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Between Sunrise And Sunset

DONE!! This picture shows the bias binding,  all four corners, the backing and the hanging sleeve and the label. The hanging sleeve looks a little wrinkly because it  has a 1″ give in it. This is the first time I have made a sleeve like that – but from what I read the give will allow the quilt to hang better. Click on the picture to see my beautiful mitered corners up close. I am very proud of them :-)

Finished #2

The octagons are blocked

The hardest part was making the “blocking boards.” We had to use plywood since we don’t have  24″x 8′ – 1″ thick – interlocking styrofoam in Panama – which is what my quilter Margaret Gunn uses in her blocking tutorial. My husband David deemed the 1/4″ plywood to “floppy” so we used 3/4″ – which is heavy as hell!

We had some carpet remnants left over from redecorating our office building – so we used them – it would have been much easier, quicker and neater with two pieces of 4′ x 8′ carpet.

1 two pieces of plywood

We moved all the studio furniture to the back – and thank goodness there was enough room on the floor for an 8′ x 8′ table. We had to move the beading workbench outside on the patio because there wasn’t enough room to comfortably walk around the table.

2 tools to make the blocking boards

Here are some of the items we used to make the table – we ended up using two gallons of the contact cement. Well… not quite two – we knocked over the can and spilled quite a bit. What a mess that was! A real Laurel and Hardy moment as we tried to keep the puddle from spreading and getting all over the front of the carpet.

4 David gluing the back of carpet

Here is David applying the contact cement to the back of one of the pieces of the carpet.

3 sticking carpet to plywood

I walked up and down on the freshly glued carpet until I thought my legs would drop off. It just didn’t want to stick – it kept bubbling up. It could have had something to do with not waiting the 20 minutes until the contact cement dried on the wood and the carpet before joining them. When all else fails read the directions. We learned our lesson and waited on the other pieces.

5 joining two plywood pieces

This is how David joined the two pieces of plywood and he used 4 bigger ones underneath because it was bowing in the center. The plywood is on two large banquet tables. That is Laura in the corner.

6 covered rug with sheet

I didn’t want the quilt to touch the carpet so I pinned an old Indian sheet down as a barrier.

I filled the washing machine up to the top – added the quilt and 6 color catchers – no soap – just tepid water. I swirled it around in the water with my hands – I didn’t turn on the machine to agitate it. I let it soak for a few minutes then emptied the machine and let the spinner run for a bit – I wanted it damp – but not too dry. The color catchers came out with purple stains – but I don’t see any stains or running on the quilt.

8 laser

This is the laser level we used to square up the quilt. I ordered it from Amazon – I decided on this model when I read one of the customer comments from a quilter. The flash on the camera is so bright you can’t see the red laser line in the photo.

It sure beats using rulers and set squares. A bright – very visible red line shoots out in both directions and all you have to do is pull and tug and massage the seam of the quilt into place.

9 laser on center blocks

We made sure that the blocks in the center of the quilt were also in line  – not just the borders. We really didn’t have to pull and push very much – the quilt was amazingly square straight out of the washing machine. Nothing was really wonky – just a few minor adjustments to get everything squared up.


Here it is – blocked.  I left the air conditioner running at its coldest last night. The surface was dry to the touch this morning – but I am not going to move it until tomorrow morning. I have the AC on now and I will leave it on again tonight. It is freezing in here now!

12 is that straight or what!


Is that straight or what!! We measured across the diagonals with a metal measuring tape – and they turned out exactly the same – 89 and 7/8 ths inches. The quilt is supposed to be square but it is off by 15/16 ths of an inch. We certainly weren’t going to pull out all the carefully placed pins and start over for such a small difference.

Tomorrow, before removing the pins I am going to mark the cutting line on the border. Then I will sew one or two lines (with very small stitches) just inside the cutting line. This stitching will make sure the quilting stitches will not unravel when I trim the border to 5 inches. They will be hidden in the binding. I would not have thought to do this step – but my quilter Margaret said it was very important since I would be cutting into the quilting lines.



I can’t wait to get this plywood out of the studio – the smell of the contact cement is overpowering. I don’t know what I am going to do if the quilt smells like contact cement. I guess I will have to spray it with Fabreeze and air it outside – if it will ever stop raining.


Bias ironed

bias ironed

Still haven’t blocked the quilt.  I wanted to do it yesterday but Fathers’s Day festivities lasted longer than I expected. I could do it myself – but my husband wants to help – so I have to wait till the weekend.

Meanwhile the bias is made – the label is printed, the comment card text has been written and the quilt show registration form has been filled out. Today I am going to make the hanging sleeve and the storage bag that the show requires.

Continuous bias binding for the octagons

bias binding

I followed the directions on this McCalls Quilting video.  I used a 41″ square and I got a whopping 16 yards of 2 3/4″ bias binding. I don’t need that much to bind my octagons – I will keep the leftover for binding charity quilts.

I practiced on a smaller piece of ugly fabric I didn’t mind wasting if things went wrong. They did.  The second time I got it right.

Just be sure that when you start drawing the lines across the fabric – that the seam is slanting to your left – or to the right – NOT vertical.

Whether the seam is facing right or left  – don’t draw the lines on either of the #2  sides. The #2 sides are the ones you are going to sew together to make the tube.

Here is a little paper mockup of the fabric square cut in half on the bias. This is the way you should position it on your table if you have chosen to have the seam facing left.

bias binding drawing

NOT like this.


That is is a lot of blah blah blah to tell you DON’T DRAW THE LINES ON THE #2 SIDES. Easy really – I hope I didn’t confuse you.

It’s baaaaack!

Between Sunrise And Sunset

And Margaret Gunn did a fabulous job on the quilting – no – beyond fabulous! I could not be more thrilled with how it turned out.

It was a very challenging top to quilt – because there are so many different prints – and 144 of the same shape block. Margaret rose to the challenge and quilted a masterpiece!

But…  it is very difficult to photograph – even in person the light must fall on it just right to see all the detail. Click on all of the pictures to see an enlargement.

detail #4

This picture shows the on point square frame with the rays coming out of it – this is in the very center of the quilt.

The small center on point square is followed by another square frame – but this one is intertwined with feathers

Then yet another  square – this one is very subtle because it is only indicated by straight lines on the little center and joiner squares. At first glance it seems like a random motif – but then you see it goes around the corner and – surprise – it’s also a square!

And on it goes with several more frames – everything radiating out from the central small on point square. Ending with a frame that just appears on the corners – the rest of it goes off the quilt into infinity – very cool!

It is far more complex than I can describe in words. I have studied it for hours and I am just about to begin wrapping my head around the design. I had to refer to the stitching on the back many times to see the pattern more clearly. The prints on the blocks distract your eye and you lose the lines – then find them again further on. I like that – there are so many little surprises that I am still discovering.

detail #1

detail #2

detail #3

detail #5

detail #6

detail #7

The title is: Between Sunrise And Sunset

25 Patchwork Of The Crosses blocks

Joined – finally!! Now on to the plain white 6″ border.

25 POTC blocks joined

The first two rows went together without a hitch. But on the second row I joined row # 4 to #2 instead of # 3 to #2.  I actually thought about leaving them that way because it took me all day to sew. But it ruined my very carefully placed block order so I unpicked them – I knew it would bother me forever  if I didn’t.

To add insult to injury – when I was restitching the two rows I started out on the wrong patch and I got about one-quarter of the way down the row before I realized my mistake. While unpicking that mistake I took a wrong turn and unpicked some blocks instead of the row.

If hand piecing has taught me one thing it is patience. There was a time in my life when I would probably have taken the scissors to it and called it a day!

Your computer monitor is not acting up – yes – you are seeing dots on the white fabric – actually little ovals – it is a damask.

The octagons revisited


In October of last year I took this quilt to the US to be quilted. I was in Chicago at the time visiting relatives and I dropped it off at the post office myself.  After quite a saga – which I will not go into here – it eventually ended up at my new quilter Margaret Gunn’s home in Maine.

The quilting is finished – but I have not seen it yet. Margaret will be shipping it to Virginia this week and in two weeks my brother will hand carry it with him when he visits Panama. So I can’t post more pictures until then.

Go to Margaret’s website and scroll down to the 5th picture. That is my quilt – at least a tiny detail from the center of the 144 blocks.

I sent Margaret’s website link to my Jacksonville friend Carol yesterday and she scrolled down as I told her and immediately wrote back saying that she didn’t see my quilt – then a minute or two later I got another email and she said OMG I didn’t even recognize it. When I first saw it I thought wow that’s a bright quilt – then I recognized it as MY quilt! I cannot wait to see it in person.

I have recently discovered that for a show the quilt MUST be blocked. That is quite an undertaking – but I am certainly going to do it. Margaret says you can tell an unblocked quilt at a show a mile away – they just don’t hang nice and flat – they are always wavy.

Here are the instructions should you ever want to block a quilt.


I will blog about it when the time comes – I have to make some changes because we don’t have any carpeted floors or a bathtub.

Patchwork Of The Crosses in progress

I started this project on August 24th, 2009! I made all the blocks – then put it away and went on to something else. Years later I added the white background patches and again it went into storage.

I have a list of UFOs to finish this year and this is at the top of my list – next in line is the Alabama Beauty.


I have joined the five rows and the top two are stitched to each other.  I made 16 white nine patches for the filler squares – but decided to substitute plain squares.


When the rows are sewn together I am trimming all the white background bits sticking out on the sides and adding a 6″ plain white border.

As usual I have agonized over the borders – and have decided (for now) that any more color would be too much. The blocks are 12″ and they are bright!

I have a new quilter – Margaret Gunn . I am sure she will be pleased to have some white space to work with – normally my quilts are prints from edge to edge – not the best for showing off  beautiful quilting.

Summer Days

Finally – here it is – all I have left to do is piece the backing and it is off (along with the mini Drunkard’s Path) to my new quilter Margaret Gunn.

Summer Days

I am not totally convinced the blue border was the best choice – but I am done with this quilt! It’s just a little kids quilt – and I am not going to mess with it any longer.

It measures 38″ x 48″ – 172″ total for all sides. the “Small Quilt” category at Quiltfest Jacksonville is maximum 180″ total sides. Just made it!

Alabama Beauty revisited

Eighteen down and eighteen to go – The other blocks are already printed and cut out – so it’s just a matter of sewing them together. I don’t even remember why I abandoned them so long ago. This is on my list for Quiltfest Jacksonville 2014.

Alabama beauty half done