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As I’ve mentioned before, I really enjoyed the new technique I learned using half square triangles. I also was really in love with the last batch of fabric I dyed. So practically before one quilt was finished, I started another. I started by laying out a gradation of colors. I wanted one color to blend to another, slowly changing across the quilt. I cut a lot of squares, and sewed them together.

IMG_1217-2Then like before, each square gets cut into four squares, and pressed into triangle squares. I used little scraps of paper to keep track of rows, with notes on which color went where.

IMG_1219-2I then would take a row of pieced squares, iron them flat, then pin them on my design board in the pattern of the chevron. It seemed like an extra step, but it was helpful to really make sure I pieced them in the correct pattern. After putting them up on my design wall, I took them down re-grouped as pairs to seam together.

IMG_1223-2Then I’d iron those, put back up on the design wall, make sure the pattern was correct, I would take them down again, re-grouped as a new pair, and seam again . . .

IMG_1225-2Then once strips were sewn, I’d sew the strips together, start with a new row, and continue on. Since I had set the color pattern to start with, piecing was a mindless task that was really enjoyable. I could sit down for ten minutes or an hour, pick up wherever I had left off, sew a bit, then leave it where I was, to come back later and continue.

img 2Once the quilt top was pieced, I lay it out and basted together. I used my walking foot again, to quilt it, echoing the chevron pattern with simple straight lines on either side of each seam.

img 1At this point, I was working on the quilt every second I could squeeze in. Our county fair was weeks away, and completely last minute I decided to enter this quilt as well. As the date for the drop-off approached, I began to sew on my lunch break, after dinner, late into the night . . . The night before quilt entries were due, I was sewing on the binding, and hand stitching it down.

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The autumn evenings here are turning cold, while the cottonwood trees in the valley are turning a brilliant orange. This is such a beautiful time of year. I couldn’t resist taking the quilt aside and capturing it with some of the fall color. Thanks Kim for helping with the photo shoot!

IMG_6758The quilt received a second place at the fair! It is a lap quilt or baby quilt size. As soon as I get my etsy shop open, I’m thinking I’ll sell it there. Would you like to have a quilt like this to curl up under on a cold winter evening?

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