Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christmas Quilts - Part 2

I've started work on the Christmas lap quilt that is a wedding present for a friend of mine who got married back in June. The wedding was announced quite quickly so there wasn't time to make a quilt then, so it became an IOU quilt and I let the bride and groom pick colour &/or theme and they decided on a Christmas quilt.

So yesterday I spent a good part of the day ironing fabric. I really wonder sometimes why I decided to take up quilting as a hobby when I really hate ironing as much as I do. I guess I'm a masochist of sorts.

Today I was cutting my fabric and I learned something new. The design of this quilt is on point which is fine when the design of the fabric is such that there is no specific direction to the prints as in the two blocks shown below.

But when you have directional prints as in the next two below, it becomes a whole other ball of wax when you go to cut the fabric, or you would end up with sideways trees and birds. I basically had to turn my fabrics on a 45 degree angle and cut the squares so that the trees and birds would be upright. So this will put a bias into the squares when I go to sew them. Fortunately all the fabric that I purchased was good quality quilting cotton and with all the weeks of practice on the Friday Block Party blocks I'm pretty confident that they will sew up without too much problem.

6 comments:

Needled Mom said...

I've realized the same thing when I set some blocks on point. I hadn't thought about it before I cut them.

Marj said...

It's good that you thought of the directional factor before you cut your blocks. I usually don't tend to think things through and end up cutting twice. Looks like you will be making another beautiful quilt.

Quilt Pixie said...

never would have thought about that problem.... I'm terrible for remembering to pay attention to directional issues. Hope the bias doesn't cause too many problems...

Elizabeth said...

I like those cardinals. If you line up the ones on the bias and sew them to the ones cut normally you will have to fight the stretch less. I don't know if your fabric layouts allows for that, but it does help.

Bev C said...

Hello Vicki,

Good luck with the Wedding?Christmas quilt. Sounds like it will be fun. Happy days.

hetty said...

I have never really paid too much attention to direction when it comes to setting blocks on point. Guess it's something I should think about. Glad the Party is making a difference for you. It certainly has made me a better quilter!