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

Jan 16 2019

Starry Night Hexies

This was the progress on the Starry Night Hexies a week ago – three half blocks to be made with full & half hexie flowers to be appliqued to the background fabric.

However I was more than ready for this project to get to the quilt top stage, so I focused on the handwork every evening. By Friday night I had the blocks completed and the center sewn together.

As you can see, I ended up moving some of the blocks around. I think that this arrangement gives a more balanced look. After waking up very, very early Saturday morning, the borders were added. First the side borders –

then the top & bottom borders with 4-patch kaleidoscope cornerstones.

The original pattern did not include an inner border or cornerstones, but I like the additional interest they add to my version.

Now I need a new handwork project, but before I can start one there are a couple of pants that need to be mended. Oh joy!

Marlene

Jan 10 2019

Good Fortune, Part 1 – Again

When I first started Bonnie’s mystery quilt Good Fortune, I was going to make 1/4 of the units and change three of the colors. But that plan flew out the window – now I am making all the units and changing four colors.

The first clue for Good Fortune was 4-patches of red & neutral. With the new plan the red was changed to coral/salmon, so I had to begin again.

And I had a bit of good fortune discovering that part 4 units and part 1 units combined to make one of the blocks. As I was sewing the 4-patches I was also assembling blocks.

First there were a few, but by the end of the day all these chain blocks needed for Good Fortune were completed.

Changing the orange to gold produces a bit more contrast between the 4-patches and strip sets which I like. I am looking forward to making the star blocks and see how all my color changes play together.

Marlene

Jan 01 2019

Looking Backward – Looking Forward

2018 wasn’t a particularly productive year for quilts, however that can happen when you are working full-time. I gave myself permission last year to play – to work on a project until something else caught my attention and then move on. The down side to all that play is all the projects that are on my design wall waiting to be finished. So 2019 will be focused on moving some of those from ideas into quilts.

Only 8 spools of thread emptied – this is the lowest number since I started doing an annual photograph. Usually when I am sewing strings or very scrappy quilts is when I go through a bunch of spools.

2018 Statistics 15 Completed Quilt Tops 7 Completed Quilts 64 Yards of Fabric Sewn

These are the lowest numbers since I started tracking – it shouldn’t be hard to beat these numbers in 2019, should it?

I do have a long list of quilts that are either UFO’s or on my To-Do List, but right now I am only going to list the top five goals for 2019.

  1. Amish Wedding Ring in the book “Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns”
  2. Di Ford Mystery Quilt from Quiltmania 2018
  3. Kiss My Stash – birthday quilt kit
  4. Foothills – recycled shirt quilt
  5. Sylvia’s Bridal Party

Happy New Year and May All Your Quilting Wishes Come True.

Marlene


Dec 30 2018

Good Fortune, Part 4

I started Good Fortune – the 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery – the day after Thanksgiving. At the time my plan was to make 1/4 of the units until I saw the final reveal, but you know how plans go.

Swing Your Partner consumed my sewing time because I was determined to have the quilt top finished by the end of the year. That goal has been crossed off my list, so now it is time to start in on some serious sewing for Good Fortune.

Bonnie’s color for the Part 4 string units is orange which for my quilt I have changed to gold.

My method for making the Part 4 units is a combination of string blocks and strip sets. I used an Accuquilt die that cuts 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″ strips which were sewn together into strip sets then cut to width.

I also decided to make all the units for each clue to have a finished quilt at 72″ square, so here are all the units needed for the quilt.

Now that Part 4 is completed, I am returning to the beginning to redo Part 1. Originally I made 1/4 of the total units in red & white, however since I changed my color choices I need to resew all the units in coral & white.

It is a work day tomorrow, but hopefully by Tuesday night all of Part 1 units will be completed.

Happy New Year

Marlene

Dec 24 2018

Swing Your Partner

One of my year end goals can be marked off the list – Swing Your Partner is a finished quilt top. Friday evening all the sashing and cornerstones were ready for assembly.

And by mid-afternoon Saturday the center of the top was assembled.

All that was left to do was add the borders which happened Sunday morning.

My quilt top measures 83 1/2″ square which is slightly smaller Bonnie’s.

Isn’t it amazing how the same block can look so different depending on the setting? I like all the blue shirts and how calming the quilt feels. It will look great on my bed once it is quilted and bound.

Now I need to get busy on those hexies – they don’t sew themselves. Where are those darn leprechauns when you have year end goals to meet?

Merry Christmas,

Marlene

Dec 17 2018

Design Wall Monday 12-17-18

Swing Your Partner was the project front and center this last weekend.  On Saturday the final three blocks were made,

so now a decision on the sashing had to be made.  Bonnie used HSTs as the sashing in her quilt, but I wanted something different.  In order to keep the quilt from looking too dark, I used a light gray Kona solid with a navy blue/white stripe from my stash.  The rail fence sashing was constructed to be the same width as Bonnie’s triangles.

The cornerstone on the right was my original plan, but once I saw it in fabric I knew that it drew too much attention away from the blocks.  So I reversed the fabric and made the cornerstone on the right.  I like the way the blue fabric seems to weave in and out of the light gray fabric. 

After cutting all the pieces for the sashing and cornerstones from the light gray fabric, I had a 1 1/2″ WOF strip leftover.  Good use of my fabric, but I sure hope that I counted correctly. 

Enough sashings and cornerstones were constructed on Sunday to finish the first row.  I really like how it frames each block and lightens the whole quilt.

The goal is to have Swing Your Partner a completed quilt top by Sunday although I have not 100% decided on the border at this time.  

Happy Holidays,

Marlene


Dec 15 2018

Saturday Progress Report

Two of the projects that I want completed by the end of the year are the Swing Your Partner and Starry Night Hexies.  Only three more blocks need to be made for the Swing Your Partner quilt top.

Although Bonnie Hunter used HST as sashing in her quilt, I plan to do something different.  By the time the last three blocks are completed, I should have it all planned out.

Starry Night Hexies is coming together slowly since so much of it is hand work.  All the full hexie flowers are in the process of being sewn down on the background while three more half hexie flowers need to be made.

I also made a trial block for a quilt that I am calling Elephants on Parade.  The pattern is Aromatic Rings in the book Rainbow Quilts by Judy Gauthier.  This quilt top is on my 2019 goal list. 


Each block is 25″ square finished with a 3 x 3 setting.  This is going to be a fun quilt to make and it looks even better than the image in my head.

Happy Holidays,

Marlene