Mar 20 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-20-17

The very best way to NOT ask for a new quilt –

11 1/2 year old grandson:  ” You remember the quilt you made for me when I was 7?  Well, it is too small for me now.”

Me:  “Hmmmm”

Well I guess I know what he is getting for his next birthday.

I really wasn’t going to start a new project, but at the last moment I decided to participate in the Long Time Gone (by Jen Kingwell) sewalong.  I have several of her patterns and this seemed like a great way to actually get one sewn.  It is being hosted by Marti Michell, Angie at Gnome Angel and Nicole at snip snippets. 

At first I was going to use Oriental fabric, but this wonderful autumn fabric jumped up and down saying “Use Me” so I am.  I have been having a great time pulling from my stash the colors that  want to play with the inspiration fabric.

The first week’s goal was to sew two Bow Tie blocks.  I love the autumn colors and am really excited about this quilt.  We will see if I can keep up though – I am so easily distracted.

I also made some progress on my new leader/ender project – the Hemingway Quilt.  The original pattern called for 10″ finished blocks in a straight setting 6 x 8.  My quilt will have 6″ finished blocks in a 5 x 6 setting, so it will be quite a bit smaller.

I don’t have a picture of the original Hemingway quilt, although this does give you a good idea of the end result.  I cut off the extra two rows and one column for ease with block placement.

Since I only have 5 different fabrics, I am setting the them in diagonal rows.  I want to brighten it up a bit with an inner and outer border – maybe pulling out the salmon color.

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

Marlene

Mar 17 2017

Friday Progress Report

The last border in the Apple Core quilt was attached today.  Right now it measures 47″ x 56″, but it will be smaller once the edges are cut straight.

I think it took two or three times longer to pin the borders than it did to sew them.  This was the best picture I could get of the pinned border.  Doesn’t it look so strange?

While sewing on the Apple Core quilt top I also started a new leader/ender project.  The pattern is the Hemingway Quilt from Timeless Treasures and designed by Osie Lebowitz.  It is not on their website which isn’t a surprise since my printed directions are dated 2014.

The pattern calls for 10 1/2″ fabric squares, but I am using 6 1/2″ squares instead.  I found 30 squares (6 squares of 5 different fabrics) in my stash which will make a fun fast quilt.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Marlene

Mar 15 2017

A Nifty Thrifty Finish

Yesterday the last of the binding for Nifty Thrifty (67 1/2″ x 79 1/2″) was completed – the 8th finish for the year.

I machine quilted Baptist Fans with a medium dark gray thread and am very pleased with the result.  Nifty Thrifty is going to spend some time on my bed before I even consider finding it a new home.

Any sewing time today and tomorrow will be spent on the Apple Core quilt top.

Marlene

Mar 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-13-17

I have started piecing the apple core blocks together into four patches.The curves are shallow and the sewing is slow, but easy.  I tried a couple different methods of sewing the apple cores together and found that pinning works the best for me.  Lots and lots of pins – between 7 -9 pins per curve.  The best part is that this Apple Core quilt was designed with a built in border so once all the pieces are sewn together the top is done.

The binding on Nifty Thrifty is my evening hand sewing project.  The goal is to have this completely finished tomorrow.  With all the recycled shirts and flannel backing, this will be a great masculine quilt for one of my grandsons.

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

Marlene

Mar 12 2017

Whoos-It

We now have owls with bright gold eyes staring at us from the wall.  Whoos-It (20″ x 21″) is now officially completed and the 7th quilt finish of the year.  It has been fun making and finishing small wallhangings for this quilt hanger.

Last Thursday and Friday was busy spent machine quilting Nifty Thrifty.  Right now I am hand stitching the binding down.  It should be finished in the next couple of days and then I will post a picture of it.

Marlene

Mar 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-06-17

Life interrupted and I didn’t get the quilt sandwich together as I had planned for last Friday.  So instead I made this small wallhanging (19 1/2″ x 24″).

The wolf is a laser cut fusible applique from Lisa Moore (http://quiltswithatwist.com/products/wolf).  Cutting the hand dyed fabric was a bit tricky since it was lighter along the selvedges, but I think it looks great.  I tried the black wolf on a lighter red hand dyed piece of fabric, but the overall look was washed out.  Not what I was expecting at all, but isn’t that how it goes?

Once the Mini Wolf was completed, I decided to finish the blocks and borders so that Charlotte’s Baskets was a completed top.

When I started this project as a leader/ender I planned for it to be a charity quilt.  Even when the quilt center was finished I felt the same way.  But now that the inner and outer borders are on, I have decided to hold on to this for awhile.  It may still end up a charity quilt, but not immediately.

While deciding on the border fabric, I had three goals in mind.  First was that all border fabric would come from my stash and second was that the outer border would be blue to relate to the baskets.  The third goal (and the one that I thought would be the hardest) was to somehow transition from the green sashing to the blue outer border.

Luckily I found the perfect stripe for the inner border.

It is a blue/green/white stripe from a recycled men’s shirt.  The binding is going to be the dark green sashing fabric.  The quilt top measures 50 1/4″ x 50 1/4″ – a couple of inches smaller than Bonnie’s version.  My sashing strips are cut 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ and the blue outer border is 3 1/2″ instead of 4″.

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

Marlene

Mar 02 2017

Lincoln Block #9

Yesterday I finished another Lincoln block.

This one goes in the center of the quilt.  I was a bit concerned about my color decision, but after seeing it with all the other blocks I think that it looks great.

I also made and attached the yellow/green setting triangle along with the sashing between the yellow and red blocks.  Only four more blocks to make – YEAH!  The four remaining block colors are dark green, dark orange/rust, gold, and purple.

After consideration I realized why it takes 2 – 4 days to make each Lincoln block.  Sure each block has 337 pieces, but it is mostly because I need to be so focused all the time – from cutting all the different sized pieces to the precision of the seam allowances.   However I have to say that with each new block addition I am more in love with this quilt.

On one of my smaller design walls is all the pieces for an Apple Core quilt. 

This will be the next leader/ender project once Charlotte’s Baskets is completed.  I haven’t decided yet if I will move some of the cores or just sew it together as it is.  That decision will be made when I start the piecing.  When the top is completed and machine quilted, I will trim the edges.

Next up is another small applique wallhanging and the pieced backing for Nifty Thrifty.  Hopefully I will get a quilt sandwich made tomorrow so that I can start the machine quilting this weekend.

Marlene

Feb 24 2017

Friday Update

The small wallhanging top Whoos-It (21 1/2″ x 22 1/2″) is finished.  It took longer than I thought it would to sew all the eyes on the owls.

I am happy with the end result and plan to get it machine quilted in the next couple of weeks.  This weekend I will be sewing another Lincoln block.  I need to get busy so that the Lincoln quilt top is completed by May.

Marlene

Feb 22 2017

Quilt Finish

Delectable Mountains is another top that was pieced before 2008 and is now a completed quilt.

This top was made with Eleanor Burn’s template & directions and measures 49 3/4″ square.  I used monofilament thread and a meander pattern to quilt the top.

It feels good to finally get some of the older tops quilted.  It is fun to look at them now to appreciate the journey to the quilter that I am right now.

Marlene

Feb 17 2017

Whoos-It Wallhanging

Judy at Patchwork Times was working on a deer quilt during her January Quiltathon.  When I saw the picture of her quilt, I realized that I also had a pattern from the same designer Majorie Rhine except mine was owls.  I had too many other projects going in January, but I had time this week and started on it.

I bought the graduated fabric on the right for this project.  The plan is to make the wallhanging size with narrower borders so that it will fit on my hanger upstairs.  The directions are for a wallhanging size of 27″ x 28″ with three borders, but wallhanging will be around 20″ x 22″.

The buttonhole stitching around the owls is completed and now I need to add the eyes.  Hopefully I will have this top finished this weekend.

Marlene