Category: 2015 Finishes

Apr 27 2015

Baby Quilt Finished

The last few inches of binding was sewn down yesterday on Presley’s baby quilt.  I am so happy to have it completed before she makes her grand appearance sometime in the next two weeks.

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I don’t know the name of this pattern – I thought it was something like Big Block Quilt, but I didn’t find it under that name on the internet.  Anyway the baby quilt is a nice size at 39″ x 48 3/4″.

As far as I know, this is the only quilt that I will have for this year that had a deadline.  Now I can work on a new project – Pickledish Reinvented by J Michelle Watts.  Of course I plan to add my own twist to the quilt so I don’t think it will end up looking like the picture.

Today I am linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Apr 26 2015

A Finish for 2015

Yeah – My eighth finish for 2015!

042515  (1011x1024)The quilt top was finished in May 2009 and was an attempt to find a pattern for large scaled prints.  I think that my fabric choices color-wise could have been better – maybe the trading the dark purple for a medium and changing the outer border.  I wonder how it would look with pieced blocks instead of the print.

The name of the quilt pattern is Bellingrath by toadusew and the finished size is 49 1/2″ square.

I wanted some practice on a new machine quilting motif, so I used the same design on this top and the baby quilt.  Of all the different phases of making a quilt, I am the most self-critical of my machine quilting, but the only way I will improve is by practice, practice and more practice.

The baby quilt is almost finished – just need to complete the binding – so I had better get to it.

Marlene

Apr 13 2015

Theo’s Car Quilt

I should have been quilting the baby quilt, but instead I machine quilted this cute car panel for my 2 year old grandson.

041315 (665x1024)This quilt along with a bucket of Match Box cars will stay at my house for him to play with when he visits.

Now back to the baby quilt.

Marlene

Mar 30 2015

Design Wall Monday 03-30-15

March has been a good month for finishing quilts.  This is the 4th finish for March and the 6th finish for the year.

032615  (881x1024)The quilt measures 42″ x 50 1/2″.  This quilt was made with leftover scraps from another quilt.  I have tried using software or paper & pencil to design quilts, but the best method for me is to make blocks and play with them on a design wall.  That is the method I used to make this quilt.

Right now my design wall has two projects on it.

033015A (1024x673)On the left is the start of a baby girl quilt which needs to be a finished quilt in the next five weeks.  On the left is my current leader & ender project – Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt from Moda Bakeshop.  The directions for the Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt called for 2 1/2″ squares, but I made my blocks with 2″ squares.  All of the 9-patches have been made, so now it is time to sew the top together.

Since it is the last days of the month, I thought that I would check on my yearly goal progress.

1)  Use over 125 yards of fabric – Have sewn 34 yards YTD

2)  Track yardage bought – Have bought 23 yards YTD

3)  Machine quilt 16 tops – Have 6 finished quilts YTD

4)  Add no UFO’s – Done, in fact finished 3 UFO’s so far

Yeah – everything is looking good on the goal front.

Check out other quilting progress on Judy’s Patchwork Times.

Marlene

Mar 20 2015

Friday Finish

Another quilt top finish –

032015  (862x1024)This quilt measures 45″ x 53″ and is quilted with a black, gray & white thread.  I used a quilting motif from my new book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.  Here is the design I used –

032015B (1024x683)It was a fun design and quilted up quickly.  The hardest part for me was the long curvey lines between the spirals, but I was getting better at them by the time I finished the quilt.

This quilt also has a fun backing.

032015A (871x1024)I basted my next machine quilting project today so that I will have four finishes for this month.  Then I really need to make a baby quilt for the new granddaughter due in May.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Mar 16 2015

Design Wall Monday 03-16-15

I have completed two more quilts in the first half of March for a total of four this year.  The first March finish is this wallhanging – 031615  (1000x1024)It is 25″ square with stitch in the ditch quilting.

The second finish is a Day & Night quilt from Eleanor Burn’s book.

031615A (794x1024)This quilt is 40″ x 53″.  This quilt top was pieced in 2010 before I started my blog.  I like the sharp contrast, but the quilt is not one of my favorites and I am not sure why – it may be because it is a two fabric quilt.  Anyway I am sure that it will find a good home as a community quilt.

I am also donating two quilt tops to a local quilt guild for finishing as community quilts.  The first top was pieced in 2011 and measures 46″ square.  This was a kit from Connecting Threads.

031615D (1024x1022)The second top is 50″ x 62″ and is one of the earliest quilt tops that I sewed – sometime between 2002 – 2005.

031615C (848x1024)If you have recently received a Keepsake Quilting catalog, you will recognize this pattern.  They show it made up in batiks.

Since both of these tops were pieced before I started my blog, I wanted a record of them before they flew off to a new home.  I have quite a pile of tops, so it feels good to donate these and know that they will be appreciated where ever they end up.

There are more quilt tops to be finished this month, so I had better get to work.

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

Marlene

Jan 21 2015

Blocks, Binding and Ramblings

012115   (1024x759)I really like how this quilt top is looking.  Every day one or two new blocks are added to the mix.  There was enough scraps to make 15 blocks, so a 3×5 setting it is.  I have decided to put sashing between the blocks because I think they need a bit of room to breathe.

However this project was temporarily set aside so that I could machine quilt a top for my youngest grandson who just moved into a big boy bed.  I was able to get it quilted and bound this weekend for delivery yesterday.  He noticed the robots right off, but thought that the aliens were mice.

012115B (920x1024)The quilting pattern is a meander in monofilament thread and the quilt finished at 65″ x 70″ – my first finish in 2015.

I have been giving a lot of thought to my 2015 goals.  There are a lot of wonderful quilt-a-longs, encouragement to finish UFOs and sew your stash online, which are all things that would be fun to do.  However I just can’t decide on any of them, so my 4 goals for this year are more vague than specific.

Goal #1: sew a minimum of 125 yards of fabric (my highest usage was 111 yards in 2011)

Goal #2: for the first time, track fabric bought

Goal #3: complete at least 16 quilts

Goal #4: add no new UFOs

In observance of goal #4, I am sewing some more star blocks.

Happy quilting,

Marlene