A Lovely Quilt for Cinderelly – More Piecing

I have completely lost my sewing mojo. I have a half-dozen projects in various states on completion lying around the room. Since some are gifts, and two are for Halloween, I better find that mojo soon!

Cinderelly was coming along well. I had all the fabric cut out from what was on hand, and even labeled the towers and measured everything to make sure I bought the right amount of additional fabric. But the problem with starting a project over a year after you bought the fabric…yeah, the purple was gone, gone, gone. Luckily my LQS was able to track down the name of the fabric, and I found it online – get this, from a quilt store in Spokane, where we used to live! Random.

So as soon as I finish the Dude’s Halloween costume, I’m putting Cinderelly back up on the design wall. Maybe having something up there will make the mojo return.

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A Lovely Quilt for Cinderelly – Piecing

So… I’m trying to figure out equilateral triangles. Bought some rulers – a Tri-Recs set – figuring I need them for Mom’s 54-40 quilt anyway and maybe they’d help with the castle even though it’s not a traditional block.

It’s hard to figure out how much fabric I need for each block and I feel like I’m wasting a bit. To make 5.5″, the instructions said I need 6″ of fabric. But I have 1/2″ leftover. But I’m also afraid to contradict the instructions! Especially since I’m using batiks/Fairy Frost so I get confused about which direction I might need to cut 1/2″ less on. Because one side definitely needs to be (and I need to pay very close attention to my seams!)

So I’m cautiously cutting and sewing, pressing and checking before even cutting the next block. It makes for slow going…but hopefully less bad cuts. I’m still not sure it’s right – shouldn’t there be some extra on the side for where the next block will match up? At the top points? Yeah, I really don’t know what I’m doing.

Do you see the castle? Two towers down, six to go…

Of course, speaking of bad cuts, I cut the straight pieces wrong…twice now. Some of the bits can be re-used elsewhere in the quilt. The rest of going to the little pile of Fairy Frost scraps and FQs. Which doesn’t include a dark blue that I decided I need for prairie point flags. Guess I’ll be off to the quilt shop when I know how much more light blue I need!

Sashing – Cinderelly Quilt

The only thing I did at my parents’ house was cut the sashing. The only thing I did at my in-laws was sew the sashing. But hey, that incredibly complex step is done now!

Next up, a white border, then a Fairy Frost border, then another white border.

And, of course, the slightly-more-complex quilt top.

Published in: on July 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm  Comments (2)  
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Not Exactly As Planned – Cinderelly Quilt

Yeah, who doubted my awesome ability to get all those blocks 12.5″ square? You were right! Apparently I started writing the squares in top by sides, then switched to sides by top. It makes a big difference, unfortunately. I was able to trim and piece things together to make blocks that are 12×11.” So not a total waste.

I decided on a 4×3 block layout – the back will be the same horizontal orientation, plus the “story” flows better.

Oh, and yes, that’s my first applique block on the bottom right. 🙂 It still needs its purple stars. The glass slipper is the Fairy Frost Cloud that will be utilized on the back of the quilt, the background will also be in the border of this side, and the outline and words are in a variegated purple thread.

The applique is based on this block. And don’t you love the quote? It’s my motto.

I’m doing the sashing in Fairy Frost Wisteria, because the one thing this quilt needs more of is purple fabric.

Published in: on April 30, 2010 at 10:09 am  Comments (1)  
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Math – Cinderelly Quilt

After about an hour of very careful calculations – remember an extra 1/2″ for seams! – and an hour of sketching out lengths needed on graph paper, and two hours of VERY CAREFUL cutting, I have this:

If we were right, each block will be 12.5″ square.

If we were wrong…

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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We’ll Make a Lovely Quilt for Cinderelly

With massive apologies to Mack David, Jerry Livingston, and Al Hoffman.

[Girl mice:]
We can do it, we can do it
We can help our Cinderelly
We can make her quilt so pretty
There’s nothing to it, really
We’ll tie a sash around it
Put a ribbon through it
When snuggling in the fall
She’ll be more beautiful than all
In the lovely quilt we’ll make for Cinderelly

Hurry, hurry, hurry, hurry
Gonna help our Cinderelly
Got no time to dilly-dally
We gotta get a-goin’

[Gus:]
I’ll cut with these scissors!

[Jack:]
And I can do the sewing!

[Girl Mouse:]
Leave the sewing to the women
You go get some bindin’
And we’ll make a lovely quilt for
Cinderelly!

[Girl mice and Gus:]
We’ll make a lovely quilt for
Cinderelly!

This quilt is for my sister. She bought some Cinderella fabric a long time ago (no, I don’t know where!) and purple gingham with the plan to just quilt them together, somehow. And then I got my hands on it. And some sparkly princess fabric from Hobby Lobby. And some princess panels from my quilting teacher. (Anyone want Sleeping Beauty and Snow White?) I also bought several bits of purple fabric for possible backgrounds.

I spent an afternoon fussy cutting out all the scenes, adding up to eleven individual and completely different sized pieces. I decided to lay them out in a 3×4 grid, and I’ll make a glass slipper for the last panel and embroider the quote, “One Shoe Can Change Your Life.” All the pieces are under 12″ square, so I think it will be easiest to square them all to that. And by easiest, I mean, I have to do how much math? Good thing Mom is on her way out here!

Problem is, which fabric for the background?

This was my original thought, playing off her original gingham. Large checks for the background, small for the sashing and borders. But I’m not sure I have enough large checks… And also, it looks like purple threw up on my floor. Which, for her, isn’t actually a bad option.

Other options include big checks, pink starry flowers, dark purple stars, or little checks. I like the contrast of the two starry fabrics (and there’s stars on the scenes to match), but I’m not sure I have enough. I’m pretty sure I can hunt down more, but that involves hunting. For even more purple fabrics.

And also, secretly, I want a purple scrolly fabric I saw at Prairie Quilt. I want it so bad it might end up being the sashing and borders, despite the piles of purple in my stash.

So just with creating the 12″ squares, the quilt is 48×36. Add in 3″ borders and sashing and it’s 63×48. Which is a lovely lap quilt size and fits perfectly with my planned back. And oh, you’re gonna want to see my planned back.

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 9:42 am  Comments (2)  
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