J7 Quilt

J7 – the second finish for 2021.   What a great way to start the year!

The backing was a great place to use up some leftover bits and pieces.

The panto-graph I used for the quilting is Gravity by Urban Elementz which is a circle in a circle design.  I think that I am getting better at taking pictures of the machine quilting.

To keep the “get them quilted” streak going, I loaded Twelve Moons on the frame.  I should have the quilting finished in a couple hours since it is on the smallish size (44″ x 50″)

It is a great feeling to have moved so many quilt tops to completed quilts, however now it is time to get back to piecing.  I have two new projects – one pieced and one hand-work – that are calling my name.

Have a happy, quilty weekend,

Marlene

Twelve Moons

My first quilt top finish for 2021 – Twelve Moons.

Twelve Moons is a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman website and is a great pattern to showcase panels.  The pattern is copyrighted 2009, so it looks like this project has been patiently waiting 11 or 12 years.  I have no idea why it took so long to be pieced, but I am very happy with it.

This morning I started the search for backing fabric and look what I found:

I don’t remember why I made this backing, but it will be perfect for the Twelve Moons quilt once a 6″ strip is added to the top & one side.  My goal is to have it on the frame and machine quilted tomorrow.

Happy quilting,

Marlene

Diamond Stars Finish

Diamond Stars was machine quilted in December, however the binding wasn’t completed until January making this my first finish for 2021.

This is one of my favorite quilts from 2020 and is now hanging next to my quilting frame.  I like the unusual star and the rainbow colors.

While finishing the binding on Diamond Stars, the next quilt was coming off the frame.

Both of these quilts were machine quilted with monofilament thread.  With such high contrast, monofilament is my go-to thread color.

And now that it is January, I started a new piecing project – Twelve Moons.  Twelve Moons

Since 2021 is the year of curves, this project is perfect with two circles.  Even though the pattern says to applique the circles, I am going to piece them instead.

My fat quarter bundle included two panels – one in green/gold colors & one in green/blue colors.  I combined the blocks that I liked the best to make my quilt top.Making the fabric choices was the hardest part of this project since the sewing was easy.  The above picture shows the progress that I made on Saturday.  Today I plan to finish the top and stitch the binding on the J7 quilt.  What do you have planned for your Sunday?

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene

Goodbye 2020 – Hello 2021

One final completed quilt for 2020 and #4 for December – Blue Onion (50″ x 70″).

It was quilted with the panto-graph Parchment from Urban Elementz.  It is a challenge to get a good picture of the quilting, so here is a picture of the design.

Parchment - Pantograph

So my totals for 2020:

  • Pieced tops – 19
  • Completed quilts – 23
  • UFOs finished – 9
  • Yardage used – 95 yards

The two tops pieced prior to 2008 are not completed quilts, so that will be a roll-over goal for 2021.  I would also like to see the yardage used at 100+ for 2021.  I guess I had better get busy.

As a close to 2020, here is my annual empty thread cone picture.

Happy New Year,

Marlene

#3 – Stonehenge French Garden

Merry Christmas,

My third finish for the month is Stonehenge French Garden.  The top was pieced in 2013 and the quilt measures 49″ x 67″.

I used the same panto-graph as I quilted on Helter Skelter – Scrollwork by Urban Elementz.

Quilt #4 – Blue Onion – just came off the quilting frame and quilt #5 just went on.  Hopefully I will get these two quilts completed before the end of the year.

Many blessings to everyone,

Marlene

#2 – Helter Skelter

My second finish for December – HelterSkelter.

I decided on the panto-graph Scrollwork by Urban Elementz which has lots of curves to offset all the harsh angular lines in the quilt top.  This is a free panto-graph and was fun to quilt.

Scrollwork - FREE - Pantograph

The binding seems to take longer than machine quilting the tops.  I know that I could machine stitch the binding and I do have two methods I use upon occasion, however for most of my quilts I like the look of the hand stitched binding.

I have an assembly line going to help me reach my goal of 4 – 6 completed quilts in December.  While the binding is in progress on one quilt, another quilt is on the frame

and the backing & backing is being prepped for the next quilt.

Time to machine quilt the next top.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

#1 – Recycled Shirt Square Dance Quilt

December is dedicated to turning quilt tops into finished quilts and the first one is done –  Recycled Shirt Square Dance.

The panto-graph used is the circular design Citrus from Urban Elementz which was a fun and fast pattern.  It is perhaps an unusual choice for a recycled shirt quilt, however I like the unexpected aspect of it.

While I was binding Square Dance in the evenings, I was machine quilting on the next top during the day.  The second top is off the machine waiting for the handstich of the binding and quilt top #3 is being loaded.  If I can keep this up, I will definitely make my goal for finished quilts.

However my EPP project Rose Garden has come to a temporary halt since binding is taking top priority.  I have been putting the binding time to good use to consider my options for the back ground fabric of Rose Garden.  I think that a lightish turquoise will be the winner, maybe a bit lighter than the fabric in the picture below.

The problem is that I don’t have any turquoise yardage in my stash.  Online retail therapy has taken care of that issue, but now the wait for delivery starts.  Since it is so difficult to match fabric online – who am I kidding, it is impossible! – if I don’t like any of the fabrics that were just ordered, I will use black or dark gray for the background.

The next quilt won’t bind itself, so now it is time to put thread in the needle and get to work.

Happy Quilty Holidays,

Marlene

Effervescence & Rose Garden EPP

While working on the Hope Chest quilt top, I cut out 4-patch Stack-n-Whack blocks as leaders/enders using the Effervescence fabric from Robert Kaufmann.  They sewed together so quickly and before long I had a nice pile of blocks.

Paula Doyle shows her quilt using this fabric in her book East Stack Quilts.  It is so elegant looking that I decided to make one for myself.

The reason it took me 2 weeks to finish the top is because I needed to order more fabric since I miscalculated the amount needed – the border was only on one side of the fabric.  I like the 4-patch blocks in the four corners so there was no need to match and miter the corners.

My version is 68″ square (7 x 7 block layout), however it is easy to adjust the top to whatever size desired.

Some of my favorite blocks:

This quilt was so much fun and I really like the neutral color range.  Maybe I need to add another neutral quilt top to my 2021 goal list.

As a treat to myself, I subscribed to the EPP Quilty Box from Paper Pieces and received my first box in November.

All of my EPP projects except one have been hexagons, so this will stretch my EPP skills.  The November project is Rose Garden which contains pentagons, 36 degree 5-pointed star and irregular heptagons – definitely a new challenge for me.  I have some ideas for a different layout than shown and will show pictures once I get a little further along.

Wishing everyone a safe & healthy Holiday season.

Marlene

Happy Quilty Dance

A quilt top was completed yesterday that exceeded my mental vision for it – yeah, happy quilty dance!  This doesn’t happen often, so it is always celebrated with a quilty dance.

Oh no – I just discovered that I have not posted any pictures of this quilt on my blog even though this project was started in January 2020.  How did that happen?

So to start at the beginning – when I finished the Hope Chest Star wall-hanging below, I knew that I wanted to make my version of the Hope Chest quilt.

The Hope Chest pattern is from Edyta Sitar’s book Patches of Scraps as shown below.

I wanted a smaller version, so I went with a 9-patch quilt layout.  The star colors were determined by the fabric I could find that was black + a color.  The first star color was green, followed by orange and turquoise.  The black + color was used for the triangles and to frame the block.

The orange star is one of my favorite stars -the black cat background makes me smile every time I look at it.

I needed to decide on a center block.  Plan A was for the center to be a Trip Around the World block made with 2″ finished squares.  The framed star blocks are 18″, so finished 2″ squares made the math easy.  However the more star blocks that were completed, the more dissatisfied I became with the center block.  It was too clunky and just didn’t want to play well with others.  To to decide on Plan B once the remaining star blocks were finished.

Each block took over a day to piece which is one reason that this was a 2020 on-going project, but to be honest is was more off- than on-going.  I wanted this completed before the end of the year, so I pushed myself to finish the remaining stars – silver, yellow and pink.

Is this an elegant star block?  During all the piecing time, I was considering the question – what to do with the center square?  Finally I decided to remake the Trip Around the World block with 1″ finished squares and every other row a background fabric.

To get the TATW block to the correct size, I added 1/2″ finished framing strips.  Perfect!

The same background fabric used on the center square was used for the inner border and the outer border was in my stash.  The actual quilt top is much more vibrant than what the picture shows.

The finished quilt is 68″ square, completed and I am so pleased with the final results.  Happy quilty dance!

Wishing you your own happy quilty dance this week,

Marlene

Christmas Table Runner

After a couple of false starts the Pointsettia Table Runner has now been machine quilted and bound.

On my first attempt at machine quilting, I realized that I had picked a thread color that overpowered the fabric instead of being the supporting cast.  After the second attempt, I realized that not only was the thread color wrong, but that panto-graph was too detailed.

And as they say – third times the charm.  I used monofilament thread with a simpler quilting motif and everything is quilted smoothly and quickly.  It probably took me as long to sew on the binding with those strange angled corners that it did to machine quilt the top.  But now it is completed and I am happy to now have it as one of my Christmas decorations.

Happy Quilty Sunday,

Marlene