Monthly Archives: February 2013

Double Wedding Ring

fabric for the double wedding ring

New project

The newest project I am working on is the Double Wedding Ring quilt.  I am constructing this quilt in the traditional way so it shall take some time to create but the time will be worth it.  I have spoken to those that find it amazing that I am taking on such a quilt, others that think I am plumb mad for doing it the “old-fashion” way, and still others that have told me they wouldn’t even consider making one of these quilts.  So far, other than taking time and patience, this quilt is not that difficult to make.

All I can say is if you find a quilt that you like, do not be afraid to try to make it regardless of how difficult it may seem.  You might find yourself pleasantly surprised about your ability to do something you felt you were incapable of.

Happy Quilting!

The Mad Quilter

One Block Wonder

one block wonder

One Block Wonder

 

This quilt pattern is an easy one for a beginning quilter because it only requires a single piece of fabric.  This quilt is a One Block Wonder, tadalafil and was a challenge quilt  I made using the guidelines in the book: One-Block Wonders: One Fabric, viagra One Shape, One-of-a-kind Quilts. To make this quilt you should choose a fabric with nice color contrasts, but not too many colors, and whose pattern is large and repeating throughout the fabric.  Additionally you will need a cutting board, fabric rulers, rotary cutters, and triangle ruler and fly pins.

You must decide what size quilt you want to make when picking out the fabric.  On average 4 1/2 to 5 yards will make throw quilt up to a twin size, and 9 to 10 yards for a Queen size or larger but this will depend greatly on how far apart the fabric pattern repeats.

After you cut your fabric based on the repeat pattern, you need to stack 6 to 8 layers of the fabric (depending if you wish to make a hexagon or an octagon pattern) and pin it with fly pins to hold the fabric in place.  This is something you want to do slowly, and verify that each layer design matches completely with the one below.  Once you have the fabric stacked and pinned, you will cut the pieces into 3 3/4 inch strips, make sure to pin each length of fabric on the ends and you keep the cut strips neatly stacked.

Once you have completed cutting the fabric into strips, you will then cut out 3 3/4 inch triangle stacks.  One stack of triangles will make up a single block, transforming your fabric pattern into a kaleidoscope effect.  You will sew three triangle pieces together to make up half of the hexagon block and repeat this until all the material is sewn.  Next using a quilting board, you should place you blocks and arrange it into the new pattern making sure the material flows smoothly from one block to the next throughout the entire quilt.

Once you have decided on the pattern, you sew together one row at a time, then sew each row together to make your completed design.

Below are the images showing each step.

Happy Quilting,

The Mad Quilter!

The Irish in me

double irish chain

 

The Double Irish Chain quilt is an extremely simple quilt to make and great for beginners.  After finishing the Drunkards Path quilt, I needed to do something with the left over fabric and as I was looking through The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book, I found the pattern to create the Double Irish Chain quilt.  If you do not have “The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book” and are a beginner like me, I would highly recommend you get a copy.  You can find copies for sale by clicking the link above.

I made this quilt by creating two alternating ten inch blocks.  The first block uses three different fabrics cut into 2 1/2 inch squares, while the second block uses two different fabrics also cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.  You will sew the blocks together to create a 5 x 5 pattern making up your 10 inch block.  If you buy the book, it will explain an easier way to build the blocks by sewing 2 1/2 inch strip into the color pattern for each row, and then cutting the pieced fabric into 2 1/2 strips to produce each row.  It took me about 4 hours to cut the fabric into strips, sew those strips together and cut them into the 2 1/2 inch rows.  Afterwards, it took about 1 1/2 days to piece everything together.

Happy Quilting!

The Mad Quilter

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