Category: Design Wall Monday 2017

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

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 08 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-08-17

The Long Time Gone sew-along is consuming most of my sewing time, but I did make some progress on Rainbow Braids and Stair Steps.

Stair Steps was designed by Jo Kramer and published in the American Patchwork & Quilting August 2016 magazine.  All the HST are leftovers from the half Snowball blocks in Buried Treasures.  I don’t usually keep the cut off triangles from 2 1/2″ strips, but since there were 144 of these I did.  My plan is to only use these triangles and not make any more, so I will have 36 blocks.  Right now I am considering a 5 x 7 block layout with a finished size of 20″ x 24″ before borders – a nice size for a small hanging or doll quilt.

The purple/blue braid is finished for the Rainbow Braid.

All the parts for the remaining braids have been cut out, so they should come together fairly quickly.  Originally I was only going to have 4 braids, but after seeing them on the design wall I decided to have 7 total braids.  There will be sashing between the braids, but I won’t know what color to use until all the braids are completed.

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

Marlene

Apr 24 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-24-17

The last three days have been very productive in the sewing department.  On Friday I pieced sashing on the Lincoln quilt and finished the bottom right corner.

What a difference it makes having three corners finished!  The dark green Lincoln block will be the next piece of this puzzle.  I plan to start on it as soon as I finish the next Long Time Gone block.

Long Time Gone and the Lincoln quilt require so many decisions and so much focus that I wanted to just sit and sew without a lot of thought.  That project was Buried Treasures and it was so relaxing to work on this weekend.  All the decisions had already been made for this quilt except for the layout, so all I had to do was enjoy the feel of the fabric going through the machine.  In fact it was so relaxing that I finished the top yesterday afternoon.

The biggest hassle with Buried Treasures was that the jelly roll strips had the pinking sheers cut – which I don’t like at all – but I am very pleased with the end results.

I like the bright dynamic feel of this quilt and didn’t want to cage it in with a border.  The top is 48″ square and will make a great baby quilt.

Today I need to organize my sewing space so that I am all ready for all the Churn Dashes (21) I will need to make for the Long Time Gone sew-along.

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

Marlene

Apr 17 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-17-17

I am current on the Long Time Gone blocks and just finished a setting triangle for the Lincoln quilt, so I decided I needed an easy piecing project. Buried Treasure was the winner.  Last November I pulled out some leftover jelly roll strips in red/purple and black/gray/brown to cut into squares for this project.  There was something very soothing in feeding fabric through the machine without having to make any decisions.

There are two units in each block – a Four-Patch and a Floating Star – and as you can see all the four-patches are completed.

This is what the finished block will look like.  I am going to have fun trying out different layouts on the design wall once all the blocks are completed.

The Buried Treasure pattern is in the April 2015 American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Since I was limited by the fabric on hand, my version of Buried Treasure will be smaller than the one in the magazine.

Tomorrow the next block for the Long Time Gone sew-along will be posted, so tonight I will need to set this aside until the end of the week.

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

Marlene

Apr 10 2017

Design Wall Monday 04-10-17

I am still on track with the Long Time Gone sew-along.  Jacob’s Latter (Block 4) was completed this morning just in time for a Trip Around the World block tomorrow.

Over the weekend I finished quilting & binding another quilt which makes #10 for the year.  This is another quilt that I pieced before 2008 and was a kit.

I really like art deco designs although the colors in this fabric are a little subdued for me.  However I am very happy that it is now a finished quilt.  I dug deep into my fat quarter stash for the backing and found some fun fabrics to use.

While I was piecing the backing for the Art Deco quilt, all the blocks for my leader/ender project (Hemingway quilt) were completed and sewn together.  As I was putting it back up on the design wall I compared it to the original pattern picture and found an oops.

Can you see where I turned a block?  Bottom row, second from the right.  It doesn’t bother me a bit because I actually think that it made my quilt design more interesting.  Next up will be a inner and outer border then I will be looking for a new leader/ender project.

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

Marlene

Mar 20 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-20-17

The very best way to NOT ask for a new quilt –

11 1/2 year old grandson:  ” You remember the quilt you made for me when I was 7?  Well, it is too small for me now.”

Me:  “Hmmmm”

Well I guess I know what he is getting for his next birthday.

I really wasn’t going to start a new project, but at the last moment I decided to participate in the Long Time Gone (by Jen Kingwell) sewalong.  I have several of her patterns and this seemed like a great way to actually get one sewn.  It is being hosted by Marti Michell, Angie at Gnome Angel and Nicole at snip snippets. 

At first I was going to use Oriental fabric, but this wonderful autumn fabric jumped up and down saying “Use Me” so I am.  I have been having a great time pulling from my stash the colors that  want to play with the inspiration fabric.

The first week’s goal was to sew two Bow Tie blocks.  I love the autumn colors and am really excited about this quilt.  We will see if I can keep up though – I am so easily distracted.

I also made some progress on my new leader/ender project – the Hemingway Quilt.  The original pattern called for 10″ finished blocks in a straight setting 6 x 8.  My quilt will have 6″ finished blocks in a 5 x 6 setting, so it will be quite a bit smaller.

I don’t have a picture of the original Hemingway quilt, although this does give you a good idea of the end result.  I cut off the extra two rows and one column for ease with block placement.

Since I only have 5 different fabrics, I am setting the them in diagonal rows.  I want to brighten it up a bit with an inner and outer border – maybe pulling out the salmon color.

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

Marlene

Mar 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-13-17

I have started piecing the apple core blocks together into four patches.The curves are shallow and the sewing is slow, but easy.  I tried a couple different methods of sewing the apple cores together and found that pinning works the best for me.  Lots and lots of pins – between 7 -9 pins per curve.  The best part is that this Apple Core quilt was designed with a built in border so once all the pieces are sewn together the top is done.

The binding on Nifty Thrifty is my evening hand sewing project.  The goal is to have this completely finished tomorrow.  With all the recycled shirts and flannel backing, this will be a great masculine quilt for one of my grandsons.

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

Marlene

Mar 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 03-06-17

Life interrupted and I didn’t get the quilt sandwich together as I had planned for last Friday.  So instead I made this small wallhanging (19 1/2″ x 24″).

The wolf is a laser cut fusible applique from Lisa Moore (http://quiltswithatwist.com/products/wolf).  Cutting the hand dyed fabric was a bit tricky since it was lighter along the selvedges, but I think it looks great.  I tried the black wolf on a lighter red hand dyed piece of fabric, but the overall look was washed out.  Not what I was expecting at all, but isn’t that how it goes?

Once the Mini Wolf was completed, I decided to finish the blocks and borders so that Charlotte’s Baskets was a completed top.

When I started this project as a leader/ender I planned for it to be a charity quilt.  Even when the quilt center was finished I felt the same way.  But now that the inner and outer borders are on, I have decided to hold on to this for awhile.  It may still end up a charity quilt, but not immediately.

While deciding on the border fabric, I had three goals in mind.  First was that all border fabric would come from my stash and second was that the outer border would be blue to relate to the baskets.  The third goal (and the one that I thought would be the hardest) was to somehow transition from the green sashing to the blue outer border.

Luckily I found the perfect stripe for the inner border.

It is a blue/green/white stripe from a recycled men’s shirt.  The binding is going to be the dark green sashing fabric.  The quilt top measures 50 1/4″ x 50 1/4″ – a couple of inches smaller than Bonnie’s version.  My sashing strips are cut 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ and the blue outer border is 3 1/2″ instead of 4″.

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

Marlene