Friday, March 6, 2015
Spectrum–A Miniature Lone Star Quilt Part 2
Here are the fabrics I decided to use to make my version of Spectrum – class sample below. This is a photo heavy post - be warned.
To keep all the fabrics in the correct order this was the setup I used. I taped small samples of the fabrics on my rotating cutting board with the larger precut pieces for the foundation piecing laid out in order above. The tools I used for the foundation piecing are there too. Left to right – rotary cutter, seam ripper, glue stick, wooden pressing stick, stiletto, add-n-eighth and cardstock. I pretty much do my foundation piecing the same way Carol Doak explains on this web page except I use a small dab of glue to hold each piece of stitched fabric to the paper.
First the diamonds were foundation pieced. You can see from the photo below why I had to know for sure the order of the fabrics as each diamond has the fabrics in different positions on the diamonds. I will admit I had to rip a couple off when I pieced the wrong one.I chain pieced the small crown of thorn blocks that were about 3”. I do love to foundation piece to get those really sharp points.Used my design wall to figure out where each of the Colored Crown of Thorn blocks would look best.Pieced the centers and outside of the Crown of Thorn blocks and the diamond set in pieces. As you can see at this point they are all pinned to my design wall. I had to be in the right mood to piece all those inset pieces so put it off as long as possible.Wearing black cotton sweat pants is probably not the best choice when you are clipping threads and working with fabric that is raveling plus all those tiny bits of paper that I was removing. I used masking tape to get it all off before I left the sewing room as I was shedding like crazy!Now the octagon is all pieced together but the more I looked at it I felt I needed to make is square. Square quilts are easier to bind and hang. The Crown of Thorn blocks were the correct size for the corners. I tested different fabrics for joining them to the quilt on the bottom right hand corner .
All pieced and ready for quilting. Next post will cover the quilting and finishing of this miniature.