Category: Design Wall Monday 2017

Jul 24 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-24-17

I have started the quilt-as-you-go stitch and flip of the Ripples quilt.  It takes around 15 minutes to get each column pinned to the quilt sandwich making sure that everything lines up and about 5 minutes to sew.  Thank goodness for knee pads!  The goal is 3 – 5 columns added a day since after I crawl around on my knees for an hour I am ready for a break.

The Bernina has been threaded with black silk thread and set up for the buttonhole stitch for the Honey Bee blocks.  This is the first block with the applique sewn down.  I like the spacing given to the quilt by the alternate block.

Since the Bernina was set up for applique, I pulled out the Mini-Wolf wallhanging and have been working on it also.

The directions for this project said to stitch down the wolf applique on a quilt sandwich as part of the machine quilting.  I did it this time, but this isn’t a technique that I will use often – if ever again.  Although it does add a bit of dimension to the wolf, I don’t care for the look of the buttonhole stitch on the back of the quilt.

In the evenings there has been some progress made on the wool applique project Pocket Full of Posies.  I am almost finished with the second cornerstone flower.

As you can see instead of green/red flying geese, I used rail fence units.  There will be a big departure from the pattern on Part 4.  I will be adding a border to the top and bottom only to make a rectangle instead of a square.  Then a small outer border, machine quilting, binding and done.  Pocket Full of Posies will look great on the hanger in my dining room.

The remaining 80 blue HST have been cut for Wild Child, but not sewn.

Next will be a decision on the neutral HST – one fabric or scrappy?  Right now I am leaning towards the idea of a single fabric, but that will be a decision for another day.

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

Marlene

Jul 17 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-17-17

This last week has produced a small amount of progress on several projects.  All the units for each column on the Ripples quilt are sewn, there is now 280 out of 400 blue HST completed for Wild Child and three sides of Long Time Gone have been hand stitched down.

I also pieced together a couple of Honey Bee blocks just to see what they would look like.

My plan from the very beginning was to alternate the Honey Bee blocks with framed 9-patches.  I felt that the quilt top would look too crowded with only Honey Bee blocks.  Another reason for using an alternate block is that my tear drop shapes are larger than the template with the block directions.

When I first decided to someday make a Honey Bee quilt, I bought this Accuquilt die on sale.  As you can see the paper template for the applique is smaller than the die cut, but that doesn’t bother me.  The time that I will save on tracing and cutting out each piece is worth having a larger teardrop.

The blocks are 10″ finished, so the quilt top will measure 50″ x 60″ before borders – if I put borders on.  That is a decision for another day.

Hopefully this week the Long Time Gone quilt will be completed and I can start the quilt-as-you-go process on the Ripples quilt.

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

Marlene

Jun 26 2017

Design Wall Monday 06-26-17

Today is actually more of a Design Table Monday and a Design Lap Monday.  On the table is the new leader/ender project Wild Child by Bonnie Hunter in String Fling.

Wild Child was started last fall during my big string busting phase and all the middle blocks were sewn then.  Next up are the 800 HST – 400 blue/scraps and 400 neutral/scraps.  I have the Accuquilt die for the triangles which has made the sewing of the HST quick and easy.  The little bin has 200 of the blue/scrap HST, so I am half done with that color combination.

Bonnie used a turquoise fabric for her quilt, but while shopping my stash I found this sky blue fabric for my quilt along with the red with blue flowers for the border.

I haven’t made any progress on it last week because I was busy machine quilting the Gray & Purple Hexagon quilt.  This top was made in 2011 and has been hanging around my sewing room as a quilt sandwich for over a year.  I just couldn’t decide anything to get started with it – what color thread to use? an overall quilting design? custom design? if so, which one and where?

Since I was so overwhelmed with all the decisions to be made, I did nothing.  I think that this overload of decisions is why a project becomes an UFO.  Anyway, last week I realized that I didn’t need to make all the decisions at once – I just needed to make the first decision.  So the first thing I did was stitch in the ditch with monofilament thread inside and outside of the inner border.  Once that was done the second decision was easier, I stitched around the hexagons.

Just like so many other things, once I got started the rest of the decisions became easier.  I found a stencil for the middle of the hexagon and continued with the monofilament thread.

I have tried many different marking methods for stencils, but using chalk and a sponge brush works the best for me.  It is faster than following the lines with chalk or water soluble pen and easily seen on both the lighter and darker sides of the hexagons.

Most of the chalk comes off with the vibration of the sewing machine and the rest will be removed when the quilt is washed.  The Gray & Purple Hexagon quilt is small (39″ x 49″) because it was made with leftover fabrics from a kit named Ruby in the Sky so there weren’t that many hexagons to mark.

Once all the hexagons were quilted, I just needed to find a border motif.  Angela Walter’s book Free-Motion Quilting came to the rescue and I used her Scroll Swirl design.   Wow – I am almost done with decisions and this is almost a finished quilt.  The last two decisions were for the binding and sleeve fabric.  Since I had made the quilt with leftover fabrics, I had none of the original fabric for the binding.  Stash to the rescue!  I found a violet batik for the binding and a dark gray for the sleeve.

The handwork should be finished in the next couple of days, so then I will have a finished quilt to show off.  I just need to remember that not all quilts need all the decisions to be made before you start, sometimes all you need is the decision to start.

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

Marlene

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 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