Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday #9: Dutchman’s Puzzle Nickel Quilt Top

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Another nickel quilt from Pat Speth’s book!  The pattern is Dutchman’s Puzzle, and I just finished this quilt top a couple days ago.  It measures 55 x 69 inches.  Again, I used old scraps that I just wanted to get rid of use up.  I didn’t even enjoy the process of sewing the blocks and thought for sure the top would be a real loser.  But look at it now … it just all came together once I added the two borders.  The outer border is a red paisley that I am loving.  I’m thinking this may be one of my favorites once I finish quilting it!

UPDATE:  Sold flimsy top on Etsy in December 2010.


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I purchased the  kit for this table runner a few years ago.  Well, I finally got around to finishing it up yesterday.  It went together fairly quickly as it is a “quilt-as-you-go” project. 

As easy as it was, I still had a problem and almost didn’t finish it.  The middle square is supposed to be centered, and as you can see from the picture below it is not!  After sewing on all the “log cabins” (strips), I realized the strips on one side were too short.  I was too lazy frustrated to repair the damage so I just trimmed the edges as-is, thinking this would be another loser project.

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However, once I finished binding it and putting it on the table, I realized it wasn’t too bad after all.  Besides, you all wouldn’t have known there was a major mistake if I hadn’t told you … right?

Am linking up again to Amy's Sew and Tell Fridays … what sewing project have you been up to?

14 comments:

  1. These both look fantastic! I love how scrappy quilts always work!

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  2. Your quilt is awesome!! and I love the tablerunner. I really need to get busy and finish some stuff too.

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  3. They're both fabulous! Honestly, I didn't notice the off-center square until I kept reading your post. Put a couple of decorative items on the table and no one will know about it but you. ;o) Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

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  4. I agree with Larri, put a big plate/bowl in the middle and no one will know :o) And that first quilt looks wonderful, so scrappy and happy!

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  5. i love your quilt and I have that book! i love all the quilts in that book. right now i'm working on the star quilt called "all that glitters". And I've also got some blocks started for the "tillies treasure" quilts. But Dutchman's is one that I would also like to get started on. Great Job!

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  6. Great improv on the table runner. I didn't even notice until you mentioned it. It looks very pretty and I have been eyeing the Dutchman's Puzzle. I really love the color combo you used.

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  7. Wow, Rita - fantastic finishes. I especially like your tablerunner!!

    Happy Quilting.

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  8. I really like your dutchmans puzzle and all made from fabric for the bin-amazing .

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  9. Love the nickel quilt books! You've inspired me to get mine out and start one.

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  10. I have to do the same thing: sew with fabric that I no longer love so that I can buy more! It inspires me to know you love the finished quilt anyway!

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  11. Yes you're right I didn't notice the mistake in your table runner! I like the way it looks. The borders on your quilt really make the inner dutchman's puzzle really stand out. Great work!

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  12. Rita, they are both just wonderful! Remember, we are all our own worst critics!

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  13. I absolutely love that Dutchman's puzzle top, and the table runner is so nice and girly. :-)

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  14. Your Dutchman's Puzzle is awesome! Pat Speth's book is so great.

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