Jan 15 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-15-18

Some progress has been made on the Bouillabaisse quilt top – just remember the turtle won the race.

Saturday I calculated how many side triangles I needed, figured out how many strips sets needed to be sewn (7)  and cut the fabric.  Sunday morning it was pedal to the medal moving those long strips through the sewing machine and now all strip sets are completed.  Once that was done it was a fairly quick process to complete 3 more blocks bringing the total up to 6.  Yeah! Halfway there.

Bouillabaisse has actually turned into a two-design wall project.  The 6 blocks are on the largest design wall and all the parts are on another.

Hopefully the center of this quilt will be all together by next weekend.

I also pulled out an older quilt top for machine quilting.  The pattern name is Ruby in the Sky (62″ x 82″) and it was made from a kit in 2011.  The fabric on the lower left is for the backing.

It is hard to see in the picture, but those are flying birds on a gray background.  I used all the leftover fabric from Ruby in the Sky to make this hexagon quilt.

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

Marlene

 

Jan 10 2018

First Finish of 2018 – Serendipity

This was supposed to be finish #23 for 2017, but ended up being finish #1 of 2018.  The pattern is Serendipity from M’Liss Rae Hawley’s book Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.  I sewed this quilt top over 10 years ago, so it feels great to finally have a completed quilt.

I had a difficult time deciding on the quilting motif, but finally decided on a stencil for the middle section.

It isn’t always easy to get a good picture of the machine quilting.  I picked this stencil because the swirls reminded me of the coffee steam swirls in the setting triangle fabric.

The border fabric was cut on the bias so that the squares in the fabric were on-point to match the rail fence blocks in the center.  To stabilize the edges an 1 1/2″ outer border was added.  It is interesting when design decisions are dictated by practical concerns.

There are seven more quilt tops on the “before 2008” list – I wonder which one will be machine quilted this year.

Marlene

Jan 08 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-08-18

My design wall looks a bit messy this week.

I have the blocks for Bouillabaisse in various stages of completion.  In the top upper left is the first finished block,

the middle are blocks with some of the corner triangles attached and at the bottom are the center of the blocks.  I should be making the last two smaller blocks, but instead I have been having fun with the setting triangles.  On the right is the border fabric – I think that it will lighten everything up and keep the quilt from looking too dark.

The original pattern used a wider range of colors, but I like the look of a more controlled color palette.  In the setting triangles I also selected my fabric to range from lighter to darker to give more contrast between the blocks.

And look what I received in the mail on Friday –

Thank you Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for the wonderful giveaway and for hosting Design Wall Mondays.  I rarely win drawings or prizes, so this was such a surprise.  Several projects in the magazine have already drawn my attention along with the pillow.

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

Marlene

Jan 06 2018

Good-bye 2017

Here it is the January 6th, 2018 and I am finally getting around to posting a wrap up of 2017.  Oh, well.

2017 was a mixed bag of meeting goals, however the most important one was accomplished which was the completion of the Lincoln quilt top.

I wanted to start 2018 with empty design walls which didn’t happen.  The quilt top that didn’t get finished in 2017 is Bouillabaissee.

Bouillabaissee will be a twin-sized quilt and only five of the small blocks had been made when I started concentrating on this project in the middle of December.

Imagine the other two side triangles and that is what the block will look like.  There are 12 blocks in the top each measuring 20″ square.  Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the month.

Another big goal for 2017 was to machine quilt 25 tops – and yeah, that didn’t get done either.  22 quilts were completed, # 23 needs the sleeve sewn down to be finished and #24 & #25 are layered with backing & batting awaiting their turn for machine quilting.  The intent of the goal was met though – 22 quilts were finished and 18 quilt tops made making a net reduction of 4 quilt tops.  All progress, however small, is celebrated here.

Looking back at 2017 many smaller goals were crossed off the list.  My first Jen Kingwell designed quilt was made,

several old UFO’s are now quilts or quilt tops,

and a block on my sew-some-day list was made into a top.

And here is the yearly picture of all the empty spools – not as many as last year, but still a respectful amount.

Next time a look forward to 2018.

Marlene

Dec 24 2017

Scrappy Something

Wow – another quilt finished.  This one is Scrappy Something and another top machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.

I quilted Scrappy Something with green thread to match the background with a free-form Baptist Fan for the quilting motif.  The reason this quilt was finished so quickly is because I machine stitched the binding using Suzanne Hyland’s Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding technique.  It is a great binding for charity and kid’s quilts – anything that will get a lot of love.

Merry Christmas Eve,

Marlene

Dec 23 2017

Hemingway Quilt Finish

I finished hand-stitching the binding on the Hemingway Quilt this morning.

This is another top that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It is quilted with monofilament thread and a meander motif in the center.  In the border I used one of Angela Walter’s curvy designs.

Hemingway is the 21st finish for the year – only 4 more to go to make my 2017 goal.  Guess I had better get working on the next one.

Happy Holidays,

Marlene

Dec 18 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-18-17

It is with a bit of wonder and a sad smile that I announce the Lincoln quilt top is completed.  It has been on my design wall for two years, so it will be strange not to see it there.  But first, this is what the Lincoln quilt top looked like week ago Sunday December 10th.

The top and one side border had been attached.  Last week had very little sewing time, but I jumped right in on Saturday and finished all the border blocks.

The blocks were pressed and sewn together, then attached on Sunday.

Now the big reveal – ta da!

In the spirit of full disclosure the center of the quilt does not lay as flat as I would like.  My current working theory is that I should not have had it hanging on a design wall for two years, especially an on-point design.  I think it stretched out the corners a bit, but I am not in panic mode.  My plan of attack calls for a hot iron, spray starch and careful machine quilting to take care of any pesky problems.

The finished size is 84″ square which will be a good size for my bed.  And no – I have no idea how to quilt it.

I wonder what project will be next up on this design wall?  That is a decision for 2018.

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

Happy Holidays

Marlene

 

Dec 15 2017

Blue Lake Cabin Finish

Blue Lake Cabin (41″ x 41″) is the 20th finish of the year.  The pattern is Lake Cabin in the book Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett.  My quilt looks different from Kim’s because I didn’t include the sashing between the blocks.

I used mono-filament thread to quilt Blue Lake Cabin.  The center motif is cross-hatching, candy ribbon in the inner border and a fern design in the outer border.  The size of this quilt was determined by the leftover 2 1/2″ strips from another project.  It is a simple pattern but can be very dramatic with the right fabric choices.  I think I need to make another bigger one.

Marlene

Dec 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-04-17

Wild Child quilt top was finished yesterday which means that I am two days ahead of schedule.  Yeah!  It is still going to be a race to get all the projects finished that I want to by the end of the year, but I am trying.

I like how the inner and outer border corral all the wildness of the blocks.  It measures 76″ x 92″ and looks much better than the photograph.  Wild Child has been a long term leader/ender project and I am so happy to have it completed.

There was also time yesterday afternoon to get the binding sewn down on one of the quilts that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Now I have a hand sewing project to work on while watching a bit of TV at the end of the day.

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

Marlene

Nov 29 2017

Design Wall Monday on Wednesday 11-29-17

Belated Happy Thanksgiving.  Things have been really rocking around here, but tonight I found a few moments to catch up.

The middle of last week, I decided that I needed a plan if I was going to get all the projects on my goal list finished by the end of the year.  So I sat down with a calendar to plan my daily quilting goals starting with machine quilting 4 quilt tops over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

First up was this quilt top which is the largest one.  Since I need 6 more quilt finishes to make my yearly goal of 25, I stacked the odds in my favor by picking out smaller tops to finish.  Friday I started the machine quilting on this top.

As you can see, right now I am not concerned with binding – just the machine quilting.  Next up was this rail fence set on point quilt top.

And Sunday was spent working on this one.

It was time to take a break from machine quilting and get back to some piecing, so the next project to finish is Wild Child.  Half of the center is completed with only 20 neutral background blocks left to put together.

If I can keep up with my daily sewing, this top will be finished next Tuesday.  Right now I have two sides on the remaining 20 blocks so I think that I am doing good.  If Wild Child is finished before Tuesday, I will trim and bind one of the machine quilted tops.

Linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene