Monday, November 30, 2015

Pattern Revisited

It isn't often that I remake a quilt more than a couple times.  I usually can't wait to move on to a new design, something different.  However, since I designed this quilt and have a semi-finished pattern written...I felt the need to make it one more time!

I first made it exactly two years ago.  You can see how fast I am at making actual patterns for my designs!  


41" x 52"
This quilt has never had a name.  It needs a name.  Especially since it keeps coming back! It does remind me of Gum Balls!

The Shoo-Fly block is one of those blocks that with one flip or change, becomes completely different.  Which is pretty great.  A versatile block.


My design consists of 5 different sizes.  (3", 6", 7 1/2", 9 1/2" and12")  The different sizes together are what make this quilt work for me.  It breaks it up, gives the blocks breathing space.



And naturally, I went with color...30 different colors to be exact!  I was able to use a little of a lot scraps, but not nearly enough to make a dent!  And to round it out, Kona Snow is what I used for the background. 



These 3" blocks are a little tricky, a little bit of a pain in the butt...but worth it.  Since making the first quilt in 2013, where I tired to make the HST's perfect without trimming, I have since learned about the Bloc-Loc Ruler and that making HST's bigger and trimming is the way to go for better accuracy. 



This version received a quilted diamond design, which I really like!  




This text print has been lurking in my stash for a while.  It was suppose to be a 108" wide, but when I received it, it was in two pieces!   And, the two pieces didn't even add up to the yardage I ordered!  Maddening, right?  It turned out fine in the end, refund...free fabric!

That led to this...a scrappy back!    



I feel like every time I make this design, I tweak a little here and there.  Or I find I'm off by 1/4" somewhere else.  Now I see why pattern testers are so important!  Shall I say it?  One of these days I'm going to make a pattern!  (1073rd time I've said that!)


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  1. It sure doesn't seem like two years since I saw your first one! This one looks great too. I have patterns I am slow at getting written. The writing really cuts into the sewing time!

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    1. Time goes by way too fast these days! Pattern writing is something I've wanted to do, but it is time consuming and the attention to detail is kind of important. I will do it one of these days!

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  2. how about Bolted Down? Or just "Bolts." I love it, love the different sizes, an the colors, Jayne. It's a winner.

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    1. I do like those names! It really is hard to name my own designs! My creativity stops right before that part!

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  3. I do love how the pattern gives lots of room between the various sizes. Breathing room, indeed. I like Carrie's suggestion of Bolts, but the truth is the shape reminds me of Nuts (mechanically speaking). :)

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    1. They are nuts! Funny that I never saw that before!! How in the world do you come up with clever names for your quilts? I've always loved this design and I'm sure I will again!

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  4. I'd be willing to test this one for you if you need someone! It's really appealing to me :-) Since I just started writing table runner patterns I know how much work is involved, what a learning experience! It reminds me of Nuts(as in nuts and bolts) too.

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    1. I would love to have you test it for me Vicki! My goal for after the holidays is to get two patterns written and tested. There is a lot of work involved and my mind really gets confused doing it! I want to make sure everything is clear, but not go over board on it either! I'll keep you in mind when it's finished and see if you are still interested!

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  5. Socket? Sprocket? It's really neither, but I like the words ;) No matter what you name it, it's a beauty!

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    1. I like those ideas too! Both of them…I may have to steal that idea!! Thank you Karen!

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  6. It looks great! It's amazing that you used 30 different colours. If you're ever looking for a pattern tester, I'd be happy to help out.

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    1. This design is perfect for using scraps. I hate to repeat colors! I would love for you to test this pattern Anja! I plan on working on a couple patterns after the holidays…I will keep you in mind! Thank you for offering!

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  7. I think the little 3" blocks are what make this quilt! I don't have a good name for it though. Could you please tell me what Kona colour the dark blue is? In the second photo its in the top left corner. Thank you.

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    1. There's just something about tiny blocks and big blocks mixed together that I like! The block you are asking about is actually a deep, dark purple. It is kona, and I think it might be called Regal. I've had it for so long, long before I started writing the color names!

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  8. So bright and cheery! No wonder you made it again. I really like the various sizes all together. Makes it very visually interesting.

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    1. I have a couple designs that I keep making over and over again. This one I really like because of all the colors and the blocks are wonderful!

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  9. This is a great design, very fun and versatile. When you finish your pattern, I would be more than happy to review it for you.

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl! I think I will take you up on that offer of a review! If I would get one pattern finished, surly the next and the next would become easier?! At least that's what I'm telling myself! Hopefully after the holidays I can buckle down and do this!

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  10. I love this design. It's so playful and fun!

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    1. I think you described it perfectly!

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  11. Ohmygosh, what a cuuute design! Of course, you must write up a pattern for it. (Says someone who is also in the "I must write up/down this pattern" camp.) Reminds me of an episode of Fons & Porter I just watched yesterday where they were talking about using different sizes of a single block, plus negative space, to make up a quilt. Yours is much cuter, probably because the fabrics are so vibrant and happy.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I need to get over my fear of writing! One thing I freak out about is making sure the measurements are right! I think you understand, and hope you get a chance to do a pattern or two also! Hopefully after the holidays and things settle down a bit! (I say for the 25th time today)!

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  12. Looking good! I do like quilts with different size blocks for sure!

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    1. I really do too! This will become a pattern…it will, it will, it will!

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  13. It is so fun and cheery! :) I too enjoy playing around with classic block design to see what I can come up with.

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