Category: In Progress

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

 

Jun 16 2017

Long Time Gone – Pineapple Block

The last Pineapple block is completed.  I wanted to use all the tiny bits and scraps that were covering my cutting table, so this one is very scrappy.

Now that the center of LTG is finished, I need to decide on the borders.  Jen Kingwell used leftover fabric to make a scrappy border, but my plan from the beginning was to use my focus fabric.  However the background of the focus fabric is black and the center of the quilt is so light & airy that they doesn’t play together.

At first I considered shopping for a new border fabric, but decided on a different plan instead.

The striped fabric as an inner border makes a nice transition to the darker outer border.   So that is the plan now and the goal for today.

Happy Friday,

Marlene

Jun 02 2017

Long Time Gone

The next unit for the Long Time Gone quilt is Flying Geese.  Yesterday I made enough to make these two blocks and finish section two.

Once this section was completed, I was able to attach it to sections 3 and 4.

It is so fun to put the pieces together and see the quilt take shape.  My plan is to have section 1 completed this weekend and attached to the top.

Marlene

May 31 2017

Long Time Gone Week 12

The Long Time Gone block for week 12 is completed – actually I finished it yesterday morning, but had problems getting the picture from my camera to my computer.

I have decided to sew ahead and get this quilt top finished.  All the bits & pieces for Long Time Gone are yelling at me.  They want to get together and be friends, so that is what will happen.

Flying Geese are up next, some of which will finish Section Two.

My goal is to finish by the middle of June.  Wish me luck!

Marlene