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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sampler quilt, red and white and Maltaville - Big Week

My sampler quilt - Pieces of the Past - it is all finished!  After the quilting and binding I washed the quilt in the washing machine, on gentle cycle, then blocked it.  I use to fret about making wobbly quilts, after I saw one of my earliest quilts hanging in a show.  I was so embarrassed about how wobbly it was.  Now I don't worry - since I found out about blocking.

While the quilt is still quite wet, I lay it on a sheet on the carpet.  Down on my hands and knees, I move about the quilt and pin it along the edge, with straight pins, into the carpet.  I pull it, and pat it, and smooth it until it is nice and smooth, and flat, and square and keep re-pinning.  Leave it there for a couple of days, with the ceiling fan on in the summer, or a blow heater in the winter.  Hey presto!  you take it up and there is your square flat quilt.  It always works, even on really bad quilts.

I took some close up shots of the quilting.  In the border I used a Baptist Fan template.  These lines are 1" apart.  I would like them to be closer, but I ran out of time.

In the sashing I did a little template - think it is called egg and dart.  Fitted in - that is all that matters.

I got a few of the red and white blocks done.  They are not quick to make and as I am using lots of different fabrics, it is not even worth trying to cut up heaps and just string piece them.  As I make them, I am finding easier ways to do it, including the quick method for Flyer Geese.. These blocks are suppose to be 8" finished, but they are coming out at 7 3/4" - every one of them.  Guess if they are all the same then it does not matter.
Finally with the quilting done on the other quilt, I have room to work on the Maltaville blocks from Quiltstation.

So far there have been 16 blocks released, and I have managed to do 12, which is not too bad.  I can catch up.  Must admit that it has been the easier ones I have done first.  The flower block in the centre, has a bird missing.  I was looking for a bird to Broderie Perse, but can't find one small enough.  So I had better just practice my applique skills.


  1. Thank you for sharing about blocking a quilt. I have often thought I needed to do it, but didn't really know the details. I'll give it a go on the next finished quilt.

    I love your Pieces of the Past sampler. It is just right. Colour is glorious and patterns work well together.

  2. the sampler is wonderful! oh how i love the look of those red and white blocks, I might have to give it a try!
    the maltaville blocks are growing on me the more I see them!
    I keep thinking of all the applqiue quilts I have going now!
    do I need another one?

  3. Love them all! Your quilting on the sampler is wonderful!

  4. Your Pieces of the Past sampler is absolutely wonderful! The colours are just sparkling. How big is it? Never tried blocking a quilt, but will try it. Thanks for showing and telling. Hugs

  5. I never thought about blocking a finished quilt. It's good to know I can! Your things are beautiful!!!

  6. Was your Pieces of the Past a BOM or a pattern? It turned out just beautiful and love the colors you used. The quilting is awesome as well.

  7. The Pieces of the Past was made of 2 class samples I was teaching on hand piecing. they are traditional blocks I chose for the piecing techniques. The blocks are 18" each - 76" completed. Thanks for all the lovely comments. Wendy

  8. Que trabajos tan maravillosos. Adoro tu blog.