Category: 2019 Finishes

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