Category: In Progress

Jan 19 2019

Good Fortune, Part 4

Part 4 – the green turquoise chevrons – are completed. I was able to sew on these during the week, so it was easy to finish them up this morning.

For my quilt I decided to have all four chevron units in each block from the same fabric. Of course, once the decision was made I needed to make a star block to verify. And yes, I am happy with that variation for my quilt.

I still have all the green turquoise/background HSTs for one of the borders to sew, but that can wait until the center is completed. Now the blue turquoise/background HSTs need to be cut and sewn.

My goal is to have the center of Good Fortune together by the end of the month.

Marlene

Jan 10 2019

Good Fortune, Part 1 – Again

When I first started Bonnie’s mystery quilt Good Fortune, I was going to make 1/4 of the units and change three of the colors. But that plan flew out the window – now I am making all the units and changing four colors.

The first clue for Good Fortune was 4-patches of red & neutral. With the new plan the red was changed to coral/salmon, so I had to begin again.

And I had a bit of good fortune discovering that part 4 units and part 1 units combined to make one of the blocks. As I was sewing the 4-patches I was also assembling blocks.

First there were a few, but by the end of the day all these chain blocks needed for Good Fortune were completed.

Changing the orange to gold produces a bit more contrast between the 4-patches and strip sets which I like. I am looking forward to making the star blocks and see how all my color changes play together.

Marlene

Dec 30 2018

Good Fortune, Part 4

I started Good Fortune – the 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery – the day after Thanksgiving. At the time my plan was to make 1/4 of the units until I saw the final reveal, but you know how plans go.

Swing Your Partner consumed my sewing time because I was determined to have the quilt top finished by the end of the year. That goal has been crossed off my list, so now it is time to start in on some serious sewing for Good Fortune.

Bonnie’s color for the Part 4 string units is orange which for my quilt I have changed to gold.

My method for making the Part 4 units is a combination of string blocks and strip sets. I used an Accuquilt die that cuts 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″ strips which were sewn together into strip sets then cut to width.

I also decided to make all the units for each clue to have a finished quilt at 72″ square, so here are all the units needed for the quilt.

Now that Part 4 is completed, I am returning to the beginning to redo Part 1. Originally I made 1/4 of the total units in red & white, however since I changed my color choices I need to resew all the units in coral & white.

It is a work day tomorrow, but hopefully by Tuesday night all of Part 1 units will be completed.

Happy New Year

Marlene

Dec 15 2018

Saturday Progress Report

Two of the projects that I want completed by the end of the year are the Swing Your Partner and Starry Night Hexies.  Only three more blocks need to be made for the Swing Your Partner quilt top.

Although Bonnie Hunter used HST as sashing in her quilt, I plan to do something different.  By the time the last three blocks are completed, I should have it all planned out.

Starry Night Hexies is coming together slowly since so much of it is hand work.  All the full hexie flowers are in the process of being sewn down on the background while three more half hexie flowers need to be made.

I also made a trial block for a quilt that I am calling Elephants on Parade.  The pattern is Aromatic Rings in the book Rainbow Quilts by Judy Gauthier.  This quilt top is on my 2019 goal list. 


Each block is 25″ square finished with a 3 x 3 setting.  This is going to be a fun quilt to make and it looks even better than the image in my head.

Happy Holidays,

Marlene

Oct 06 2018

A Little Bit of This – A Little Bit of That

Call me Tiggr – I have been bouncing around from project to project.  First up – another Starry Night Hexie has been completed.  This is number 6 out of 10 full hexagon flowers for the wallhanging.

Each one is an adventure with a surprise at the finish.

Two more Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler blocks have been added to design wall.

A-7

N-9

My first thought was to alternate dark red & green cornerstones in the sashing. However I knew it was a mistake as soon as I saw it on the design wall – too dark & too distracting.

What if the cornerstones were a different fabric close in color to the sashing strips?

The cornerstone fabric isn’t noticeable from a distance, but is a nice surprise upon closer inspection.  Only two more blocks until the top row is completed and a sashing row attached.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Sep 24 2018

Design Wall Monday 09-24-18

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed sewing hexies until I did the hexie block for Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler.  Before the block was even finished I had planned my next EPP project.

It all started with this pattern from American Patchwork & Quilting website

and this fabric.

My piece of Starry Night fabric was 51″ long and contain 6 repeats at 8″.  I cut the fabric Stack-n-Whack fashion to make 18 groups of 2 1/2″ squares for 10 full hexagon flowers, 4 half flowers and 4 cornerstones.

Each grouping is the start of a new adventure of design.

A pale yellow batik is going to be the background.

This project is small wallhanging size at 27 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  I wonder what tonight’s design will look like.

There may have been a bit of this going on also.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Jul 28 2018

Diamond Tiles

My original setting plan for Diamond Tiles was to alternate the white triangles/black sashing with black triangles/white sashing.

As soon as I saw the alternate block on the wall, I knew that this wasn’t a good idea.  The cornerstones fade into the black triangles while the overall look to the block is dull and dreary, not bright and cheery.  So all the blocks will be made with white cornerstones/black sashing.

Instead of working on one block at a time, I sewed all the uneven 9-patches together then started on the setting triangles.  All the black sashing and white triangles have been cut so all that is left is the actually sewing.

Right now I am considering black sashing, but – like always – reserve the right to change to Plan B (or C). My goal is to have all the blocks completed this weekend.

Marlene

Jul 07 2018

Butterflies Fly with Me

Diamond Tiles has been set aside while Butterflies Fly with Me is consuming all my attention.  The name of the quilt is a combination of the names of the two quilt patterns used – Come Fly with Me by Creative Sewlutions and Butterflies by The Buggy Barn.

My vision of this quilt is to insert a strip of five Butterflies where the flying geese are in the pattern.  The color palette is pink, purple and turquoise.

The first three butterflies were pieced together on Wednesday and hopefully the final two will be completed this weekend.

The wings and bodies of the butterflies are Fairy Frost fabric which give a nice subtle glimmer.  My butterflies use the same fabric background in all five which is not the regular Buggy Barn way.  I also reversed the pattern so the next two butterflies will be flying up & to the right instead of up & to the left.

Here are some of the strips for the Come Fly with Me portion of the quilt.

There is four more pieces of fabric that need to be cut into strips before I can start arranging them.  The striped fabric on the left will be an inner border and the flower fabric on the right will be the outer border.

I had the idea for combing these two patterns several years ago and – so far – it is looking like my vision.  July is a crazy busy month with family activities, but this top is an easy sew and – hopefully – will be completed soon.

Marlene

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