Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cattle Quilt.....Ready for Quilting

This is a comfort quilt for a friend who is not feeling well.

My objective for this quilt:
* Complete it in the 3 days I have available to make it
* Use the fabrics I have in my stash, as I have no time to run to town to shop
* Give it a masculine look and use cow fabrics

Day 1: Pieced the Star Blocks and Designed the quilt top on paper

Day 2: Pieced the quilt top, Piece the quilt backing, Baste it together

Click Images to Enlarge:

Sashing Strips between Star Blocks
Always place the pieced unit on top.
That way you can control the direction of the seam allowances.

The brown sashing fabric is on the bottom.
The star block is on top where I can see and control the direction of the seam allowances.

Star Points
Notice the X where the stitching lines cross over each other...
This is the Sweet Spot

You want to sew across that X, but NOT to the left side of the X.

Pointy Star Points
This gives you pointy star points

Star Points
Crisp and Pointy

Master Piece Thread
60 wt cotton thread made specifically for piecing.
It is thin, very strong, and nearly lint-free.
It does not add any bulk to the seam allowance when you are precision piecing.

Border Strips
When piecing strips for borders do not butt them up and sew them together.

Border Strips
Place them on a 45 degree angle and piece them on the diagonal.
I like to use a ruler and draw a pencil line to follow.

Border Strips
Sew along the drawn line.

Border Strips

Border Strips
Trim off the excess corner to the right of the seam.

Border Strip
A diagonal line isn't as easy for the eye to follow as a straight seam in the borders.

Chicken Wool Pincushion
This is a gift from my friend, Suzette
I call her Henny Penny

She is weighted down and quite heavy.
She sits nicely on my sewing machine.
The machine is computerized and I cannot keep a magnetic pincushion near it.
Henny Penny is just right for the job!

Cattle Quilt Top Done
60 x 70 inches
By 2pm the top is done.
I ran in the house to show my favorite guy.

Cattle Quilt Basted and Ready for Machine Quilting
By 6pm the back is pieced and the quilt is basted and ready to go!

I don't have to tell you what I will be doing tomorrow on Day 3

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

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  1. I am amazed at how you can not only have an idea for a quilt, but make the quilt, take step-by-step pictures of the process, and write a blog for us to enjoy! And all in 3 days! You are good, LuAnn!

  2. You are sooooo fast and with pictures to boot! Good job!