Category: Design Wall Monday 2016

Jun 27 2016

Design Wall Monday 06-27-16

As a reward for getting the Lincoln blocks completed, I started a new quilt project last Thursday.  It is Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Garden Party that was in the May/June 15 issue of Quiltmaker magazine – with a few changes.  I like rectangle quilts, so the first thing that I did was add one row and remove one column of blocks.  Also I wanted to make a rainbow quilt, so I spent some time with graph paper & crayons to make myself a map.

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These blocks are fun to sew and I am enjoying how bright & colorful it is looking.

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


Jun 20 2016

Design Wall Monday 06-20-16

The goal this week is to get caught up with the Lincoln blocks.  May’s green and June’s aqua blocks need to be completed before July arrives with a new color.

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Using the apple green fabric from Meteor Shower, this block was finished last Friday.  However I realized on Saturday that aqua fabric was lacking in my stash.  I have a lot of dark teal/turquoise fabric, but was only able to find two pieces of aqua.  So it was a trip to the local quilt shop for stash enhancement.

After the successful trip, I managed to piece the middle square of the block yesterday.

062016A  (1005x1024)I really like how this one is looking and hope to have it completed today.  Then I will be busy with the sashing and setting triangles.

This quilt sandwich hanging on a design wall is awaiting machine quilt inspiration.  The top was pieced in 2011 and I think that it is time for it to become a finished quilt.

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


May 02 2016

Design Wall Monday 05-02-16

Meteor Shower is back up on my design wall – again.  I pulled out this UFO in 2014 and then packed it back up.  Here is the one short post about it with this picture

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The first thing I wanted to do was figure out exactly why it was a UFO.  When I took this class with Pepper Cory we received a diagram of the quilt, templates & instructions on piecing the blocks, several other layout suggestions and a picture of her quilt top.  As you can see my color selection was black, gray and lime green, but I didn’t have an overall vision of the quilt and that is why it collected dust as a UFO.

This time I realized that I should have started with a focus fabric.  So after digging through my stash I decided to use this fabric.  050216 (1024x471)After sewing a few blocks and adding them to the design wall, the quilt top was looking a bit dark and unappealing.

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What is wrong now?  After thinking about it for a day, I realized that there needed to be more contrast between the focus fabric blocks and the drunkard’s path blocks.  Back to the cutting table I went.

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This is looking better.  Now I think that I am on the right track.  There is an added bonus to working on this quilt project this month – I will use scraps from the green fabric to make the next Lincoln block.

I am leaving for the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City tomorrow, so Meteor Shower & the green Lincoln block will have to wait until I return.

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


Apr 18 2016

Design Wall Monday 04-18-16

Yeah! – the orange Lincoln block is done and attached to the other blocks.

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Of all the colors, orange is the one that I use the least.  In fact I was thinking that I would need to make a quilt store run just to have variety to make the block, however I was lucky enough to find all the scraps I needed in my stash.

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The orange block now means that I am almost 1/3 way through this quilt top.  It is so exciting to add each new color and wonder what the next month will bring.

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The orange/blue LeMoyne star in the setting triangle is my “Broncos Star”.  Next month I will need to find a bigger design wall for this project.

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


Mar 28 2016

Design Wall Monday 03-28-16

All 30 blocks for the Nifty Thrifty quilt are done and now I am working on the sashing.  I found a piece of light green fabric in my stash for the cornerstones.032816  (831x1024)The sashing is a dark blue and a gray taupe fabric.  I am not sure yet what I will do about the border, but hopefully I can find something in my stash.

I have pieces cut out for two more shirt quilts and then the rest of the fabric will go into my regular stash bins.  Using recycled shirts was a fun experience, but I probably won’t buy any more.

Linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


Mar 07 2016

Design Wall Monday 03-07-16

The Black, White & Gold quilt top (54″ square) was finished today – three days later than my goal.  The hexie flowers took longer than I anticipated.

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I am pleased with all the changes I made to the pattern – especially the look of the circles behind a window pane.

Yesterday I also started machine quilting on Flags #2 and made the final decision on the next project.  One of the items on my 2016 quilt list is to sew with my recycle shirt stash.  I plan to make two quilts – Loco-Motion by The Country Quilter and Nifty Thrifty from Scraps & Shirttails by Bonnie Hunter.

030716B   (1024x683)   030716A  (1024x949)Nifty Thrifty is going to be a fun quilt to make although there may be a change or two to the pattern.

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


Feb 22 2016

Design Wall Monday 02-22-16

I have been working on a pink Lincoln block since Friday.

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Today I am going to piece the other three LeMoyne stars and finish the block.  Almost all of the pieces in the block are an unusual size, so a lot of time is spent with the cutting.

These blocks are going to be set on-point with a 3-2-3-2-3 layout – 13 blocks.  Since the goal is to make one block a month this will probably be a 2017 finish.  Each monthly block will be sewn in the color picked by Angela at soscrappy.

Today I also want to map out the design in the setting triangles and decide on the width of the sashing.  It is going to be so fun seeing this quilt come together.  It will look nothing like the quilt in the book – are you surprised?

Linking up at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


Feb 08 2016

Design Wall Monday 02-08-16

The Dancing 4-Patches quilt is finished.  I quilted the top with a square meandering design.

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The quilt measures 52 1/2″ x 59″ and will be a charity quilt sometime in the future.

I did have a project in mind for this last weekend, but the flag blocks YELLED at me.  I started piecing them together just to shut them up.  Originally I had 16 blocks, but two were gifted to a friend to turn into holiday placemats.  I had decided to make two charity quilts so that meant 7 flag blocks and 2 alternate blocks in each one.

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I found some patriotic bears to use as the alternate block.  The center of the top is finished – all that is left is a 2 1/2″ outer border.  The binding will be the same blue as the cornerstones.  The second flag quilt will be basically the same except that the flag blocks are darker blue and different bears.  I started this on Friday, so I am hoping to have both tops finished by the end of this week.  I have a blue, red & white variegated thread that I will use for quilting them.  It will be good to get them finished and donated to a new home.

Once these quilts are completed I will be working on some projects for me.

Linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

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Jan 25 2016

Design Wall Monday 01-25-16

Last week was crazy fun, but I did find some time to finish the Urban Cabin quilt top which has been renamed J7 by my brother.

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This is a very easy pattern and even though it started out as a leader/ender project I wanted to see how it would look with the color changes that I made.  Here is a picture of the pattern for comparison.

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I had my first hand quilting class last week and let’s just say I was all thumbs.  I am not used to holding and controlling the needle in the way you need to for hand quilting, but I am going to keep working on it.  The little Dresden sampler may be the only piece that I ever hand quilt, but I promise to give it an honest try.

Right now I am trying to decide if I want to piece another top from a kit or work on machine quilting the Dancing 4-Patches quilt top or assemble the flag blocks into a top.

While I am deciding, why don’t you check out all the other quilting goodies at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


Jan 18 2016

Design Wall Monday 01-18-16

Here is my first finish for 2016 – the small (12 1/2″ x 15″) wool applique wallhanging Friends are Flowers.

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I really like the changes to the border that I made to this project.

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But this is a design wall post, so I had better show what is on mine.

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The blocks on the left are the beginning of my Urban Cabin leaders/enders project.  The flag blocks were a block of the month that I won at the quilt guild meeting.  I am considering making two flag quilts from these blocks, but the first thing to do is make sure that they are all the same size.

Tomorrow is my first hand quilting lesson – wish me luck.  Check out what everyone else is up to at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.