Orange You Glad Ready for Quilting

Orange You Glad top finished
Orange You Glad top finished

Yes, I finished the top and back of Orange You Glad. I actually came back from my knitting class and made the back and binding.

I needed this off my design wall, so I just worked like a crazy woman on it.

There is nothing wrong with the quilt. My feelings all have to do with how many projects I have in progress. With this project on the machine, I couldn’t work on the Tarts. I found that project and its urgency fading from my mind the longer I didn’t work on it.

Orange You Glad back finished
Orange You Glad back finished

The back uses a large and favorite print from Martha Negley. Since this is a quilt I will keep, I was happy to use it. I know it isn’t the same orange as the front, but I like it.

Next step: off to Colleen.

Sewing Orange You Glad

Sewing Orange You Glad pairs
Sewing Orange You Glad pairs

I have finally sewed all the pairs of quarter blocks together. It took a long time.

I started on Saturday and finished on Sunday. Of course, I couldn’t sew all day both days, but I did spend a good portion of my time on the project.

One thing I can never get over is how much space is taken up by the seam allowances. The spaces in the photo (right) show how much space I gained by sewing the blocks on the left.

Orange You Glad Pairs sewn
Orange You Glad Pairs sewn

Once all of the pairs of quarter blocks were sewn together, the piece looks ‘normal’ again. Of course, I have to sew the pairs into blocks. Then we’ll see the spaces develop again.

More Sewing Orange You Glad

Orange You Glad blocks sewn
Orange You Glad blocks sewn

I made good progress during the week. All of the blocks are sewn together.

I spent quite a bit of time during the week sewing as well. I am trying to enjoy this process, but it is hard. It really has nothing to do with this quilt; it has to do with the fact that I have too may projects at the same stage at the moment.

Regardless, I am paying close attention to the blocks and where they go. I am making minor adjustments even at this late stage. The quilt is looking good, I think

More Orange You Glad Rearranging

Orange You Glad - all quarters
Orange You Glad – all quarters

The other day I talked about using 3/4s of the squares to make a design. Since then I have received the rest of the quarter squares and put them up on my design wall. It is so great to have more options.

I have been rearranging and changing the locations of the quarters every time I walk into the room or look at the design wall. I noticed that we have, mostly, all used cool colors for the first circle. That makes highlighting different fabrics a challenge. It is not impossible, but I have to look carefully to make sure each fabric is showcased.

I want to get to sewing, so at some point I need to stop rearranging and start sewing the blocks together.

Orange You Glad Rearranging

Julie's quarter squares
Julie’s quarter squares

I was super excited to receive quarter squares from Julie the other day! I am eagerly anticipating the receipt of Adrienne’s quarters as well. Once I get those I can seriously start scheduling time to finalize the arrangement and sew the top together.

Orange You Glad - my and Julie's quarter squares
Orange You Glad – my and Julie’s quarter squares

In the meantime, I interspersed Julie’s quarter squares with the mine on the design wall. Because I was so excited, I forgot to take a picture of the quarters received. I took a photo of the ones I hadn’t yet put on the design wall (photo above). Aren’t they fun?

The photo, right, shows my layout in the process of being rearranged on the design wall.

Orange You Glad - my and Julie's quarter squares - complete
Orange You Glad – my and Julie’s quarter squares – complete

What I have with three quarters of the blocks looks pretty good. I am thinking that I will keep them as circles, but there is one other layout I want to try out first.

 

After the Orange Applique’

I wrote about how I really liked the way some of the bullseyes looked before I added the last circle.

The blocks above were my favorites and I was anxious that they would be ‘ruined’ when I added the other circles.

Orange You Glad faves with 3 circles
Orange You Glad faves with 3 circles

The blocks definitely look different after the last orange circles were added. I am excited that they look even better. I still lament the covering up of some of the motifs (like the flowers in the pink and blue plaid circle), but overall, I think the blocks are enhanced by the additional, small circle.

I have to trust the process.

Before the Orange Applique

After playing with the blocks a little, I am now ready to continue working on the bullseyes.

Then I looked through the bullseye blocks. Some caught my attention and I was sad to cover up the second fabrics with more circles. Still it had to be done.

The blocks above are my favorites after looking through all of them. I know that will change when I sew the last circles on.

Back to Orange

Orange You Glad stack
Orange You Glad stack

I dragged out the bag of bullseyes yesterday that had been languishing because of my travel and life. I wanted to look at them and match up the last circles, but instead I started appliqueing them to the blocks.

I did look at them all. Then, I did match up the small orange circles with the rest of the block, but I didn’t do as much looking and rearranging as I thought I would. I really just wanted to sew. I wasn’t lax, I was just faster than I thought I would be. I have never been much of an agonizer where it wasn’t necessary, especially with quiltmaking.

Orange You Glad example
Orange You Glad example

I thought I would try and finish the top and back of this quilt and take it to Colleen as well, but then (head to desk and a big DUH) I realized that I need to wait for the parts of Julie and Adrienne’s blocks before I can go farther. Not a problem! I will use this quilt to make up the second batch of quilts I plan to take to Colleen in a few weeks. I am on another finishing mission.

Julie has a Picking favorites blog post on her blocks.

 

 

Orange You Glad Piecing Near the End

Bullseye: Cutting the Last Circles
Bullseye: Cutting the Last Circles

I am waiting for my backgrounds to be returned. Julie has them finished and I will get them when we meet for lunch.

I cut these squares as I was cutting the backgrounds. I have no idea if they will work after the other two have added their stamp to my backgrounds. However, they are a start.

Finishing Bullseye Blocks pt.2

The other day I showed you how to finish the bullseye blocks in preparation for the next circle. I didn’t have all of the photos, but I do now. Until I can write a real, complete tutorial you’ll have to look at both posts and integrate them. I know you can!

This tutorial assumes that you have cut your backgrounds and appliqued your circles to those backgrounds.

Supplies (same as previous post)

  • Bullseye blocks
  • Inspira duckbill applique' scissors
    Inspira duckbill applique’ scissors

    Applique’ scissors** – I have two pair. One is by Gingher, which I have had since the dawn of time. These are maybe 10 inches, but probably 8 inches. The other is a much smaller pair (6?) I bought last year at Cottage Quilting in Medford. The brand is Inspira and they are shown on the Husqvarna/Viking website. I thought they were super cute and I had never seen a pair this size before. N.B. after using them for this project, I really like the Inspira duckbills. The holes are really small, so if  you have large hands, they may be uncomfortable.

  • Cutting mat**

Optional Supplies:

Steps:

As mentioned above, previous steps can be found in the previous post.

…Your goal is to be able to cut a circle out of the background fabric without harming the front circle.

Bullseye: Cut parallel to the line of stitching
Bullseye: Cut parallel to the line of stitching

Second, cut a slit.  You will need to continue pinching the background layer of fabric away from the front circle. The slit should be cut straight down, parallel to the line of stitching. If it is angled, you will see it right away in the V shaped cut that results. It’s no big deal, but try to keep it straight so it is parallel to the sewing line and makes a neater cut.

 

Now, continue on to step three in the previous post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finishing Bullseye Blocks

Since I am working on a Bullseye project, I thought it would be a good opportunity to write some tutorials about the process. At the moment, this will not be a full set of step by step tutorials. You’ll have to use the skills you have gained from my Quilt Class tutorials to extrapolate the rest of the process.

This tutorial assumes that you have cut your backgrounds and appliqued your circles to those backgrounds.

Supplies

  • Bullseye blocks
  • Inspira duckbill applique' scissors
    Inspira duckbill applique’ scissors

    Applique’ scissors** – I have two pair. One is by Gingher, which I have had since the dawn of time. These are maybe 10 inches, but probably 8 inches. The other is a much smaller pair (6″) I bought last year at Cottage Quilting in Medford. The brand is Inspira and they are shown on the Husqvarna/Viking website. I thought they were super cute and I had never seen a pair this size before.

  • Cutting mat**

Optional Supplies:

Steps

Bullseye block: facedown on cutting mat
Bullseye block: facedown on cutting mat

First, take one block and lay it face down on your cutting mat.

The picture shows the sewing line (arrow is pointing to it; you may need to enlarge the photo). Use the sewing line as a cutting guide. If you want, you can draw in an erasable line to follow for cutting. You don’t need to do that, though. Just eyeball one quarter to a half inch.

Bullseye: Pinch fabric layers away from each other
Bullseye: Pinch fabric layers away from each other

Pinch the background fabric layers away from the front/circle fabric layer. Your fingers should be about half an inch away from the seam line, as the photo shows.

This is usually a two handed process and you will need to feel around to make sure both layers are well away from each other.

Your goal is to be able to cut a circle out of the background fabric without harming the front circle.

Second, cut a slit.  (no photo) You will need to continue pinching the background layer of fabric away from the front circle. The slit should be cut straight down. If it is angled, you will see it right away. It’s no big deal, but try to keep it straight so it is parallel to the sewing line.

Third, let the fabric layers go back together, e.g. they are not pinched anymore, but, again, laying flat on the cutting mat.

Bullseye blocks: Enlarge the slit
Bullseye blocks: Enlarge the slit

Fourth, carefully stick the duckbill tip of your applique’ scissors into the slit and start cutting away the background layer. Cut one quarter to a half inch away from the seam line.

Be careful to only cut the background layer. The duckbill part of the  scissors should help keep you from cutting the foreground. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to be vigilant. You do!

If I sound like a militant dictator, it is because I have cut through the fronts of appliques and had to do them over.

Be vigilant.

Bullseye: cutting out the background
Bullseye: cutting out the background

Fifth, continue cutting carefully around the whole circle. I keep the circle out of the way of the scissors to try and preserve as much fabric as possible. I can cut some of the shapes I need for other projects from the leftovers.

This part of the process becomes easier once you have cut a large enough slit so the front circle fabric shows.

In the photo, left, you can see how the duckbill rests on the front/circle fabric.

Bullseye: background cut out
Bullseye: background cut out

When you have cut the whole circle out, you will have a back view to the front fabric.

 

Repeat for all blocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Obviously, you should shop at local quilt shops. However, I use affiliate links and may be paid for your purchase of an item when you click on an item’s link in my post. There is no additional cost to you for clicking or purchasing items I recommend. I appreciate your clicks and purchases as it helps support this blog.

Cutting Circles

Adrienne's blocks with Julie's circles
Adrienne’s blocks with Julie’s circles

I talked about Adrienne’s Bullseye blocks a little the other day. Once I put the whole thing on the design wall, I could take a look at what I had to work with. My first impression was that the piece was dark. Adrienne selected darker backgrounds than I did. Then Julie used some darker fabrics for circles.

These are not bad choices by any stretch, just different than what I selected.

Adrienne's bullseye with 2d round circles
Adrienne’s bullseye with 2d round circles

The first thing I did was cut a bunch of pinks. I wanted to lighten up the piece, but also didn’t want to slap pink on any old block. I cut circles from the fabrics and tried them out in different places.

The blocks are not in the place they will end up in the final quilt, so I matched the pinks to the circles that Julie cut. This helped me to work on the other blocks as well. As I chose each fabric for the second circle, there were fewer blocks to complete and the choices became clearer.

The picture on the left doesn’t show all of the second circles selected, because I am still in the process.

Orange You Glad Half & Half

Half & Half Orange You Glad
Half & Half Orange You Glad

I put the blocks I with Friend Julie’s backgrounds on the design wall so I could look at at them. I took them off, cut out the back and put the block on the ironing board to be pressed.

Half the blocks are Friend Julie‘s backgrounds and half are Adrienne’s. The top four rows are Adrienne’s backgrounds and Julie’s circles. The bottom four rows are Julie’s background and my circles.

Adrienne's blocks with Julie's circles
Adrienne’s blocks with Julie’s circles

I decided to look at them together as I moved Julie’s off the design wall. It turned out that I needed to put Adrienne’s blocks on the design wall to select the fabrics for the second round of circles.

I only had cut about 10 squares to make circles for Adrienne’s blocks. I thought I had cut all I needed, but I am glad I didn’t. I ended up looking at each block to decide what it needed.

My first thought was to lighten it up.

Orange You Glad Applique’

Julie's Orange You Glad - 1st round
Julie’s Orange You Glad – 1st round

I spent Saturday getting down to Orange You Glad business. I had started the applique’, but needed to get it done as I wanted to send the package to Adrienne on Tuesday. I had some other packages to mail and wanted to make one trip.

These are Julie’s backgrounds and my fabrics for the circles. I am pleased with how they look.

This is also the large first quilt I have put up since my design wall was re-installed.