Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Last QOV of the Year - #6

This will be my last Quilt of Valor this year.

Forgot to take a picture of the presentation case before delivering the quilts.

A new quilting friend wanted to take a quilting class. She asked me to go with her. I told her to find a class she wanted to take and I would go with her. She is a new quilter and has never taken a class. She chose a "Square in a Square" class. It is a different way to make sq in a sq, flying geese, dove in the window, etc, blocks, using a speciality ruler.

I still have two more borders to put on it. It will be about 26 inches square.

Here are some the the steps using the ruler. I used white as the centers of my blocks and they don't show up very good on the white paper.

You start with a center square and add strips on all sides.

 You then trim, using the ruler to create this block - the square in a square - this is the basic unit that all the other blocks are made from
 by cutting the blocks you can create flying geese or 1/2 square triangles
 Cutting in a different direction you create the dove in the window block - I do really like the border it  makes
I didn't buy the ruler or any of the books. I have bought speciality rulers in the past and used them once, sometimes never - wasn't sure about this one because...

#1 - I felt there was a lot of waste - I know I will never use all the fabric I have and I shouldn't be concerned about a little waste. I could be wrong about this percentage but I think I heard the teacher say there was about 1/3 waste, seems like a lot to me.  

#2 - The other thing was that after you trim the blocks they are on the bias, I haven't had a lot of experience working with bias blocks. Guess I should have used starch on them. The center of the small wall hanging I made was a bit wavy. 

The main thing was I got to spend time with a new quilting friend, learn a new technique and was able to drop off my QsOV. 

All the new beautiful fabrics and patterns were so tempting but I didn't purchase any.

Linking up with JudyL's Stash Report

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in YTD ~ 19.66
fabric out YTD ~ 176.02
used YTD ~ 156.36

Quilts Finished ~ 16 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 6
RMH ~ 8
UFO ~ 1
New ~ 1


Libby in TN said...

You came to the same conclusions I did. I feel it forces you into unnecessary machinations when a ruler like Easy Angle (and equivalents) can accomplish the same things with a lot less waste. It was raining when I left home yesterday so I decided not to venture down to TQS, plus I didn't want to disrupt the class.

Karen said...

I am glad you enjoyed your quilting time with a friend. You made another beautiful QOV quilty hug. I know these quilts are appreciated.

Kate said...

Love your last QOV. You've done really well with finishes and stash management this year.

Shannon said...

I'm with you on the waste. Even though I have plenty, I can't bring myself to waste any of it! It's way too valuable. Your fall colors are very nice. As always, a great quilt of valor!

Jennifer said...

That is a really interesting technique - the part I like is that you cut them to size and don't have to go back and square them up, which I find I have to do with most other methods. What's the name of the ruler? I might have to look out for it - wouldn't use it ALL the time, but it sure would be nice sometimes.