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.

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

Marlene

Sep 02 2018

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Even though quilting time has been scarce these last couple of weeks, I have managed to make some progress.

The Dancing Tree wallhanging has been machine quilted & bound and is now hanging in the dining room.

Depending on your definition of UFO, this wallhanging may qualify.  The pattern & fabric were matched together years ago and now in 2018 it has became a finished quilt.

However Sylvia’s Bridal Shower is a definite UFO – the note included with the fabric was dated 2014.  Right now the plan is to make at least one block whenever a quilt or top is completed.

These are the three new SBS blocks:

K-8

C-9

B-5

There are now 40 (out of 140) blocks finished and 9 blocks cut out.  I keep telling myself that the turtle won the race and even one block is that much closer to completion.

Happy Labor Day weekend,

Marlene

Aug 14 2018

Design Wall Monday 08.13.18

Last Saturday and Sunday was the first free weekend after five weeks filled with crazy wonderful good times with family & friends, so I declared it a “stay at home sewing retreat”.  The first goal was the completion of the Diamond Tiles quilt top.

The recap – all the blocks were completed and the black sashing was determined to be a poor choice- dull, dreary and uninspired.

Maybe a black & white stripe would be a good choice – definitely NOT!

After a raid on the fabric stash a third contender appeared.  Hey, look at this – A Winner!

The dot fabric was approx 22″ x 61″ and there were only a few scraps left once all the sashing was cut & pieced.

Now the borders – The black & white strip really wanted to play in this quilt, so it became the inner border.  The inner border was cut 2″ to make it a bit wider than the sashing although I wasn’t sure if I liked it until the quilt top was finished.  There was 1 yard of the black & white fabric which was just enough for the inner border and binding.  Another piece of fabric bites the dust.

 

The outer border has a black background and rainbow colored butterflies.  Since the fabric measured 17″ x 75″, it made the width of the outer border an easy decision – cut 4″ wide.  Now there are only a couple of small scraps of this fabric left – what a wonderful fabric buster Diamond Tiles turned out to be.

In my opinion the slightly wider inner border and the slightly narrower outer border keep the quilt top from looking too dark – I like it.  The final size of the top is 59 1/2″ x 67 1/2″.

The next project will be the machine quilting of the Dancing Tree wallhanging.

Check into other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Jul 28 2018

Diamond Tiles

My original setting plan for Diamond Tiles was to alternate the white triangles/black sashing with black triangles/white sashing.

As soon as I saw the alternate block on the wall, I knew that this wasn’t a good idea.  The cornerstones fade into the black triangles while the overall look to the block is dull and dreary, not bright and cheery.  So all the blocks will be made with white cornerstones/black sashing.

Instead of working on one block at a time, I sewed all the uneven 9-patches together then started on the setting triangles.  All the black sashing and white triangles have been cut so all that is left is the actually sewing.

Right now I am considering black sashing, but – like always – reserve the right to change to Plan B (or C). My goal is to have all the blocks completed this weekend.

Marlene

Jul 16 2018

Design Wall Monday 07-16-18

Progress was made on the Butterflies quilt top – antennas were added,

the final two butterflies were pieced,

and the column was sewn together.

Now it was time for more decisions – what fabrics would be used for the strips and where would they go?

It took an hour or so to get the strips organized, but I told myself not to “overthink” it.  I realized that my strip selection needed a some purple fabrics.  A shopping trip through my stash produced two fabrics to add to the rest. On Saturday morning bright and early I started sewing the strips together.  By lunchtime the center of the quilt was completed.

All that was left was the inner & outer border which was finished on Sunday.

The color choices in this quilt top is definitely a departure from the usual.  I think that the variety of scale and patterns add a lot of interest to the quilt.

Also this quilt top is a rare occurrence – the vision in my head is exactly what is seen on the design wall.  Yeah!

The Diamond Tiles have been grumbling at me for setting them – momentarily – aside, so they are my next project.  Since there are only 42 blocks to make, it should go fairly quickly.

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

Marlene

PS The quilt top measures 66″ x 84″.

Jul 07 2018

Butterflies Fly with Me

Diamond Tiles has been set aside while Butterflies Fly with Me is consuming all my attention.  The name of the quilt is a combination of the names of the two quilt patterns used – Come Fly with Me by Creative Sewlutions and Butterflies by The Buggy Barn.

My vision of this quilt is to insert a strip of five Butterflies where the flying geese are in the pattern.  The color palette is pink, purple and turquoise.

The first three butterflies were pieced together on Wednesday and hopefully the final two will be completed this weekend.

The wings and bodies of the butterflies are Fairy Frost fabric which give a nice subtle glimmer.  My butterflies use the same fabric background in all five which is not the regular Buggy Barn way.  I also reversed the pattern so the next two butterflies will be flying up & to the right instead of up & to the left.

Here are some of the strips for the Come Fly with Me portion of the quilt.

There is four more pieces of fabric that need to be cut into strips before I can start arranging them.  The striped fabric on the left will be an inner border and the flower fabric on the right will be the outer border.

I had the idea for combing these two patterns several years ago and – so far – it is looking like my vision.  July is a crazy busy month with family activities, but this top is an easy sew and – hopefully – will be completed soon.

Marlene

Jun 25 2018

Design Wall Monday 06-25-18

On Saturday a quilt sandwich was made with Tessellating Star.  This quilt top was pieced in 2008 – the layout design from a picture.  So is it blue stars on a black background or black stars on a blue background?

The plan is some custom quilting with thread to match each fabric color, but what that design motif that will be I don’t know yet.  I am also considering trimming down the borders a bit.  That decision will need to be made before the quilting starts, however I do have a some time to think about it.

The square in a square borders were added to the top and bottom of Dancing Tree to turn the square into a rectangle.  The binding will also be in the turquoise background fabric.  I like how dramatic this wallhanging is with the contrast of the two fabrics and the simplicity of the design. This will be my next machine quilting project.

And of course, since I finished a project I had to start something new.  Bonnie Hunter’s Diamond Tile blocks are it and they are exploding onto my design wall.  I found a bright batik charm pack that was the right size for these blocks while letting me put my own spin on things.  My plan is to use solid black & black on white background for the inner block border and surrounding triangles.  I am making my blocks in two parts – inner uneven 9-patch and then the side triangles.

Although trimming the block to the correct size was a bit of a challenge, I like the end result.  This quilt top will have a 7 x 7 layout, so it will probably be around a lap quilt size.  At the moment I am planning on sashing and cornerstones, but who knows for sure if that is what will actually happen.

That is all the quilty news from my sewing room, so check out other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Jun 18 2018

Design Wall Monday 06-18-18

Pocket Full of Posies wall hanging is now completed – the sleeve was hand stitched down Sunday morning.

This is the first time that I have used wool batting in a quilt and it won’t be the last time.  The batting is so light & puffy which accents the applique when quilted.

Of course now that one is finished it is time to start several new projects.  Crazy, isn’t it?

Anyway the next one is a applique wall hanging called Dancing Trees by Caryl Bryer Fallert.

This is another oldie – the pattern and fabric have been matched together for years.  I don’t know why this project has been sitting in a box, but soon it will be hanging in the dining room.  Right now it is measures 18 1/2″, but I plan to put a border on the top & bottom to make a rectangle around 22″ – 24″ long.

Another item marked off my to-do list was completed in the last couple of weeks and it isn’t a quilt, but a new computer table.  It took most of a Sunday afternoon to put the table together and I am very pleased with the look and the extra space.

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

Marlene

Jun 02 2018

Theo’s Blocks

Theo’s Blocks quilt top was supposed to be finished in May, however a summer cold/allergies wrecked all my goals for the week.  It did get finished this morning which I am calling a good thing.

In the interest of honesty, I will admit that the border didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted it, but I did learn a lot from this project.

I was running so low on background fabric for the final border that I had to cut it at 3/4″ instead of 1 1/2″. This version of Theo’s Blocks measures 57″ square and – once quilted – will become a charity quilt.

A second Theo’s Blocks quilt is already in the planning stage with a controlled scrappy color choice and a different layout.  Hopefully I will get it started in the next month or so.

Marlene