HQAL: T Quilt & Baby Blanket Update

In my last post I shared I had finally and joyously finished all of the blocks for the T Quilt

Beginning to piece it together I ran into some problems with the block sizes. They are not all uniform. I tried adding and removing borders on some of them. Using my design wall curtain, (the only work space available in my home if you can believe that other than on the bed) you can see I had run into some serious construction problems.

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Initially I decided to not use sashing, thinking maybe a patchwork kind of feel would work because of the 4 different T patterns along with my lack of uniformity in the size of the blocks. But it was simply a mess. In looking back at when I began this project it is evident now that the basic 2 color choice was called for: red & white, blue & white ~ something traditional

This T block quilt has been a claw in my side since I began but a true skill stretcher for me. Wanting to get her done, I have told myself – no rush, take your time, get her right, as right as you can and then get her done.

Starting over I squared up the blocks and went with a maroon 2″ wide sashing.

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This just may work.

Baby Quilt

I have also been working on the baby quilt and I may have it completed in time for the baby shower in mid January. I have finished piecing it together.

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All three layers are together and I have begun the hand quilting process.  I am stitching  around the inside square of each block with the plan to then stitch around the inside of each larger square by the sashing. I’m using a light gray thread. All the inside squares are done and I have begun the outside squares last night.

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Wishing everyone health and happiness in the coming new year and a big thank you to Kathy for hosting this Hand Quilt Along. Thank you to every one for your encouragement over this last year.

Holiday Greetings

 

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

17 thoughts on “HQAL: T Quilt & Baby Blanket Update

  1. joynealkidney December 22, 2019 / 2:09 pm

    The baby quilt is darling. I like how the quilting process makes the design come alive, being able to detect the slight shadow from the furrow the stitching makes. Hand quilting was my favorite part of the process.

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 2:16 pm

      This definitely needs the extra square quilted to have the pattern pop and if I had or have time I may even attempt the triangles 🙂

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  2. Texas Quilter December 22, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Very nice Sharon. Squaring is so important. I remember the first quilt I made in 2004! I really thought I was something! It did not take too long (about 20 minutes after I had made 6 blocks) to find out that every time we cut a piece of fabric, sew it back together, that we have to square – now do not get as nutty as I get but glad to see you are working on it! I realized that Bella was going in a different color way than I would have, but yours will look fine! Keep on trucking and Merry Christmas! Hugs

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      TY Nanette ~ a valuable lesson learned with this project 🙂 Merry Christmas to you ~ Hugs

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 7:04 pm

      Thank you ~ both projects are worth the effort put in..thanks on the sashing especially, I’m going in the right direction now

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  3. claire93 December 22, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    baby quilt is looking so sofft & snuggly!

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you Claire … it is 🙂

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  4. Bella G. Bear December 22, 2019 / 7:06 pm

    I also use a curtain for a design wall! Sometimes that’s the only space available indeed 😛 And you can hide your work away easily when necessary. Also, really love the colourso f the blocks in that first piece. I hope the blocks will go together evantually because it will make an amazing baby quilt.

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you – I am sure hoping I am on the right path now 🙂

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  5. Karrin Hurd December 22, 2019 / 7:20 pm

    Beautiful baby quilt. I have no wall space either. I have a design floor! Have a Merry Christmas!

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 9:00 pm

      lol, a design floor, I love it Thank you Karrin and a merry Christmas to you too.

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  6. Deb December 22, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Love the baby quilt! Your determined quilter,I have learned to appreciate you for not giving up when something goes wrong. Hang in there that top is going to be lovely!

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    • Sharon December 22, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you Deb. It’s encouragement like yours that keeps me focused and on track 🙂

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