Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bento Box

(MUCH prettier in person!  Light turquoise, dark blue/black!)  Blahhh beige on Design Floor!  LOL

Easy to piece!  I'm aiming for 30, 12 inch blocks, altho I only have these fabrics for 20 blocks - oh well, I'll think of something.  Thank you to Fons and Porter and YouTube for this great video. 

For info ... Youtube, Fons and Porter, Bento Box.  Their example used many colors, but all of similar values.  You use whole strips (WOF), and all pieces for each block are cut from each pair of strips.  So you would use 30 pairs of strips for 30 blocks.  These are 2 1/2 in. strips, but I think other sizes would work.  I'm not sure if a scrappy palette would work.  ??  The video gives you sizes to cut.

This is what I did (suggest).  Make the block in quarters.  I made one quarter at a time - could not do much chain piecing - I got mixed up, sidetracked, interrupted and ended up pressing wrong way.  I think my mind wandered because it's so easy.  (That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!) Pressing is THE key to success.  Note that each quarter block is mostly light or mostly dark.  If the quarter block is light, press ALL seams IN.  If the quarter block is dark, Press ALL seams OUT!   (Do not consider the old adage of "press to dark"! )   It goes together like a breeze. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Chimneys and Cornerstones, Clean Drawers,

Yes, this starts as Chimneys and Cornerstones -- the dark blue are the cornerstones.  This was a fun quilt, fast and easy.  16 blocks, makes about 58" x 58".  Dh and I saw something like this and worked many hours, with protractor, angles, existing templates and rulers to try and figure it out.  No luck.  Thanks to YouTube and Eleanor Burns, she has a ruler! 
I just happened to have all the fabric I needed, in my stash.  8-))  

 White was quilted in swirls, lightest blue in circles (cobblestones), going around 2 times, dark blue in question mark thingies, darkest floral in a paisley.  Cornerstones were left unquilted.

Above, circles in the dark blue border, and big floppy hearts in widest border.  (It IS square.)
Next ... Early March ... amazing!

Below -- Time to get control of the stash again!  

I have more stash in other places, but at least THIS PLACE is tidy.  8-)))  

Monday, March 07, 2016

Secret to "What the Heck"

This is where I "found" the secret design instructions to my previous 2 posts.  The first time I saw it, was on a QOV site, where someone had made one to donate, but had no description. 

Go to You Tube, Eleanor Burns (Quilt in a Day)  Chimneys and Cornerstones, the one that is over one hour long.  Go to about the middle of the video and watch from there.  Of course there is a ruler, and pattern.  The ruler comes with a simpler pattern, but I ordered an extra pattern.  It's called "wonky" something or other.   The ruler is big - needs to be as it has slits in it. 

Good luck!