Monday, July 14, 2014

On My Design Wall Today ~ Easy Patchwork Lattice



Easy Patchwork Lattice

I started my quilting experience with the old wisdom that
"If you can sew a straight line, you can made a quilt."

Today I am taking a step forward and saying to myself,
"If I can sew a straight line,
I can cut a straight line!"

On any quilt.

To make easy patchwork lattice.

To create a plaid effect.

To make easy interwoven quilts.

To make easy knot quilts.

The possibilities are endless!

My mind is whirling and full of quilts I want to make!

My quilty muse is sew happy!

Here is my method:



I sewed this Scrappy Charm Quilt



I tested my method by making this

Easy Plaid Patchwork Block

Then I was ready to go on my quilt top!

I cut strips WOF for the cross lattice and pieced them into long strips for the upright lattice.



I started pinning them to my quilt on my design wall to see how many strips I wanted to add to my charm top to create the lattice effect. 


I sewed the first strip onto my charm top ... 


I pressed my strip.


I CUT my QUILT TOP 
1/4" to the outside of my seam line,
aligning the 1/4" line on my ruler with my seam line
and using my rotary cutter to cut away the right side of my quilt in progress. 

This first cut was the hardest part.

It was a step in faith that I was going to cut my already perfectly pretty pink charm quilt to create something even more special.


I carefully moved my too short ruler up my seam line and continued to cut.


I took the two halves of my quilt back to the sewing machine.


Aligned my cross seams as I sewed.

I did not use pins.

I am vision impaired and I use touch to align many of my seams.


I pressed my lattice strip.

Looking good! 


I sewed the next lattice strip onto the top and then cut away.

By the time I was second cut all the butterflies in my stomach about ruining my quilt top weer long gone and I was confidant and happily playing with the fabric.

This is fun!


I sewed the cross lattice seam to piece my top back together.


I pressed.

I am impressed!

This "sew and cut" method works 
and it is easy 
and it is sew much fun!

Weekends are busy family times for me.

Monday I do my house cleaning and then I sew.

My top is waiting and I cannot wait to sew!

Linking UP today with all the lovely work in progress at



EDIT:


Here is my completed top.

For more details, click HERE

Thanks for stopping by my scrapatch today.

May you have a happy, quilty day, too!

:)


13 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love putting together charm quilts for a quick gift or stash buster, this adds a great look that looks complicated but its not. Thanks for sharing, I see one of these in my future.

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  2. I have several packs of charms just waiting for something fun like this to make them look even better. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  3. That looks wonderful. Great idea.

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  4. That's such a darling way of adding a special touch to a charm quilt - and its always a success when you're having as much fun as you are! :)

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  5. I am sitting here reading this and my mind is being blown! So simple, yet I didn't come up with it!!! YOU posted this just at the RIGHT time! I just finished a quilt top of charm packs and wanted to punch it up...this will work very nicely!!! Thank you for SHARING!!!

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  6. What a great idea! It's beautiful!

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  7. Now, that's just too clever. It looks great! I think you're onto a new technique!!

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  8. Looking good My Friend :) I'm glad you are having such a good time.

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  9. I love this effect. Just to double check, after you have sewn and pressed your strip, do you flip it back over and cut 1/4" from the edge you've just sewn? Before I start cutting up quilts, I'd like to be 100% certain :)

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  10. Such a great idea, and easy to do! Thanks for sharing.

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