Category Archives: Flimsies

Jurassic Park Quilt Part 2

Now that the pineapple border blocks are completed, it is time for the setting triangles.

The pattern directions called for squares cut diagonally twice which works great except for striped fabric.  Using this method with stripes, you get two triangles with vertical stripes and two triangles with horizontal stripes.  However I wanted all my stripes to flow to the center, so I needed to cut the triangles from strips instead of squares.

Also I wanted the stripes to wrap around the corners, so I cut QST for the corner triangles.  That was the easy part – now on to the center setting triangles.

As I mentioned in my last post, I did not have as much focus fabric as the pattern called for and my fabric is directional.  The first solution was to cut the triangles from strips instead of squares and the second was to add an inner border.  I sewed a 1 1/2″ green strip to the top and bottom of a vertical & horizontal focus fabric strip so that I could cut the top/bottom and left/right side setting triangles.

I used a stripe triangle as a guide to cut the inner setting triangles, being very careful not to cut into the strip fabric.  Once the first inner triangles was cut, I flipped the fabric over to cut the second setting triangle.  The strip set shown above provided both top and bottom triangles. 

I was very careful when placing the triangles to verify that the dinosaurs were roaming the quilt right side up.

The four borders were pieced and sewn to the center, leaving the corner units to be added last.

And the finished quilt top!  I am leaving the trimming of the outer border until the quilting is completed.  The binding will be the same green fabric as the inner border.

I was right though – the scale of the focus fabric should have been larger, however I am pleased with the final result.  It is colorful & bold and FINALLY a quilt top.

Next up is a small pillow for a gift and the next Whatsnot wall-hanging kit that just arrived.

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Star V-3

In 2009 I made a Mexican Stars quilt top from a kit from Sew Batik.

As soon as it was completed I pulled fabric from my stash and made another one.

My plan was to make two more Mexican Stars – one with the stars shading from light to dark on a black background and one with HST instead of the curves.

Fastforward to 2021 and Mexican Stars Version-3 has finally been pieced.  I started with a fat quarter bundle of hand dyed green fabric and an Oriental black background.

This was a cut and sew sort of project to help me keep the greens organized for the transition from light to dark.  Once the center star was pieced, it was time to decide on the sashing fabric.

Umm – no, that sashing fabric won’t work.  I auditioned 4 or 5 different fabrics including golds before deciding on this gray Oriental fabric.

This is the stage of a project where all the doubts and second guessing come in.  What was I thinking?  This is never going to work.  The hand dyed fabric was a terrible idea.

The best thing to do is continue and trust my original vision.

Okay, maybe – just maybe – this will look okay.

Yes! – this is great.  The shading is more subtle than I expected, but I like the overall effect.

Mexican Stars was designed by Annette Ornelas and uses the peeled-back folded fabric technique.  The photo above is before the folded triangles are folded back and stitched down.

As you may have noticed, the second version of Mexican Stars is close to being a finished quilt.  I hope to have all three as completed quilts in the next month or so.

Marlene

Biggy the Bee Completed

Last Sunday I quit sewing with only 6 seams left to do on Biggy the Bee.  The quilt top was finished on Thursday.  Yeah!

I like how bold and graphic this quilt is.  The only thing that I probably should have done differently was to have greater contrast between the grays in the wings.

Biggy is now loaded on the longarm and the plan is to get it quilted this week.

So what have I been working on this weekend?  This year I signed up for the Whatsnot Club from the Fat Quater Shop. 

In and Out is the kit for the third month and my project for this weekend.

Have a good week,

Marlene

Quilty Vacation Days

This is the scene outside the patio windows last Sunday.  My estimate is that we recieved 10 – 12″ of snow.

However Monday’s view is of sunshine and blue skies.  The snow melted quickly and the roads were dry by Tuesday.

Yesterday and today were vacation days, making a four day quilting retreat.  The first goal was to move the EPP Rose Garden top to a finished quilt.

The top was completed last weekend, and I decided not to add any pentagons to the setting triangles.  It was one of those times when the vision in my head did not translate well to fabric reality.  So what did I do with all those pentagons that I had made?  Well I placed them on the back of course!

Rose Garden was loaded on the frame, machine quilted and sleeve/binding attached.  It should only take a day or two to finish the hand-stitching.

Today’s project is Biggy the Bee, a pattern by Krista Moser.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Quilting on a Snowy Weekend

For the last three weeks, I have been piecing the Jewel Box quilt from Brenda Henning’s book Strip Therapy 5.   

Don’t those soft pastel batiks glow against the dark plum grunge fabric?  The biggest problem I had with this quilt is that the jelly roll had pinked edges which I find a challenge for accurate piecing. 

All the blocks made, laid out & pinned in place and – as you can see, this quilt is bigger than my design wall.   

The completed quilt top.

I cut the remainder of the block strip sets into 1 1/2″ segments for the second border.  I think it looks like a ribbon running over and under the background fabric.  The best part is that there are no leftovers from the pastel jelly roll.

The other change I made to the pattern was to cut the outer border width at 4 1/2″ instead of 6 1/2″, making the finished size of my Jewl Box is 78″ x 94″ instead of 82″ x 98″.

Now that this quilt top is finished, it is time to load the EPP quilt top Rose Garden on the longarm.

As for the “snowy” part in the title – it started snowing here yesterday evening and is still snowing as I write this post.  So far there appears to be around 12″ of accumulated snow and –  as you can imagine –  I am so happy that I am working from home and don’t need to worry about driving to work tomorrow.

Have a good week,

Marlene

January Wrap-up

I am off to a good start on my 2021 goal of curves & circles.  My first finish – Twelve Moons.

The pattern directions said to applique the circles onto a background, however I used the Creative Grids Circle Savvy Ruler instead.  As long as I remembered that the background fabric was cut 1/2″ smaller than the inset circle all was good.

The panto-graph stitched on Twelve Moons is Kismet by Urban Elementz.  I think that Kismet has just become one of my favorite panto-graphs – to me it looks like leaves swirling in water on this block.  Yes, I will definitely be using this Kismet again.

And the back of the quilt.  It feels so good to use up those odd pieces of fabric and make room for new purchases.

My second circle project in January was Garden Globes by Jason Yenter (Floragraphix II).  I bought this kit in 2007, so it had been patiently waiting long enough.

Jason Yenter is one of my favorite fabric designers.  The way he layers motifs on top of each other makes for visually interesting fabric which is highlighted in this pattern.

The Garden Globes pattern was also written to applique the circles on the background and I, of course, machine pieced them instead.  They are the same size as the two circles in Twelve Moons, so these nine were no problem – well, no problem as long as I cut accurately, pinned carefully and sewed slowly.

Now that I am caught up on all binding projects, my attention returned to the Rose Garden EPP project.  The star block in the lower left was completed and appliqued to the background.  I cut the remaining 8 neutral charm squares into 1 1/2″ strips along with some of the background neutral to use as the sashing.

My plan also includes cutting out octogons from 10 of the remaining colored charm squares to make 4 arches for the 4 side triangles.  So as you can see, I still have a bit of handwork to do before this quilt top is completed.

I have been collecting my curves & circles projects in one place and there are more of them that I originally thought.  I mean I knew I had quite a few, but it is totally different to see them in a pile.  It is going to be a busy year.

Next up is two wallhangings – Mount Fuji and Tiny the Giraffe.

What is on your schedule?

Marlene

Twelve Moons

My first quilt top finish for 2021 – Twelve Moons.

Twelve Moons is a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman website and is a great pattern to showcase panels.  The pattern is copyrighted 2009, so it looks like this project has been patiently waiting 11 or 12 years.  I have no idea why it took so long to be pieced, but I am very happy with it.

This morning I started the search for backing fabric and look what I found:

I don’t remember why I made this backing, but it will be perfect for the Twelve Moons quilt once a 6″ strip is added to the top & one side.  My goal is to have it on the frame and machine quilted tomorrow.

Happy quilting,

Marlene

Effervescence & Rose Garden EPP

While working on the Hope Chest quilt top, I cut out 4-patch Stack-n-Whack blocks as leaders/enders using the Effervescence fabric from Robert Kaufmann.  They sewed together so quickly and before long I had a nice pile of blocks.

Paula Doyle shows her quilt using this fabric in her book East Stack Quilts.  It is so elegant looking that I decided to make one for myself.

The reason it took me 2 weeks to finish the top is because I needed to order more fabric since I miscalculated the amount needed – the border was only on one side of the fabric.  I like the 4-patch blocks in the four corners so there was no need to match and miter the corners.

My version is 68″ square (7 x 7 block layout), however it is easy to adjust the top to whatever size desired.

Some of my favorite blocks:

This quilt was so much fun and I really like the neutral color range.  Maybe I need to add another neutral quilt top to my 2021 goal list.

As a treat to myself, I subscribed to the EPP Quilty Box from Paper Pieces and received my first box in November.

All of my EPP projects except one have been hexagons, so this will stretch my EPP skills.  The November project is Rose Garden which contains pentagons, 36 degree 5-pointed star and irregular heptagons – definitely a new challenge for me.  I have some ideas for a different layout than shown and will show pictures once I get a little further along.

Wishing everyone a safe & healthy Holiday season.

Marlene

Happy Quilty Dance

A quilt top was completed yesterday that exceeded my mental vision for it – yeah, happy quilty dance!  This doesn’t happen often, so it is always celebrated with a quilty dance.

Oh no – I just discovered that I have not posted any pictures of this quilt on my blog even though this project was started in January 2020.  How did that happen?

So to start at the beginning – when I finished the Hope Chest Star wall-hanging below, I knew that I wanted to make my version of the Hope Chest quilt.

The Hope Chest pattern is from Edyta Sitar’s book Patches of Scraps as shown below.

I wanted a smaller version, so I went with a 9-patch quilt layout.  The star colors were determined by the fabric I could find that was black + a color.  The first star color was green, followed by orange and turquoise.  The black + color was used for the triangles and to frame the block.

The orange star is one of my favorite stars -the black cat background makes me smile every time I look at it.

I needed to decide on a center block.  Plan A was for the center to be a Trip Around the World block made with 2″ finished squares.  The framed star blocks are 18″, so finished 2″ squares made the math easy.  However the more star blocks that were completed, the more dissatisfied I became with the center block.  It was too clunky and just didn’t want to play well with others.  To to decide on Plan B once the remaining star blocks were finished.

Each block took over a day to piece which is one reason that this was a 2020 on-going project, but to be honest is was more off- than on-going.  I wanted this completed before the end of the year, so I pushed myself to finish the remaining stars – silver, yellow and pink.

Is this an elegant star block?  During all the piecing time, I was considering the question – what to do with the center square?  Finally I decided to remake the Trip Around the World block with 1″ finished squares and every other row a background fabric.

To get the TATW block to the correct size, I added 1/2″ finished framing strips.  Perfect!

The same background fabric used on the center square was used for the inner border and the outer border was in my stash.  The actual quilt top is much more vibrant than what the picture shows.

The finished quilt is 68″ square, completed and I am so pleased with the final results.  Happy quilty dance!

Wishing you your own happy quilty dance this week,

Marlene

Lucky 13

Lucky 13 – as in 13 finished string LeMoyne star blocks.  The last one was pieced Friday night and Saturday’s project was to get the top completed.

This quilt top was a project of mood swings – I enjoyed making the string diamonds, but it was getting pretty boring by the time I was doing the last few.  And the 104 diamonds did not make a dent in my string bin, but that will be something to consider later.

I really like the look of LeMoyne stars, however the block sewing is all sew a short seam, cut threads, sew a short seam, cut threads, and repeat which can get very monotonous.  Then there was all the steam & spray starch to get the blocks to lay flat.  String diamonds – bias & bias.  Of course there were block volcanos to be pressed into submission.

The top and bottom string border was added to lighten the quilt top and add some length.  The finished size of the top is 70 1/2″ x 74 1/2″.

The hexagon butterflies have been sewn to the background and the fabric from the original butterly quilt has been located.

Isn’t this going to be cute?  Now I need to take the time to decide on quilt size so that I can figure the strip width.  Maybe next weekend.  This project is turning out exactly how I had envisioned it in my head.  Yeah!

With seven weeks left in the year, I need to be brutally honest with myself with which quilting projects I can finish before the close of 2020.  I have been cleaning up and organizing my sewing space in preparation for 2021 while I have considering this issue.

So, what are projects are on your “Get Done This Year” list?

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene