Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Sorting for the strata -

 
 
The other day - Linda - asked me to show how I sort the strips -
 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs tops - 
 
So I thought I could use the "Christmas colors" that I just sorted - 
 
 

But - I needed to "reverse it" first -
 
To get them back to where I started -
 
And then "sort" them - again -
 
In order to show you the "process" -
 
So - here we go - LOL - ;))
 
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For my favorite version of Upstairs/Downstairs -
 
6 x 8 layout - 48 total blocks - 
 
10" blocks - 60" x 80" -

I need 80 strips -

So I need 4 rolls of 20 - or 2 rolls of 40 -

This is the jelly roll as it came out of the package - 
 
20 different fabrics -
 
 
Each strata needs 5 strips - 
 
And this roll splits nicely into five groups of 4 strips each - 
 
All I need is one strip from each group to make a strata - 
 

 
Starting with the "lightest/neutral" ones -
or in this case the "white/beige/brown" ones - 
 
I make four piles - 

 
I take the next group of four strips -
 
And add one to each pile - 
Don't overthink it - just add one to each pile - ;)) 


 
Then take the next four strips -
 
And add one to each pile - 
Again - don't overthink it - you just need one in each pile - ;))
 

 
Rinse and repeat - 
 
With the next two groups of four strips - 
 


 
And that's all it takes to sort the first jelly roll - 

Four piles with five strips in each pile -
 
All shading from darkest on top to lightest on bottom - more or less -
I see now that some of the greens could "shade" better in some piles - 
And I can always change them before I actually sew the strata - if I want to -
But to be honest - it isn't that big of a deal with this pattern - LOL -
 
Each strata will be sewn in the same sequence - 
Red #1 - Red #2 - Green #1 - Green #2 - Neutral - 
And the darkest RED will be the MAIN diagonal in each block -
 
NOTE -
I had already decided that I want the RED to be the dominant color in my blocks -
If I wanted the GREEN to be dominant - I would have put the GREEN strips on top -
And would sew them Green #1 - Green #2 - Red #1 - Red #2 - Neutral -
That way - the darkest GREEN would be the MAIN diagonal in each block -  
 
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Then I take a second jelly roll - 
Another 20 strips - and do the same thing -
 
Split the roll into the SAME five groups of 4 strips each - SAME as above -
But when I make the piles - 
I mix up the order of the strips in each group just a little - 
So I don't have EXACTLY the same fabrics in each pile as the first batch -
 
What I want/need is EIGHT DIFFERENT sets with 5 strips in each - 
For EIGHT DIFFERENT block combinations -  

They may all look alike at this point - but that's part of the "magic" - 
They are all similar but not exactly the same -
 
 
Once I'm satisfied with the fabrics in the EIGHT ORIGINAL sets - 
 
THEN - I make a second MATCHING set for each of them - 
 


 
One set of 5 strips - one strata - is enough for 3 blocks -
Two MATCHING strata will give me SIX MATCHING blocks -
 
What I want/need is SIX MATCHING blocks -
 
In each of my EIGHT DIFFERENT block combinations - 
 
For my 48 blocks total -  
 
Trust me - it IS easier to DO than it is to EXPLAIN - LOL - ;))
 
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Sorting strips for the strata is the first "color/value" part of this magical pattern - 
 
The second part is the "layout" - 
 
I'll do another post with some examples of that - 
 
After I sort through some old photos to find the ones I want - 
 
I have a basic "formula" that I use for the "layout" - 
 
And it's easier to DO than it is to EXPLAIN, too! - LOL - ;))
 
But before I do that - 
 
I thought I would give you some more examples of strata sorting - 
 
From some of my recent projects - 
 
It might make it easier to "see" what I'm talking about -

All of the other steps - sewing the strata - pressing - cutting the segments - etc. - 
are the standard steps for making "Trip Around The World" - style blocks - 
 
But I have "my way" of doing it - and may do it a little differently than most - 
so if you're curious about any of that - just ask - LOL - ;))
 
I finally have my "system" down on this pattern - so it's fairly routine for me now -
which is one reason why it's my favorite no-brainer - go-to pattern - 
 
And I think it's nice to have at least one of those in my toolbox - LOL - ;))

 

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 
 
 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Tops -

 
 
The other day Barbara asked me how many tops I had finished - 
 
She made me go look and count the ones on the back of the chair - LOL - 
 

 
So - not counting the ones in the other room that are in various stages of completion - 
 
I have 14 tops on the back of the chair in the family room - 
 
All of which are waiting patiently for me to make them backs  - ;))
 
1 - Imperial Bargello - 
 
 
2 - Batik Bento Boxes -
     Island Batik - Glowing Embers -


 
3 - Karma Churn Dash - 
 

 
4 - Sevilla Blues - Upstairs/Downstairs - Sevilla Blues - 5 x 6 -
 

 
5 - Hear Wave - Upstairs/Downstairs - Autumn Colors - 5 x 6 -
 

 
 
6 - Dresden Plates - 

 
7 - Woof & Whiskers - TT Confetti - 
 
 
 
 
8 - Woof & Whiskers - Jiffy Jelly - 
 

 
9 - Citrus Chips - 

 
10 - Mint Chip - 

 
11 - Upstairs/Downstairs - Meredith - 6 x 8 -
 

 
12 - Upstairs/Downstairs - Gleaned - 6 x 8 -
 

 
13 - Happy Trails - 
 


14 - Upstairs/Downstairs - Winter's Grandeur - 6 x 8 -



I suppose I should feel guilty that I have so many tops that need to be quilted - 

But I don't - LOL -

I like making the blocks - and the tops - and it keeps me busy - 

I don't like making backs - so when I have to - I pretend it's another top - LOL - 
 
And my aching back doesn't particularly like the "layering" part -

One of these days I may get in the mood to practice my Free-Motion Quilting - 

But we'll see - LOL - ;))
 
 
 
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
 
 
 

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