Sunday, October 25, 2009

Setting-on-Point

First I have to give those of you who have been praying for and asking about my mom an update. We admitted her to rehab on Monday night and she is doing pretty good now - ready to come home. She is walking and feeling better, although still not strong enough to be on her own. My mom is determined though and I so admire her for her strong will to get better. Thank you all for your prayers.


I have done a little sewing this week, and completed a quilt top for my new granddaughter, due to arrive November 20. Her name is Taralyn, which I think is a sweet name, and of course she has to have sweet feminine quilt as well. There is an ad on tv that says "Clothes make the man" - not sure I agree with that ad, but I do think in this case, the Fabric makes the quilt. It is a very simple pattern, but these fabrics are wonderful and I think the quilt is perfect for a sweet baby girl. The fabrics are Aviary by Three Sisters for Moda. I plan to machine stitch in the ditch around the sashings, and hand quilt butterflies in the squares and border.




The only problem I had was setting the blocks on point. Its hard to believe, with all the quilts I have made that I have never set one on point - at least not without the instructions telling me what size to cut the blocks. I am sure I have quite a few instructions in my library of books and magazines, but its easy to google it and find something on the net. I found great instructions at Quiltville Custom Printing which involved some calculations. Now I use Excel software in my job and the minute I see calculations, I have to translate that to an Excel spreadsheet, which I did. So all that is necessary is to enter the block size, sashing size and it computes the size of squares to cut. If you would like a copy of this spreadsheet, I will happily share it with you - just let me know your eaddy and I will send it on out. Highlighted in blue are the numbers you have to enter - including rounding up the measurements - but no calculations, Excel does all that for you.



Happy Stitchin'


Teresa

9 comments:

Purple Pam said...

It is a sweet quilt for a sweet baby girl. Great idea using the spreadsheet. I am glad your mother is doing better. She must have quite a strong constitution. Good for her!

Shakerwood Primitives said...

Love the spread sheet. Send a copy my way, would ya? You know the address.

Just love the quilt. I believe every little girl should have at least one girly-girl quilt!

Carol said...

What wonderful news about your mom.
Great quilt...oh your spreadsheet sounds great...what a clever girl you are.

em's scrapbag said...

Very sweet quilt. Wish I even knew excel to make a spread sheet. That is a fabulous idea! So happy to hear your mom is doing better. Love that she has spunk!

That Girl said...

That is such a sweet quilt! I love the pattern and the colors. An heirloom for sure... :)

Ellen said...

Mom, Taralyn's quilt is gorgeous! Great job with it. :] I love you!!!

El

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Teresa, I have missed catching up with you....glad to hear your Mum is getting stronger....love the quilt you have made for baby.....soft, pretty colours....Teresa, I would love to have a copy of the spreadsheet if you have time to email it to me...hugs lyn

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a sweet baby quilt - perfect colors for a new little one. blessings, marlene

Thimbleanna said...

Glad to hear your mother is feeling better! And that quilt is just beautiful -- you're right -- just perfect for a little baby girl!