Saturday, November 21, 2009

... another finished quilt top

red letter day plus-sign quilt

yay, i finally finished piecing my red letter day quilt! i'm super pleased with how it turned out (though a little less pleased with the quality of my photos in this less-than-optimal winter light).

red letter day plus-sign quilt

regardless, this quilt brings me nothing but happiness. i will be even more happy when i actually quilt it, which will happen soon because i finally ordered the walking foot i need and have some batting and have been practicing quilting!

red letter day plus-sign quilt

soon, very soon, i hope, i will be able to post photos of actual, finished quilts here.

7 comments:

  1. love this quilt...isn't red letter day the best!

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  2. thank you! yes, i can't get enough of the red letter day fabric. literally! i think i've cleaned out all the seattle fabric stores and much of what i've found online. it makes me so very happy.

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  3. Oh I am obsessed with Red Letter Day fabrics!! Planning on making a quilt with them as well!! Yours looks GREAT!!!!

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  4. hi Ara Jane,
    love your quilt top.
    Is this a pattern or a tutorial?
    How much fabric did you use?

    linda

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  5. linda: i didn't have a pattern that i followed, i just made it up after seeing some quilts like this and loving the design. it's made with what's called a dot-dot-dash design (you sew combinations of dots, dots, or dashes in strips and then sew the strips together. this quilt top is 44x60 inches and each of the smallest "squares" is 4 inches finished (so the pieces i cut were 4-1/2 x 4-1/2, 12-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches, and some 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch ones for the edges). i had four fat quarters and four or five half yards cuts of the red letter day fabric, but i didn't end up using all of them to complete the quilt top.

    i like to sketch out my quilt designs on graph paper to get an idea of how big they will be and what each block size will be, and then break it down to see how much fabric i need to cut. that's helped with a few quilt designs that i've seen online and made it much easier to sew quilt tops without patterns. let me know if you have other questions... i'd be happy to answer as best i can!

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  6. thank you so much for the great explanation on
    how to make this quilt. I am going to make
    one for our oldest boy, his birthday is in
    februari. So I better get started....
    I will let you know when it is finished!

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  7. This is a really nice looking quilt - thank you for explaining how you cut it out and the amount of fabric you used. You have inspired me! Thanks!

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