Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy Day!

Did you know that today is National Quilting Day? I was reminded earlier this week, but forgot about it this morning. A quilty greeting reminding us to celebrate just arrived from one of my Tangled Threads friends - I was glad to get that memory jog.

So . . . . here's wishing all of you a very happy National Quilting Day. I hope you all have a little time to spend quilting today - or doing something else that you want to do.

I spent much of yesterday and this morning finishing the March addition to Holiday Inn. I just love this little quilt! In case you hadn't noticed - I fussy cut all the "stopper" borders to give it a more "together" feeling. It doesn't really jump out at you, but I think it would be quite noticeable if I hadn't. If you click on the picture you can see the details much better.

One of you left a comment asking whether I used Thangles for the sawtooth border. I've tried Triangles on a Roll and wasn't impressed, and so I've never tried Thangles. I find that clever "shortcuts" usually work no better for me that just cutting triangles and sewing them together. What works best for me is to make many "parts" larger and then trim them down. I do this with half and quarter square triangle squares (hour glass blocks), square in a square blocks, and flying geese. The trimming down does take extra time, and can get tedious when there are hundreds of pieces to trim, but I love the way everything goes together so easily and perfectly after it's trimmed. I also use the "bias square" method of making triangle squares, using my Creative Grid rulers for the trimming instead of a "bias square" ruler. I have a tutorial on making triangle squares this way - check the list of tutorials near the top of my left sidebar.

14 comments:

Caeli said...

What is that border fabric? I like that!

Crispy said...

Yes I did notice your fussy cutting, I love that you take the time to do such nice little but very effective touches to your projects.

Crispy

janet said...

This is looking really good. I love the toile and yes the border does look tidy, it would be noticeable if you hadn't done the fussy cutting.

Carol said...

It is spectacular! Your extra attention to detail makes it...the fussy cutting makes it perfect. I always over cut half square triangles and trim them to size...you're right, it takes time but they go together so nicely.

sewprimitive karen said...

Hi, Patti, your Holiday Inn looks beautiful. The fussy cutting definitely paid off.

Jeanne said...

Each new addition is fabulous! I look forward to seeing the whole quilt.

wendysquilting said...

It really is beautiful,I'm not really crazy about the thangles myself. Shouldn't every day be Quilt day :)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh it is wonderful!

GRACE said...

it's very nice, patti, love your color choices on this and other things you make as well.

Anne said...

Love your quilt. Good job! I also oversize my half and quarter sq triagles and cut them down because the end result is usually perfect every time!

Kathie said...

each border is making the quilt even more special
glad your enjoying it!
I am caving in and want to make it now too!
Kathie

Quilter In Paradise said...

love your use of colors and the various fabrics... it's great!

Suzy said...

I love the way this is turning out. And I love the color combos, too. Lovely! :o)

Carrie P. said...

This quilt is so pretty. Love all the different borders.