Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Broken Dishes Progress and Pattern Review

Here is a photo of my Broken Dishes top - in progress. I just need to add the border(s) but I am a bit undecided about my border fabrics. No rush though - I can't send it to my long arm quilter until I am in the USA in April, so I have time to think about it.

I think it will be a good size once the border is on (66X78 if 1 border, add 4 inches all around if I add a narrow border, which I will probably do).

I was very happy with the pattern. Everything fit together pretty much perfectly (ok, I had to ease some blocks a little, but that is probably due to my aggressive ironing technique - on triangles, no less- than the pattern). All my seams butted up against each other and I even think that almost all my points are intact. What more could a quilter want? I did have to cut a few extra strips compared to the directions and that could be because of the way I cut - not sure - so if you want to make this quilt, you might want to buy just a bit more fabric than called for - ok, so we all do that anyway in our pursuit of building stashes, but just to be sure you get extra - extra!

Here is a photo of how I pin my fabrics when I come to a section that needs to be eased. My pins run with the fabric if everything is OK and then stick out where I need to ease. In this photo the easing needs to be done in the center on the cream fabric. The top (cream) is larger so when I get to these pins I gently pull the bottom fabric and it all eases together. If you do this - it is easier to put the larger fabric on the top.


And, here is a photo of the book that I got the pattern from - Scraps to You, Too by Debbie Caffrey.

I ordered the book on-line (sight unseen) from Big Horn Quilts for $22. When I first got it, I was disappointed. Really! I would have never bought this book "in person". At first I was annoyed because the directions are a bit different than what I am used to - and I like the familiar. But, the technique of making Birds in the Air blocks intrigued me, so I started. And once I started it was so easy I kept going. Now, I want to make another one of these tops, plus at least 2 other patterns in the book.

The book has a neat design section for your reference and some basic quilting math too.

The Bird in the Air block is actually made from pieced squares and rectangles that you cut with a triangle ruler. Viola! Perfectly aligned Birds! I can't say enough about this super simple technique and am anxious to try making lots of Birds once I get back to my big scrap pile.

So, if you are looking for a new book that has a neat technique - this might be for you. Birds in the Air blocks are very versitile and make a good stash buster block.

10 comments:

quiltpixie said...

Your quilt turned out beautifully. Its so satisfying when all that's required is a little easing during the put together phase. I'm interested to see the other patterns you maek from the book...

The Calico Cat said...

first, I'm glad I just check Stashbuster, so that I would know to check in on the progress...
Second, do you have anymore of that light fabric? For me, I'd use it as a narrow inner border....
Third, I know what you mean about books - I had the same feelings about Nickel Quilts - now I barely look at any of my others....
finally, thanks for the clever "easing" method. I could use that tip!

Laurie Ann said...

Love the broken dishes quilt. With the way the sashing is done it looks very elegant and difficult! Thanks for giving us your tip for making those perfect corners. I could use the help! could you show us a pic of the bird one you are talking about?

JudyL said...

Evelyn: I've made several quilts from that book and I would like to make several others. When I first looked at your quilt, I thought . . I need to get that pattern. Nice to know I already have it!

One of the problems with cutting fabric is that many of the fabrics now are only 40" or less once they are washed and the selvages trimmed.

Can't wait to see this with borders and quilted!

Judy

Laurie said...

WOW Evelyn!!! That is a GORGEOUS quilt top! I bet you just love it!!! If not send it to me! ;o) I'm also glad a book you thought wasn't good turned out to be a gold mine! Isn't that amazing??
Hugs
Laurie

Laurie said...

OH, and Evelyn, Do you have a pic of one block? Laurie Ann said she thought your sashing was elegant but difficult. It's interesting, but I'm looking at it as no sashing and the corners of the blocks coming together to form the "broken dishes". Hmmmmmmm
Laurie

Nancy said...

This is going to be lovely when you finish it. I almost bought that book this summer but decided I have so many already that I don't use. Maybe I'll see if the guild library has this one so I can check it out before I buy it.

Dawn said...

Your quilt is wonderful and I'm so glad you told us about the technique and book. Sometimes it is just so hard to tell if you like a book or not until you actually have it at home and do something from it! I think I"m going to have to check this out now! I love fun techniques like this!

Dawn

Lucy said...

WOW this quilt is amazing!! I LOVE it . you choose perfect fabric !!
And great to see your picture ! Now I can see who you are :c)

Linda K said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I have taken classes from Debby Caffery. She does do things different, but once you learn how it's done, you won't go back.