Aug 23 2016

Tuesday Update

All my plans for yesterday were derailed by this cutie.

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She helped me unload the dishwasher, but she is too mobile & too curious to play in the sewing room.  I did however find enough time to finish the embroidery for a Sunflower quilt.  Next to it is the sunflower fabric for the border.

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I had the idea for this wallhanging years ago and this is the year to get it done.  The biggest problem that I had with starting this quilt was the background – none of the yellow fabric I had were right.  In a light bulb moment I realized that a solid fabric would be better for the background than a batik.  I decided on this Moda solid named – of course – sunflower.  It blends better than it looks in the picture.

The machine quilting on the Scrappy Trapunto was a disaster on Saturday.  I thought that it would work better to use the BSR foot on my Bernina, but it would stitch a couple of inches then not pick up the bottom thread.  What I realized after rethreading my machine and changing the needle was that the laser on the bottom of the BSR foot had trouble with the higher trapunto side of the design, so Saturday night was spent picking out stitches.  Sunday I moved to my Handi-quilter and that solved the problem.

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I wanted just a slight puff for the trapunto and am very happy with the results.  This is definitely a technique that I will use again.  It is also great practice for using a ruler with a sit-down machine.

The plan is to finish the machine quilting this week.  The center is slow going, but the rest of the quilt will be faster.

Marlene

Aug 17 2016

Quilting Update

There has been a lot of grandchildren time and a little bit of sewing time since my last post.  On August 6th, we (brother, son, grandson and I) had lunch on the Royal Gorge Lunch train.  We called it our Decade Lunch because the only people invited had a decade birthday this year – 60, 50, 40 and 10.  It was a beautiful day for a train ride and we had a wonderful time celebrating birthdays in a special way.

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One of the goals on my 2016 list was making a bag.  Bags, totes and purses are really not my thing, but I had bought this pattern years ago and decided now was the time to get ‘er done.

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I really don’t know why it took me so long to actually sew the bag because it went together very quickly.  I have two more of the magnetic snaps that the pattern uses, so I am thinking that they will make great gifts.  It was lucky that this was a fast project, because the next several days were spent tending to grandchildren.

Once my babysitting duties were completed and kisses & hugs collected, I was ready to sit down in front of my sewing machine.  In a couple of days I finished a scrappy quilt top for a test run of trapunto.

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The center medallion is a pre-printed mini wholecloth that has been in my stash for years.  It is so satisfying to finally use fabric/patterns that have been collecting dust, isn’t it?  I think that is the satisfaction of knowing that you finally found the right project for the fabric.

One of my favorite parts of this quilt top is the borders.  I like the look of the fabric wrapping around the corner on both the inner and outer border.  081716C  (952x1024)

Last night I stitched down the trapunto batting and then started the hardest part – cutting the batting away.

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It is going to be fun to see how this turns out.  I am hoping to get the quilt sandwich put together tomorrow and then start the machine quilting.  There are other projects sitting around calling my name, but this one was yelling the loudest.

Marlene

Aug 03 2016

Garden Party Finish

Garden Party quilt top is complete!

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The finished size is 72″ x 86 1/2″ and I am very pleased with the results.

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The white in all the pictures looks like a solid white instead of the white with black flecks that it really is.  It makes me think of vanilla ice cream with vanilla beans.  This is also my favorite block with the blue car fabric.  My Dad sold used cars during his retirement and I am sure that my Mom bought this fabric to make him a shirt.  There are only a few scraps left from this yardage, but I think of Mom & Dad every time is see it.

I was planning on doing another Lincoln block as my next project, but I haven’t quite decided on what color it will be.  Any suggestions?

Marlene

Aug 01 2016

Design Wall Monday 08-01-16

Today is actually a design floor instead of a design wall.

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My plan bit the dust and I didn’t get the top completed on Sunday like I had planned.  However I did get the center together and one inner border on.  I trimmed one side then added the inner border and repeat three times.

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Hopefully the quilt top will be finished tomorrow.  I know that I have said this before, but I am always amazed how long it takes to sew on borders.

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

Marlene

Jul 25 2016

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I have a plan to finish Garden Party by the end of the month.  Last Saturday through Wednesday I would piece 15 blocks/triangles a day, Thursday & Friday sew all the blocks together, and Saturday & Sunday put the borders on.  Nice, simple plan – now to see if I can do it.

There are 27 triangles and 3 green blocks left to make, so this part is on track.  However I will have a granddaughter staying Tuesday night and going back home on Wednesday.  This could be a bit tricky, but we will see how it goes.  Anyway here is Garden Party – I like how this is looking.

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As you can see it is already longer than my design wall.  I think that I have found the fabric for the inner and outer border, but that decision will be made once the center is all together.

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

Marlene

Jul 19 2016

Garden Party Update

I have been making good progress on my Garden Party.

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Almost half of the blue blocks are finished and yes – those are setting triangles marking the right side of the quilt.  Once I finish the round of blue blocks, there will be a row of green block top & bottom.

I am following Julie’s tutorial for piecing the quilt top together in sections.  The middle section of 49 blocks is already sewn together and now I am working on the upper left hand corner.  I think that this is going to be a great way to piece a diagonal setting without worrying about all those long center rows.  Thanks for the tip, Julie!

Marlene

Jul 13 2016

Easy Street Finished

I was inspired by the Jo’s (at Jo’s Country Junction) UFO Challenge to machine quilt & bind my Easy Street quilt top.  The challenge is to finish UFOs made from Bonnie Hunter’s patterns before her next book comes out in September.

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The original mystery made a queen sized quilt, but I made mine a large twin at 75″ x 96″ even though I had sewn all the parts to make the queen.  The plan is to use the leftover pieces to make some pillowcases, but I am not sure when that project will land on my list.

I used a medium gray thread for the center and machine quilted free form Baptist Fans.

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On the border I used a green thread and machine quilted a braided border design that I learned in one of my classes in Salt Lake City.

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I am very happy with the machine quilting on this quilt.  My plan was to quilt two bobbins a day, relaxing and just enjoying the whole experience instead of a mad dash to have it finished and I think that the plan worked.

Now it is back to piecing on Garden Party which is also a Bonnie Hunter design.  I hope to have this top finished by the end of the month, but this is new project not an UFO.

Check out all the other progress at Jo’s Country Junction.

Marlene

Jul 11 2016

Design Wall Monday 07-11-16

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Most of last week was spent machine quilting Easy Street, so little progress was made on Garden Party.  I would really like to have this top finished by the end of the month, so I had better get busy.  There are 57 blocks on the design wall which means the center is 1/4 done.

I find it very interesting how the look of the quilt changes with each added color round.

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

Marlene

Jul 04 2016

Design Wall Monday 07-04-16

Happy 4th of July,

The Garden Party blocks are on my main design wall.  The purple blocks are completed and I have just started the blue blocks.

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The color of the cross in the middle of the block is how I designate each round.  So there will be 24 purple blocks, 32 blue blocks and 16 green blocks (top & bottom row of 8 each) to complete the top.  I have been making the alternate blocks as leader/enders.

I really like the look of blocks in a diagonal setting, but I really don’t like sewing those long diagonal rows together.  I am sewing center blocks together so that it won’t be such a big chore at the end.

This project is on one of my smaller design walls:

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The center is a pre-printed mini wholecloth panel that I bought to practice trapunto.

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The quarter log cabin blocks were an earlier leader/ender project and will make a great border for the panel.

My largest design wall has the Lincoln quilt on it.

062216  (1024x713)The color of the month from soscrappy is hot pink with green accent.  Since I already have both a green & pink block, I am going skip this month and wait for August.  There are so many projects around my quilting room – and I don’t want any of them to end up as UFOs – that I need to wrangle them under control.

Besides the Garden Party alternate blocks and quarter log cabin blocks as leader/enders, I also have a pile of triangles from Oriental Twinkle Star that are being pieced into broken dishes blocks and the paper pieced bear claw blocks sitting around.

Also I started machine quilting Easy Street on Saturday with Baptist Fans.  Hopefully the top will be finished by the middle of the week.  It is a large twin at 75″ x 96″ and the quilting is going well, but slow.  I use two bobbins a day and then quit machine quilting to work on other quilty stuff.

Well, that is all the chaos and confusion in my sewing room.  To check out all sorts of inspiration, stop by Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Jun 27 2016

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As a reward for getting the Lincoln blocks completed, I started a new quilt project last Thursday.  It is Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Garden Party that was in the May/June 15 issue of Quiltmaker magazine – with a few changes.  I like rectangle quilts, so the first thing that I did was add one row and remove one column of blocks.  Also I wanted to make a rainbow quilt, so I spent some time with graph paper & crayons to make myself a map.

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These blocks are fun to sew and I am enjoying how bright & colorful it is looking.

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

Marlene