Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Teacher quilt top # 3 done!

Amongst all the other things going on here lately...work, a special day trip, a recent upheaval for us and 20+ other kindergarten families at my kids' school and the normal life things such as dishes and laundry, it took me just under a week to start and complete the 3rd teacher quilt top.
This one uses one charm pack, one jelly roll (half of it actually) and some solid yardage. I started by pairing up 2 different charms and trimming one of them to 4" for the center of the blocks.
The solid was cut into 4 different sized pieces and the jelly roll strips were cut into 10" segments.
This is another simple block pattern so they went together fast. Step 1 was to frame the center square. I so love chain piecing for this type of quick sewing.
Step 1 done.
The next step was to add a sold strip to each of the remaining 5" charms and then cutting them in half, resulting in 2 - 2 1/2 x 6" pieces.
More fast chain piecing was next up, adding the half charms to the center blocks.
All 20 blocks done and ready for the next phase.
The final step in the block construction consisted of sewing the 2 - 10" jelly roll strips to either side of the block.
Done! Aren't they pretty?
After working on the layout until I was pleased with the overall placement of colors and prints I added the sashing strips between the blocks.

After only a few hours, all the blocks were sashed and the rows were sewn together into a finished top. Here is your sneak peak.
This one went off to my long arm quilter and I know she will do her usual great job with it.
Now there is 3 done, 1 more to go. Hopefully that one will be completed by this time next week and I can spend the next few weeks until the end of the school year sewing the bindings and attaching the labels. I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to having this year's marathon over.

3 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. You need to switch to smaller projects - like placemats or table runners or simple tote! Hope life settles down - no need to reply as you are busy.

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  2. LOL, I have to agree with Vroomans, think small...LOL, but it looks awesome!

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  3. I think this will look great! breathe and keep going!

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