I’m a few days late as I have been busily quilting a clients show quilt and also celebrating my husband’s change in career. However I have now sorted my pictures and am ready to share with you my Yuma quilt. I hope there are lots of you out there making this quilt along with the blog writers, I’m really interested to see what variety there is when we all link up pictures at the end. My previous post had all the links to other quilters/bloggers and the dates to see there versions. Don’t forget to show us how you have made Gotham Quilts Yuma pattern.
Right onto some pics. I should remind you all now that this is a free pattern on the Gotham Quilts website. It was easy to make and quite quick to put together. Choosing my lights and darks was fun, I probably spent too much time on this but I’m happy with the outcome.
HST – Half Square Triangles, not hard and quite fats if you have chain piecing set up and some good music to listen to. I had some of my favourites blaring in the background while I sewed.
I have used the Frixion pens to mark a quilt previously and probably won’t use them on the front again, for this they are perfect. A good clear line that will be in the seam allowance, easier to see than pencil.I sew along one side of the line then turn the block and sew the second side straight away. The small carry of thread gets cut when the HST are separated. Chain piecing is still possible this way.
Now piecing on a diagonal has a thought process behind it, you need to allow some overhang so that when you have sewn the seam the piece lines up with a straight edge, the pic below show when I did this well, some others I needs to redo to get the best result. Once I got into the swing of it I was fine.There are lots of bias edges in this quilt so I was pretty careful but you know, I had no trouble with them at all.
I’m not a fan of pins but I use them when I need to, I did pin the long seams for the strips. To help with the triangles I used the pin to line up the points and then pinned ready for sewing. I’m also one for pressing seams to one side and I had not trouble with making the quilt this way.Now my points were not always perfect, but I have to admit thinking of a saying my Nanna used “A blind man on a horse would be happy to see that”. There are other versions of this around as well.You don’t need a big picture of my less than perfect seam.
These are the first half strips laid out ready for joining. And below is the first half joined. As you can see I lose my background in the centre (on the right of the picture) as it is very similar to the fabric I chose for the large triangles in the centre of the pattern, this is the only thing I would change on my Yuma quilt. The subtlety is growing on me though, blind man and horse thing as well.
My quilt is now together and will be quilted this afternoon. I plan to show you that tomorrow and Ivete from Gotham Quilts has provided me a prize to give to a visitor to my blog who leaves a comment. If you have read this far I hope you enjoyed the pictures of my Yuma journey, come back tomorrow and leave me a comment to be considered for the Gotham Quilts prize. Comments are always welcome. The time frame for this prize is 3 weeks from today, the 12th August 2015. You will be notified then if you are the recipient.
It’s not too late to make your own Yuma and be part of the QAL. The link party is not until August so you have time to join in. See the links above for the pattern.