Friday, April 27, 2018

On point

    I love the look of blocks set on point,
but I sure hate the joining potion of the assembly.    To be clear it is the corners that make me batty.  So I tend to cut over-sized triangles to be sure everything fits.   I only ended up with one set that had to be ripped out....because of a setting triangle going in the wrong direction.  I am sure you never had that happen :) 

  Any way, by the time I reached this point 2 days ago, my wrist was in agony.  Inflammation from over use and low pressure system, I think.  So I haven't gotten the remainder of the border on, or even cut the strips.    For now, this top  is resting on the design wall.  I moved on to something less strenuous. 

  I sewed up a few more garlic knot blocks.  I had several people ask about how I would plan on setting them.......Not on point, lol. 

   So on a small design board I laid out a few blocks with all oriented in the same direction.   Interesting how the background of light comes together in a "knot" that goes in the opposite direction in this layout. 

  My backgrounds are all light...muslin, tonal beige, etc.   And since I am using up what ever I had leftover from other projects, not every block's background is entirely the same. 

  The second layout I tried is the linked in a circle style layout.  The background lights come together and form a large open space, while the knots form a circular chain. 

  Check Pinterest if you want to see full size tops and quilts for a better idea.    I like them both ways......but at this point I am undecided for the final layout. 

  This block is also called Arrowhead.  For my version I am using 2'' squares and the blocks sew up to 6 1/2'' unfinished.   I am using floral print scraps for the accent squares and trying to make a dent in my other 2'' strips for the main color. 
You guessed it....I am making little headway!

  I did mention floral fabrics didn't I?    For a detour I am sewing up the rows of this watercolor......probably a table runner to be donation for guild auction.    I can sew the rows, but not press until the wrist is less painful. 

   Sir Old Man will get the stitches out this next week.....and the eyes are done!   He has been in the workshop a few times.  He got sidetracked on a couple of small projects for the sewing room for me.   I will share just as soon as he gets them finished.    Happy stitching. 


Linda Swanekamp said...

Kaufman fabrics have a great free app for setting triangles and corners. I found it to be accurate. Great work. I am on vacation till Monday. Wifi spotty. Getting inspired. However, rental car seat sitting pinched nerve in my hip and I am painfully limping. Not great when trying to see Grand Canyon. Love to see you working!

Ray and Jeanne said...

I'm thinking you have one of the best looking design walls around! I love the garlic knots with the background forming garlic knots - I must remember that if I ever get around to making some knots. I hope your wrist is better soon - it's such a pain to not be able to do what we want. ~Jeanne

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

The on-point half logs quilt is looking fabulous but you need to take care of yourself. It is good fun to play with smaller projects while you wait for healing.

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I like the garlic knots in both layouts too. I would probably choose the first one because it wouldn't need any special quilting in a big area like the other one.

I am dealing with shoulder pain and trying to learn to iron fabrics with my left hand.....not easy for me.

Janet O. said...

What a beautiful display on your design wall!
We are each dealing with pain from overuse. We should check up on each other to make sure we are being good. :)
I like the layout on the garlic knots where it forms another not in reverse value. Did that make sense?
Glad Sir Old Man is doing well, and I can't wait to see what he is creating for you!

---"Love" said...

I love "on point" quilts, and I must say yours is as pretty as any I've seen! I've never made garlic knot blocks, but I do like how they make an interesting additional square. Nice work, both of them. Do take care of yourself, so you can get back to full speed soon. ---"Love"

Mystic Quilter said...

Sorry to read about the wrist inflammation, in addition to dealing with the pain there's the frustration that things grind to a halt for a time, but a good idea to work on the floral table runner.
I find pressing can be a nightmare for overuse issues, especially if a good solid iron is used, one reaches a dead stop just picking the iron up before attempting to put pressure on the seams! Hope you improve quickly and glad Sir Old Man is back on board.

Quilting Babcia said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your wrist inflammation. Having just had an episode of that from a cutting marathon I've learned that all things must be done in moderation, changing activities and position often is mandatory and some days one can do nothing at all. Fighting words to a quilter, I know! The back pain was so bad a couple days ago it took all day to make one little cake stand block, and even then it wasn't right. I love your on point setting for the floral cabin blocks, it will be a glorious quilt when you are finished.

Barbara said...

Your quilts blocks are beautiful. I like on point settings too. So sorry about your wrist. I’ve been having the same problem when I do a lot of cutting. It’s the hand that holds the ruler that gets sore. Putting mine in a splint for 24 hours seems to help...just giving it a rest. Hoping it feels better soon.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It's a pain when the wrists hurt. I have tendinitis in my right wrist, and have to stop when it starts to tingle.

MissPat said...

Wow, Debbie, it sounds like your followers are a bunch of walking wounded. And I'm part of the group with a sore elbow. And I don't even play tennis. Hope a little rest will ease the wrist pain. It's terrible getting old, isn't it?

Louise said...

I'm with you about on point settings. Love the way they look, hate the fiddliness of the setting triangles. And there's no logical way to stack the rows for sewing except by using a design wall or bed or floor. Since I only have the bed that means it has to be laid out and sewn before bedtime!

I'm so glad to hear your hubby is doing well after his surgery! And I hope your wrist calms down soon soon soon.

Nicki said...

Oh how I wish I lived next door to you. I would cut those binding strips for you! That's going to be a beautiful quilt. I made a memory quilt on point once & it took several tries & ripping out before I got those setting triangles right.

Happy to hear that the cataract surgery seems to be going well. My DH needs that done but keeps putting it off.

MoeWest said...

Instead of fiddling with setting triangles, wouldn't it be easier to sew an extra block to the end of each row. Then when the quilt is squared up those blocks are the setting triangles. Your quilts are looking lovely. Hope the wrist feels better after a rest.

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