Have you voted for Dan today????

Here is the place to vote, scroll about 1/2 way down the page and pick Dan Baker: VOTE HERE PLEASE! Thanks to all of you who have been voting!!!  If you don’t want to remember to vote everyday, send me your email address(es) and I’ll gladly type them in for you!  (my email:  all 4 mine @ bellsouth . net – all smushed together, of course)

In other exciting (to me) news . . . I started working on a quilt for our bed this weekend.  Thanks to THIS LOVELY WOMAN on YouTube, I found a great pattern and the fastest way I’ve ever seen to make large quilt blocks.  Five 10″ squares, three seams and an iron and you’re the proud owner of a 20″ block.  It’s like knowing how to do magic!  I cannot wait to try some of her other stuff.  I made 30 blocks yesterday afternoon in just over four hours.  I could have done it faster, but there were snacks involved. 
I took some pictures – I like to remember how a quilt comes together and if anyone else quilts, you might want to give it a try. 
First pick your fabric.  I needed quite a bit for this quilt and got lucky with a sale at Old Time Pottery and a Goodwill find of deep red silk/cotton curtains ($2.99) – total for about 14 yards of fabric ended up being $53. 
The other fabrics are a variety of textures and finishes. The blue is almost suede-like.  The white is denim. The gold is a shiny upholstery blend and the floral is a soft cotton.  Pottery Barn is great for upholstery fabrics but you have to buy the amount they have precut and put on display.

Next cut your fabric into 10″ squares. I cut 30 squares of each fabric with my NEW rotary cutter.  WOW! What a difference a sharp blade makes.
Pick a fabric for the center of your block – I made all of my squares different, but you could do just about anything. 
Fold the fabric in half and press lightly.  
Step Two – pick two more squares, make a sandwich with your folded block in the middle.  The two full squares should be with the good side of the fabric touching the folded square.  The open end of the fold fabric should be at the outer edge of the two squares (really, watch the video – she’s much better).  Now sew your first seam down the short side of the “sandwich.”
Step Three:  Do the same thing with the other two blocks, then press everything to look like my picture.  
Next comes the only sort-of tricky part.
Step Four:  Grab the end of the top block on each side (in this case my floral and my white blocks) and line them up end-to-end.  Your middle piece will droop in the middle of the four large blocks.  Line up the middle seams, and lay the piece down on your work surface.
Ignore the fact that this an entirely different block than the ones in the previous steps.  See the floppy middle block? Stretch the ends to meet up with the edges of your large block – don’t panic, the inside of the droopy block will be a mess.  It’s okay, you just need a smooth edge large enough for your 1/4″ seam.  Get it to your machine and sew it up quick.  And VOILA!
You have a puffy diamond in the middle of your block.  Three seams!  I handstitched the edges of my center blocks – you could use a machine just as easily.  Additionally, you could get fancy and do a cathedral type stitch around this diamond.
And there is a finished block.  After you have done one or two, it’s about 7-10 minutes per block.  Really amazing.  
Now I’m off to start stitching the blocks together and to send Andy to the attic to find my quilt frame.  If I can get to the fabric store tomorrow, I should be quilting by Monday night. 

2 thoughts on “Have you voted for Dan today????

  1. Cool! and quilt frame? Where the heck can you put it? I've assumed I have to wait for at least one kid to move out before I can take up quilting again. did you just put it where Dan's bed was?

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