May 12 2019

Prettiest Flower in the Garden

Last Monday I took my youngest granddaughter to the Denver Botanical Gardens for her fourth birthday. I think she had fun, don’t you?

It was a beautiful day with a beautiful granddaughter.

On the quilting front – my projects are going slow, but some progress has been made. The binding and sleeve for Starry Night Hexies was sewn down

and all the hand-stitching was completed yesterday.

The machine stitching in the background is straight lines alternating up & down and across. It was slow going, but gave me practice with ruler work. I am glad that it is finished and very happy with the quilt.

May is the month for quilts from recycled shirts. My sewing room looks like a tornado went through, but hopefully it will all be under control by the end of the month. It is all my own dang fault, since I started two new recycled shirt projects to go along with the four already started. The goal is to have at least two quilt tops completed by the end of the month. We shall see how that works out.

Happy Mother’s Day

Marlene

Apr 28 2019

Kiss My Stash

Kiss My Stash is an applique kit that I received as a birthday present in 2015. After waiting patiently for four years, it finally became a quilt top last weekend.

I didn’t notice until I saw the picture on the computer screen, but the grid lines from the flannel design wall show through the quilt top.

The pattern is by Sandy Fitzpatrick at Hissyfitz Designs with a finished size of 22″ x 37″. I made three color changes to the design – the cat in the original pattern was brown, however all my cats are grey in memory of Gus. For the flange around the sign I found a piece of orange fabric with brown stripe to represent a measuring tape. I wasn’t all that interested in marking lines on a long piece of yellow strip as the directions said.

The third change was the hands. The pattern had red hands. Really, red hands? I found a nice tan batik in my stash that looks so much better – at least in my opinion.

Once the top is quilted, buttons will be added to the crown points and the shoes. This was such a fun project and makes me smile every time I look at her.

Happy Quilting,

Marlene

Apr 10 2019

Good Fortune HST Leftovers

The green turquoise HSTs leftover from the Good Fortune quilt were begging and pleading for attention, so I went hunting for a pattern. I found an Ocean Waves wallhanging in Editya Sitar’s book “Handfuls of Scraps” that would take care of those pesky HSTs. Editya’s wall hanging had 24 – 4 1/2″ unfinished blocks, but I decided to make as many blocks as I could with the triangles I had and that would determine the size of the wallhanging.

I should have taken a picture of the pile of triangles, but got caught up in making the blocks before it crossed my mind. The leftover triangles had to be trimmed down to 1 1/2″ unfinished, but once that was done the blocks went together very quickly. There were only 6 HSTs left after the 16 blocks were made.

Once the center was completed, I auditioned border fabric. My first idea was to use the light green turquoise batik with dots thinking of bubbles & ocean waves, but the light color dulled the quilt.

So then the two darkest fabrics in the wallhanging were auditioned. I decided on the top fabric for the borders and the fabric on the left for the binding.

The top and machine quilting was completed on Saturday, so Sunday morning I added the sleeve and binding. It finished at 18″ square which is a perfect size for my quilt hanger.

The colors are bright and vibrant in my dining room while is snows outside. Who else is ready for spring?

Marlene

Apr 06 2019

More Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks

Sit back with a cup of coffee and view the next batch of SBS blocks.

D-10
G-3
G-7
J-1
J-2
J-3
J-5
K-2
N-2
N-4
N-7
N-8

I am looking at the silver lining – I didn’t meet my goal of 31 SBS blocks in March, but am very happy with the 25 that did get made. That makes a total of 77 blocks completed with 67 left to go. Officially the center is over 53% finished. Yeah!

Maybe I will devote another month later in the year to more SBS blocks, but for now I will be work on some smaller projects.

Marlene

Mar 22 2019

Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Update

I will start off with a warning – the next couple of blog posts may be boring! My goal is to make 31 SBS blocks in March, so there will be a lot of pictures of sampler blocks.

D-9
F-4
F-10
G-10
I-2
J-4
J-9
K-1
L-3
L-6
N-5

When all 31 blocks are completed, it should bring my total of finished blocks to 83. That will be over half of the blocks needed, but still leave 60ish to make. Just whose idea was it to make a Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt – oh yeah, mine.

Sampler quilts are not my favorite style of quilt to make, so I can’t understand why I have so many sampler quilt patterns in my library. I just need to remember that the tortoise won the race and as long as I keep moving forward eventually it will be finished. Does anyone else have such mixed feelings about sampler quilts?

Marlene

Mar 16 2019

HQ Machine Cover

Five or six months ago I decided that I wanted to make covers for my sewing machines and first up was the HQ Sweet Sixteen. After much online research, I found a great tutorial at Quilt Kisses.

Since my machine is a sit-down model, I did make a few changes. Instead of an open back with a velcro closing, I sewed the back pieces together since it is too difficult to reach behind the machine. Also the bottom of my cover has a hem instead of a binding.

It does look a bit puffy from the side, however it does a great job of keeping the dust off. The next cover will be for my serger, although I have no idea when that will be.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Marlene

Mar 10 2019

Good Fortune Finish

Happy Spring Forward Day – to celebrate losing an hour this weekend, I added the borders to my Good Fortune quilt yesterday.

After staring at the quilt center on my design wall for several weeks, I decided that I really wasn’t excited about sewing all the pieced borders in the Bonnie Hunter’s instructions. So off to the quilt shop I went looking for the perfect border fabric. After many “almost, but not quite right” fabrics, I found this batik for the border.

This close up shows how the batik fabric accents the green turquoise stars while also pulling in the gold from the alternate blocks.

Now that Good Fortune is a completed top, I can concentrate on blocks for Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. The goal is to make 31 blocks this month, however right now the total is 4. The good news is that March is a long month, so hopefully it will happen.

Marlene

Feb 14 2019

Hope Chest Star

This last weekend a pile of leftover red/white 4-patches were screaming for attention. They were just what was needed to make the star from the pattern Hope Chest (in the book Patches of Scraps) by Edyta Sitar.

This came together so quickly – Saturday I made the star & Sunday the border, machine quilting and binding were completed. I considered adding a pieced border to this small wallhanging, but once I saw the black/white/red fabric in my stash I knew that would be the finishing touch.

This wallhanging measures 19 1/2″ square, so it was the perfect project to make me smile and give me a sense of accomplishment that something quilty was completed.

The next project planned is a machine cover for my HQ Sweet Sixteen. I am hoping to have that finished this weekend.

Marlene

Feb 09 2019

Autumn Delight

I can finally share a project made last November. This was a birthday gift for my middle daughter and her favorite colors are the autumn colors.

The pattern name is Afternoon Delight by Tiger Lily Press, but I named mine Autumn Delight.

They are a bit on the larger size for placemats, however they will catch all those crumbs that fall from the plate.

The centers were cut from a panel that I had bought 6 or 7 years ago and they worked perfectly in this pattern. It is difficult to see in the pictures, but I quilted a different motif in each of the borders.

My favorite is the pumpkin. Which one if your favorite?

Marlene

Jan 19 2019

Good Fortune, Part 4

Part 4 – the green turquoise chevrons – are completed. I was able to sew on these during the week, so it was easy to finish them up this morning.

For my quilt I decided to have all four chevron units in each block from the same fabric. Of course, once the decision was made I needed to make a star block to verify. And yes, I am happy with that variation for my quilt.

I still have all the green turquoise/background HSTs for one of the borders to sew, but that can wait until the center is completed. Now the blue turquoise/background HSTs need to be cut and sewn.

My goal is to have the center of Good Fortune together by the end of the month.

Marlene