Category: 2018 Finishes

Jan 10 2018

First Finish of 2018 – Serendipity

This was supposed to be finish #23 for 2017, but ended up being finish #1 of 2018.  The pattern is Serendipity from M’Liss Rae Hawley’s book Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.  I sewed this quilt top over 10 years ago, so it feels great to finally have a completed quilt.

I had a difficult time deciding on the quilting motif, but finally decided on a stencil for the middle section.

It isn’t always easy to get a good picture of the machine quilting.  I picked this stencil because the swirls reminded me of the coffee steam swirls in the setting triangle fabric.

The border fabric was cut on the bias so that the squares in the fabric were on-point to match the rail fence blocks in the center.  To stabilize the edges an 1 1/2″ outer border was added.  It is interesting when design decisions are dictated by practical concerns.

There are seven more quilt tops on the “before 2008” list – I wonder which one will be machine quilted this year.

Marlene

Jan 08 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-08-18

My design wall looks a bit messy this week.

I have the blocks for Bouillabaisse in various stages of completion.  In the top upper left is the first finished block,

the middle are blocks with some of the corner triangles attached and at the bottom are the center of the blocks.  I should be making the last two smaller blocks, but instead I have been having fun with the setting triangles.  On the right is the border fabric – I think that it will lighten everything up and keep the quilt from looking too dark.

The original pattern used a wider range of colors, but I like the look of a more controlled color palette.  In the setting triangles I also selected my fabric to range from lighter to darker to give more contrast between the blocks.

And look what I received in the mail on Friday –

Thank you Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for the wonderful giveaway and for hosting Design Wall Mondays.  I rarely win drawings or prizes, so this was such a surprise.  Several projects in the magazine have already drawn my attention along with the pillow.

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

Marlene