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Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Blue Heaven




I finaly decided to sit down yesterday and push towards the completion of this quilt top! You may remember several posts earlier I was going gung ho on this, but then life got in the way. Yesterday afternoon I was off work early and decided it was time to sit and POWER SEW!

I had 180 1/2 square triangle squares to piece...did those in one long chain...and then started adding those to the remaining flying geese units that had been done earlier. Added these units to the sides of the star units I already had constructed, and voila! 45 hour glass star blocks and 45 hour glass puss in the corner blocks!

They are now laid out on the floor ready to be assembled into the top. Remember those piles of blue and neutral strips I pulled out to make this quilt? (See way below, oscar the cat is inspecting them) I am amazed to say that this used maybe...1/2 the strips?There is still A LOT left! I'm not sure what I'm doing for borders yet, so maybe they will be used there, but once again it reiterates to me just HOW MUCH fabric I have and how far scraps will/can go in a quilt...farther than you think!

I had fun making this quilt with only two rulers: Companion Angle and
Easy Angle. The flying geese tris and the 1/2 sq tris are all cut from the same 2.5" strip. When you cut the pieces one corner is notched so they fit together PERFECTLY. I'm a big fan of these rulers....they've been around forever and I don't think they've ever got the attention they deserve.

Bonnie

29 comments:

YankeeQuilter said...

I love the colors in this quilt! How much fun...your power sewing speed would be nuclear for me!!
Siobhan

dot said...

This is really nice. You certainly did power sew at warp speed. Have a great time putting borders on.

computerpeach said...

that is beautiful!!

Linda C. said...

I love the EZ Angle, Companion Angle, and Tri-Recs rulers, too, and promote them at every opportunity. I so appreciate that the same strip can be used to cut squares and triangles, by using these rulers.

The quilt top is stunning. I love the way you mixed up the neutrals and blues in each block. I tend to be a bit on the controlled side, and I would have used the same neutral within a block, but yours is so much more interesting. Maybe I'll outgrow that compulsion with this fine example to encourage me!

Lisa D. said...

Just my colors - I LOVE IT!!!

The Calico Cat said...

Cute, I like the secondary losenge shape.

Screen Door said...

I love this, so far this is one of my favorites that you've done.

Carol said...

I love, love it, love it! Thanks for the tip on the Easy angle and the companion angle. I've had both forever and really have never used them. I'll have to give them a try.

Leah S said...

Yay! I have both rulers... glad to have another chance to put them to use. Now I'm already trying to decide... should I make a green or purple version with white-ish backgrounds... :)

La Tea Dah said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love it!

floribunda said...

beautiful quilt, Bonnie!

paula, the_quilter said...

One of my favorite color combos!

DubiQuilts said...

I have both rulers, but never have used them. Very nice quilt!

Gail said...

Another gorgeous quilt- will you be putting the instructions up on your site?

Tazzie said...

Wow Bonnie! Another amazing quilt. You surely do have the best ideas, and you've chosen my favourite colourway! I'm so glad you've had the chance to do some piecing.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, I want a sewing machine that goes at warp speed too! Oh, it isn't the machine - it is YOU! Great job!!! Looks like another great scrap buster! One thing I really love - you post a pattern and then pretty soon I start seeing different variations pop up all over the place - to me that is the neatest thing!

Cheers!

Evelyn

mereth said...

Good going Bonnie, nice to see what those blocks were meant for.
I only have the easy Angle, and tell everyone about it, but they still persist in drawing those grids on the back of their fabric. Waaaay too time consuming for me.
For small scraps I use the Judy Hopkins Scrapsaver ruler,great for odd shaped bits and pieces. I love having the perfect tool for each job, well worth the money.

Carol said...

Gorgeous quilt! Your power sewing always has much better results than my power sewing! I'm spending the evening putting on a binding that has been sitting here forever. There was no reason it didn't get attached other than good old Procrastination.

TiempoSoria said...

Absolutely beautiful!
I love the colors in this quilt!

Tonya R said...

marvelous. love the way the whites and beiges work together. glad you had some time to yourself!

dineke said...

Oooh I love that one. The colours are so me. You always make me doubt. Will I be sane and not built up that amount of stash or should I completely let go and have your fabric dilemma's years from now.;-)

nettiebear said...

Love this one. So happy to see you getting time for sewing again.

Inga Helene said...

What a lovely quilt! I love the "jeansy" look.

Inga

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Yes you really get going once you start! It's going to look great.

Nancy said...

I knew from the pieces/parts you showed earlier I was going to like this quilt. :-) You know I have both of those rulers and have never used either. Guess it's about time I tried them out.

Angie said...

Luscious fabrics that you bought while you were with Tonya. And your blue/tan stars quilt is going to be another big hit!! :D I have both of those rulers...but...I'm not sure that I've ever used either of them. ;/

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Love it, love it!

anne bebbington said...

Lovely pattern Bonnie - with borders it will be a beautiful quilt - I love dusky blues with beiges and creams but never remember to put them together - sounds like you had a lovely time with Tonya - and great you managed to sneak a parcel of time to just sew, sew, sew :o)

Quilting Kim said...

I love this quilt top and especially the secondary star design. I wish I had your reckless abandon to slap colors together -- that's something that I have to work on, but you always seem to make it work.