Jun 19 2017

Design Wall Monday 06-19-17

Well I don’t think that you would be interested in seeing a picture of the jeans I mended yesterday, so how about this?

I took a little bit of a break from Long Time Gone last week and cut the units for Ripples.  There are three rectangles and one square from each jelly roll strip.  I have them clipped together to keep everything organized until the background is added.  Isn’t this going to be a fun quilt?

The directions for the throw size call for a 48 strip jelly roll, but the one I used only had 40 strips.  Since the extra 8 fabric strips were for the half blocks top & bottom, I decided to use a light gray.

Over the weekend all the background strips were cut and pinned in columns.

The quilt is all squares & rectangles, so it is a very easy quilt.  The hardest – well, not hard, but time consuming – part is making sure that the layout is correct.

Everything is nice and organized for piecing the units in each column together.  I plan to use the same quilt-as-you-go method as I used on Rainbow Braids.

This design wall is on a short angled hallway wall.  I use small command hooks with a metal hook for utensils, bulldog clips and a piece of flannel for my design walls.

The command hooks are placed 7″ – 9″ apart along the ceiling edge.  This is also a great way to hang quilts without doing any damage to the walls.  It is also easy to slip the bulldog clips off the hooks, fold up the flannel along with quilt pieces and attach another flannel for a different quilt.

My largest design wall was constructed the same way using a flat flannel sheet from a twin bed set.  I cut down the fitted sheet to size for the newest design wall.

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

Marlene

Jun 17 2017

I Did It!

The borders are on the Long Time Gone quilt and the top is finished.  Yeah!

My first thought was that the outer border would be cut at 3 1/2″. Since I had enough of the focus fabric, I cut the borders at 4 1/2″ thinking that I would trim down after the machine quilting was finished.  But you know what?  I like this border width, so no cutting off will be necessary.

And after all that fussing about the black – I think that it is a perfect picture frame and focuses the attention to the blocks in the center.  The conclusion is that sometimes your first instinct is correct and second-guessing is just a waste of time.

I would like to get this machine quilted soonish, but before that there are a couple of projects that just have to get done including a book bag and some mending.  Soon, I promise.

Happy quilting,

Marlene

Jun 16 2017

Long Time Gone – Pineapple Block

The last Pineapple block is completed.  I wanted to use all the tiny bits and scraps that were covering my cutting table, so this one is very scrappy.

Now that the center of LTG is finished, I need to decide on the borders.  Jen Kingwell used leftover fabric to make a scrappy border, but my plan from the beginning was to use my focus fabric.  However the background of the focus fabric is black and the center of the quilt is so light & airy that they doesn’t play together.

At first I considered shopping for a new border fabric, but decided on a different plan instead.

The striped fabric as an inner border makes a nice transition to the darker outer border.   So that is the plan now and the goal for today.

Happy Friday,

Marlene

Jun 12 2017

Design Wall Monday 06-12-17

The center of Long Time Gone is so close to being finished.  Nine Pineapple blocks will fill the hole on the right, then borders and done.  It took several days to cut out all the pieces (using Marti Michell’s templates) for the Pineapple blocks, but the sewing will go fast.

I realized why these are the last blocks to be made – it is to use up all the little scraps and bits from cutting the earlier blocks.  Thanks to Marti Michell, Angie at GnomeAngel, and Nicole at snips snippets for hosting this sew-a-long.  It was wonderful encouragement to start and continue the Long Time Gone quilt.

Hopefully this will be a completed top by the end of the week.

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

Marlene

Jun 05 2017

Design Wall Monday 06-05-17

Triangles (on top),

triangles,

triangles,

and more triangles.

All the triangles have been made for the Long Time Gone quilt top.  I do have to confess that I changed the direction of the Flying Geese in the last block.  My goal was a green center surrounded by the yellow, orange and red geese and I also liked the look of the green pinwheel in the middle.  Once this block was completed, I sewed together the parts for Section 6.

The sections go together so quick and easy since the sashing had been added to blocks where possible and all the checkerboard blocks were completed.

All that is left to do is 12 Pineapple units for two blocks.  The Pineapple blocks are the last one in Jen Kingwell’s instructions and I have come to the conclusion that she did that deliberately to use up all the little bits & pieces left over from all the other blocks.  I am still playing around with the color placement and plan to start these on Wednesday.

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

Marlene

Jun 02 2017

Long Time Gone

The next unit for the Long Time Gone quilt is Flying Geese.  Yesterday I made enough to make these two blocks and finish section two.

Once this section was completed, I was able to attach it to sections 3 and 4.

It is so fun to put the pieces together and see the quilt take shape.  My plan is to have section 1 completed this weekend and attached to the top.

Marlene

Jun 01 2017

Rainbow Braid

Rainbow Braid is completed – this is the 13th quilt finish for the year.  All the fabric for this quilt came from my stash (happy dance, happy dance) and the Thermore batting has a nice soft, drapey feel to it which I did not expect.

I am already planning the next quilt using this quilt-as-you-go technique, but before I can get to distracted with it I need to finish the Long Time Gone quilt top.

Happy Donut Day,

Marlene

May 31 2017

Long Time Gone Week 12

The Long Time Gone block for week 12 is completed – actually I finished it yesterday morning, but had problems getting the picture from my camera to my computer.

I have decided to sew ahead and get this quilt top finished.  All the bits & pieces for Long Time Gone are yelling at me.  They want to get together and be friends, so that is what will happen.

Flying Geese are up next, some of which will finish Section Two.

My goal is to finish by the middle of June.  Wish me luck!

Marlene

May 29 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-29-17

Well, actually Design Floor Monday.  While working on the Rainbow Braids quilt, I had an idea for the quilting.  In the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for April 2016 was a bargello wallhanging that had quilt-as-you-go directions.  I thought that it would also work for any columnar quilt and I was right.

Basically what you do is attach the batting to the backing, place the first column right side up and the second column right side down matching the edges then sew together.

I used Hobb’s Thermore 100% Polyester batting and marked the center horizontal line as well as the top & bottom of the quilt center – both of which were recommended in the magazine article.  It took longer to pin the columns in place than it did to sew it and next time I will use my knee pads.

Here I am getting ready to sew the fifth column.  Since I wanted to be mindful of which directions the seams were turned, I added black sashing to the left side of columns two through seven so all seam allowances would be pressed to the sashing.

Once all the columns were sewn down, I added the black inner border to the sides and then the top & bottom.  Here I am adding the top border.  Once the quilt is finished I will stitch in the ditch the right side of the sashing.

Yesterday I finished the borders and trimmed the quilt.  I should have the binding finished in the next day or two and have a finished quilt to show you.  Since the recommended quilting distance for the Thermore batting is 9″ and the braids are 5 1/2″ wide, I should be fine with this minimal amount of quilting.  Rainbow Braids will be a guest at my house for awhile and if it looks like it needs more quilting I will take care of it at that time.

I have two other patterns that are made with columns and plan to make them the same way.

Thank you Judy H at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for hosting the Design Wall Monday.

Happy Memorial Day

Marlene

May 24 2017

Long Time Gone Update

I did make some progress in the sewing room this last weekend, although not as much as I was hoping for.  Isn’t that always the case?

The binding and the sleeve on the Stair Steps baby quilt (29 1/2″ x 37 1/2″) was finished Friday evening.  This is my 12th finished quilt for the year – only 13 more to make my 2017 goal.

The remaining checkerboard blocks for Long Time Gone and the Rainbow Braids were Saturday’s projects.

I decided to put a solid black sashing strip between the braids and found some fabric from my stash for the border.

Sunday & Monday was spent working on four Pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using Marti Michell’s temples for the Pineapple blocks, but I was totally unprepared for how long it would take to piece these four blocks.  There are more Pineapple blocks to make, but that will be a project for another day.

My goal this week is to finish the Rainbow Braid quilt and then back to Long Time Gone blocks – I would really like to get another section completed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Marlene