Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Crosscut Quilt-Along

Even though I've been diligent about continuing to work on UFOs, it's always refreshing, satisfying, and even invigorating to insert a new, small project into the mix. Decreases the chance of boredom, right?! So, last week, over the course of seven days, I participate in Debbie's (AQuiltersTable) on-line #crosscutquiltalong. A 24-1/2" x 24-1/2" finish is totally doable in a seven days.

Last week I blogged about it at this stage, with blocks cut and inch-wide solid fabric strips inserted, and blocks all sewn together.

Since then, I cut apart those blocks, sewed them back together, and made a quilt sandwich. Let me tell you... cutting apart the sew, blocks was the most fun part! So many options for arranging blocks!

For quilting, I realized that this is the perfect quilt on which to play with my new Circles on Quilts Template Set 1, purchased from Amy at Amy's Quilting Adventures, in Virginia. She knows all about domestic machine quilting, and has two ruler work Craftsy classes that prove how much she knows! 

Before getting started, I watched the Westalee Circles on Quilts Template Set 1 video on YouTube. Ready, set go! Using my new ruler work foot with the quarter-inch heel - it's part of a "frame quilting foot set" (also purchased from the above-mentioned Amy) that fits my new Janome 1600P - I quilted in the channels of the ruler template. It's like bicycling with training wheels. You can't tip over!

You can't see it, but there's a tack in the middle of the round end of the template at the bottom left. That tack goes through the quilt from the back. A tiny hole in the template sits on the tack so the template can be pivoted in a circle.

This is the quilt back. All I did was quilt a whole circle, first. Then, I repositioned the tack to make partial circles "behind" the full one.

I bound the quilt with four different low volume prints, using my favorite "No Tails Binding: Mitered Corners by Machine" (the one I'll be teaching in a September 29 MQG webinar). You might notice that I inserted narrow strips of solids on each binding strip, so the binding resembles the quilt center. I'm really happy with it.
 

A big thanks to Debbie who came up with this simple, but smashing improv design, and coordinated seven days of the Crosscut Quilt-Along. It was a blast! Linda

14 comments:

  1. So glad you enjoyed the QAL! I love your finished quilt. And what awesome quilting! The binding adds another level of fun. NICE!!

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  2. I love your bright colors and your quilting! this was so much fun, wasn't it?

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  3. I so want to try that ruler! Your quilt looks great. I am a member of the York County Quilters and I think they have contacted you to do a guild meeting and workshop. How exciting!! I hope y'all can work out the details.

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  4. I love everything about your quilt. So vibrant and fun. The quilting is fabulous!!

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  5. What a fun way to make a quilt and how fabulous it turned out. I've already bought that ruler work Craftsy class, I just have to sit down an watch it now ;)!

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  6. Another great little quilt Linda! You are quite the expert with your curved rulers. One day I'll be able to see you do it IRL!
    This quilt is still on my 'to-do' list, and yours just makes me more determined to make one! Love the binding idea too!

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  7. I especially like the quilting and binding! Those quilted circles look perfect.

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  8. It's fun to see how you went about the quilting for your crosscut. Really cool result. I've enjoyed seeing all the different crosscut quilts popping up here and there. Hope to make my own sometime soon.

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  9. Linda, it is a good looking quilt. Do you already know where it goes?

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  10. That is the coolest ruler. I watched the several videos and she makes it look simple. Would love to try it, but not sure if I will order rulers right now. Still have plenty of quilt tops destined for the longarm. Your little crosscut quilt is a cutie. You do such interesting things and I guess if I'd quit making big quilts, I'd have more time to play. Maybe in the next lifetime.

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  11. I really really like this quilt!!! As always, your work is spectacular!

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  12. I just love it! And that ruler....wow! You did an awesome job! XO

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  13. Everything about this quilt is so wonderful: from the piecing to the cutting, then the replacing and that fabulous quilting! I love your work!

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