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Monday, December 26, 2011

Xmas gifts and BDSI projects

These are my quilty Xmas gifts...
Electric Quilt 7, Moda solids including cheddar colour and some Civil War reproduction prints.


On the 26th December, many people (in some countries) go shopping to take advantage of the Boxing Day sales.  Sandy  from "Quilting for the Rest of Us" podcast organised the Boxing Day Sew In (BDSI) for those who want to stay home and sew as much as possible in our jammies...
So after breakfast, I headed for my studio and started to tidy up in preparation for my sewing marathon..

Last week I had picked up these taupe fabrics (collection by Yoko Saito & Lecien) very reasonably priced ...

Made 1 Ohio Start block. Finished block size is 8 1/2".


A second block...

 And a 3rd....


I then used one of my disks from my sewing machine to quilt the centres with a varigated thread.  The rest of the quilting was done in the ditch.

And this is the table runner completed.

I didn't follow any pattern but instead used a couple of formulas to work out the corner triangles and the side triangles, using one square.

To work out how the size of the square needed, these are the formulas:
(My Ohio Star finished block size is 8 1/2")

This is the formula for the Corner Triangles:

Finished block  size / 1.414 + .875  , round this up to nearest 1/8" . Mine ended up being 7".
Cut square once on the diagonal. Yields 2 triangles.

This is the formula for the side Triangles:

Finished block X 1.414 +1.25 , round this up to nearest 1/8" . Mine ended up being 13 1/2.
Cut diagonally in two directions so that it yields 4 triangles.

Then I moved on to some mini logcabin blocks. I have been doing them in this past year and will continue to do more with my tiny scraps.



I had recently purchased Jo Morton latest book but had forgotten to blog about it. Its a lovely book and I loved the quilt ever since I saw it on Jo's visit to Australia a few months ago.

To finish off for the day, I made another 4 blocks from the year-long postings done by Barbara Brackman Civil War blog.
Block 52 which is the last one, was published a couple of days ago but I still have at least 15 blocks to do. It will be one of my goals for 2012 which I'm hoping to finalise on my next blog posting...


Before I go, I had intended to add a musical reference for Xmas, so in the spirit of the festive season, here it is my favourite Soul musician who is no longer with us...

Luther Vandross.... will never be forgotten.