May 24 2017

Long Time Gone Update

I did make some progress in the sewing room this last weekend, although not as much as I was hoping for.  Isn’t that always the case?

The binding and the sleeve on the Stair Steps baby quilt (29 1/2″ x 37 1/2″) was finished Friday evening.  This is my 12th finished quilt for the year – only 13 more to make my 2017 goal.

The remaining checkerboard blocks for Long Time Gone and the Rainbow Braids were Saturday’s projects.

I decided to put a solid black sashing strip between the braids and found some fabric from my stash for the border.

Sunday & Monday was spent working on four Pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using Marti Michell’s temples for the Pineapple blocks, but I was totally unprepared for how long it would take to piece these four blocks.  There are more Pineapple blocks to make, but that will be a project for another day.

My goal this week is to finish the Rainbow Braid quilt and then back to Long Time Gone blocks – I would really like to get another section completed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Marlene

May 19 2017

Long Time Gone Weeks 10 & 11

Yes, that is correct – I am one week ahead in the Long Time Gone sew-along.  The blocks for weeks 10 & 11 are made with HST and it was a snap to cut them out using my Accuquilt Studio cutter.

Week 10

Week 11

This block has such a strong diagonal that I almost replaced the focus fabric squares, but then I realized that this block will balance the Jacob’s Ladder block that has a strong diagonal in the opposite direction.

The HST block for week 11 also finished section 3 of the quilt top.

I have a home sewing retreat planned this weekend with my middle daughter.  She wants to sew two pairs of jeans, two shirts and one dress.  My goal is to piece the next HST block, all the pineapple blocks and the remaining checkerboards.  I wonder what my design wall will look like on Monday!

Happy Friday,

Marlene

May 16 2017

Long Time Gone Week 9

I can’t believe how many days I obsessed about the color placement in the Log Cabin blocks.  Finally I just went for it and started cutting out the strips needed.

After all that drama and stress I am very pleased with end results.  My best decision was to add some rows using the background fabric – I didn’t want these blocks to be dark & overpowering and the background lightens things up wonderfully.

There was also enough time on Sunday to sew all the Stair Step blocks together, add the borders and have a completed quilt top.

The white inner border and the medium blue outer border help lighten this quilt top (do you see a theme here?).  The top measures 30 1/2″ x 38 1/2″ which will make a nice baby boy quilt for draping over a stroller or a baby carrier.

This week I will be busy sewing HST for the next three Long Time Gone blocks.  It will also be time to move it to a larger design wall.  I am ready to see all the parts come together in a completed quilt top.

Marlene

May 10 2017

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure is now a completed quilt.  Yeah – number 11 for the year.  Because of the high contrast in this quilt, I used monofilament thread to machine quilt a meander motif.  This project turned out even better than the idea in my head which is always a wonderful thing.   I plan on keeping this one at my house for now.

Marlene

May 09 2017

Long Time Gone Week 8

The block for week 8 of the Long Time Gone sew-along is Courthouse Steps blocks.

It works so much better for me to assemble the sections together as much as possible.  The quilt will come together faster at the end as well as helping me balance the colors throughout the top.

This is one of my favorite sections so far – the diagonals in the Cross of UK are from left to right red, orange & yellow and the Courthouse Steps are from bottom to top yellow, orange & red.  My daughter called these blocks barbells.

I wanted the last three blocks to be totally different so in addition to using multiple colors in each block I also changed direction of the blocks.

In the next couple of weeks this project will need to move to a larger design wall.  I have also been sewing the checkerboard connector blocks as leader/enders.

My autumn Long Time Gone project is bright, bold and full of contrast – I am very happy with it.

Marlene

May 08 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-08-17

The Long Time Gone sew-along is consuming most of my sewing time, but I did make some progress on Rainbow Braids and Stair Steps.

Stair Steps was designed by Jo Kramer and published in the American Patchwork & Quilting August 2016 magazine.  All the HST are leftovers from the half Snowball blocks in Buried Treasures.  I don’t usually keep the cut off triangles from 2 1/2″ strips, but since there were 144 of these I did.  My plan is to only use these triangles and not make any more, so I will have 36 blocks.  Right now I am considering a 5 x 7 block layout with a finished size of 20″ x 24″ before borders – a nice size for a small hanging or doll quilt.

The purple/blue braid is finished for the Rainbow Braid.

All the parts for the remaining braids have been cut out, so they should come together fairly quickly.  Originally I was only going to have 4 braids, but after seeing them on the design wall I decided to have 7 total braids.  There will be sashing between the braids, but I won’t know what color to use until all the braids are completed.

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

Marlene

May 01 2017

Long Time Gone Week 7

I wasn’t sure if I would get all the teeny tiny Churn Dash blocks made this week, but the two blocks were sewn together this morning.

There is one more block for the bottom and then this section (2) will be completed.  Applying the sashing after each block is finished will make the final construction of the quilt block easy and helps me balance colors in the remaining blocks.

Here is part of section 5.  The block for week 8 is Courthouse Steps and three of them will be attached to the right side.

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

Marlene

Apr 24 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-24-17

The last three days have been very productive in the sewing department.  On Friday I pieced sashing on the Lincoln quilt and finished the bottom right corner.

What a difference it makes having three corners finished!  The dark green Lincoln block will be the next piece of this puzzle.  I plan to start on it as soon as I finish the next Long Time Gone block.

Long Time Gone and the Lincoln quilt require so many decisions and so much focus that I wanted to just sit and sew without a lot of thought.  That project was Buried Treasures and it was so relaxing to work on this weekend.  All the decisions had already been made for this quilt except for the layout, so all I had to do was enjoy the feel of the fabric going through the machine.  In fact it was so relaxing that I finished the top yesterday afternoon.

The biggest hassle with Buried Treasures was that the jelly roll strips had the pinking sheers cut – which I don’t like at all – but I am very pleased with the end results.

I like the bright dynamic feel of this quilt and didn’t want to cage it in with a border.  The top is 48″ square and will make a great baby quilt.

Today I need to organize my sewing space so that I am all ready for all the Churn Dashes (21) I will need to make for the Long Time Gone sew-along.

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

Marlene

Apr 20 2017

Long Time Gone Week 6

The block for week 6 of the Long Time Gone sew-along is Plus a Star.  The cutting and piecing for this block is very simple, but deciding on color placement was tricky.  I am sure that there are many others like me that cut out quite a few extra squares or rectangles that were not used in the final block.  I like the contrast between the different plus signs and how the cream background lightens up the whole block.

Jen Kingwell’s design uses checkerboards to fit all the different sized blocks together in the quilt top.  I have been piecing them as my leader/ender while sewing on the blocks and attaching them where possible.

Next week I will be sewing Churn Dash blocks and be able to attach a few of the blocks together.  It will be so quick and easy to have a finish quilt top with just a little bit of time spent adding the sashing and cornerstones to the blocks.

Today the plan is to add sashing to the burnt orange Lincoln block, then back to Buried Treasure.

Marlene

Apr 17 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-17-17

I am current on the Long Time Gone blocks and just finished a setting triangle for the Lincoln quilt, so I decided I needed an easy piecing project. Buried Treasure was the winner.  Last November I pulled out some leftover jelly roll strips in red/purple and black/gray/brown to cut into squares for this project.  There was something very soothing in feeding fabric through the machine without having to make any decisions.

There are two units in each block – a Four-Patch and a Floating Star – and as you can see all the four-patches are completed.

This is what the finished block will look like.  I am going to have fun trying out different layouts on the design wall once all the blocks are completed.

The Buried Treasure pattern is in the April 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Since I was limited by the fabric on hand, my version of Buried Treasure will be smaller than the one in the magazine.

Tomorrow the next block for the Long Time Gone sew-along will be posted, so tonight I will need to set this aside until the end of the week.

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

Marlene