Sep 16 2017

Oriental Bento Box

Oriental Bento Box was completed last weekend, just before I started working again.  Hopefully this coming up week I will be able to get into more of a schedule and find some time to quilt.  Anyway – Oriental Bento Box measures 50 1/2″ square and is the 18th quilt finish for the year.  It is machine quilted with free-form Baptist Fans with the gold fabric as the binding.

Today I plan to start the machine quilting on this quilt –

I found a design I like for the diamonds in Angela Walter’s book Shape by Shape.  This one has been waiting way to long to become a finished quilt.

Marlene

Sep 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 09-04-17

The last four days have been pretty productive.  First up the Baby Bear Quilt top has been completed.

The red fabric in the pinwheels will also be used for the binding.  While not one of my favorites, this bear quilt is bright & cheerful and will make a great baby quilt.

I also cut out triangles for the neutral HST in Wild Child.  The neutral is one fabric and goes great with the blue background fabric and the red border print.

The good thing is that I need to make 40 neutral background blocks and that gives me time to think about the inner border fabric color.

The three gold checkerboard rectangles for the Lincoln quilt were also sewn together.  Next up the four triangle units.

I spent so much time second guessing the color for this block, but went ahead with my original plan of gold.  Hopefully I can get the triangle units finished this week and start in on the LeMoyne stars for the cornerstones.  It is exciting to finally be seeing the finish line in the race to complete this quilt top.

Check out all the other quilt inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Aug 31 2017

Progress Report

All the turquoise frames have been sewn on the Baby Bear squares.  I picked a darker turquoise fabric for the other six blocks.

Today I am working on the red/white corner triangles – well trying to work on them.  I sewed the wrong side of the triangles so now there is a bit of unsewing and resewing.

Between the Lincoln checkerboard units and the bear squares, I have made a lot of progress on Wild Child blocks as leader/enders.  All 40 blue blocks for Wild Child are completed.  It is hard to get a good picture on this design wall, but I am happy to have half of the blocks for this quilt completed.

The plan for tomorrow is to start cutting triangles for the neutral background blocks.  The border and blue fabric came from my Mom’s stash that I inherited, so I am continuing the theme by using one of her background fabrics.   However the strings and scrappy triangles are all from my stash.

Happy Friday,

Marlene

Aug 28 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-28-17

The purple checkerboard units for the Lincoln quilt were completed on Saturday.  Just one more color to go – gold!

I have been staring at the fussy cut bear squares for several weeks now and have come up with a layout design.  The book Great Sets by Sharyn Craig is a great reference with seven different layout options.  I am using the Ring-Around-the-Block set.

One of the best things about this book is that Sharyn shows you how to draft your own frame for whatever size of block you have.  The bear squares are cut at 8″ (finish at 7 1/2″) which is a strange size, so drafting my own frame was a necessity.

The plan is to use two different fabrics for the turquoise and the red/white triangles will form a pinwheel in the corners.  I know that I should be sewing gold checkerboards, but I really wanted to see how the bears would look framed.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Aug 21 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-21-17

All the dark green checkerboard units for the next Lincoln block have been completed along with the two long rectangle checkerboards of dark purple.

I know that it appears black in the photo, but it really is dark purple.  It was the right decision to make all the checkerboard units for the remaining three Lincoln blocks.  The design wall is starting to give me a good idea of the finished quilt center.

The plan is to have the remaining five units of the dark purple finished this week, then it will be time to sew the golden yellow checkerboards for the last block.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Aug 18 2017

Oriental Bento Box

I didn’t plan on having a finished quilt top so soon when I placed the blocks for the Oriental Bento Box on the design wall.  However once I made the necessary design decisions the top came together very quickly especially considering that each quadrant consists of 5 pieces and 4 seams.

The gold fabric used for the sashing will also be the binding fabric and I like the bit of interest it adds to the top.  Oriental Bento Box is a small lap measuring 52″ square.

Okay – really, I am going to get working on my Lincoln quilt.  Promise!

Marlene

Aug 17 2017

Pocket Full of Posies

Yesterday I finished the last of the wool applique on Pocket Full of Posies.  The top finishes at 18 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ which will be the perfect size for the quilt hanger in the dining room.  It looks very different from the original design, but I like all my changes and the end result.

I also made a decision on block designs for the Oriental Bento Box quilt top.

The larger blocks form a frame around the smaller block.  It adds a bit of interest to the center of the quilt and brings the total number of blocks to 16 for a 4 x 4 setting.  A gold oriental fabric will be used as sashing and binding.  This isn’t my favorite quilt (and now I am wondering what was I thinking when I started these), but it will make a good charity quilt.  Since the top just needs the sashing, I am hoping to have it finished tomorrow.  Yeah – another UFO bin emptied.

Marlene

Aug 15 2017

Ripples

The last stitch was taken and now Ripples is a finished quilt.  I like the bright colors and how the pattern shows off the fun fabrics.

Ripples measures 65″ x 78″ and is my 17th completed quilt for the year – only 8 more to go to meet my goal.

Marlene

Aug 14 2017

Design Walls Monday 08-14-17

In the last couple of weeks I have finished – or almost finished – several projects, so it was time to put a couple of UFOs on my design walls.

These bears had been fussy cut maybe 8 or 10 years ago, but now they have come out to play.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set them, but now that they have been on the design wall for several days I am starting to get some ideas.

This quilt sandwich (44″ x 44″) is hanging on my other small design wall awaiting machine quilting inspiration.  The top was sewn in 2009, so I think it is time to be finished.

Wild Child is my current leader/ender project and I am making good progress on the remaining 39 blue blocks.

A new project is displayed on the medium large design wall.

The block is comprised of quarter log cabin units, although I have seen a pattern named Bento Box for this shape.  In the UFO bin I found 12 large blocks and 4 smaller blocks along with extra fabric.  I was experimenting with same blocks in different sizes, but was unhappy with my layout so it was packed up.  The plan now is to find some fabric for sashing to liven up the blocks and come up with a layout setting.

Now it is time to finish up the Lincoln quilt.  For some reason I thought that I had 4 more blocks to make, but I discovered that I only need 3.  Yeah!  I started on the dark green checkerboards this last weekend.

I decided to sew the checkerboard units for the 3 remaining blocks, then sew the stars to complete each block.  It will be great to get this top completed, although there is still a lot of piecing left to do.

Most of my UFOs are because I couldn’t make a decision – fabric, layout, colors, whatever, but I have discovered that it helps a lot to have a project in my face on a design wall day after day.  It pushes me to explore ideas, look for fabric or check out inspiration online or in a quilt book to get the quilt top finished.

Check out other quilting news at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Aug 07 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-07-17

The Honey Bee quilt top was finished yesterday.  I like the extra space the alternate block gives to the quilt top, but haven’t decided yet if I like the asymmetrical look that comes from the even number of rows.  When it is time to machine quilt the top, I may remove the bottom row and use it as part of the backing.  But for now this is what it is.

Now that all the machine applique is completed, I can set up the Bernina to get busy on the Lincoln quilt.  The goal is to get the top finished this year – I think I can do it if I don’t see too many squirrels.

Check out all the other quilt inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene