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  • knitting1105 5:29 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Take 5 


    The Pattern name is Take 5, and the front says:

    • Take 5 minutes
    • Choose 5 fabrics
    • And in 5 hours you’ve made this fantastic quilt!

    Well, when I first carried around the large flower print for 30 minutes, then had to keep adding colors (this is prior to picking the pattern), I should have known it would be a bit longer.  I invited my knitting buddy Mimi over yesterday to spend the day quilting.  I knew that having someone here would motivate me to keep at the project for a longer period of time (it also motivated me to pull out an almost-finished, languishing quilt project after I am done with this).

    The cutting took me about 2 hours, I did not cut through all 5 layers at once as suggested, my mat was not large enough, and neither my confidence in my rotary cutting abilities.  Mimi went with me to the craft store to get a new rotary cutter.  I needed a new blade anyways, and decided that a larger diameter would be better.

    After cutting, the instructions had you put the fabrics into piles according to size and fabric number.  It took more time than one would have thought, but made the piecing part so much quicker.

    Sewing was about 3 hours to complete 2 sections yesterday, and about 2 hours for the remaining 3 today.  Not bad so far, 7 hours.  Now I need to place them, sew the blocks together, and add the 2 border sections.

    This is the best color rendition of any of the photos:


    • Diane 11:30 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I am so proud of you on starting this and it seems to go together quickly–can’t wait to see the finished project. I still need to open my big box of material to find something that works with this quilt. Most likely I will have to buy some new material!


    • Mimi 11:39 am on October 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      *shakes fist* I’ll get you for this, FF 😉


      • knitting1105 8:36 pm on October 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        The advantage of the quiet iPad camera… You are too cute to shy away. Thanks for joining me in a quilting day.


  • knitting1105 10:59 am on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Quilt, sew   

    Color Attraction 


    As if I needed another project!  I was in Northern Michigan with my sister a week ago, and she wanted me to go with her to the quilt store to pick out fabric for a headboard.  I was not on the lookout for a new project at all, but fell in love with these colors, it all started with the large flower print.  Having seen Moda fabrics in other people’s quilts for quite some time, I was drawn to their bright colors and grouping of patterns under a color banner.


    Finding a pattern was the next step, the owner of the store suggested the pattern Take Five, which incorporates 5 patterned fabrics cut together in different square and rectangle sizes.  It is a very simple pattern (says 5 hours to complete), not what I would normally choose, but I am interested in the play of colors more than any intricacies in the pattern block.  I think that I will tackle this in a couple of weeks when I have time alone on the weekend.

    Of course, to make the pattern easy, I needed another tool.  An 8 1/2″ wide ruler to quickly cut the squares.


    • Diane 8:19 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Let me know if it really only take 5 hours. I decided to make this quilt too to go with the headboard. Have to go through my stash to see if I can find something that will work. Most likely nothing will work and I will have to go to the quilt store to find some material! It was great seeing you and Dan!


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