February 13 2011
Posted by thequiltinggarden on Sunday, February 13th, 2011
What’s Blooming Today!
I thought I saw this quilt made up at a fabric showing a few months ago. The one I saw was made with Timeless Treasurers’ Batik Tonga Treats-Square-Taffy and Elisa’s Backporch Template(s). Now that I have made it, I don’t think it looks anything like the one I saw.
I started out using the 40 piece Taffy Tonga Treat squares and Elisa’s Backporch 7” Crazy Curves Template. Since I don’t have a lot of confidence with sewing curves, I thought this would be good practice—nice big curves. And, there are cutting and sewing instructions that come with the template. I cut out and sewed 40 squares. As I laid them out to sew together, they looked boring--just a bunch of squares with circles in them. I started looking through Elisa’s Backporch Crazy Curves Continues book and found the Wacky Quilt that would work with the blocks I’d already made.
I took my 40 blocks, cut them down from 7½” squares to 6½” squares, and laid them out again. The 40 blocks gave me 10 12½” blocks. I could have just used 9 of them and made a nice size baby quilt but I don’t have a baby to give it to at the moment. So I decided to make another 40 blocks. The picture shows what I finally came up with. This quilt measures approximately 48” by 60”.
I always seem to come up with ideas after the fact. This was no exception. One of the ideas I had was to cut 8 7” templates out of the fabric I had for the binding and backing. It is also one of the colors of the square treats. This would have created a quilt with 12 12” blocks-4 down and 3 across.
The book, Crazy Curves Continues, is worth having. Elisa gives great instructions and tips on cutting and sewing curves. There are lots of different quilts made with the 7” Crazy Curves Template and the 3 ½” Small Paths Template, separately and together. The templates are in the book. They can be traced onto template plastic and used. But I found the thick plastic ones to work much easier with my cutting mat and rotary cutter.
This is a fun quilt to make and great to practice sewing curves!
It came out very pretty.by Evelene S on 23 February 2011 at 3:10 p.m.