Category: In Progress

May 24 2017

Long Time Gone Update

I did make some progress in the sewing room this last weekend, although not as much as I was hoping for.  Isn’t that always the case?

The binding and the sleeve on the Stair Steps baby quilt (29 1/2″ x 37 1/2″) was finished Friday evening.  This is my 12th finished quilt for the year – only 13 more to make my 2017 goal.

The remaining checkerboard blocks for Long Time Gone and the Rainbow Braids were Saturday’s projects.

I decided to put a solid black sashing strip between the braids and found some fabric from my stash for the border.

Sunday & Monday was spent working on four Pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using Marti Michell’s temples for the Pineapple blocks, but I was totally unprepared for how long it would take to piece these four blocks.  There are more Pineapple blocks to make, but that will be a project for another day.

My goal this week is to finish the Rainbow Braid quilt and then back to Long Time Gone blocks – I would really like to get another section completed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Marlene

May 19 2017

Long Time Gone Weeks 10 & 11

Yes, that is correct – I am one week ahead in the Long Time Gone sew-along.  The blocks for weeks 10 & 11 are made with HST and it was a snap to cut them out using my Accuquilt Studio cutter.

Week 10

Week 11

This block has such a strong diagonal that I almost replaced the focus fabric squares, but then I realized that this block will balance the Jacob’s Ladder block that has a strong diagonal in the opposite direction.

The HST block for week 11 also finished section 3 of the quilt top.

I have a home sewing retreat planned this weekend with my middle daughter.  She wants to sew two pairs of jeans, two shirts and one dress.  My goal is to piece the next HST block, all the pineapple blocks and the remaining checkerboards.  I wonder what my design wall will look like on Monday!

Happy Friday,

Marlene

May 16 2017

Long Time Gone Week 9

I can’t believe how many days I obsessed about the color placement in the Log Cabin blocks.  Finally I just went for it and started cutting out the strips needed.

After all that drama and stress I am very pleased with end results.  My best decision was to add some rows using the background fabric – I didn’t want these blocks to be dark & overpowering and the background lightens things up wonderfully.

There was also enough time on Sunday to sew all the Stair Step blocks together, add the borders and have a completed quilt top.

The white inner border and the medium blue outer border help lighten this quilt top (do you see a theme here?).  The top measures 30 1/2″ x 38 1/2″ which will make a nice baby boy quilt for draping over a stroller or a baby carrier.

This week I will be busy sewing HST for the next three Long Time Gone blocks.  It will also be time to move it to a larger design wall.  I am ready to see all the parts come together in a completed quilt top.

Marlene

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