No needles and no lights!
May your bobbins always be full,

November 25, 2016

Progress on the Stereo Quilt

It took me a couple of days to get all the pieces cut for this quiilt.  
Yesterday, I joined almost all the  half-triangles together to form whole triagles.

Today, I laid all the pieces out on my dining room design-table.  Earlier this year I bought a portable design wall, one that had been highly recommended.  It didn't work for me, it kept snapping apart!

I pieced the first three row together.  I think this is going to be a great quilt.
May your bobbins always be full,