Category: In Progress

Aug 02 2020

Mindless Sewing Project #2

My second mindless sewing project is Long Tall, a pattern by Cozy Quilt Designs. If you are ever looking for a pattern that leaves very very little scraps, I would recommend this one. I an piecing the twin-sized version and the only scraps left were four or five 2 1/2″ squares.

Here are two blocks – one a mirror image of the other. I laid them all out on the floor to make sure that there were different fabrics in each block.

There are two tricks that I would offer to anyone making this pattern. First is to press half the blocks in the opposite direction of the first half and second is to assemble the quilt center in columns. By assembling in columns you only need to match 10″ worth of seams at a time instead of 40″ or 60″ across rows.

I am waiting on the inner and outer border fabrics to arrive, but once it does I will finish the quilt top.

Also I found this applique kit at my local quilt shop.

The name of the kit is Colorado Range and it is part of the Quilters Trek. The blue fabric for the mountains is perfect and adds a lot of dimension to the applique wall-hanging.

So, I wonder what kind of quilty distractions are headed my way in August or if – for once – I will be able to make a list and stick to it. Maybe I should get busy on that list.

Take care and stay healthy,

Marlene –

May 03 2020

Sewing Room Updates

Two non-quilting project – fabric weights and crocheted ric-rac – have enn made.

The fabric weights ( https://weallsew.com/fabric-weight-tutorial/ ) were a quick and easy sewing project once I figured out the fusible interfacing issue. All I have is sew-in interfacing and this project was a use-what-I-already-have project. My solution was to use a glue stick to adhere the sew-in interfacing to the fabric and it worked. The tags were cut from the ribbon around a Moda jelly roll. Isn’t it fun to do something different once in a while?

At the bottom of the picture is a length of crocheted ric-rac. The directions can be found here: https://foxslane.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-crochet-ric-rac.html I don’t have any idea what I am going to do with the ric-rac, but it was relaxing to crochet in the evenings.

My current UFO project is Space Invaders. This quilt project had been packed up in October 2019 because I was unhappy with the color choices. The solid black was too predictable & boring and the focus fabric had a small print that wasn’t playing well with the center. Frankly I just didn’t want to take the time to unstitch all those dang rectangles.

Well, now it is time to get this quilt top finished. Here is my progress so far.

I like it – the focus fabric brightens up the quilt top and is worth the time of unsewing and resewing. The border may be a bit of a challenge since there was only a yard or so of the focus fabric, but I will worry about that when I get there.

So the Simply Sixteen didn’t get lonely, I loaded a quilt onto the frame. The panto-graph is spiders and webs which is the most detailed panto-graph I have attempted to date.

To keep on track, I made a list of 12 goals for May. I have three vacation days in May and the list is divided between quick items and more time intensive items. Finishing the Space Invaders quilt top and machine quilting ShortLine are the top two goals, so I am off to a good start.

Marlene

Apr 08 2020

Amaryllis Table Topper

I was hoping to have this table topper completed last weekend, however it was not to be. Amaryllis was my first machine applique project which ended up stuck in a box for years. At first glance everything looks good,

however on closer examination the issue with this quilt top becomes apparent. Being new to quilting and machine appilique, I thought that the edges would fray even with the buttonhole stitch.. Since I had sewn clothing for 25 years before quilting, my solution was to Fray Check the edges – without testing this solution on a scrap first. What was I thinking? – the Fray Check discolored the fabric!

For the longest time I thought I would remake the center, but a couple months ago I came up with a better solution – couching the edges.

The thick green yarn did a good job on the stems, however the purple yarn is too thin to cover the edges well. Plan D – or is it Plan E? – is to do a single crochet chain to see if that will be thick enough to cover the discoloration on the flowers.

Amaryllis is machine quilted with the binding already sewn down, so once the couching is done the table topper will be complete. I didn’t anticipate the amount of fussing around I would need to do to get the yarn couched down, but since I am so close to finish I want to have it look as good as possible.

One thing I do have to admit is from quilt top to finished quilt, this table topper has taught me quite a few new lessons.

Happy quilting and stay healthy,

Marlene

Mar 22 2019

Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Update

I will start off with a warning – the next couple of blog posts may be boring! My goal is to make 31 SBS blocks in March, so there will be a lot of pictures of sampler blocks.

D-9
F-4
F-10
G-10
I-2
J-4
J-9
K-1
L-3
L-6
N-5

When all 31 blocks are completed, it should bring my total of finished blocks to 83. That will be over half of the blocks needed, but still leave 60ish to make. Just whose idea was it to make a Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler quilt – oh yeah, mine.

Sampler quilts are not my favorite style of quilt to make, so I can’t understand why I have so many sampler quilt patterns in my library. I just need to remember that the tortoise won the race and as long as I keep moving forward eventually it will be finished. Does anyone else have such mixed feelings about sampler quilts?

Marlene

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