Quilting by Celia

Quilting by Celia

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.


  1. Very nice tablerunner Celia, Ohio star is one of my favorites. So simple but can have so many variations. Haven't seen Prarie House Encore, will have to check that one out. Like your fabrics for your CW blocks, I plan on getting the last three done this week. Going to wait and see what some of the others do as far as a layout, no original ideas coming from me. Happy New Year.

  2. What a lovely set of christmas gifts. Love the civil war fabrics.
    Your table runner is beautiful. I love Ohio star, it's so versatile and the fabrics you chose are awesome.
    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. My internet was playing up last night - unbearably slow thanks to a problem with the Telstra modem - luckily they are coming tomorrow to fix it - they better fix it. Loving all your goodies - lovely table runner! Cool feature on your machine. those log cabins are still cute!

  4. Love love LOVE the table runner. I've got a stash of Daiwoo taupes that have been part of a long-time project that I plan to get done in 2012. They're gorgeous!

    Looks like you had a great Boxing Day!

  5. You have been so very spoilt! I envy you your time in the sewing room... enjoy.xx

  6. Love the Fabric in Your Tablerunner it is Gorgeous...also love the Stars.
    Sounds like a Good Day Alround.
    Happy New Year Celia.

  7. Adoro a cojugação de cores destes blocos e a flor bordada no centro é lindíssima.

  8. Adoro a cojugação de cores destes blocos e a flor bordada no centro é lindíssima.

  9. You got so much done on you sew in. Love the table runner, especially the embroidery. Best of luck finishing off all the rest in the new year.

  10. What lovely work you do Celia. Those new CW are so gorgeous too. Elly


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