About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Friday, April 24, 2009

Chain Piecing is my friend

Here is the progress on my Mom's quilt. This quilt is a little more involved than my first one. Thank goodness I heard about chain piecing. I can't imagine how long this would take me if I did one piece of a block at a time. I cut the pieces for several blocks and do them assembly style. I have a good little rhythm going with my sewing and ironing. There are 6 different steps for each quilt block. I need 80 blocks for a twin size quilt. I have about 25 blocks completely finished and another 40 over halfway done. I am getting there slowly LOL I am having to be really careful with my piecing, lots of little points that have to meet. The smallest squares are an inch square once sewn together.

Here is a bunch of squares halfway done.

This one has to be redone because my points aren't meeting up. I have been doing pretty good, there have only been about six that I have had to redo. I don't pin either, I find it easier to just maneuver the blocks while sewing. I do this with most of my sewing, I only use pins on rare occasions.
Here is a picture of some of the finished squares in the arrangement used for the finished top. I am really loving how this looks. I found the pattern in a quilt book from the library. I really need a felt wall for the final auditioning. It is gonna be fun putting all of this together.
A closeup of a finished square.
Here is my little helper, Zsa Zsa. Everytime I start sewing she plants her furry self right in back of my sewing machine. She loves to sleep on my ironing mat too. Nothing that comes from my house is pet free, that's for sure.


Amber said...

Wow! It looks fantastic and is going to be absolutely beautiful when it's finished!
I am so bad about points lining up! Your blocks look great!

Anonymous said...

That looks fantastic!!

What is it with cats and sewing projects?? Everytime I start to cut a pattern, my cat plops himself down right on top, so I can't do anything. :)

ladydi said...

It's beautiful - I love it! I read that you can use a flannel backed tablecloth (the cheap kind you find for $1.99) for a design wall, and just tack it up temporarily.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

You Mum is going to love it - such a pretty design.

RachelQ said...

It is very pretty!!

You should try strip piecing... my favorite way to quilt

the felt backed tablecloth idea sounds like a good way to get one quick...until you can get a heavy duty one

RachelQ said...

yes, some are kenmore which is fine because my first machine is a Kenmore. My parents gave it to me when I was 12!! A loooooooong time ago!!LOL There are also a few Greist feet that I cannot use unless I get an old Rotary style machine... so I may hang onto them..LOL

CJ said...

What a beautiful quilt this is going to be! I mean it already is but when done...wowsa! But all those teeny pieces would drive me batty. ;)

Marie said...

I love those fabrics! That quilt is going to be gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!

How are you feeling these days?

Jessica said...

Chain piecing is my favorite....I just love it!

Tine said...

It is beautiful! I am so glad you started quilting, you have such a great eye for colors and prints. Your mom will love this :)

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