Category: In Progress

Mar 24 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole . . .

Sometimes you just need to follow the white rabbit and that is what I am doing.  At the beginning of the year using an Oriental jelly roll, I made this quilt top – Good Fortunes.

With the leftovers I made this quilt top – Oriental Tiles.

Since the block for Oriental Tiles was resized smaller, I tested out my calculations with this sample.

I like this block – the color combination, the fabric, and the striped burgundy fabric accent.  So what was I going to do with it?  After several days of contemplation, I started looking through my files of quilt pictures, patterns & inspiration and came across the picture of this block.  I don’t even know the block’s name, just that it looked like a fun block to make.

I think it was from an ad in a magazine.  Doesn’t it look like the background may have been cut from a layer cake since all the directional fabric is vertical?

After a couple of hours with a calculator and help from Bonnie Hunter’s Square in a Square chart (under Tips & Techniques tab), I had the measurements for the block units.

The finished block needs to measure 8″ unfinished, so the center square would be 5 3/4″ unfinished.

To make the block cut:

1 center square – 2″ square

4 accent strips – 1″ x 4″

4 main strips – 2″ x 4″

4 corner triangles – from 4 1/2″ strip cut 4 triangles using the Easy Angle ruler

Sew the accent strips to the main strip.  Sew the first rail fence unit to the center square with a partial seam.  Add the remaining rail fence units and then finish the first seam.

IMPORTANT:  Because the cutting measurements were rounded up, the center square should measure 6″ square at this point, so it will need to be trimmed down to 5 3/4″

Add the four corner triangles, and then trim the finished block to 8″.

TA-DA  The finished block.

The cutting for the Oriental Tiles block is:

1 center square – 2 1/2″ square

4 accent strips – 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″

4 main strips – 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″

The construction of the block is the same as the center of the first block.

See how the two block look together.  The sad part of this whole story is that 12″ strip on the right side is all that is left of the lovely striped burgundy fabric.  The chances of finding more of the fabric ranges from non-existent to very-very-very slim, so I will need to find something else to use.  My best recollection is that the fabric designer was Nancy Halverson from 10? 12? years ago.

I am thinking of a 5 x 5 layout which would be around 38″ square before borders, but for right now I am just going to make blocks and watch them grow on my design wall.

So this is the beginning of the story about the white rabbit.  Who know what will happen next?

Marlene

Mar 17 2018

Magical Mystery Blocks

The slow pace and easy steps make the Magical Mystery Blocks fun to do.  This morning I sewed clue 4 which was released yesterday and of course, I had to play with the block parts.

Whatever the final block layout this has been an enjoyable project. Thanks for hosting this mystery, Libby.

When people find out I am a quilter I usually get one of four responses.

1. Okay, nice – and on to another topic of discussion.  This doesn’t bother me at all because I have the same response if someone’s hobby is yodeling or rugby.

2. Hey, can you make me a king sized quilt for $50 by next Sunday? Umm-no.  Enough said.

3.  Can you repair my Grandma’s quilt that has been shredded by my cat?  Umm-no.  I have no experience in restoration work.

4.  Hey, my Grandma/Great Aunt/Father’s Cousin’s Sister was a quilter and she passed away.  Here is all of her stuff.  Umm-okay??!

It seems that every Grandma/Great Aunt/Father’s Cousin’s Sister has a Double Wedding Ring project that was started, but not completed in her stash.  This box is one that was gifted to me by way of the 4th response.

I have had it for several years now, but while looking for something else came across it again and pulled it out.  Isn’t the box great?  There is not a date on it, but the candy bars were selling for 5 cents each.

And in the box was her Double Wedding Ring.

There are 79 arcs with fabric & a cardboard template, some muslin melons with a paper pattern, a pattern (but not the one she was making), a Denver Post ad to buy a DWR pattern for 20 cents, and a paper pattern for the center.  She signed her name on the back of the box – Nettie Ethel Whitford.  Nettie must have enjoyed sewing the arcs, but how many did she need?  Just how large of a quilt or how many was she planning on making?

I think I need to finish this quilt in memory Nettie – it can go on my to-do-quilt list.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Marlene

Feb 28 2018

Di Ford Mystery Quilt

Last November Quiltmania magazine announced a mystery quilt box set designed by Di Ford.  The box sets were numbered with only 400 being sold worldwide.  Well, I really wanted one!  So with some Christmas money and family support, I jumped online and snagged one.  Yeah!

This picture is of the first two of six boxes

and a peek of the contents.

Each box has fabric and directions to make two blocks along with helpful goodies.  To my surprise the Aurifil thread is on a wooden spool.

The first block is half finished – all that is left is some EPP flowers for the corners.

I am in no hurry to get the blocks done.  I want to enjoy the process and – maybe- switch things up a bit, however it is a lot of fun getting a mystery box every month.

This is my 2018 project to stretch me out of my quilting comfort zone both with fabric colors (do these really look like my colors?) and techniques (Broderie Perse, really?).  What a fun journey this is going to be.

Marlene

P.S. In case anyone is interested, my box number is 268.

Feb 17 2018

The Designer of the Year is . . .

The 2016 designer was Judy Neiemeyer with her Rocky Mountain Bear Claw pattern and the 2017 designer was Jen Kingwell with Long Time Gone.  So the designer of the year for 2018 is Cozy Quilts Designs.

While looking through my patterns, I was surprised to discover that I own 10 Cozy Quilt patterns and have only made one.  That is going to change this year!

First up is Shortline – with a few changes.

I thought that this would be a great pattern to use the single color string blocks that I made in 2015.  There are 13 colored blocks which will alternated with neutral string blocks.  The rail fence blocks would be scrappy black with a mostly white center strip.

The string blocks are 5″ unfinished (smaller than the pattern), so the rail fence blocks needed to be resized also.  I am considering a black & white strip for the setting triangles, but no firm decision has yet been made.  So far this quilt is looking like the idea in my head.

Saturday update – All the rail fence units are now completed and up on the design wall.  Isn’t it looking good?

Now I am off to dig through my stash for the setting triangle fabric.  Wish me luck!

Marlene

Feb 10 2018

On My Design Wall – Good Fortune

This was intended to be my Design Wall Monday post, but it gives you an idea of what my week has been like since it is now the Saturday after post.

My current project is Good Fortune by Kate Spain for Moda.  I believe that Good Fortune was a free pattern on the Moda website, but I have no idea if it is still available.

Since my jelly roll was of Oriental fabrics, I decided to name my quilt Oriental Fortune.  Nine mostly turquoise strips were used for the 9 full blocks and 4 mostly coral strips for the corner blocks.  The half blocks were all made using the darker strips from the jelly roll.

This quilt sews together very easily although some attention needs to be given to the sashing strips – don’t ask me how I know this!

On last Sunday (02/04) morning there were 6 completed full blocks, but by Sunday evening my design wall looked like this.

Three completed columns and most of the remaining blocks.  I really had grand plans to work on this during the week, but it didn’t happen.  So this morning I started in again and now the quilt center is completed.

All that is left is the inner and outer border.  Fun, easy, and smaller was just what I needed after the intense concentration needed for the last three twin-sized quilts.

Sometime tomorrow this should be a finished quilt top – just in time for a Design Wall Monday post.

Stay warm,

Marlene

Jan 24 2018

Theo’s Blocks

My current leader/ender project is this block that I designed.  I wanted to make a block that featured several different sizes of squares and this is what I came up with.  It is super easy to sew, a great leader/ender project, and a fun quilt.  I am undecided about the sashing fabric on my first block, however I am not going to change it now.

It is so hard for me to decide on names for quilts, so I took the easy way out and named it after my youngest grandson.  I am calling this block & quilt Theo’s Blocks.  Sometimes there is a wide difference between the vision in my head and the finished quilt, so it will be interesting to see if this turns out to be a good or bad idea.

While sewing the Bouillabaisse blocks I was able to finish three more Theo’s Blocks units.  This is the layout I decided to use –

I like the look of the largest blocks making a pinwheel.  This quilt is going to be in a 4 x 4 layout because my border idea works best with an even number of blocks across and down.  The other 12 blocks just need the smallest square row, so once those are ready the rest will be fast.  Hmmm I think that this turning into a good idea!

This is Version 1 and I already have an idea for Version 2, but that will be a future project.  This has been so much fun that I may have to design some more blocks and quilts.

Marlene

Oct 12 2017

Lincoln Quilt Update

Proof that I have been (slowly) working on the Lincoln quilt.  It really gives a good idea of how the center will look when it is completed.

I added all the neutral triangle corners to the checkerboard triangles,

sewed all the remaining setting triangles,

and made the last corner triangle – oops! forgot to take a picture of it.

This weekend I will be sewing all the 9-patch cornerstones and the rail fence sashing units.  Once that is done, I will start with the corner LeMoyne stars  to finish the last three blocks.

The details for the outer border still haven’t been finalized, but I am excited to see the center of this quilt completed.  What a journey this has been!

Marlene

Aug 31 2017

Progress Report

All the turquoise frames have been sewn on the Baby Bear squares.  I picked a darker turquoise fabric for the other six blocks.

Today I am working on the red/white corner triangles – well trying to work on them.  I sewed the wrong side of the triangles so now there is a bit of unsewing and resewing.

Between the Lincoln checkerboard units and the bear squares, I have made a lot of progress on Wild Child blocks as leader/enders.  All 40 blue blocks for Wild Child are completed.  It is hard to get a good picture on this design wall, but I am happy to have half of the blocks for this quilt completed.

The plan for tomorrow is to start cutting triangles for the neutral background blocks.  The border and blue fabric came from my Mom’s stash that I inherited, so I am continuing the theme by using one of her background fabrics.   However the strings and scrappy triangles are all from my stash.

Happy Friday,

Marlene

Jul 13 2017

Pocket Full of Posies

Pocket Full of Posies is the name I decided to give to my Primitive Gathering 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along wallhanging.  Here the center wool applique is finished along with the first border.

The striped brown border is my first design change to this project.  The directions called for the borders to be attached top & bottom, then sides.  Instead using a partial seam I sewed them on log cabin style.

The next border for part 2 was HST.  The light fabric included in the kit was a dark light, but I wanted to lighten up the quilt and provide more contrast so I substituted a light light.  I also decided to go with dancing triangles instead of soldiers all in a row.

Part three includes some more wool applique – flowers in the corner blocks.  Before I start on them I want to hand stitch the binding on the Long Time Gone quilt.  I will have a two year-old little helper this weekend, so it will be interesting to see how much I can accomplish.

Marlene

Jul 08 2017

Progress Report

It is slow going, but I am making progress on the machine quilting for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using monofilament thread in a meander design since I want the fabrics and piecing to be the star of the show.

I went with a wide backing from Connecting Threads to offset all the seams in the quilt top.  Hopefully I will have this finished in the next 3 – 4 days.

When I need a break from the machine quilting, I sew columns together on the Ripples quilt.  I think that there are only ten more to piece.

Last week I also cut all the left over jelly roll strips from Ripples into 2 1/2″ squares along with the background fabric.  There was enough fabric to make 29 9-patches.  What the heck kind of layout uses 29 blocks – maybe on point?  So anyway I went through my Kona solids bin and cut 5 more squares for 30 blocks.  The plan is to make Honey Bee blocks in a 5 x 6 layout.

I also started a new wool applique project for evening sewing.  It is the Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Stitch – Along from (I believe) 2013.  I really need to come up with a new name for this project.

The pattern has 6 parts and the top finishes at 36 1/2″ square.  I plan to make some design changes to the pattern with the first one being the size.  My wallhanging will be somewhere between 18″ to 20″ wide and 22″ to 24″ long so that it will fit on the hanger in the dining room.  I am still considering what other changes I will make, but I don’t need to make a final decision yet.

Well the Long Time Gone  will not quilt itself, so I had better get back to it.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene