Category: In Progress

May 09 2017

Long Time Gone Week 8

The block for week 8 of the Long Time Gone sew-along is Courthouse Steps blocks.

It works so much better for me to assemble the sections together as much as possible.  The quilt will come together faster at the end as well as helping me balance the colors throughout the top.

This is one of my favorite sections so far – the diagonals in the Cross of UK are from left to right red, orange & yellow and the Courthouse Steps are from bottom to top yellow, orange & red.  My daughter called these blocks barbells.

I wanted the last three blocks to be totally different so in addition to using multiple colors in each block I also changed direction of the blocks.

In the next couple of weeks this project will need to move to a larger design wall.  I have also been sewing the checkerboard connector blocks as leader/enders.

My autumn Long Time Gone project is bright, bold and full of contrast – I am very happy with it.

Marlene

May 01 2017

Long Time Gone Week 7

I wasn’t sure if I would get all the teeny tiny Churn Dash blocks made this week, but the two blocks were sewn together this morning.

There is one more block for the bottom and then this section (2) will be completed.  Applying the sashing after each block is finished will make the final construction of the quilt block easy and helps me balance colors in the remaining blocks.

Here is part of section 5.  The block for week 8 is Courthouse Steps and three of them will be attached to the right side.

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

Marlene

Apr 20 2017

Long Time Gone Week 6

The block for week 6 of the Long Time Gone sew-along is Plus a Star.  The cutting and piecing for this block is very simple, but deciding on color placement was tricky.  I am sure that there are many others like me that cut out quite a few extra squares or rectangles that were not used in the final block.  I like the contrast between the different plus signs and how the cream background lightens up the whole block.

Jen Kingwell’s design uses checkerboards to fit all the different sized blocks together in the quilt top.  I have been piecing them as my leader/ender while sewing on the blocks and attaching them where possible.

Next week I will be sewing Churn Dash blocks and be able to attach a few of the blocks together.  It will be so quick and easy to have a finish quilt top with just a little bit of time spent adding the sashing and cornerstones to the blocks.

Today the plan is to add sashing to the burnt orange Lincoln block, then back to Buried Treasure.

Marlene

Apr 13 2017

Long Time Gone Week 5

This week the block for the Long Time Gone sew-along is Trip Around the World.  I am having so much fun with this project and look forward to each new block.

I also finished the Hemingway quilt top (40 1/2″ x 46 3/4″).  Originally I had pulled a brown calico with salmon flowers for the border, but after sewing one side on I knew that it wasn’t right.  This brown fabric makes a much better border as it looks like a picture frame.

Now that the Hemingway quilt top was finished, I needed a new leader/ender project.  Since my 2 1/2″ bins are getting full, I decided to make a Rainbow Braid quilt top using the Creative Grid 2 1/2″ Trapezoid ruler.  I bought the ruler years ago, but have never used it and now seemed like a good time.

My favorite thing about this braid is that I don’t need to trim the sides to make them straight and the seams will nest when sewing two braids together.

The plan for this weekend is to get a couple of the setting triangles sewn for the Lincoln quilt.  My plan was to have this a finished quilt top by May, but I can see now that it won’t happen.  Maybe it will be completed by the end of the summer.

Happy Easter Weekend,

Marlene

Mar 31 2017

Long Time Gone Week 3

Week three and I am keeping up with the Long Time Gone sewalong.  This week is six Crosses of the U.K. blocks.

I am using a striped fabric for the sashing and adding it to the blocks as they are made.

The pattern directions also use the sashing fabric for checkerboard panels, but I plan to use the light beige fabric instead.

The burnt orange Lincoln block was finished today – three more blocks left to make!

The setting triangles will be the next part added to this project.  My middle daughter found me a tag that reads “This took forever” to put on the back of this quilt – sometimes it does feel like it has been forever.

Between the Lincoln quilt and Long Time Gone, the leader/ender blocks are almost finished – only six more to go.  I found some fabric for the inner and outer border that I hope will work.

The first four blocks in the top row are sewn together.  I wanted to see if it was going to be tricky to get the light strips matching correctly, but everything went together smoothly.

Since the weather channel predicts some snow for this weekend, the plan is to machine quilt the Apple Core quilt.

Marlene

Mar 25 2017

Long Time Gone – Block 2

The second block in the Long Time Gone sewalong is Square in a Square Stars.  I used Nicole’s block as inspiration for my block.

The multi-colored striped fabric will be the sashing – if I have enough of it.  I think I mentioned this before, but I think this is going to be one of my favorite quilts when it is done.

Marlene

Mar 02 2017

Lincoln Block #9

Yesterday I finished another Lincoln block.

This one goes in the center of the quilt.  I was a bit concerned about my color decision, but after seeing it with all the other blocks I think that it looks great.

I also made and attached the yellow/green setting triangle along with the sashing between the yellow and red blocks.  Only four more blocks to make – YEAH!  The four remaining block colors are dark green, dark orange/rust, gold, and purple.

After consideration I realized why it takes 2 – 4 days to make each Lincoln block.  Sure each block has 337 pieces, but it is mostly because I need to be so focused all the time – from cutting all the different sized pieces to the precision of the seam allowances.   However I have to say that with each new block addition I am more in love with this quilt.

On one of my smaller design walls is all the pieces for an Apple Core quilt. 

This will be the next leader/ender project once Charlotte’s Baskets is completed.  I haven’t decided yet if I will move some of the cores or just sew it together as it is.  That decision will be made when I start the piecing.  When the top is completed and machine quilted, I will trim the edges.

Next up is another small applique wallhanging and the pieced backing for Nifty Thrifty.  Hopefully I will get a quilt sandwich made tomorrow so that I can start the machine quilting this weekend.

Marlene

Feb 17 2017

Whoos-It Wallhanging

Judy at Patchwork Times was working on a deer quilt during her January Quiltathon.  When I saw the picture of her quilt, I realized that I also had a pattern from the same designer Majorie Rhine except mine was owls.  I had too many other projects going in January, but I had time this week and started on it.

I bought the graduated fabric on the right for this project.  The plan is to make the wallhanging size with narrower borders so that it will fit on my hanger upstairs.  The directions are for a wallhanging size of 27″ x 28″ with three borders, but wallhanging will be around 20″ x 22″.

The buttonhole stitching around the owls is completed and now I need to add the eyes.  Hopefully I will have this top finished this weekend.

Marlene

Dec 15 2016

Progress Report

I have made my list and checked it twice – of the projects I want done by the end of the year.

First up is the machine quilting and binding of Four Patchwork.

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Charity quilts are a great place to practice, so I am quilting this top with a clamshell template.  I don’t have a lot of experience with using tools for machine quilting, but I can already see some improvement.  With only 1/3 of the top left to quilt, I should be able to finish it tomorrow.

There has also been progress on the Rocky Mountain Bear Claws.

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With only two blocks left to sew, the top should come together fairly quickly.  Now that I understand the process of flat blocks, I am happier with these blocks.  Now I am reminded how much I like this design.

Number three on my list is to finish the Winter Diamonds wall hanging and number four is a green Lincoln block.  It would be great to start 2017 with only the Lincoln quilt as a project in process.

Marlene

Dec 08 2016

Baskets, Strings and Handwork

It seemed like a good time for an update of my in-process projects.  The baskets for Charlotte’s Baskets are my current leader/ender project.  The quilt top has 16 basket blocks and the first row of 4 is completed.

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It is so nice to have the string triangles already done and just waiting to be sewn on the block.  And speaking of strings, I am officially finished with them – for now.

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Can you see how empty the string bin is?  It was getting harder and harder to get the lid on before I started all these blocks, but now the bin is 1/3 full.  I used the shortest pieces to sew on a 2 1/2″ paper.  These strips probably will become a scrappy border for a future quilt top.

The first handwork project is a cute wallhanging from Primitive Gatherings called Winter Diamonds.

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The diamonds in the background are EPP and after the top is together a small wool snowman is stitched in the lower right corner.  Of course I decided to do something different.  The diamonds in the pattern are arranged in a random matter and I wanted mine to go from light in the center to dark edges.  All the diamonds are stitched to the paper so that I could see if this plan would work – so far so good.  I am hoping to get this done by the end of the year.

The second handwork project is the cross stitch of Stonehenge.  I have made some good progress on it although Winter Diamonds demanded my attention for the last several days.

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The stones are going to take awhile since it is stitch 5, change thread, stitch 7, change thread – you get the idea.  I really like this project and it is going to look wonderful once it is done.

I was able to make some progress on the Rocky Mountain Bear Claw today, but I don’t have a picture.  The goal is to have four of the blocks together by this weekend, so that I have something to show.

Marlene