Just takes 2 quilt top finished!

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The Just Takes 2 quilt top is done!
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The Just-Takes-2 quilt is designed by Gay from Sentimental Stitches and Brenda of Dear Jane. Head to justtakes2.com if you want to make your own quilt!

It finishes at 72″ X 90″ – it shall definitely need borders! And since I have run out of the grey printed background fabric, will have to make do with grey solid. Everything is going into cold storage now – I have a son getting married in exactly two months’ time 🙂
I must add a picture of what inspired the colours of my quilt – a sunset in the monsoons!

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An August evening in Jaipur with the monsoon clouds dispersing to reveal the setting sun …

Just takes 2 quilt – building aeroplanes!

Today I cut and pieced 3 blocks of my Just takes 2 quilt! I shall assemble them tomorrow.  They are all paper foundation pieced and came up fast…

These cute aeroplane blocks shall also have some applique add-ons.

Aero plane quilt block
Blocks 44 and 45 – Just takes 2 quilt

Here is the third – the bear’s paw block !

Block 43, just takes 2 quilt
Bear’s paw block – just takes 2 quilt

I shall do the back basting for an appliqué block later, if  I feel like it!

What is terrifying me is the thought that I may be running out of the background fabric. I had bought 5 and a half metres from a store in Jodhpur exactly a year ago and neither I nor the cousin with whom I bought it  remember which! So anyone who comes across this fabric, please buy me 3 metres 🙂 That shall take care of the borders too!

Just takes 2 – progress for today…

Completed this block today, adding the triangles…

Just takes 2 Quilt Block 29
Just takes 2 Quilt Block 29

And this – it was foundation pieced! I did the y-seams by hand.  Probably need to rip the bottom right corner, and re-sew it!  The pieces were already cut and yet it took more than four hours to construct! I am tired 😦 And I hate paper foundation piecing – keep getting confused  how the next piece will be sewed on! Next time, shall English paper piece. Equally accurate and less taxing on my ageing brain.

Just takes 2 Block 40
Just takes 2 Block 40

Decided to clean the blocks of stray threads and iron them when I am ready to join them!

Just takes 2 quilt – progress

The progress on my just takes 2 mystery quilt has been painfully slow 😦 The mystery quilt by Gay Bomers of http://www.sentimentalstitches.net and Brenda of Dear Jane ran through 2012, and the last set of the 100 blocks that make up this quilt, and suggestions for the border were revealed this month ! I am still stuck in April, May sometime! 😦 😦 😦 But finally, I am planning to go full steam on it from tomorrow, so am making a record of blocks finished

Here are three hand -sewed blocks I finished since I last blogged about this quilt, months ago!

The first applique( Hawaiian look) block uses the back basting technique. I traced the pattern to the wrong side of the background and basted the applique piece over it, turning it in as I went along. It also has reverse appliqued diamonds in the centre.

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Hand appliqued quilt block – back basting method used

The second block, Grandma’s Favourite Compass is paper pieced by the EPP method . The circle was hand sewed to the background.

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Grandma’s Favourite Compass quilt block -English paper piecing and hand sewing

For the third block, I appliqued after tacking the leaves on to paper,like you would for EPP). I then slit the background fabric to remove the paper.

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Hand appliqued Quilt block

Here are the first 28 blocks put together, to make up Section A of the quilt 🙂

 

Section A of justtakes2 quilt - first quarter of the quilt finished!
Section A of justtakes2 quilt – first quarter of the quilt finished!

Pictures of many of these blocks are here and also here as well as here.

And here are some more completed blocks. The bottom left Cathedral windows block needs some more work, I just discovered!

Blocks from Section B of justtakes2 quilt
Blocks from Section B of justtakes2 quilt

So this is where we stand today! I do have a few 4-patch strips that I have not photographed, but which count as blocks, anyways!

I have finished tracing out two more applique blocks – which will probably take me ages to finish! I shall sew them in the evenings, sitting in front of the TV. During the day, shall do the machined blocks!

Target – at least 2 blocks per day; 15 by Sunday!  Also I am determined to finish all blocks of Section B during 2012…

At the end of each day,  I shall post pics of the day’s progress! Do look in to have dekko and drop a line of encouragement!

The determination to win is the better part of winning.  Daisaku Ikeda

 

Just Takes 2 Quilt – Favourite Blocks

Here are two of my favourite blocks from the Just takes 2 quiltalong -(http://justtakes2.com/about-the-quilt/)

Feathered Star

Loved this block – and the way it magically emerges from the nine patches.  First time I did y-seams too, were quite simple! This block really was not as intimidating as it looks, because the perfect instructions. I did make the corner squares 1/8 inch smaller than the given instructions,  benefiting from the experience of a fellow participant. Everything fell beautifully into place 🙂

Just Takes 2 Quilt - Feathered Star

Isn’t it a striking looking block? Maybe, one day, I’ll do a full quilt! Meanwhile, here is a close -up of one of the arms.

Close up of feathered star (Just takes 2 quiltalong)

 

This is machine pieced (not foundation pieced, and no hand piecing)

Eight Point Star (November Star?)

This block is hand pieced. And I did not add the seam allowance when cutting the pieces from the template! Which meant that the diamonds (with 4 angular seams) would not really fit into the triangles (with 3 angular seams) and squares (with 2 straight seams) . I managed to put it together with 1/8 inch seams in some places and 1/6″ (?) in others. My red ripper proved to be a great friend!

This also meant that my star was about 4″ instead of 6″ 😦

I decided to add a red and grey border to it to bring it to size.

Here is a view of the wrong side –

Wrong side of 8-point star block

Have you seen anything untidier? But I do love the little star in the middle!

And the right side was not so bad after all.

8 Point Star

The centre is not really a point – more of a swirl – but I don’t mind that at all. This is my `Framed Whirling 8-Point Star’ 🙂

 

Justtakes2 Quilt – some more photos

I thought I had saved captions to all the photos, but obviously I am doing something wrong! These are pictures of blocks from a mystery quilt at http://justtakes2.com/about-the-quilt/

Work in progress – the Justtakes2 quilt

So these days I am working on a mystery red and white quilt from http://justtakes2.com/about-the-quilt/

The quilt started on New Year’s day and new blocks come up every 1st and 15th.

Though, mine is not a red and white quilt! I saw this grey printed poplin fabric in Jodhpur in December end and bought 6 metres of it as I thought it would team up well with the indigo blues that I have. Then, I came across this red and white quilt and thought red and grey would be good combo too. So out came an old south cotton dupatta and we were on our way.

Very soon, dawned the realisation that the difference in weights of fabric was not working too well. So, had to buy some red poplin. Anyways, here are my blocks. One to be completed today, and I am ready for the next lot coming out tomorrow.

I shall upload some photos in my next post – there is some prob in getting them all in!

Block 17 - Broken Heart
Block 16 Pine Burr
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Block 12- Rocky Mountain Chain (renamed Diamond in the Rough) Joined incorrectly so does not justify its name!
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Block 14 -Pinwheel
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Block 15 The Basket
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Block 11 - The Schoolhouse - renamed Quilt House (a little bit of work needs to be done on this one)
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Block 7 Friendship Ladder
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Block 13 - Flying Geese (Renamed Heading North)
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Block 4 All’s Square Block
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All my blocks! As on 29th February
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Half my blocks