Category: In Progress

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

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