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

May 28 2018

Design Wall Monday 05-28-18

I am happy to announce that the Hanging Gardens quilt top is completed.  The cutting was started on 05-12-18 and the final border was attached yesterday, so 15 days from start to finish.  Really it was 2 weekends because very little sewing was accomplished during the week.  Last Sunday the center was finished with the two side inner borders.

And the completed top –

As you can see, it is longer than my design wall at 77″ x 93 1/2″.  This is the twin sized version of Hanging Gardens with a slight adjustment.  The pattern directions had the pieced middle border on the top & bottom, however I wanted to shorten the length just a bit and didn’t include them.  Unless someone is familiar with the pattern, I don’t think they would even notice.

Using the pieces of Theo’s Blocks as leaders/enders, the center of this scrappy quilt was also completed.

The square fabrics around the outside give a little idea of the border which is today’s project.

Yesterday I went on a short road trip to see Bishop’s Castle.  It is located a little over 2 hours south of home and was something to see.

From the Bishop’s Castle website:

For nearly 60 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing one of the most impressive monuments to perseverance in Colorado. Bishop castle is a monumental statue in stone and iron that cries loud testament to the beauty and glory of not only Having a Dream, but Sticking with your Dream no matter what, and most importantly, that if you do believe in yourself and strive to maintain that belief, anything can happen! Three full stories of interior rooms complete with a Grand Ballroom, soaring towers and bridges with vistas of a hundred miles, and a Fire-Breathing Dragon make the Bishop Castle quite the unforgettable experience!

Since I don’t like heights, I didn’t quite get the unforgettable experience by climbing to the top turrets, but it was something to see.  There are several stain glass windows and this was my favorite.

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

Enjoy your Memorial Day,

Marlene

May 14 2018

Design Wall Monday 05-14-18

If you are looking for a quick quilt pattern, I would offer the suggestion of Hanging Gardens by Cozy Quilt Designs.  Saturday morning I started this quilt and here is how my design wall looks Sunday evening.

This week I am cutting the sashing strips and the setting triangles, but as you can see the main blocks & cornerstones were completed over the weekend.  Considering that I also had brunch with my son & his family and saw the new Avengers movie – I think I made great progress.

The strip set that was used is called Tonga Treat Strip Romance.  Aren’t you proud of me? – I remembered to take a picture before starting the quilt.

I am making a few slight adjustments to my version of Hanging Gardens.  The first is that my background is not one piece of fabric, but rather a controlled scrappy color of 4 – 5 different fabrics.  The second adjustment is shortening the length by 5 or 6 “.  The pattern for a twin sized quilt shows a finished measurement of 78″ x 97 1/2″ which includes three borders – inner, pieced and outer border.  Since my bed has a footboard, a length of 97 1/2” is just a bit longer than I prefer.  Right now one option that I am considering is resizing the top and bottom pieced border, but a final decision will be made when I start on the borders.

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

Marlene

May 12 2018

Ruby in the Sky

My quilting time for the last two weeks has been hit-n-miss with an emphasis on the miss.  However I did manage to get the binding completed on Ruby in the Sky.

It is all squares and rectangles, but the fun is in the fabric.  Using a medium gray thread, I machine quilted free form Baptist fans on the quilt.  The finished size is 61″ x 81″ – a nice size for a large throw.

Ruby in the Sky has been patiently waiting since 2011 to become a finished quilt and I am very pleased with the final result.

Marlene