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Apr 19 2020

Blue Onion

Since I have several works-in-progress that has stalled due to different reasons, so I decided to pull out a project that would be fast, fun and no thinking involved. Does such a quilting project truly exist?

The first challenge was choosing the fabric. The pattern calls for 3/8 yard of 12 different prints which means no raiding of the fat quarter stash. A shopping trip to the local quilt store (the end of January) produced 7 of the 12 and I was able to cull the remaing 5 from my yardage.

The next step was to cut out rectangles and organize them into 6 stacks of 6 different fabrics.

Using the Ovals All Ways by Creative Grid, the curved pieces for each block was cut. Each block contains 5 pieces with 4 seams, so the piecing went smoothly.

Remember my comment about no thinking involved – well that part of the plan hit a brick wall. After sewing the below block, I had second and third thoughts about including the turquoise polka-dots on white background fabric in this quilt.

After careful consideration, thinking through all my options and a headache, I decided to finish the quilt top without fabric changes.

The Blue Onion quilt top (50″ x 70″) was completed today and I have to admit that I am glad that I left the polka-dots in. To me they add a lot of playfulness and energy to the quilt.

This weekend was very productive in the sewing department. Besides Blue Onion, I also sewed two tablecloths and one pink pillowcase. The last time my youngest granddaughter visited me, she told me that the pillow in the playroom should really be pink.

Happy Quilting and Stay Healthy

Marlene

Mar 17 2020

Two More Finishes

Batik Sampler 44 1/2″ x 60 1/2″
Autumn Card Tricks 47″ x 55″

Yeah! – two more finished quilts. The Batik Sampler is a birthday gift and the Autumn Card Tricks is a charity quilt.

Isn’t it fun to look back at earlier quilts and see how far you have progressed in the quilting craft? If I was making the Autumn Card Tricks today, I would use smaller blocks, explore different settings and maybe add a pieced border. However every journey has a starting point and this quilt is part of my beginning.

Marlene

Apr 06 2019

More Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks

Sit back with a cup of coffee and view the next batch of SBS blocks.

D-10
G-3
G-7
J-1
J-2
J-3
J-5
K-2
N-2
N-4
N-7
N-8

I am looking at the silver lining – I didn’t meet my goal of 31 SBS blocks in March, but am very happy with the 25 that did get made. That makes a total of 77 blocks completed with 67 left to go. Officially the center is over 53% finished. Yeah!

Maybe I will devote another month later in the year to more SBS blocks, but for now I will be work on some smaller projects.

Marlene

Mar 16 2019

HQ Machine Cover

Five or six months ago I decided that I wanted to make covers for my sewing machines and first up was the HQ Sweet Sixteen. After much online research, I found a great tutorial at Quilt Kisses.

Since my machine is a sit-down model, I did make a few changes. Instead of an open back with a velcro closing, I sewed the back pieces together since it is too difficult to reach behind the machine. Also the bottom of my cover has a hem instead of a binding.

It does look a bit puffy from the side, however it does a great job of keeping the dust off. The next cover will be for my serger, although I have no idea when that will be.

Have a good weekend everyone,

Marlene

Feb 14 2019

Hope Chest Star

This last weekend a pile of leftover red/white 4-patches were screaming for attention. They were just what was needed to make the star from the pattern Hope Chest (in the book Patches of Scraps) by Edyta Sitar.

This came together so quickly – Saturday I made the star & Sunday the border, machine quilting and binding were completed. I considered adding a pieced border to this small wallhanging, but once I saw the black/white/red fabric in my stash I knew that would be the finishing touch.

This wallhanging measures 19 1/2″ square, so it was the perfect project to make me smile and give me a sense of accomplishment that something quilty was completed.

The next project planned is a machine cover for my HQ Sweet Sixteen. I am hoping to have that finished this weekend.

Marlene

Jan 22 2017

A Lattice Quilt Finish

My second quilt finish for the year – yeah!  This is a fun scrappy pattern and I will definitely make another one or two.

I used this quilt to practice the quilting motif Jungle Riot from the Pajama Quilter’s Rethreaded DVD.  The plan is to use this same motif on the next top to be quilted.

Today I am cleaning, organizing and piecing so that I have something new for Design Wall Monday.   Tomorrow I plan to start machine quilting the next top.  I need to keep my focus and not get distracted if I am to reach my goal of 25 quilted tops this year.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Marlene

Jul 04 2014

Gus

All 12 cat blocks have been made – 6 facing right and 6 facing left.

070414   (826x1024)The empty spaces will be filled with red flowers.  I really like how this is looking.

I have had this pattern for long time – maybe 7 or 8 years.  However there were parts of the design that I didn’t care for, so ideas for “fixing” the pattern have been floating around in my head.

Here is a picture of the quilt from the book That Crazy Thing We Do by Buggy Barn.

070414A   (768x1024)I like the cats, but I have a problem with the flowers growing sideways.  So my plan is to replace the stems blocks with blocks of this black cat fabric.

070414B    (1024x670)This fabric also decided the color selection for the quilt – black & gray with some red.

The next part was deciding to replace the small rickrack whiskers with embroidery whiskers.  My quilt is more serious than the original so embroidery whiskers seems more appropriate.

The idea to have half of the cats facing left just popped into my brain. I think it adds some interest and movement to the quilt.

The last change I will be making is to add the name “Gus” to one of the stem replacement blocks.  Gus is my name for this quilt and it is in memory of my quilting companion who passed away last year.

070414C   (1024x949)I enjoy reading about the design process on other quilter’s blogs, so I thought that I would record some of my thoughts.

Marlene

May 09 2014

Hello Again

Last weekend I was in Denver for the Denver Quilt Show and to visit family.  While I was there I picked up some fabric to make Witches Brew by Judy Niemeyer -blues and tans.

050914C  (1024x768)I have been making plans to turn this bed runner into a square quilt, but since this will be a fall project I have time to think about it.

The current list of projects start with the machine quilting of this quilt top.

050914   (1002x1024)This is one of my oldest quilt tops, but I really like the monster print.

I remember that I showed another quilter this quilt top when it was finished, her comment was that it was too busy.  Maybe that is the reason that I haven’t quilted it before now.  But when I look at this top and think about what I am currently sewing – this is quite calm.

050914A  (1024x768)I want to improve my machine applique, so the second project is an Oriental kit.  I bought Sharon Schamber’s book Piece by Piece Machine Applique and this quilt seems perfect for trying her technique.

050914D   (724x1024)The applique will go along the right and bottom borders once they are attached.

I also have my leaders and enders project and the quilt guild’s mystery quilt top to sew.

When I am not at the sewing machine, I have been hand sewing hexies.  This is a new technique for me and I am surprised at how much I am enjoying it.

050914B  (1024x940)These hexagons measure 1/2″ along each side, so this will be a small wall hanging approximately 20″ x 22″.

It looks like I have enough projects to keep me busy for a while.

Marlene

Feb 17 2014

Design Wall Monday 02-17-14

021714    (1024x786)This weekend I finished the remaining 5 Block B’s for Easy Street and started on the sub-units of Block A.  It is going together faster than I anticipated, so hopefully I can start sewing the rows together by the end of the week.

Check out other wonderful design walls at Patchwork Times.

Marlene

May 10 2013

Dancing with the 9-Patches

The Dancing 9-Patch quilt top is finished!

051013   (830x1024)It measures 45 1/2″ x 56 1/2″.  I am not sure that the middle border is the best, but I am not going to take it out since this is a charity quilt.

While I was searching through my orphan box for the 9 patches, I came across 7 or 8 string blocks.  The next quilt in this series may be a Dancing String quilt.

However that will be later – right now I have a quilt to bind and a rail fence to sew.

Happy Friday sewing!

Marlene