So Long, Farewell and Good-bye

Hello,

After serious consideration over the last 8 weeks, I have decided to discontinue my blog.  When blogging becomes a chore on my to-do-list instead of a fun activity, it is time for a change, so this is my last entry.

For the grand finale, here are my most recent quilt finishes.

Valley of the Kings Counterpoint (60″ x 67 3/4″) – a Mountainpeek Creations pattern – was completed in June. 

It was machine quilted with the panto-graph bamboo.

Bamboo - Pantograph

The next finish was this wool applique wall-hanging Little Quilt Delights (18 1/2″ x 23″)

Social Sharks was the third finish for June which is now hanging in my home office.

I have busy this summer, haven’t I?  The fourth finish is a birthday/Christmas gift for one of my granddaughters – Meteor Shower (72″ x 88″) which was quilted with the panto-graph Solar Eclipse.

My fifth and final finish is the Whatnots wall-hanging Midnight.

I wish everyone much success on their quilting journey with minimal use of the seam ripper.

Marlene

Sharks, Finishes and a Squirrel

My quilting plans for May went a bit sideways.  I did finish the binding on Batik Pineapple Blossom (55″ x 65 1/2″) quilt.  This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern that can be found on her blog.

This top was pieced in 2010 and I still like the colors.  The panto-graph used was Artichoke with dark grey thread.Artichoke - Pantograph

It is really a good feeling to get these older tops into finished quilts.

I took the below picture last weekend while working on Social Sharks.  Can you find the odd shark?

Yep – bottom right.  As soon as I looked at the the picture, I realized that a step was skipped on B.R. Shark.  It didn’t take long to unstitch and fix him.

This was such a fun project to stitch.  There are several Elizabeth Hartman patterns on my quilting to-do list.

I never know what will capture my attention and demand to be made which leads to my current quilting “squirrel”.

While looking through quilting patterns, I came across a tutorial for a Circle Denim Quilt that was shouting at me to be made.

I decided that my quilt would be 60″ x 70″ish with 6″ circles and a 15 x 17 layout which works out to 255 circles/fabric squares.

Now look – an 8 x 8 layout which is about 1/4 of the top.  It is a bit tricky to stitch down the flaps in the middle of the block, however nice and slow does the trick.

There is a square of batting behind the fabric in the circle centers.  I like the slight puff it gives the quilt and the Thermore batting scraps are being put to good use.

June is machine quilting month and there are 13 quilt tops in the bin.  I wonder how many of them will be come finished quilts.  I guess I had better get busy.

Hope everyone had a Happy Memorial Day Weekend,

Marlene

Dawn to Dusk

It was fun to play with the Dawn to Dusk blocks.  I first laid out the blocks per the directions in the book More Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth.

Blah – maybe okay, but nothing special.  Try again.

I like the darker blocks around the edges with the lighter blocks on the inside, however the odd row in the middle is distracting.

Removing the row makes a positive difference.  Now all that is needed is a bit of color tweaking and the top will be ready for assembly.

Ta-da, the completed quilt top.  The pieced border was made with bits of the leftover jellyroll strips.  Don’t they add a playful addition to the quilt?

Time to start on May’s goals:

  1.  Quilt top Social Sharks
  2.  Finish the machine quilting of Batik Pineapple Blossom
  3.  Wool applique wall-hanging We Three Gnomes
  4.  Machine quilt Valley of the Kings flimsy

Happy Mother’s Day,

Marlene

March Wrap-up and April Projects

March closed with three more finishes.  First was Elephant Baby quilt.

Can you see the lions, giraffes, and elephants?  I had so much fun using this panto-graph on the Elephant Baby quilt and I think that it looks wonderful.

The next two are Party of Nine and Traffic Jam – both wall-hangings from the  2021 Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl.

Last weekend I decided that it was time to get my leader/ender project off the wall and into a completed quilt top.

I have been piecing these blocks for a couple of years, but now it is done.  Yeah!  For a name I checked my list of Colorado ghost towns and selected Tuttle.  Don’t ask me why – it just seemed to fit for some reason.

Next up are a couple of piecing projects using a fat quarter bundle of brown, tan, gray & black.  Not spring colors, but a quilt pattern that I have wanted to make for a long time.

Have a good week,

Marlene

March’s #4, #5 and #6 Finishes

March’s fourth finish – Christmas Batik Log Cabin (51 1/2″ square)

This quilt top was pieced in 2009, so it was finally time for it to be a finished quilt.  I used the panto-graph Mesa which was a challenge due to the straight lines.

Mesa - Pantograph

Any straight line over 2″ is difficult for me to quilt smoothly, so the 3″ and 4″ straight lines on Mesa were a challenge.  I haven’t decided if I will use the quilting design again.

The fifth finish for March was Mo’s Basket (52″ x 62 1/2″) – a quilt top pieced in 2012.

I used the Pellon 100% polyester batting which gave a nice loft to the quilting design Lisa’s Raindrops.

Lisa's Raindrops - FREE - Pantograph

And the sixth finish is Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) with a Baptist Fan quilting motif.

Currently I am working on the binding for the baby Elephant quilt and hope to get another wall-hanging on the frame tomorrow.  That will bring my mad March machine quilting to a close and I will be ready to start a new piecing project.

I attempted to take a picture of the quilting on Michigan, however this is another area where I need more practice.  Does anyone have any tricks or tips for taking a good picture of the machine quilting?

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene

More March Madness

I can’t believe how many tops are being quilted this month, but I am enjoying every minute of it.  The first finish is Patchwork Basket (17 1/2″ x 21 1/2″).

I like how the swirly panto-graph subtly mimics the flower shapes.

The LBQ 2021 Mystery quilt Michigan was the second finish this month. 

The panto-graph used is Daydream by Urban Elementz which is a combination flower and feather motif.  I didn’t take a picture of the machine quilting, however the texture is wonderful.  Michigan is MY quilt and is staying at my house.

The next top in the “to-be-quilted” queue was made in 2009 with batiks.

Right now I am hand-stitching the binding, so it will be ready for a picture of the finished quilt in a couple of days.

However as soon as a quilt comes off the machine, a new quilt top is loaded and the next in queue was Mo’sBasket (2012).

It feels great to get some of these older quilt tops out of the “tops” pile and into the completed pile.  Guess I had better get busy on the binding.

Have a good week,

Marlene

Machine Quilting Madness

Most of my sewing time for the last two weeks have been spent machine quilting.  The first quilt top completed was Dashing.

The panto-graph I used is Geisha which is like a combination of clam shells and Baptist fans.  This is the best picture I could get of the motif.

Backing surprise – a couple of extra blocks to decorate the back.

Dashing and Michigan were pieced from the same fat quarter stack, so once Dashing came off the frame I loaded Michigan using the same thread color.  My goal was 2 – 4 rows a day and the quilting on Michigan was completed on last Tuesday.

Hopefully I can get the binding started tomorrow.

Next on the frame was the Liberated Churn Dash baby quilt.

It was machine quilted with the panto-graph Ginger Flight.  I was a bit hesitant with this design due to the backtracking on the butterflies’ antennas.  To my delight most (not all, but most) of the butterflies look great.

Yesterday afternoon the Patchwork Basket wall-hanging was machine quilted in less than an hour.

I have plenty of hand-stitching for this week.

Have a good week and stay warm – it has been snowing here all day.

Marlene

Journey of the Liberated Churn Dash Block

This journey starts in 2011 when I printed off the Liberated Churn Dash tutorial from the Sew Joy Creations blog.

Over the years I have looked at the directions and thought “some day”.  Some day happened when I was asked to make baby quilts and this pattern instantly came to mind.  One big block in pinks & purples would make a wonderful quilt for a baby girl.

To give proper credit for the block design, I checked out the Sew Joy Creations website for the first time in 11 years.  To my complete shock I discovered that the picture above is a smaller block laid on top of a larger block, not combined into one block.

Liberated Churn Dash QUILT by Sarah Vanderburgh of www.sewjoycreations.com

The tutorial explains how to make the smaller block with the notation that Sarah from Sew Joy would make five of the bigger blocks.  I took that to mean that she would take five smaller blocks and incorporate them into the five larger blocks.  How I got this so wrong for so long is beyond me.

I have a bit of a stubborn streak, so I set out to make one large Liberated Churn Dash block with an inset smaller block.

The tutorial directions use a fabric foundation for sewing the scrappy fabric on, however I did it differently.  I made a freezer paper pattern which was then ironed onto the fabric and cut out.

The parts were numbered and a grainline indicated for the background pieces.  Before long I had a Liberated Churn Dash block.

The larger churn dash pattern with a cut out for the smaller block was the next step.

The most difficult part was sewing the small block into the large block – the rest is very easy.  In a couple of hours the baby quilt top was completed.

The top finished around 33 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  In the interest of full disclosure, a narrow strip of gray fabric was added to the bottom left of the quilt.  I forgot to account for the seams of the larger block and didn’t want to chop off the points on the smaller block.  I could have used the same background fabric, but instead went with something different to add a bit of playfulness to the quilt.

Right now I am considering a butterfly panto-graph for the machine quilting.

So, how is your quilting journey going?

Marlene

First Quilt Finish for the Year

I was able to spend quite a bit of time in the sewing room this last week.  A baby quilt (41″ x 56″) made with recycled shirts was completed in four days.  The pattern Follow My Lead is from Nancy Zieman’s booklet “Column Quilts”.  Her directions make a reversible quilt, however I stitched the columns on a backing/batting foundation instead.

Once the baby quilt was completed, I was motivated to load Dashing on the quilt frame.  After a couple of evenings the machine quilting was done.

I used the panto-graph Geisha from Urban Elementz.  This quilting design gives an open and airy feel to the quilt.  Geisha - Pantograph

Dashing is going to be a college graduation gift and I can’t believe that I will have it ready three month early.  Hand-stitching the binding is this weekend’s project, so I had better get busy.

Happy quilting,

Marlene

Applique & More Applique

Day 44 of 2022 with no fabric stash enhancement – does buying a kit count?  At this time I am just looking.

February is the month for baby quilts and the first top is completed.

There is always one that marches to a different beat, right?

The inspiration is this elephant quilt –

Anchored Living: Simple Applique Baby Quilts - Dinosaurs and Elephants

however I used the leftover elephants from this quilt.

Since I had my machine set up, I decided to finish the applique borders on the LBQ’s 2021 mystery Michigan.

I can’t even express how much I like this quilt and how proud/happy I am at the final result.  This one will be on my bed once it is quilted.

Now it is time to get started on the next baby quilt.  February is a short month, so I need to keep my focus on my goals.

Have a great week,

Happy Valentine’s Day

Marlene