Category: Design Wall Monday 2017

Dec 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-04-17

Wild Child quilt top was finished yesterday which means that I am two days ahead of schedule.  Yeah!  It is still going to be a race to get all the projects finished that I want to by the end of the year, but I am trying.

I like how the inner and outer border corral all the wildness of the blocks.  It measures 76″ x 92″ and looks much better than the photograph.  Wild Child has been a long term leader/ender project and I am so happy to have it completed.

There was also time yesterday afternoon to get the binding sewn down on one of the quilts that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Now I have a hand sewing project to work on while watching a bit of TV at the end of the day.

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Marlene

Nov 29 2017

Design Wall Monday on Wednesday 11-29-17

Belated Happy Thanksgiving.  Things have been really rocking around here, but tonight I found a few moments to catch up.

The middle of last week, I decided that I needed a plan if I was going to get all the projects on my goal list finished by the end of the year.  So I sat down with a calendar to plan my daily quilting goals starting with machine quilting 4 quilt tops over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

First up was this quilt top which is the largest one.  Since I need 6 more quilt finishes to make my yearly goal of 25, I stacked the odds in my favor by picking out smaller tops to finish.  Friday I started the machine quilting on this top.

As you can see, right now I am not concerned with binding – just the machine quilting.  Next up was this rail fence set on point quilt top.

And Sunday was spent working on this one.

It was time to take a break from machine quilting and get back to some piecing, so the next project to finish is Wild Child.  Half of the center is completed with only 20 neutral background blocks left to put together.

If I can keep up with my daily sewing, this top will be finished next Tuesday.  Right now I have two sides on the remaining 20 blocks so I think that I am doing good.  If Wild Child is finished before Tuesday, I will trim and bind one of the machine quilted tops.

Linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Nov 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-13-17

Sunday was my Sewday so I was able to start on the border for the Lincoln quilt.

The directions say to sew all the squares together in row 1, row 2, & row 3 then sew the rows together before attaching them to the quilt center.  After studying the border diagram I decided to make rectangular blocks of 4 squares by 3 rows instead.  If my math is correct I will need 9 blocks for each side along with the 4 corner squares to complete the border.

When I first started designing this quilt, my thought was to find a black background fabric with tan & brown flowers? paisleys? something for a solid fabric border.  The closer the quilt center got to completion, the more I realized that idea was a bad one.  In my opinion it would make the quilt dark and overwhelm the center, so I started looking for a better border idea.  I found this one and really like it – it echoes the black frame around the blocks, relates to the black/dark gray LeMoyne stars and has enough light background to keep it light and airy.  Hopefully by next Monday I will have at least two of the borders attached to the center.

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Marlene

Nov 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-06-17

Jump up & down!  The center of the Lincoln quilt is completed.  Yeah!

I still need to straighten the edges, but I will do that just before adding the border.  This is the design that I decided on for the border.

The name is Entwined Border and found on the Quilters Cache website.  The colors will be black for the solid square, dark gray for the entwining color and neutrals for the background.  If I calculated correctly, I only need 18 more dark gray/neutral HST before I start sewing them together.

I decided to go with 2″ finished squares making each border 6″ wide and the finished quilt top 84″ish square.

Progress was also made on the leader/ender project Wild Child – the first two rows are sewn together.

Once the Lincoln quilt top is completed, Wild Child will have my full attention.

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Marlene

Sep 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 09-04-17

The last four days have been pretty productive.  First up the Baby Bear Quilt top has been completed.

The red fabric in the pinwheels will also be used for the binding.  While not one of my favorites, this bear quilt is bright & cheerful and will make a great baby quilt.

I also cut out triangles for the neutral HST in Wild Child.  The neutral is one fabric and goes great with the blue background fabric and the red border print.

The good thing is that I need to make 40 neutral background blocks and that gives me time to think about the inner border fabric color.

The three gold checkerboard rectangles for the Lincoln quilt were also sewn together.  Next up the four triangle units.

I spent so much time second guessing the color for this block, but went ahead with my original plan of gold.  Hopefully I can get the triangle units finished this week and start in on the LeMoyne stars for the cornerstones.  It is exciting to finally be seeing the finish line in the race to complete this quilt top.

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Marlene

Aug 28 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-28-17

The purple checkerboard units for the Lincoln quilt were completed on Saturday.  Just one more color to go – gold!

I have been staring at the fussy cut bear squares for several weeks now and have come up with a layout design.  The book Great Sets by Sharyn Craig is a great reference with seven different layout options.  I am using the Ring-Around-the-Block set.

One of the best things about this book is that Sharyn shows you how to draft your own frame for whatever size of block you have.  The bear squares are cut at 8″ (finish at 7 1/2″) which is a strange size, so drafting my own frame was a necessity.

The plan is to use two different fabrics for the turquoise and the red/white triangles will form a pinwheel in the corners.  I know that I should be sewing gold checkerboards, but I really wanted to see how the bears would look framed.

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Marlene

Aug 21 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-21-17

All the dark green checkerboard units for the next Lincoln block have been completed along with the two long rectangle checkerboards of dark purple.

I know that it appears black in the photo, but it really is dark purple.  It was the right decision to make all the checkerboard units for the remaining three Lincoln blocks.  The design wall is starting to give me a good idea of the finished quilt center.

The plan is to have the remaining five units of the dark purple finished this week, then it will be time to sew the golden yellow checkerboards for the last block.

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Marlene

Aug 14 2017

Design Walls Monday 08-14-17

In the last couple of weeks I have finished – or almost finished – several projects, so it was time to put a couple of UFOs on my design walls.

These bears had been fussy cut maybe 8 or 10 years ago, but now they have come out to play.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set them, but now that they have been on the design wall for several days I am starting to get some ideas.

This quilt sandwich (44″ x 44″) is hanging on my other small design wall awaiting machine quilting inspiration.  The top was sewn in 2009, so I think it is time to be finished.

Wild Child is my current leader/ender project and I am making good progress on the remaining 39 blue blocks.

A new project is displayed on the medium large design wall.

The block is comprised of quarter log cabin units, although I have seen a pattern named Bento Box for this shape.  In the UFO bin I found 12 large blocks and 4 smaller blocks along with extra fabric.  I was experimenting with same blocks in different sizes, but was unhappy with my layout so it was packed up.  The plan now is to find some fabric for sashing to liven up the blocks and come up with a layout setting.

Now it is time to finish up the Lincoln quilt.  For some reason I thought that I had 4 more blocks to make, but I discovered that I only need 3.  Yeah!  I started on the dark green checkerboards this last weekend.

I decided to sew the checkerboard units for the 3 remaining blocks, then sew the stars to complete each block.  It will be great to get this top completed, although there is still a lot of piecing left to do.

Most of my UFOs are because I couldn’t make a decision – fabric, layout, colors, whatever, but I have discovered that it helps a lot to have a project in my face on a design wall day after day.  It pushes me to explore ideas, look for fabric or check out inspiration online or in a quilt book to get the quilt top finished.

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Marlene

Aug 07 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-07-17

The Honey Bee quilt top was finished yesterday.  I like the extra space the alternate block gives to the quilt top, but haven’t decided yet if I like the asymmetrical look that comes from the even number of rows.  When it is time to machine quilt the top, I may remove the bottom row and use it as part of the backing.  But for now this is what it is.

Now that all the machine applique is completed, I can set up the Bernina to get busy on the Lincoln quilt.  The goal is to get the top finished this year – I think I can do it if I don’t see too many squirrels.

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Marlene

Jul 31 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-31-17

Look at this – it is almost time for a new quilting to-do-list.

And here is the last item on the list – one blue Wild Child block with 39 more to make.

My plan is to sew the blue HST together while I make a final decision on the neutral background blocks.  The choice is scrappy neutral or one fabric neutral.

The next and final borders on Pocket Full of Posies has been added.

Next up is adding a vine and flowers to the top and bottom borders.  There will be one flower in the center of each vine with two smaller flowers at each end.  It looks totally different than the original pattern, but I am happy with it.

This weekend I felt the need for piecing, so some progress was made on the Honey Bee quilt.

All of the 9 patches have been made and just over half of the patches have been framed.  The petals will take some time to be appliqued in place, but I like the look of every other block giving the Honey Bee blocks room to breathe.  My thoughts at the moment are no borders and binding with a colorful stripe.  We will see what happens when I need to make a final decision.

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

Marlene