Dec 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-04-17

Wild Child quilt top was finished yesterday which means that I am two days ahead of schedule.  Yeah!  It is still going to be a race to get all the projects finished that I want to by the end of the year, but I am trying.

I like how the inner and outer border corral all the wildness of the blocks.  It measures 76″ x 92″ and looks much better than the photograph.  Wild Child has been a long term leader/ender project and I am so happy to have it completed.

There was also time yesterday afternoon to get the binding sewn down on one of the quilts that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Now I have a hand sewing project to work on while watching a bit of TV at the end of the day.

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

Marlene

Nov 29 2017

Design Wall Monday on Wednesday 11-29-17

Belated Happy Thanksgiving.  Things have been really rocking around here, but tonight I found a few moments to catch up.

The middle of last week, I decided that I needed a plan if I was going to get all the projects on my goal list finished by the end of the year.  So I sat down with a calendar to plan my daily quilting goals starting with machine quilting 4 quilt tops over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

First up was this quilt top which is the largest one.  Since I need 6 more quilt finishes to make my yearly goal of 25, I stacked the odds in my favor by picking out smaller tops to finish.  Friday I started the machine quilting on this top.

As you can see, right now I am not concerned with binding – just the machine quilting.  Next up was this rail fence set on point quilt top.

And Sunday was spent working on this one.

It was time to take a break from machine quilting and get back to some piecing, so the next project to finish is Wild Child.  Half of the center is completed with only 20 neutral background blocks left to put together.

If I can keep up with my daily sewing, this top will be finished next Tuesday.  Right now I have two sides on the remaining 20 blocks so I think that I am doing good.  If Wild Child is finished before Tuesday, I will trim and bind one of the machine quilted tops.

Linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Nov 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-13-17

Sunday was my Sewday so I was able to start on the border for the Lincoln quilt.

The directions say to sew all the squares together in row 1, row 2, & row 3 then sew the rows together before attaching them to the quilt center.  After studying the border diagram I decided to make rectangular blocks of 4 squares by 3 rows instead.  If my math is correct I will need 9 blocks for each side along with the 4 corner squares to complete the border.

When I first started designing this quilt, my thought was to find a black background fabric with tan & brown flowers? paisleys? something for a solid fabric border.  The closer the quilt center got to completion, the more I realized that idea was a bad one.  In my opinion it would make the quilt dark and overwhelm the center, so I started looking for a better border idea.  I found this one and really like it – it echoes the black frame around the blocks, relates to the black/dark gray LeMoyne stars and has enough light background to keep it light and airy.  Hopefully by next Monday I will have at least two of the borders attached to the center.

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

Marlene

Nov 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-06-17

Jump up & down!  The center of the Lincoln quilt is completed.  Yeah!

I still need to straighten the edges, but I will do that just before adding the border.  This is the design that I decided on for the border.

The name is Entwined Border and found on the Quilters Cache website.  The colors will be black for the solid square, dark gray for the entwining color and neutrals for the background.  If I calculated correctly, I only need 18 more dark gray/neutral HST before I start sewing them together.

I decided to go with 2″ finished squares making each border 6″ wide and the finished quilt top 84″ish square.

Progress was also made on the leader/ender project Wild Child – the first two rows are sewn together.

Once the Lincoln quilt top is completed, Wild Child will have my full attention.

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

Marlene

Oct 23 2017

Design Wall Monday 10-23-17

The center of the Lincoln quilt is quickly coming together.  On Saturday the dark green block was completed –

and on Sunday I finished the golden Lincoln block.

And now there is one – the dark purple block.  I don’t know if I am happy or sad that I am down to the last block.  This project has been on my large design wall for two years now and the space will look strange without the Lincoln quilt hanging there.

Once the dark green block was completed, I was able to finish the lower right side section of the top.

When the golden block was finished, I pieced it to the black block along with all the sashing and cornerstones.  While working on quilt blocks, I like to start sewing them together so that I don’t have all that at the end.  Sometimes you can’t do that, but anytime I can I do.

All the final decisions regarding the border have been made, so once the center is all together I will be ready to power sew and get it done.

Check in with Judy’s Design Wall Monday for wonderful quilt inspiration.

Marlene

Oct 12 2017

Lincoln Quilt Update

Proof that I have been (slowly) working on the Lincoln quilt.  It really gives a good idea of how the center will look when it is completed.

I added all the neutral triangle corners to the checkerboard triangles,

sewed all the remaining setting triangles,

and made the last corner triangle – oops! forgot to take a picture of it.

This weekend I will be sewing all the 9-patch cornerstones and the rail fence sashing units.  Once that is done, I will start with the corner LeMoyne stars  to finish the last three blocks.

The details for the outer border still haven’t been finalized, but I am excited to see the center of this quilt completed.  What a journey this has been!

Marlene

Oct 01 2017

Valentine’s Morning Star

I managed to finish September with a finish – Valentine’s Morning Star.   The pattern is found in Magic Stack-n-Whack by Bethany Reynolds.  This quilt top has always been a favorite of mine, but I lacked confidence in my machine quilting skills to make it a completed quilt.  I am pleased with the final result and so happy that I (finally) just did it.

Marlene

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