by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

First attempt at quilting - this is my first "test" piece, and I turned it into a table top/mat.

I've been wanting to try this type of quilting pattern for a long time, but had not had enough scraps or thorough enough instructions to do it. I've found a variety of instructions on the internet, but they were not quite what I wanted, so I took a little from each and made up the rest as I went along.

Eventually, I want to make a bed-size quilt with this design, but with different fabrics, of course, to match the room decor (this was just my test scraps to see if I could put it all together).

Still have a lot to learn and figure out about sizing and how to sew straight(er) lines. What do you think so far?


by lrichardson 01 May 2015

That is the coolest design. I have to try this one out tonight. Thanks!!!

by vickiannette 27 Apr 2015

great work

by joann1 27 Apr 2015

lit and your colors .Keep going. hugs

by judyoake 25 Apr 2015

Love your fabrics-- very, very nice!!

by rmj8939 25 Apr 2015

This is so pretty. Well done. I read instructions and do not think I have the patience to do it any longer.

by marianb 25 Apr 2015

I think you have nailed it!! This will look beautiful on a bed quilt, look forward to seeing yours. "Well Done". Marian

by cathiejones 25 Apr 2015

This is amazing ! Well done.

by sandralane 25 Apr 2015

Wow !!! this is stunning, don't be hard on yourself it is amazing. Such a wonderful job you have done on your first attempt, I think it is very proffessional. If I was anywhere as good as this I would be so happy.Congratulations I look forward to seeing many more of your projects. Sandra flowers for all.

by danababes 24 Apr 2015

I love your colour choices! We are all our own worst critic. Trust us all when we say how well done your piecing looks... and this is really your first attempt? Wow! Lovely!

For everyone looking for a similar project - which now includes me lol - I found a link for you from Vicki's Fabric Creations. It's a table topper using a very similar block with a downloadable tutorial.

Thank you laffma1 for your inspiration :) xXx

marianb by marianb 25 Apr 2015

thanks for the link

Smokey12 by Smokey12 26 Apr 2015

Thank you for the link. Hugs

chenille by chenille 04 May 2015


boogie1818 by boogie1818 16 May 2015

Thank you for sharing this site. I got 2 new patterns from it.

ethan by ethan 01 Feb 2016

I have tried to save some of these patterns on my computer but it only saves the site link. Did anyone save the patterns. G

by kalamazoo 24 Apr 2015

What a beauty! I would proudly display that on my table.

by lbrow 24 Apr 2015

Magnificient job! I love it and have not seen anything like it before/Lillian

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you Lillian. Several years ago I saw a bed quilt on display in a museum, and decided that some day I would try it. Well, I am just now trying to figure it all out.

by Smokey12 24 Apr 2015

This is absolutely stunning. Your color choice is perfect. I enlarged you photo and have been starring at it for quite a while. Your points are excellent. I am at a loss on how you bound this. I'm guessing like a pillow case style and if so your outside points are perfect. I think this is a pattern that could write up and sell. I am very interested in how you did this and directions. I have never seen a log cabin made in the color wheel block .Fantastic job. Hugs to you :)

Smokey12 by Smokey12 24 Apr 2015

Sorry cuties, it was hugs to all :)

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you. Oh please don't look so closely!! I can see many spots that didn't match up the way I intended. I really wanted to add a thin border around the outside edge, but I couldn't figure out how to achieve that easily. So I just added a backing and turned it right side out.

by clawton 24 Apr 2015

It is very lovely. the design is great.

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks so much.

by pennifold 24 Apr 2015

This reminds me of the interlocking Card Trick quilt design - but made with strips like the Log Cabin. Whatever it is called it is magnificent and it looks wonderful. Well done, it's truly beautiful. Love Chris

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks for your kind words. I've heard of card trick, but what I saw was a cluster if 4 diamond shapes forming a square. Yes it does remind me of a log cabin style, but mine is more simple, using straight strips. I just didn't quite get my seams very straight or even. Better luck next time I suppose.

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Here is the one called card trick that I am familiar with.

by sllakin 24 Apr 2015

Love your color choices! I am very fond of Blue!!, does anyone know the name for this or similar design??? I thought I had saved a link to something similar but can not findi it now - Thanks!

sllakin by sllakin 24 Apr 2015

I found it - One version is called "The Strada Quilt and another is called Crazy Eights" - probably there are more also, but glad I found where to buy the pattern!

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you, but colors are predominantly purples. My photography skills aren't very good, are they. Never heard of crazy eights, so I will look that one up. See below comments for names I have found.

sllakin by sllakin 25 Apr 2015

Meant to say "Strata" quilt. On my IPad this is all beautiful blues - LOL. Now Purple is nice too and right up Carolyn's alley, so she will also love this! I think tou did a nice job on figuring it out!

by pldc 24 Apr 2015

wonderful! you have made a lovely job of your first one!~hugs~

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks. I want to make it larger and use it in a bed quilt, with more luxurious fabric strips. Maybe I am dreaming, but I want to try it.

by noah 24 Apr 2015

I LOVE IT:):)Hugs

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks so much Carolyn. I knew you would notice the colors!

by asterixsew Moderator 24 Apr 2015

This is beautiful and I love your colours and choice of fabric

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laffma1 by laffma1 edited 24 Apr 2015

Thank you. My husband is not too thrilled with the fabric so I will probably give it to my niece. She loves purple so I hope she can use this table mat.

by grannyh 24 Apr 2015

Very nice. Missouri Quilt Company has wonderful tuturial videos that I think would help you with your learning to quilt. Jenny sure makes it look easy.

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks. Love her patterns. I watched some of her tutorials and she is very talented. But she calls this one by a different name and I could not find it. Perhaps it is an older video.

by decojo 24 Apr 2015

Beautiful quilt blocks! Joyce

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you!

by designgirl 24 Apr 2015

Beautiful, love the colours you chose.

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by tfk 24 Apr 2015

Very beautiful and well done by you :)
What is this pattern called?? Can you share where you found the tutorial on this?
Thanks for sharing!

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

There are a variety of names for this pattern that I have found now, but the original quilt I saw was called Star Spin.

by chenille 24 Apr 2015

Amazing! I love it! If this is a first you are well on your way to being a great quilter!!
Hugs, Nadyne

Zinobia by Zinobia 24 Apr 2015

I agree.

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks for your vote of confidence. I've been mulling this over for a long time and saving up leftover pieces to try it.

by pacmp 24 Apr 2015

Awesome job! hard to believe this is your first attempt and with such wonderful results too! You asked how to sew straighter lines and would say to first slow down your sewing speed so you can make small adjustments as needed, another trick is to use a 1/4 inch foot that helps to keep a consistent seam as there is a small ledge the material fits up against but can not go past the edge so you could in theory sew a smaller than 1/4 inch seam but not go over so even if you had to resew a seam you usually would not need to pick out the first seam. You will be able to go far with quilting since you already are doing so well and you will learn a great deal each new project so I look forward to seeing more of your work and I too love your choice of colors!

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you. I do tend to forget that I have some special presser feet to help with these sort of tasks. I will check them out to see which one can make the 1/4 inch seam.
Thanks for your kind words. I need to practice more since I want to increase the size to make a bed quilt.

by Sewmum1 24 Apr 2015

Wow that is amazing for first try. Would love to know where you got the pattern/instructions from

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

It is a combination of instructions, and my own sizing. Here is a link to one template, but it is much smaller than mine.

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Second link to smaller template yet.

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 26 Apr 2015

Thank you for the links. Ihave bookmarked them for later. Also found some other great patterns whilst I was there. :)

by lilylady 24 Apr 2015

This is beautiful for a first try, very nice and love colors.

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you. I like the colors too, but I may have to give this to my young niece since she loves purple..

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by bjban283 24 Apr 2015

Looks like you have been quilting for some time, everything looks like a pro stitched it.


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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Oh gosh no!! This is my first adventure into quilting. Don't look too close or you'll see all my mistakes. Thanks for your kind words - it encourages me to keep trying.

by toogie 24 Apr 2015

WoW is the right word here. This is great work! Love it and want to see more!

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks - well, you'll have a bit of a wait to see more, since I have to learn how to enlarge it, and need to practice sewing those strips more evenly. Your brightly colored bags are terrific, and used a similar technique with the fabric strips. Any tips on how to sew straight?

toogie by toogie 24 Apr 2015

To sew a straight edge just keep on your guidelines, or foot edge if that gives you enough seam. The main thing is be consistent with all your seam allowances. Tape a freezer tape on your machine and stay even with that. Just go slower till you get the 'feel' of it. Other than this, I guess its just practice...years of it-lol- This is beautiful and I love the fabrics you used. I couldn't type much before, as I had to leave for a first aid/CPR class. I am back now and took another look. It is pretty. I always wanted to do that Card Trick quilt. I like that block.

pldc by pldc 24 Apr 2015

A quarter inch foot is highly recommended for quilting to get perfect seam allowances. As close to perfect as you can get lol

laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thanks - I seem to forget about all those fancy presser feet that came with my machine. There is one with a little guide, but I will have to measure it to tell what size seam it will give me.

by dragonflyer 24 Apr 2015

I'm with Sue...WOW...great job!

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you.

by aleene 24 Apr 2015

Great JOB!

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laffma1 by laffma1 24 Apr 2015

Thank you.

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tuross by tuross 24 Apr 2015

That's absolutely lovely, you did a terrific job.