Monday, February 4, 2013

Autumn Chains Quilt Blocks

One question quilters get asked a lot is, "How long did it take you to make that quilt?"  It always makes me laugh a bit because I think about the actual working time versus the time span it took to complete a quilt.  Actual working time is far less than the time span.  If you are a quilter, you understand this.  A design can be in the works for months before it is even drawn.  The fabrics can be cut and waiting for quite some time before a stitch is taken.  It all depends on how much time you have to work on these projects as well as how many projects you have in the works!

Autumn chains was begun at the mini quilt retreat my friends and I had in August.  I told you about that here.  The light blocks were done a bit later and I showed you those blocks on the design wall in this post..  Finally last week, I finished the dark blocks and added them to the design wall.  Now it looks like this.

It would be nice if this quilt would be completed by next Autumn instead of joining the quilt tops ready to be quilted and sitting around for ummm, sometimes years!
Some of the blocks mights be switched as I notice fabrics that are too close to other blocks with the same fabric in them.
Do you see the dark chains and the light chains going through the quilt? I've been wanting to make one of these forever!  It is really a simple single Irish chain variation which is a traditional pattern.
Now the next decision is what to do with the setting triangles around the edge.  I haven't decided if I want to do a single fabric which would be the fastest or do string triangles like I did for the Saw Tooth Star quilt that I showed you in this post.  What do you think?  Plain or pieced triangles?
I do think I want it to be a light fabric as even the white of the design wall doesn't look all that bad, though it is a bit stark.  I don't think I want dark triangles, though since the outside row of blocks are dark.
So, how long does it take you to make a quilt?  Do you start a project and not stop until it is complete or do you have multiple projects going and work a little on this one and then a little on that one.  Or, perhaps, you are just a busy person and stitching time is hard to come by so a project drags on and on.  I tend to just get busy with other things as well as stopping to make other projects. Maybe I have project attention deficit and I need to hop from one to the other to be content.  What do you think? Does that sound right?  Though there have been times when I have stitched long into the night working to complete a project if there was a deadline.
Hope you are having a fabulous day and that you have at least a little creative time.


Sue said...

If you do the string pieced triangles will they have dark and light fabrics in them?

Joyce said...

I LOVE IT!! Now I'll have to make one too.
I wonder what it would look like if you continued the dark squares to the edge of the quilt and made the setting triangles braid style with the braids being light fabrics?
No matter what you do I know it will be fabulous!

Can't wait to see what you decide.

Lois Arnold said...

Sue, I was thinking just to do a string pieced triangle out of lights, but Joyce, I love your idea. I may have to play with that. It would look cool with the dark squares going to the edge. Maybe I'll have time to play tomorrow -- have to go to work today. Have a creative day!

Botanic Bleu said...

My mom loves quilts and has several family-made quilts from both sides of the family. She loves to look at the quilts in Cracker Barrel restaurants. She also has quilt tops that are waiting to be finished. She would LOVE your Autumn quilt however you finish the edges.