Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Quilty Coaster Ride

Tonight I was sewing to help melt the worries of work away. Sometimes a little sew time is all I need to lift my mood and sometimes that sew time is surprisingly  productive. I've been working with this great stripe fabric that has had me on a quilting roller coaster ride. 

I hung the fabric from a tree while I doused it with starch. It's a new technique that I think I will be adopting for future endeavors. I love how stiff and almost paper like the fabric has become. 

I was headed to the peak of the lift hill as I purchased the yardage, dreaming about how I might use it. I zoomed down the first hill to a low when I realized the fabric has too many variations to experiment with this graphic quilt design I've been playing with. I banked to the left and through a loop when I came up with a new idea, then the coaster plunged lower as I realized I was not using my fabric wisely. 

My new idea, which may become the center for a medallion style quilt. I'm still not sure.

I was following the method of making half square triangles (HST) whereby you take two squares of fabric, placing them right sides together and draw a line diagonally from one corner to another, stitching 1/4" on each side of the line and then cutting them apart. It wasn't until I had 48 of these that I realized how important it was to take note of the direction of the diagonal line when using a striped directional fabric as one the squares. As you will see in the final picture of this post I need some of these HST that have stripes that go in one direction, and other HST that have stripes in the other direction.

Fortunately, (if I may continue my roller coaster metaphor) I think I've reached a second lift hill in this ride and am ready for the twists and turns that will follow. I have one portion of my design complete!

I think this progress calls for a little party. I'm linking up with the WIP Wednesday Party at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. I really hope I make a win from Canton Village Quilt Works, the sponsor of the party. 


  1. Gorgeous. What you're sharing with us so far really showcases that beautiful striped fabric. Looking forward to the completed piece.

  2. Totally love where this is going!! I soak my fabric with starch too - I also love the way it is almost like construction paper when I am finished!

  3. Oh I hate it when directional stuff catches you out! I do love a good starched fabric though...

  4. So glad you didn't put the brakes on and "bail" on this ride...your new idea is working out beautifully!

  5. Fabulous fabric. Stripes are very versatile but they can be tricky :) Here's to a win for you.

  6. Awesome! You are onto something here........can't wait to see more!

  7. Love this! That striped fabric is fantastic! Can't wait to see where this goes :)
    How big is the finished block?

  8. I love the way this design is progressing. Enjoy the ride.

  9. um hello that's AWESOME! I love the colors and the final piece looks wonderful! great work!


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