Jan 06 2018

Good-bye 2017

Here it is the January 6th, 2018 and I am finally getting around to posting a wrap up of 2017.  Oh, well.

2017 was a mixed bag of meeting goals, however the most important one was accomplished which was the completion of the Lincoln quilt top.

I wanted to start 2018 with empty design walls which didn’t happen.  The quilt top that didn’t get finished in 2017 is Bouillabaissee.

Bouillabaissee will be a twin-sized quilt and only five of the small blocks had been made when I started concentrating on this project in the middle of December.

Imagine the other two side triangles and that is what the block will look like.  There are 12 blocks in the top each measuring 20″ square.  Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the month.

Another big goal for 2017 was to machine quilt 25 tops – and yeah, that didn’t get done either.  22 quilts were completed, # 23 needs the sleeve sewn down to be finished and #24 & #25 are layered with backing & batting awaiting their turn for machine quilting.  The intent of the goal was met though – 22 quilts were finished and 18 quilt tops made making a net reduction of 4 quilt tops.  All progress, however small, is celebrated here.

Looking back at 2017 many smaller goals were crossed off the list.  My first Jen Kingwell designed quilt was made,

several old UFO’s are now quilts or quilt tops,

and a block on my sew-some-day list was made into a top.

And here is the yearly picture of all the empty spools – not as many as last year, but still a respectful amount.

Next time a look forward to 2018.

Marlene

Dec 24 2017

Scrappy Something

Wow – another quilt finished.  This one is Scrappy Something and another top machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.

I quilted Scrappy Something with green thread to match the background with a free-form Baptist Fan for the quilting motif.  The reason this quilt was finished so quickly is because I machine stitched the binding using Suzanne Hyland’s Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding technique.  It is a great binding for charity and kid’s quilts – anything that will get a lot of love.

Merry Christmas Eve,

Marlene

Dec 23 2017

Hemingway Quilt Finish

I finished hand-stitching the binding on the Hemingway Quilt this morning.

This is another top that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  It is quilted with monofilament thread and a meander motif in the center.  In the border I used one of Angela Walter’s curvy designs.

Hemingway is the 21st finish for the year – only 4 more to go to make my 2017 goal.  Guess I had better get working on the next one.

Happy Holidays,

Marlene

Dec 18 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-18-17

It is with a bit of wonder and a sad smile that I announce the Lincoln quilt top is completed.  It has been on my design wall for two years, so it will be strange not to see it there.  But first, this is what the Lincoln quilt top looked like week ago Sunday December 10th.

The top and one side border had been attached.  Last week had very little sewing time, but I jumped right in on Saturday and finished all the border blocks.

The blocks were pressed and sewn together, then attached on Sunday.

Now the big reveal – ta da!

In the spirit of full disclosure the center of the quilt does not lay as flat as I would like.  My current working theory is that I should not have had it hanging on a design wall for two years, especially an on-point design.  I think it stretched out the corners a bit, but I am not in panic mode.  My plan of attack calls for a hot iron, spray starch and careful machine quilting to take care of any pesky problems.

The finished size is 84″ square which will be a good size for my bed.  And no – I have no idea how to quilt it.

I wonder what project will be next up on this design wall?  That is a decision for 2018.

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

Happy Holidays

Marlene

 

Dec 15 2017

Blue Lake Cabin Finish

Blue Lake Cabin (41″ x 41″) is the 20th finish of the year.  The pattern is Lake Cabin in the book Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett.  My quilt looks different from Kim’s because I didn’t include the sashing between the blocks.

I used mono-filament thread to quilt Blue Lake Cabin.  The center motif is cross-hatching, candy ribbon in the inner border and a fern design in the outer border.  The size of this quilt was determined by the leftover 2 1/2″ strips from another project.  It is a simple pattern but can be very dramatic with the right fabric choices.  I think I need to make another bigger one.

Marlene

Dec 04 2017

Design Wall Monday 12-04-17

Wild Child quilt top was finished yesterday which means that I am two days ahead of schedule.  Yeah!  It is still going to be a race to get all the projects finished that I want to by the end of the year, but I am trying.

I like how the inner and outer border corral all the wildness of the blocks.  It measures 76″ x 92″ and looks much better than the photograph.  Wild Child has been a long term leader/ender project and I am so happy to have it completed.

There was also time yesterday afternoon to get the binding sewn down on one of the quilts that was machine quilted over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Now I have a hand sewing project to work on while watching a bit of TV at the end of the day.

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

Marlene

Nov 29 2017

Design Wall Monday on Wednesday 11-29-17

Belated Happy Thanksgiving.  Things have been really rocking around here, but tonight I found a few moments to catch up.

The middle of last week, I decided that I needed a plan if I was going to get all the projects on my goal list finished by the end of the year.  So I sat down with a calendar to plan my daily quilting goals starting with machine quilting 4 quilt tops over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

First up was this quilt top which is the largest one.  Since I need 6 more quilt finishes to make my yearly goal of 25, I stacked the odds in my favor by picking out smaller tops to finish.  Friday I started the machine quilting on this top.

As you can see, right now I am not concerned with binding – just the machine quilting.  Next up was this rail fence set on point quilt top.

And Sunday was spent working on this one.

It was time to take a break from machine quilting and get back to some piecing, so the next project to finish is Wild Child.  Half of the center is completed with only 20 neutral background blocks left to put together.

If I can keep up with my daily sewing, this top will be finished next Tuesday.  Right now I have two sides on the remaining 20 blocks so I think that I am doing good.  If Wild Child is finished before Tuesday, I will trim and bind one of the machine quilted tops.

Linking up to Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

Marlene

Nov 13 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-13-17

Sunday was my Sewday so I was able to start on the border for the Lincoln quilt.

The directions say to sew all the squares together in row 1, row 2, & row 3 then sew the rows together before attaching them to the quilt center.  After studying the border diagram I decided to make rectangular blocks of 4 squares by 3 rows instead.  If my math is correct I will need 9 blocks for each side along with the 4 corner squares to complete the border.

When I first started designing this quilt, my thought was to find a black background fabric with tan & brown flowers? paisleys? something for a solid fabric border.  The closer the quilt center got to completion, the more I realized that idea was a bad one.  In my opinion it would make the quilt dark and overwhelm the center, so I started looking for a better border idea.  I found this one and really like it – it echoes the black frame around the blocks, relates to the black/dark gray LeMoyne stars and has enough light background to keep it light and airy.  Hopefully by next Monday I will have at least two of the borders attached to the center.

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

Marlene

Nov 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 11-06-17

Jump up & down!  The center of the Lincoln quilt is completed.  Yeah!

I still need to straighten the edges, but I will do that just before adding the border.  This is the design that I decided on for the border.

The name is Entwined Border and found on the Quilters Cache website.  The colors will be black for the solid square, dark gray for the entwining color and neutrals for the background.  If I calculated correctly, I only need 18 more dark gray/neutral HST before I start sewing them together.

I decided to go with 2″ finished squares making each border 6″ wide and the finished quilt top 84″ish square.

Progress was also made on the leader/ender project Wild Child – the first two rows are sewn together.

Once the Lincoln quilt top is completed, Wild Child will have my full attention.

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

Marlene

Oct 23 2017

Design Wall Monday 10-23-17

The center of the Lincoln quilt is quickly coming together.  On Saturday the dark green block was completed –

and on Sunday I finished the golden Lincoln block.

And now there is one – the dark purple block.  I don’t know if I am happy or sad that I am down to the last block.  This project has been on my large design wall for two years now and the space will look strange without the Lincoln quilt hanging there.

Once the dark green block was completed, I was able to finish the lower right side section of the top.

When the golden block was finished, I pieced it to the black block along with all the sashing and cornerstones.  While working on quilt blocks, I like to start sewing them together so that I don’t have all that at the end.  Sometimes you can’t do that, but anytime I can I do.

All the final decisions regarding the border have been made, so once the center is all together I will be ready to power sew and get it done.

Check in with Judy’s Design Wall Monday for wonderful quilt inspiration.

Marlene