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« on: February 28, 2014 07:45:04 AM »

Hello quilters!

I'm making this recycled shirt quilt a la Kathy's Quilts from 2009:  http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.com/2009/06/seven-shirts-seven-steps-one-thrifty.html

What do you think I should use for corner blocks? I'm mulling some sort of pinwheel made of the dark shirt scraps on a light shirt background. The blocks should come out to 6 1/2". I've never done any pinwheels. I'm still not a precise quilter, so don't judge me on wonky,  wavy or waffly-ness you see here. I suppose another nine patch would be easy enough.

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014 10:00:19 AM »

I'd probably just do solid blocks in the corners for a nice place for the eye to rest.
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014 12:01:58 PM »

Possibly the red plaid that the inner border is made from?
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014 12:11:05 PM »

Ooh yeah I think that would be really cute and pull that border in with the inner border!
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2014 10:37:42 AM »

I decided to use the scrap corners from the snowballs to make a wee pinwheel and set it in the middle of the red plaid corner block. Is that log cabin style?

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2014 07:25:52 PM »

Next question, same quilt:  The top is about an inch wider than the back on the long sides. The back is pieced from random shirt scraps. I could cut it down the middle and add another strip of something. Or I could trim the top. What would you do? A third choice?
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014 08:03:41 PM »

I'd add more to the back. You want about 6 extra inches on the back in width and length anyways for shifting during quilting. When it's centered that's 3 inches on each side (you can go bigger if you want!)
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014 10:29:16 AM »

Thanks MareMare!

How do you usually quilt? On a long armer?  I didn't really like my stitch in the ditch quilting on my first attempted quilt, and this tutorial suggested just using buttons from the shirts sewn through all layers at regular intervals to tie the quilt. I would assume this would produce less shifting.

One weird thing I'm contemplating is adding an extra disc of batting under each of the snowballs. Many of them are kind of pouf-y. I'll just use spray baste to attach the discs to their undersides. Maybe I'll do some hand quilting around the snowballs and "tie" the rest of the quilts with the buttons.

Now that I've typed tie twice, my monkey-brain wonders if a quilt bound with neck ties would be cute.
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014 11:37:11 AM »

I've not sent my quilting out to a long armer yet, but will soon for a big one for my aunt. I've quilted a couple on a machine loaded on a quilt frame at my local shop, but in general I just make lap quilt and smaller quilts so I can quilt them on my home machine.  

What works for me is to always spray baste (with pins, I get frustrated about having to move them out of the way plus I have more bunching with pins) and I have a couple go-to quilting methods.

I'm a big fan of straight line quilting on the diagonal with my walking foot, this is great especially for smaller blocks.

My other two faves are similar and use a regular foot, no walking or darning foot required. In both of them you do a kind of wavy bag and forth motion with the fabric. Both I learned from friends in my guild.

Wonky Argyle from Cherri:
http://getyoursewon.blogspot.com/2011/01/wonky-argyle.html

Wavy Overlapping from Jen:
Hmm can't find it on her blog, she does it way better than me but here is where I used it. Same method as above but smaller waves and closer together. I've used it both on the diagonal and straight (not in the same quilt Wink )

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423575.0#axzz2vxoJnzzr
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2014 09:26:24 PM »

Much appreciated.
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