Well…Christmas was wonderful…the halls haven’t been “un-decked” yet, but I was anxious to get sewing again, and so I spent a good amount of time yesterday working on my “Tone it Down” quilt for the American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along. When I last posted I had completed just 3 of the 20 blocks, and I’ve now finished up 10! I am absolutely in love with this quilt!
As I mentioned in my previous posts, I first made a test block (or two or three) and then decided to utilize chain-piecing to get all of the small segments pieced for every block. I believe it really saved a lot of time. I also went through and made piles of the background pieces–making sure that there was a good mix of my different background fabrics in each pile.
On Friday I went over to Camille’s to sew, and the plan for the day was that we would both work on this quilt. It really is fun working on a project with a friend so you can talk about different ideas. I was able to watch as Camille played with the layout of her sashings and began sewing her quilt together. And she was able to give me some great tips! As I started to lay out a block on the floor…she suggested I just put all of the pieces for one block in individual piles right at my sewing area. Then, with a quilt diagram right in front of me I could easily chain piece the sections together.
She suggested sewing the first two sections in row one then the first two sections in row two followed by the first two sections in row three…and so on. Then I went back and added the third section to each row, continuing on until all the rows had the proper sections. Since I had the block diagram right in front of me everything stayed in proper order. I took the whole chain-pieced block to the ironing board, ironed every piece toward the background fabrics, and then returned to my machine to sew the rows together.
This method went incredibly fast, and when I got home I put together 6 more blocks in no time at all!
So here I am…10 more blocks to make…all of them stacked up in neat little piles. I think I might be able to finish up the blocks this afternoon!
I am really in love with the quilt. All of my blocks don’t have the perfect contrast, but I love them anyway! I’m pretty partial to chain quilts, and this one is perhaps the prettiest design I’ve made.
Camille snapped this photo with her phone when we were sewing yesterday…I just had to post it because her fabric shelves in the background are just so dreamy!
Okay…here are the links to the other AP&Q “Quilt-a-Long” blogs. Each quilter is making a stunning version of this project, and they all have wonderful tips and insights to share. No matter your preferred style, you are sure to find a version of this quilt that inspires you, so be sure to visit these blogs and look for their Quilt A Long posts.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Camille Roskelley of Simplify
Carrie Nelson of La Vie En Rosie
Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane
Kimberly Jolly of the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber
Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings
Lissa Alexander–Moda Lissa (the quilt designer)
and Jennifer Keltner, executive editor of American Patchwork & Quilting, at All People Quilt