Feb 19 2018

Design Wall Monday 02-19-18

Sunday was a bouncing sort of day – bouncing from one project to another.  I started with Oriental Tiles – the center is now completed, so all that is left is the borders.

Since the setting triangles were cut from a white spiderweb fabric, I thought about going with a Halloween theme.  After placing the fabric on the design wall I realized that it was way too busy, however I think that there is enough to use as the backing.  Then I remembered that I had the reverse print of the white spiderweb fabric which will make a great border.

Once the border decision was made, I bounced over to the Oriental Tile block.  This is the first block –

and this is my test block with 1/4″ narrower sashing.

It is a subtle difference, but the narrower sashing looks so much more in proportion to the block.  Now I needed to see it in the Oriental fabric.

Everything looks good, so  I only have one problem – the black, red, & gold block is so darn cute that I need to do something with it.  Isn’t it crazy how these projects keep multiplying?

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

Marlene

Feb 17 2018

The Designer of the Year is . . .

The 2016 designer was Judy Neiemeyer with her Rocky Mountain Bear Claw pattern and the 2017 designer was Jen Kingwell with Long Time Gone.  So the designer of the year for 2018 is Cozy Quilts Designs.

While looking through my patterns, I was surprised to discover that I own 10 Cozy Quilt patterns and have only made one.  That is going to change this year!

First up is Shortline – with a few changes.

I thought that this would be a great pattern to use the single color string blocks that I made in 2015.  There are 13 colored blocks which will alternated with neutral string blocks.  The rail fence blocks would be scrappy black with a mostly white center strip.

The string blocks are 5″ unfinished (smaller than the pattern), so the rail fence blocks needed to be resized also.  I am considering a black & white strip for the setting triangles, but no firm decision has yet been made.  So far this quilt is looking like the idea in my head.

Saturday update – All the rail fence units are now completed and up on the design wall.  Isn’t it looking good?

Now I am off to dig through my stash for the setting triangle fabric.  Wish me luck!

Marlene

Feb 12 2018

Design Wall Monday 02-12-18

The Oriental Fortune quilt top (70″ x 70″) is finished.  It is a good pattern to showcase a special jelly roll and I am very pleased with the final result.

Of course, there was a pile of leftover strips that begged for a home.

After looking through Kim Brackett’s books, I decided on the pattern Tiles in Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares.

Since her strips were larger than 2 1/2″ I needed to resize the block so that it would work with the Oriental jelly roll strip.  Once that was done, all that was left was to tame the pile and see exactly how many blocks it would yield.

Everything cut, stacked and ready to make 30 blocks along with a pile of 2 1/2″ squares.  After finding a dark turquoise in my stash, I needed to make a trial block, right?

My block measures 8 1/2″ unfinished, so the quilt should end up around 46″ x 55″.  What a fun little quilt this will be!

PS After looking and thinking about this block overnight, I have decided to take it apart, trim the turquoise accent strip by 1/4″ and sew it back together.  The accent strip feels too wide so it is going on a diet.  Hopefully I will be happier with the end result.

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

Marlene

Feb 10 2018

On My Design Wall – Good Fortune

This was intended to be my Design Wall Monday post, but it gives you an idea of what my week has been like since it is now the Saturday after post.

My current project is Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda.  I believe that Good Fortune was a free pattern on the Moda website, but I have no idea if it is still available.

Since my jelly roll was of Oriental fabrics, I decided to name my quilt Oriental Fortune.  Nine mostly turquoise strips were used for the 9 full blocks and 4 mostly coral strips for the corner blocks.  The half blocks were all made using the darker strips from the jelly roll.

This quilt sews together very easily although some attention needs to be given to the sashing strips – don’t ask me how I know this!

On last Sunday (02/04) morning there were 6 completed full blocks, but by Sunday evening my design wall looked like this.

Three completed columns and most of the remaining blocks.  I really had grand plans to work on this during the week, but it didn’t happen.  So this morning I started in again and now the quilt center is completed.

All that is left is the inner and outer border.  Fun, easy, and smaller was just what I needed after the intense concentration needed for the last three twin-sized quilts.

Sometime tomorrow this should be a finished quilt top – just in time for a Design Wall Monday post.

Stay warm,

Marlene

Jan 29 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-29-18

This last weekend was busy, but I did find time to squeeze in some sewing.  First up, the Bouillabaisse quilt top is completed.  When there are only 12 blocks and each block measures 20″ square, the center of a quilt top goes together very quickly.

At first I was wondering if the border (cut 6 1/2″) was too wide, but now that the top is finished I think that it looks good.  It finishes at 72″ x 92″ for a nice twin sized quilt.  Maybe now I will work on some smaller projects – like a doll quilt.

I had a visitor and sewing buddy on Saturday – Evelyn, one of my granddaughters.  She wanted to sew a doll quilt, but was a bit surprised at all the math involved.  After deciding on a finished size (18″ x 24″) and the size of the squares (3″ finished), we worked the math to figure out how many squares in a row, how many rows to make, and how many total squares needed for the quilt top.  I had her work with paper and crayons on color placement & design for her quilt, then Evelyn picked the fabric from my 3 1/2″ strip bin for the squares.  She did all the sewing for the doll quilt top, while I rotary cut the fabric, then machine quilted & bound the project.  We were determined that she would have a finished quilt to take home with her and it happened.

Doesn’t she look like she is already planning her next quilting project?

Now it is time for me to start planning my next project.  Hmmm

Maybe it will help me decide if I check out the quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Jan 24 2018

Theo’s Blocks

My current leader/ender project is this block that I designed.  I wanted to make a block that featured several different sizes of squares and this is what I came up with.  It is super easy to sew, a great leader/ender project, and a fun quilt.  I am undecided about the sashing fabric on my first block, however I am not going to change it now.

It is so hard for me to decide on names for quilts, so I took the easy way out and named it after my youngest grandson.  I am calling this block & quilt Theo’s Blocks.  Sometimes there is a wide difference between the vision in my head and the finished quilt, so it will be interesting to see if this turns out to be a good or bad idea.

While sewing the Bouillabaisse blocks I was able to finish three more Theo’s Blocks units.  This is the layout I decided to use –

I like the look of the largest blocks making a pinwheel.  This quilt is going to be in a 4 x 4 layout because my border idea works best with an even number of blocks across and down.  The other 12 blocks just need the smallest square row, so once those are ready the rest will be fast.  Hmmm I think that this turning into a good idea!

This is Version 1 and I already have an idea for Version 2, but that will be a future project.  This has been so much fun that I may have to design some more blocks and quilts.

Marlene

Jan 22 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-22-18

It snowed all day Sunday so that automatically made it a sew-day.  All twelve blocks for the Bouillabaisse quilt are finished – finally.  It is so close to being completed.  I just need to sew the blocks together and add the border.

The fabric hanging on the right is the border.  I want to get this done and off of the design wall because I am ready for a new project.

One of my 2018 goals is to make another recycled shirt quilt, so last weekend I stopped by GoodWill to pick up some more shirts.  I really lucked out because it was 50% off everything in the store day and nine shirts followed me home.

I already have two Bonnie Hunter patterns picked out – Tumalo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II (with a different border) and Swing Your Partner from Scraps & Shirttails (with a different layout).  Both patterns call for 3 1/2″ unfinished HST, so that will be the first step.

The recycled shirt quilts make great masculine quilts which I need for my grandsons.

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

Have a good week and stay warm,

Marlene

Jan 15 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-15-18

Some progress has been made on the Bouillabaisse quilt top – just remember the turtle won the race.

Saturday I calculated how many side triangles I needed, figured out how many strips sets needed to be sewn (7)  and cut the fabric.  Sunday morning it was pedal to the medal moving those long strips through the sewing machine and now all strip sets are completed.  Once that was done it was a fairly quick process to complete 3 more blocks bringing the total up to 6.  Yeah! Halfway there.

Bouillabaisse has actually turned into a two-design wall project.  The 6 blocks are on the largest design wall and all the parts are on another.

Hopefully the center of this quilt will be all together by next weekend.

I also pulled out an older quilt top for machine quilting.  The pattern name is Ruby in the Sky (62″ x 82″) and it was made from a kit in 2011.  The fabric on the lower left is for the backing.

It is hard to see in the picture, but those are flying birds on a gray background.  I used all the leftover fabric from Ruby in the Sky to make this hexagon quilt.

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

Marlene

 

Jan 10 2018

First Finish of 2018 – Serendipity

This was supposed to be finish #23 for 2017, but ended up being finish #1 of 2018.  The pattern is Serendipity from M’Liss Rae Hawley’s book Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.  I sewed this quilt top over 10 years ago, so it feels great to finally have a completed quilt.

I had a difficult time deciding on the quilting motif, but finally decided on a stencil for the middle section.

It isn’t always easy to get a good picture of the machine quilting.  I picked this stencil because the swirls reminded me of the coffee steam swirls in the setting triangle fabric.

The border fabric was cut on the bias so that the squares in the fabric were on-point to match the rail fence blocks in the center.  To stabilize the edges an 1 1/2″ outer border was added.  It is interesting when design decisions are dictated by practical concerns.

There are seven more quilt tops on the “before 2008” list – I wonder which one will be machine quilted this year.

Marlene

Jan 08 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-08-18

My design wall looks a bit messy this week.

I have the blocks for Bouillabaisse in various stages of completion.  In the top upper left is the first finished block,

the middle are blocks with some of the corner triangles attached and at the bottom are the center of the blocks.  I should be making the last two smaller blocks, but instead I have been having fun with the setting triangles.  On the right is the border fabric – I think that it will lighten everything up and keep the quilt from looking too dark.

The original pattern used a wider range of colors, but I like the look of a more controlled color palette.  In the setting triangles I also selected my fabric to range from lighter to darker to give more contrast between the blocks.

And look what I received in the mail on Friday –

Thank you Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for the wonderful giveaway and for hosting Design Wall Mondays.  I rarely win drawings or prizes, so this was such a surprise.  Several projects in the magazine have already drawn my attention along with the pillow.

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

Marlene