Category: Design Wall Monday 2018

Mar 19 2018

Design Wall Monday 03-19-18

This weekend was busy working on Brownstone by Cozy Quilt Designs.  Since my Bernina sewing machine is going in for a couple of “spa days”, I wanted to get as many blocks together as possible.  Saturday morning started with all the strip sets sewn for block A and all the fabric cut for block B.  By 4pm my design wall looked like this:

By bedtime all the strip sets were pressed and cut into units.

Since everything was ready, the blocks came together quickly.  After all now it is only 3 seams to a finished block.

All the block B’s are completed and 8 of block A.  I know the layout on the design wall looks strange, but I have a method behind the madness.  The block B’s were laid out alternating brown and black – as much as possible.

Each width of fabric strip set makes two A blocks, one with one fabric as the inside pinwheel and the second with the other fabric as the inside pinwheel.  Because I didn’t want the same two fabrics next to each other, the first block with a black pinwheel was placed upper left and the second with a brown pinwheel on the bottom right.  The next two A blocks were placed with the brown pinwheel top center and the black pinwheel on the bottom center.  Now I will just alternate black & brown meeting in the middle of the quilt top.  Since the size I am making calls for 21 A blocks, the singleton block will be right in the center.

The turquoise accent is quite striking, isn’t it?  I hope that when the quilt top is completed, I don’t smack myself on the forehead and ask “What was I thinking using that bright turquoise?” This is the “second-guessing myself” stage of a quilt followed by “Will I ever get this finished” and “Borders take forever to put on”.

But for now this project will have to wait until my sewing machine is back home.  The plan is to finish the machine quilting of Ruby in the Sky and get it bound although I think that I will pull out my Featherweight for some piecing.

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Mar 05 2018

Design Wall Monday 03/05/18

Even with a play date with my youngest granddaughter, I still found time this weekend to finish sewing the rest of the Oriental Tiles blocks.

The top row is sewn together and – hopefully – by Friday the rest of the rows.  All that will be left is the sashing between the rows then the top & bottom sashing and it will be completed.

Now to be honest, the fabrics in this quilt top are not my favorites.  I used the ones that I liked the best in the Oriental Fortune quilt,

but I am having fun with the block.  All that is left of the jelly roll is 31 – 2 1/2″ squares which I consider a win.

Libby at Life on the Hill is sponsoring a Magical Mystery Block quilt-along every Friday.  I was running a bit behind, but got the fabric cut and the first clue sewn yesterday afternoon.

I have no idea if the rail fences will be placed in this setting, but I liked the way they look.  Thank you Libby for hosting this mystery.  It would have been difficult to fit in a full quilt, but I can handle four blocks.

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Feb 26 2018

Design Wall Monday 02-25-18

Shortline is now a completed quilt top.  I am very pleased with the end result especially the neutral string blocks.  They make the colored string blocks stand out and take center stage.

Now I am getting ready to start another Cozy Quilt Design pattern – Brownstone.

It is difficult to take a good picture of the pattern when it is printed on glossy paper, so this was the best that I could do.  For the longest time I was planning to make this quilt with a brown & black jelly roll and a burgundy accent.  However when I pulled out my dark red fabrics it was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – this one is too light, this one too dark, this one had too much texture.  Nothing was just right.

Then a stack of turquoise batiks yelled at me for attention.  So when that happens the only thing to do is make a couple of sample blocks.

It is difficult to get a good idea of what the finished quilt top will look like from just these two, but I am going to continue along this path and see what happens.  I really need to start taking a picture of the jelly rolls before I open the package to sort the strips, but I get too excited to start a new project.  Anyway this one is a Bali Pop from Hoffman called Coconut.

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Feb 19 2018

Design Wall Monday 02-19-18

Sunday was a bouncing sort of day – bouncing from one project to another.  I started with Oriental Tiles – the center is now completed, so all that is left is the borders.

Since the setting triangles were cut from a white spiderweb fabric, I thought about going with a Halloween theme.  After placing the fabric on the design wall I realized that it was way too busy, however I think that there is enough to use as the backing.  Then I remembered that I had the reverse print of the white spiderweb fabric which will make a great border.

Once the border decision was made, I bounced over to the Oriental Tile block.  This is the first block –

and this is my test block with 1/4″ narrower sashing.

It is a subtle difference, but the narrower sashing looks so much more in proportion to the block.  Now I needed to see it in the Oriental fabric.

Everything looks good, so  I only have one problem – the black, red, & gold block is so darn cute that I need to do something with it.  Isn’t it crazy how these projects keep multiplying?

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Feb 12 2018

Design Wall Monday 02-12-18

The Oriental Fortune quilt top (70″ x 70″) is finished.  It is a good pattern to showcase a special jelly roll and I am very pleased with the final result.

Of course, there was a pile of leftover strips that begged for a home.

After looking through Kim Brackett’s books, I decided on the pattern Tiles in Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares.

Since her strips were larger than 2 1/2″ I needed to resize the block so that it would work with the Oriental jelly roll strip.  Once that was done, all that was left was to tame the pile and see exactly how many blocks it would yield.

Everything cut, stacked and ready to make 30 blocks along with a pile of 2 1/2″ squares.  After finding a dark turquoise in my stash, I needed to make a trial block, right?

My block measures 8 1/2″ unfinished, so the quilt should end up around 46″ x 55″.  What a fun little quilt this will be!

PS After looking and thinking about this block overnight, I have decided to take it apart, trim the turquoise accent strip by 1/4″ and sew it back together.  The accent strip feels too wide so it is going on a diet.  Hopefully I will be happier with the end result.

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Jan 29 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-29-18

This last weekend was busy, but I did find time to squeeze in some sewing.  First up, the Bouillabaisse quilt top is completed.  When there are only 12 blocks and each block measures 20″ square, the center of a quilt top goes together very quickly.

At first I was wondering if the border (cut 6 1/2″) was too wide, but now that the top is finished I think that it looks good.  It finishes at 72″ x 92″ for a nice twin sized quilt.  Maybe now I will work on some smaller projects – like a doll quilt.

I had a visitor and sewing buddy on Saturday – Evelyn, one of my granddaughters.  She wanted to sew a doll quilt, but was a bit surprised at all the math involved.  After deciding on a finished size (18″ x 24″) and the size of the squares (3″ finished), we worked the math to figure out how many squares in a row, how many rows to make, and how many total squares needed for the quilt top.  I had her work with paper and crayons on color placement & design for her quilt, then Evelyn picked the fabric from my 3 1/2″ strip bin for the squares.  She did all the sewing for the doll quilt top, while I rotary cut the fabric, then machine quilted & bound the project.  We were determined that she would have a finished quilt to take home with her and it happened.

Doesn’t she look like she is already planning her next quilting project?

Now it is time for me to start planning my next project.  Hmmm

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Jan 22 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-22-18

It snowed all day Sunday so that automatically made it a sew-day.  All twelve blocks for the Bouillabaisse quilt are finished – finally.  It is so close to being completed.  I just need to sew the blocks together and add the border.

The fabric hanging on the right is the border.  I want to get this done and off of the design wall because I am ready for a new project.

One of my 2018 goals is to make another recycled shirt quilt, so last weekend I stopped by GoodWill to pick up some more shirts.  I really lucked out because it was 50% off everything in the store day and nine shirts followed me home.

I already have two Bonnie Hunter patterns picked out – Tumalo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II (with a different border) and Swing Your Partner from Scraps & Shirttails (with a different layout).  Both patterns call for 3 1/2″ unfinished HST, so that will be the first step.

The recycled shirt quilts make great masculine quilts which I need for my grandsons.

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Have a good week and stay warm,


Jan 15 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-15-18

Some progress has been made on the Bouillabaisse quilt top – just remember the turtle won the race.

Saturday I calculated how many side triangles I needed, figured out how many strips sets needed to be sewn (7)  and cut the fabric.  Sunday morning it was pedal to the medal moving those long strips through the sewing machine and now all strip sets are completed.  Once that was done it was a fairly quick process to complete 3 more blocks bringing the total up to 6.  Yeah! Halfway there.

Bouillabaisse has actually turned into a two-design wall project.  The 6 blocks are on the largest design wall and all the parts are on another.

Hopefully the center of this quilt will be all together by next weekend.

I also pulled out an older quilt top for machine quilting.  The pattern name is Ruby in the Sky (62″ x 82″) and it was made from a kit in 2011.  The fabric on the lower left is for the backing.

It is hard to see in the picture, but those are flying birds on a gray background.  I used all the leftover fabric from Ruby in the Sky to make this hexagon quilt.

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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.

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