Category: 2019 Finishes

Dec 01 2019

Thanksgiving Weekend

My first finish on my new Simply Sixteen machine and frame.

The pattern is Summer Breeze by Kim Brackett in her book Scrap-Basket Surprises. The quilt top was pieced in 2009 and measures 52″ x 68″. I quilted a large meander in the center and loops in the border.

The second quilt top loaded onto the Simply Sixteen frame is a Spiral Lone Star. My best guess is that this top was pieced in 2005 – 2006 (I didn’t keep better records until 2008). I learned so much about color choices & accurate piecing while working on it . . .

and now I am learning about pantographs & stitching out fullness. As you can see, the quilt top did not lay flat which is the biggest reason that it had not been machine quilted before now.

To be brutally honest, there are tucks and pleats in the Spiral Lone Star quilt and I knew that would happen going in. My plan is twofold – use a curvy pantograph, then wash & block the finished quilt. I will let you know how that turns out.

Tea Party in the Rose Garden (pattern name Metro Maze by Bloom Creek) top has been completed. My brother came up with the quilt name which I think is so appropriate.

The following quilts were all given as gifts, so I can now show them. First up is Emerson’s Snail – this wallhanging was made from an original drawing by Emerson. Isn’t it the cutest? Turning a drawing into an applique project was a new challenge for me, however I am very pleased with the results as was Ms Emerson.

A Mini-Bookshelf wallhanging for my son –

And last – by not least – Sunrise at Stonehenge for my daughter & family who live in England.

There is one more small wallhanging to make as a Christmas gift, so I had better get busy – Christmas is just around the corner.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving weekend with lots of food and family time.

Marlene

Oct 28 2019

Exciting News

I have a new addition to my sewing room.

I have been thinking about getting the Simply Sixteen with the Little Foot Frame for the last 4 or 5 years. And every time I talked myself into buying one, I talked myself out again. But this time when I decided to do it, I did!

The frame takes up a little bit more room that I had anticipated, so I had to reorganize my sewing space. It is all good because I like my new layout even better than the old. I haven’t machine quilted a top yet, but that will be happening soon. From Thanksgiving Day until the end of the year, I plan to devote myself to machine quilting and see how many tops can be moved to finished quilts.

And speaking of quilt tops – the Space Invaders quilt hit a snag forcing a return to dry dock. The center of the quilt was completed, however the Space Invaders border fabric appears awkward and uninspired when placed next to the center.

After considering the matter for a couple of days, I decided that two issues were causing problems. The first is the direction of the colors. The border fabric has horizontal stripes and the center has vertical stripes. The second issue is the size of the designs on the Space Invaders fabric – they are too small.

My solution is to have the Space Invaders fabric become the accent instead of the border fabric. This change means a LOT of unsewing and resewing, but I will be so much happier with the end result. Right now I don’t know what fabric I will use for the border, but I have some time before I need to make that decision. Once I have a couple of the strips converted from solid black to Space Invaders, I will post a picture.

Below is the second of four wallhanging that were made as gifts. Two grandchildren take piano lessons, so when I saw this pattern I knew just where it would go. The “Music is Life” is the beginning of a quote. The whole quote is printed on the label and reads “Music is Life – that’s why heart’s have beats”.

Happy Halloween,

Marlene

Sep 29 2019

Hello – I’m Back

I know that it has been awhile since my last post, however I do have some quilty projects to share.

First up, the Elephants on Parade quilt top is completed. I think the rings really showcase the elephants.


The next project was a wallhanging for a grandson to hang above his bookcases in his bedroom.

The name of this pattern is Mini-Bookshelf Quilt by Elizabeth Dackson and can be found at https://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/blog//2011/04/mini-bookshelf-quilt-tutorial.html

I made a change to the pattern by increasing the size of the bottom border so that I could add the words at the bottom. It was fun finding selvedges to use as book titles.

JP’s wallhanging is actually my second attempt of this pattern. The first time the background fabric for the leaning book was short. If you look close you can see the extra fabric added to the top right corner. Going with the philosophy of making lemonade, I turned it into a placemat.

I have a couple more finished quilt to show, but that will be for another day.

Happy Autumn,

Marlene

May 12 2019

Prettiest Flower in the Garden

Last Monday I took my youngest granddaughter to the Denver Botanical Gardens for her fourth birthday. I think she had fun, don’t you?

It was a beautiful day with a beautiful granddaughter.

On the quilting front – my projects are going slow, but some progress has been made. The binding and sleeve for Starry Night Hexies was sewn down

and all the hand-stitching was completed yesterday.

The machine stitching in the background is straight lines alternating up & down and across. It was slow going, but gave me practice with ruler work. I am glad that it is finished and very happy with the quilt.

May is the month for quilts from recycled shirts. My sewing room looks like a tornado went through, but hopefully it will all be under control by the end of the month. It is all my own dang fault, since I started two new recycled shirt projects to go along with the four already started. The goal is to have at least two quilt tops completed by the end of the month. We shall see how that works out.

Happy Mother’s Day

Marlene

Apr 10 2019

Good Fortune HST Leftovers

The green turquoise HSTs leftover from the Good Fortune quilt were begging and pleading for attention, so I went hunting for a pattern. I found an Ocean Waves wallhanging in Editya Sitar’s book “Handfuls of Scraps” that would take care of those pesky HSTs. Editya’s wall hanging had 24 – 4 1/2″ unfinished blocks, but I decided to make as many blocks as I could with the triangles I had and that would determine the size of the wallhanging.

I should have taken a picture of the pile of triangles, but got caught up in making the blocks before it crossed my mind. The leftover triangles had to be trimmed down to 1 1/2″ unfinished, but once that was done the blocks went together very quickly. There were only 6 HSTs left after the 16 blocks were made.

Once the center was completed, I auditioned border fabric. My first idea was to use the light green turquoise batik with dots thinking of bubbles & ocean waves, but the light color dulled the quilt.

So then the two darkest fabrics in the wallhanging were auditioned. I decided on the top fabric for the borders and the fabric on the left for the binding.

The top and machine quilting was completed on Saturday, so Sunday morning I added the sleeve and binding. It finished at 18″ square which is a perfect size for my quilt hanger.

The colors are bright and vibrant in my dining room while is snows outside. Who else is ready for spring?

Marlene