Jan 22 2017

A Lattice Quilt Finish

My second quilt finish for the year – yeah!  This is a fun scrappy pattern and I will definitely make another one or two.

I used this quilt to practice the quilting motif Jungle Riot from the Pajama Quilter’s Rethreaded DVD.  The plan is to use this same motif on the next top to be quilted.

Today I am cleaning, organizing and piecing so that I have something new for Design Wall Monday.   Tomorrow I plan to start machine quilting the next top.  I need to keep my focus and not get distracted if I am to reach my goal of 25 quilted tops this year.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Marlene

Jan 16 2017

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Even though I have been busy working on birthday gifts, I managed to find time to make this quilt top (59″ x 59″) using Paula Nadelstern fabric.  The pattern is Walk About by Ann Lauer.  It is a very easy pattern and a good example of fabric doing all the work.  I did take extra care with the mitered corners and am very pleased with the results.

Winter Diamonds (17 1/2″ x 20 3/4″) was also completed and hung on the wall in time for a snowstorm today.

Instead of embroidery for the nose, eyes & coat buttons and snowflakes, I used wool for the nose, buttons for the eyes & coat buttons and snowflake charms.  I like the dimension that the buttons and charms add to the wallhanging.

The next project is to machine quilt the Lattice Quilt top.  I had better start the year off with a bang if I am going to meet my goal of 25 tops quilted – well 24 now.  The next pieced project is New York Beauty by Leslee Evans in a Quilt Almanac magazine.  I don’t have the magazine only the pages with the instructions, so I have no idea what issue it is.  However this quilt also uses Paula Nadelstern fabric, so I am working on a trend here.

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

Marlene

Dec 30 2016

2016 Recap

Janus – a time to look backward and forward.

My biggest goal for 2016 was to NOT contribute to my UFO projects and I was successful.  Right now I have three projects in process – Winter Diamonds (needs the embroidery on the snowman),

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my leaders/enders project (Charlotte’s Baskets) and the Lincoln Quilt (8 out of 13 blocks completed).  There were 11 finished quilts and 25 quilt tops sewn among which were 5 UFOs and 1 kit.  I also discovered that I don’t care for hand quilting and like trapunto in small doses.  There were 31 spools of thread emptied with all the quilt tops and string blocks that were sewn this year.

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The Rocky Mountain Bear Claws wallhanging and table runner tops were completed.  I am so happy to have them off of my design wall and be able to move on to something else.

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As for 2017 – the two biggest goals are to machine quilt 25 tops and (same as last year) do not add to the UFO project bins.  Actually I have no idea how many UFOs I have mostly because I refuse to go through and count them.  But as long as I continue to finish some up every year and do not add to the count, eventually there will be none.  I want to get the Lincoln quilt top completed in 2017 and as soon as that is done I plan to make a crib sized Bible quilt.  Other than those two tops, I am going where ever quilting inspirations takes me.

Happy New Year

Marlene

Dec 19 2016

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The first item on my list is done – the Four Patchwork quilt is finished.  It feels good to have a completed quilt finish for the end of the year.

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So now it is back to the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw.  I have six blocks which is an interesting number to place in a quilt.  The layout that I was considering was placing a 4 patch on point and cutting the other two blocks on the diagonal for corner triangles.  Before cutting I wanted a visual look

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and didn’t like it at all.  To me it looks abrupt and angular with no connection to the center.  Even though I was fairly sure that I also wouldn’t like it if I cut the extra two blocks horizontally, I tried it anyway.

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And I was right.  I don’t like this any better than the first one.  So the final decision is to make a small two block runner for the coffee table and a small four block wallhanging.

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All that is left to do is one block and borders.  My schedule this week has become very busy, but it should still be done by the end of the year.

This quilt top was sewn together before I made my end-of-year list.

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The pattern is Lattice Quilt by Beth Donaldson.  The directions call for 3″ strips, but I used 2 1/2″ strips from my scrap bin so my top is a bit smaller.  It was easy to calculate the new sizes especially since there are only two shapes – squares and rectangles.  I think that next time I will size it up using strips from my 3 1/2″ bin.

Lattice Quilt uses a lot of partial seams, so I used my Juki with the thread cutter to put this top together.  This is a great way to use up scraps, so I plan on making more of them.

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

Marlene

Dec 15 2016

Progress Report

I have made my list and checked it twice – of the projects I want done by the end of the year.

First up is the machine quilting and binding of Four Patchwork.

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Charity quilts are a great place to practice, so I am quilting this top with a clamshell template.  I don’t have a lot of experience with using tools for machine quilting, but I can already see some improvement.  With only 1/3 of the top left to quilt, I should be able to finish it tomorrow.

There has also been progress on the Rocky Mountain Bear Claws.

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With only two blocks left to sew, the top should come together fairly quickly.  Now that I understand the process of flat blocks, I am happier with these blocks.  Now I am reminded how much I like this design.

Number three on my list is to finish the Winter Diamonds wall hanging and number four is a green Lincoln block.  It would be great to start 2017 with only the Lincoln quilt as a project in process.

Marlene

Dec 08 2016

Baskets, Strings and Handwork

It seemed like a good time for an update of my in-process projects.  The baskets for Charlotte’s Baskets are my current leader/ender project.  The quilt top has 16 basket blocks and the first row of 4 is completed.

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It is so nice to have the string triangles already done and just waiting to be sewn on the block.  And speaking of strings, I am officially finished with them – for now.

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Can you see how empty the string bin is?  It was getting harder and harder to get the lid on before I started all these blocks, but now the bin is 1/3 full.  I used the shortest pieces to sew on a 2 1/2″ paper.  These strips probably will become a scrappy border for a future quilt top.

The first handwork project is a cute wallhanging from Primitive Gatherings called Winter Diamonds.

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The diamonds in the background are EPP and after the top is together a small wool snowman is stitched in the lower right corner.  Of course I decided to do something different.  The diamonds in the pattern are arranged in a random matter and I wanted mine to go from light in the center to dark edges.  All the diamonds are stitched to the paper so that I could see if this plan would work – so far so good.  I am hoping to get this done by the end of the year.

The second handwork project is the cross stitch of Stonehenge.  I have made some good progress on it although Winter Diamonds demanded my attention for the last several days.

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The stones are going to take awhile since it is stitch 5, change thread, stitch 7, change thread – you get the idea.  I really like this project and it is going to look wonderful once it is done.

I was able to make some progress on the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw today, but I don’t have a picture.  The goal is to have four of the blocks together by this weekend, so that I have something to show.

Marlene

Dec 05 2016

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The One Block Wonder is finally finished.  The last border was attached on Saturday.

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I think that I am mostly satisfied with it, however I keep wondering if I should have done something different with the border.  This is it though – I am not going change a thing.  The top measures 68 1/2″ x 77″, so it turned out a bit larger than I originally thought.

Yesterday and today was spent cleaning up and organizing before I pull out the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw for finishing.

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

Marlene

Nov 30 2016

Wednesday Update

I survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday – did you?  Last week was pretty crazy with menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and family, but a good kind of crazy.  It wasn’t until Friday afternoon that I finally found some time to sit at the sewing machine.

A stop at the local quilt shop provided me with some help in selecting the inner and outer border for the One Block Wonder.  We decided on a grayish green for the half triangles for the top & bottom and a soft black batik for the outer border.  Friday I cut out all the half triangles and sewed them to the columns.  Any spare time on Saturday and Sunday was spent sewing the columns together, so now I have this on my design wall.

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My plan is to incorporate some of the leftover hexagons into the outer border.  Hopefully the top will be finished by the end of this week.

There has been progress on my leader/ender projects – Four Patchwork is now a completed quilt top.

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Currently I am sewing basket blocks as leader/enders for Charlotte’s Baskets quilt top.  I wanted a basket block with more background than the one shown in the pattern, so I substituted Fancy Basket from Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker $168.

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This top should come together quickly since all the string triangles are ready.

Probably the most exciting thing to happen on Friday was that I now have an answer to my problem with the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw.  I received an email from a quilt store that said that they would have people around on Friday to answer questions or help with a Judy Neiemeyer pattern, so off I went.  As you recall my block looked like a volcano (the sales lady called it a D cup) and the answer was to aggressively steam the block flat.  Now I am a dry iron kind of gal, so this approach didn’t occur to me.  But as you can see it worked, so this must be the way to deal with it.

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I am glad to get an answer and as soon as the OBW is finished, I will be working on the bear claws.  Hopefully I will be able to find enough time to finish these projects before the end of the year.

Marlene

Nov 18 2016

Friday Progress Report

On Wednesday I started sewing the columns together on the One Block Wonder.

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Just over half of the columns are sewn together.  I do have to say that for some reason I expected the columns to be shorter, but I am happy that there didn’t.  Right now my best guess is that the top will be 50ish x 60ish inches before borders.  And I still haven’t made a decision on the borders.  A wavy stripe from the same fabric line was found on Ebay for $25 a yard – uh no thank you!  I should have thought about the borders when I originally bought the fabric, but I didn’t.  Oh well, I will figure something out.

I have also been making four string blocks a day.  I am not exactly sure what quilt they will be in, but I am still enjoying the process of sewing all those strings so I will continue.  Only two more blocks are needed for the leader/ender quilt top and then it will be finished.

My end-of-year goal is to finish the OBW quilt top, the leader/ender quilt top, the Rocky Mtn Bear Claw quilt top and two Lincoln blocks.  I should be able to manage that, shouldn’t I?

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Nov 14 2016

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It is a bigger project to design a One Block Wonder than I thought.  I was going to record the progress with a picture once a day, but that didn’t happen.  I would rearrange the blocks one day and then stare at the design wall for two days then repeat.  This is what I started with last week.

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Over the weekend I decided that I liked the middle part, so I moved that section to the upper left hand of the design wall and started adding/moving/removing blocks.  After spending several hours designing today, I think that it is getting close to done.

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This is fairly close to the final design – just a little tweaking here and there before it is sewn together.  Tomorrow is granddaughter day, so on Wednesday I am just going to call this good and start sewing the rows together.

In between designing the OBW, I have also been sewing blocks for the Four Patchwork quilt top.

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There are three blocks left to sew – the plan is to have this finished by the end of the week.

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

Marlene