Dec 04 2018

Design Wall Monday 12-03-18

Last week I was busy working on a gift, so no pictures until later.  However I did find time in the evenings for hand stitching the hexies for Starry Night.

All 10 of the full hexie flowers are completed, so now they are being stitched onto the background.  I am also working on the 4 half-hexie flowers.

One of my favorite things to do at a thrift store is pick up old quilt books especially the series Great American Quilts by Leisure Arts.  I am always on the lookout for different or unusual quilt blocks and I found one in the Great American Quilts 1993.  The name of the block is Texas Star.

Isn’t it great?  It really wasn’t difficult to piece although you need to be gentle with the bias.  The plan is to make 6 blocks to form a star.

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Marlene

Nov 22 2018

Battle of the Flower Basket

In between sewing the recycled shirt blocks (8 Swing Your Partner blocks below) I pieced together the Flower Baskets wallhanging from the Primitive Gathering’s book “Little Gatherings”

Before I even started I knew there were two things that I was going to change – make it a bit bigger and have the baskets set on point.  My favorite thing about this wallhanging is the small wool flowers in the basket.

Sewing the baskets was a challenge, but the battle really began with the setting.  After much consideration I decided to treat each basket as a square-in-a-square.  The first block used the same background as the triangles which just looks like a sea of boring.

The second attempt used a different fabric but close to the same color as the background.

More boring and not any help at all.  For the third time (I was starting to feel like Goldilocks & the Three Bears) I found this fabric and it was just right.

Next came the sashing, cornerstone and outer border – The sashing and cornerstone worked, but using the same fabric as the setting triangles for the accent in the border made the whole quilt too pink.  Okay, let’s try the beige background for the border accent.

That is looking a lot better and I like the asymmetrical look.  Now the finishing touch – all the wool flowers appliqued in the baskets and the three cornerstones.

Victory!  My two goals were met with the baskets on point and a size increase from 14″ square to 19″ square.   The goal is to quilt this little beauty up in the next week or so.

Happy Thanksgiving.  May you all be victorious in your quilting battles.

Marlene

Nov 12 2018

Design Wall Monday 11-12-18

In between sewing recycled shirt blocks, I also found time to machine quilt Oriental Tiles.  I used a quilting pattern from the book “Walk” by Jacquie Gering called Geometric Curves.

Here I tried to get a picture of the machine quilting.

I like the look of this quilting design although I probably wouldn’t use it on a quilt larger than 50″ – 55″.  Oriental Tiles is 41″ x 49 1/4″ which was a good size to try the design for the first time.

Once Oriental Tiles was finished, it was time to work on a few Sylvia’s Bridal Shower blocks.

D-2

I-4

K-9

I now have 51 completed blocks.  My goal is to have half (72) of the blocks finished by the end of the year.

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Marlene

Oct 15 2018

Design Wall Monday 10-15-18

This is the tale of Recycled Shirts and the Five Quilt Patterns.  Yes – five and I have a plan.

First up is Foothills Quilt by Mary Elizabeth Kinch.  The Foothills Quilt is based on an antique quilt from the collection of University of Alberta Museums.  Mary hosted a quilt-along earlier this year and I decided that it would look great in recycled shirts.  So the first strip width cut is the size for the four HST for the Foothills Quilt blocks.

Pattern #2 is Periscope by Quilted Twins and can be found in their free patterns section.   Since Periscope measures 100″ x 100″, I decided to resize the blocks from 12″ finished to 9″ finished to make a smaller quilt.  Periscope is comprised of three different blocks – one of which is Churn Dash.  So the second strip width cut from the recycled shirts is for the four HST & five solid squares that make a Churn Dash block.

Can you see the light fabric in the block on the right?  On the lookout for a light colored shirt that was not stripes or plaids, I totally scored with the lighthouses on this shirt.

The last three patterns are all from Bonnie Hunter’s books.  Pattern #3 is Tumelo Trail (Scraps & Shirttails II) and the 4 HST for each block are cut from the same strip width as the Churn Dash block above.

Swing Your Partner (Scraps & Shirttails) also requires 12 HST, 2 light and 2 dark squares cut from the same strip width – isn’t it great that so many block units come from the same strip width?

The 4-patches are cut from a smaller strip width along with the HST & squares for the center of Moth in the Window below.The final pattern is Moth in the Window (Addicted to Scraps) which uses the same strip width as above for the center and the smallest strip width for the block frame.

On Friday I pick out a dark & light shirt fabric for the next round of blocks, so in a couple of hours I have units and/or blocks for all five projects.  I anticipate that Swing Your Partner will be the first completed quilt top with Periscope a close second.

The good part of my plan is that I feel that it makes efficient use of my cutting/sewing time while the bad part is that I have already identified two more quilt patterns for future recycled shirt projects.

I finished block A-6 for Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. Now the top row is completed and I am officially 34% finished.

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Marlene

Oct 08 2018

Design Wall Monday 10-08-18

While shopping at a local quilt shop, this fabric jumped in my cart and insisted in coming home with me.

I decided to Stack-n-Whack squares and then set them in the BQ pattern by Maple Island.  It took a little bit of figuring to determine the square size in order to make the most efficient use of the fabric, but the cutting & sewing of the 4-patches was quick and easy.

The blocks are 9 1/2″ unfinished, so then it was back to paper and pencil to resize the BQ block which turned out to not be difficult.  The next step was the background fabric.

I decided on a light green background color with a solid black frame.  This involved a trip to the quilt shop to find the right fabric, but soon BQ blocks (14″ unfinished) were popping up on the design wall.

And by lunch time on Sunday all 16 blocks were completed and the quilt top sewn together.

The top measures 54″ square and there is no plan to put borders on it.  This is one of the fastest quilt tops I have made from fabric bought to finished quilt top.  Next up will be 2 more SBS blocks to celebrate another finish.

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Marlene

Oct 06 2018

A Little Bit of This – A Little Bit of That

Call me Tiggr – I have been bouncing around from project to project.  First up – another Starry Night Hexie has been completed.  This is number 6 out of 10 full hexagon flowers for the wallhanging.

Each one is an adventure with a surprise at the finish.

Two more Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler blocks have been added to design wall.

A-7

N-9

My first thought was to alternate dark red & green cornerstones in the sashing. However I knew it was a mistake as soon as I saw it on the design wall – too dark & too distracting.

What if the cornerstones were a different fabric close in color to the sashing strips?

The cornerstone fabric isn’t noticeable from a distance, but is a nice surprise upon closer inspection.  Only two more blocks until the top row is completed and a sashing row attached.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Sep 30 2018

Theo’s Blocks

Just under the wire for a September finish, Theo’s Blocks is completed.

I used medium gray thread, a loopy quilting design, and a scrappy binding to complete this quilt.  This is 5th quilt finish for 2018 which is pretty pathetic – I had better get busy machine quilting the last three months of the year.

Marlene

Sep 24 2018

Design Wall Monday 09-24-18

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sewing hexies until I did the hexie block for Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler.  Before the block was even finished I had planned my next EPP project.

It all started with this pattern from American Patchwork & Quilting website

and this fabric.

My piece of Starry Night fabric was 51″ long and contain 6 repeats at 8″.  I cut the fabric Stack-n-Whack fashion to make 18 groups of 2 1/2″ squares for 10 full hexagon flowers, 4 half flowers and 4 cornerstones.

Each grouping is the start of a new adventure of design.

A pale yellow batik is going to be the background.

This project is small wallhanging size at 27 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  I wonder what tonight’s design will look like.

There may have been a bit of this going on also.

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Marlene

Sep 23 2018

Sunday Update

Even though work is crazy, I have been able to find some time here and there to get a few more Sylvia’s Bridal Shower blocks completed.  Many thanks and much gratitude to my oldest daughter for setting up the SBS grid and adding blocks as finished.  Love you, R

A-4

A-10

E-4

K-4

My Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler is going to be set 12 x 12 for a total of 144 blocks.  There are 140 blocks in the pattern, so I decided to add four chain blocks to the four corners.  Here is the first one –

Right now the plan is to use the dark green and dark red fabrics as the cornerstones alternating colors.  When the remaining three blocks are completed for row A, the sashing and cornerstones row will be completed to verify that this plan will work.

Since SBS blocks are made when a project is completed I bet you are wondering what project was finished.

Here it is – an oldie.  African Hexagons is now a finished quilt.

My best guess is that this quilt top was pieced somewhere in the 2005 – 2007 time frame.  In 2008 I started numbering my quilt tops and the African Hexagons top was made somewhere before that.

It is quilted with a boxy meander using WonderFil InvisaFil thread on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.  I have never been able to get the tension correct with monofilament thread on the HQ, so it was very exciting that the only adjustment that the InvisaFil thread needed was a slightly looser top tension.

What a great feeling  to have an older quilt top finished and African Hexagons has already has a new home – win, win.

Marlene

Sep 03 2018

Design Wall Monday 09-03-18

Another Cozy Quilt Design – Cotton Rainbow – was completed today.  The piecing of this quilt top was very easy while the challenge was fabric selection.  I think I spent more time deciding on the fabric than it took to sew.

It all started with a jelly roll that almost had the range of colors I wanted.  The pattern calls for five fabrics in six different colorways shading light to dark.  The jelly roll had the light-medium-dark fabrics, but needed two transition colors.

Luckily the first weekend in August was the Denver Quilt Shop Hop and my main focus was finding the fabric to smooth out the shading.  I think I was successful – here are the 16 blocks with the layout suggested in the pattern.

This is just a quick mockup.  If I had decided to go with this layout, I would have distributed the colors better.

But I really didn’t care for the large black holes, so what other arrangement could I come up with?

The first one started with the four blocks in the center surrounded by zigzags.  I didn’t try any more layouts, since I liked this layout.

There was enough leftover from each fabric strip to cut out 3 – 2 1/2″ squares for the middle border.  I sewed them together in the same order they are in the blocks – light to dark – and arranged them around the quilt center.

A black inner border, the pieced middle border and a black outer border was added to the center to end up with this quilt:

The pieced middle border is not in the Cotton Rainbow pattern.  I wanted to add something interesting to the border and use up as much of the strips as I could.  I am pleased with the final result.

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Marlene