Sunday, March 31, 2013

2nd of 5 grad quilts finished!

History is a great teacher.  So many "new" patterns are heritage blocks with cute new names.  And some new patterns have updated piecing techniques, sizing info, etc that make their purchase worthwhile.  
Here is a great example:  this is the Kansas Twister block, mega sized by Jaybird (but she calls it Ballerina.)

A few links to 60 degree blocks, tools, & tips:
and another from lexi
Judie Roberthal's book, Aunt Grace's scrapbook at
from the great quiltville  scroll down a bit
a preview of a you-tube tut by F&P
love my Creative Grids 12.5" 60 degree ruler
fun Double Strip Ruler
this Double Strip creates smaller triangles that can be rotated many diff ways
a great Missouri Star hexi tut (there is a hexi and an equilateral triangle in this block)
tut for many diff degree triangles
and, of course, Jaybird's Ballerina

The back with two Ballerina / Kansas Twister blocks!  Loved using Jaybird's Ballerina pattern because it is so large and fast!

FMQd a loose stipple on the body of the quilt
and in the accent red blocks I did a tighter stipple.
You can see the difference in today's first pic of the blocks.

One important thing I learned is to mark where the crossgrain side of the triangle is to prevent having a bias edge on the straight edge of the blocks.  I will show this in the blog post for the whole quilt.

Let's make a whole Ballerina quilt!


Scrapatches said...

A whole ballerina quilt ... yes! I really like what you did with the Ballerina blocks pattern ... :) Pat

I am Just One Mom said...

Thank you! I like to add a little interest/sass/splash on the backs and I wanted to experiment with the 60 degree block in the Ballerina pattern, so... the contrast needed it worked well with those fabrics!