Jan 16 2019

Starry Night Hexies

This was the progress on the Starry Night Hexies a week ago – three half blocks to be made with full & half hexie flowers to be appliqued to the background fabric.

However I was more than ready for this project to get to the quilt top stage, so I focused on the handwork every evening. By Friday night I had the blocks completed and the center sewn together.

As you can see, I ended up moving some of the blocks around. I think that this arrangement gives a more balanced look. After waking up very, very early Saturday morning, the borders were added. First the side borders –

then the top & bottom borders with 4-patch kaleidoscope cornerstones.

The original pattern did not include an inner border or cornerstones, but I like the additional interest they add to my version.

Now I need a new handwork project, but before I can start one there are a couple of pants that need to be mended. Oh joy!

Marlene

Jan 10 2019

Good Fortune, Part 1 – Again

When I first started Bonnie’s mystery quilt Good Fortune, I was going to make 1/4 of the units and change three of the colors. But that plan flew out the window – now I am making all the units and changing four colors.

The first clue for Good Fortune was 4-patches of red & neutral. With the new plan the red was changed to coral/salmon, so I had to begin again.

And I had a bit of good fortune discovering that part 4 units and part 1 units combined to make one of the blocks. As I was sewing the 4-patches I was also assembling blocks.

First there were a few, but by the end of the day all these chain blocks needed for Good Fortune were completed.

Changing the orange to gold produces a bit more contrast between the 4-patches and strip sets which I like. I am looking forward to making the star blocks and see how all my color changes play together.

Marlene

Jan 01 2019

Looking Backward – Looking Forward

2018 wasn’t a particularly productive year for quilts, however that can happen when you are working full-time. I gave myself permission last year to play – to work on a project until something else caught my attention and then move on. The down side to all that play is all the projects that are on my design wall waiting to be finished. So 2019 will be focused on moving some of those from ideas into quilts.

Only 8 spools of thread emptied – this is the lowest number since I started doing an annual photograph. Usually when I am sewing strings or very scrappy quilts is when I go through a bunch of spools.

2018 Statistics 15 Completed Quilt Tops 7 Completed Quilts 64 Yards of Fabric Sewn

These are the lowest numbers since I started tracking – it shouldn’t be hard to beat these numbers in 2019, should it?

I do have a long list of quilts that are either UFO’s or on my To-Do List, but right now I am only going to list the top five goals for 2019.

  1. Amish Wedding Ring in the book “Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns”
  2. Di Ford Mystery Quilt from Quiltmania 2018
  3. Kiss My Stash – birthday quilt kit
  4. Foothills – recycled shirt quilt
  5. Sylvia’s Bridal Party

Happy New Year and May All Your Quilting Wishes Come True.

Marlene


Dec 30 2018

Good Fortune, Part 4

I started Good Fortune – the 2018 Bonnie Hunter Mystery – the day after Thanksgiving. At the time my plan was to make 1/4 of the units until I saw the final reveal, but you know how plans go.

Swing Your Partner consumed my sewing time because I was determined to have the quilt top finished by the end of the year. That goal has been crossed off my list, so now it is time to start in on some serious sewing for Good Fortune.

Bonnie’s color for the Part 4 string units is orange which for my quilt I have changed to gold.

My method for making the Part 4 units is a combination of string blocks and strip sets. I used an Accuquilt die that cuts 1″, 1 1/2″ and 2″ strips which were sewn together into strip sets then cut to width.

I also decided to make all the units for each clue to have a finished quilt at 72″ square, so here are all the units needed for the quilt.

Now that Part 4 is completed, I am returning to the beginning to redo Part 1. Originally I made 1/4 of the total units in red & white, however since I changed my color choices I need to resew all the units in coral & white.

It is a work day tomorrow, but hopefully by Tuesday night all of Part 1 units will be completed.

Happy New Year

Marlene

Dec 24 2018

Swing Your Partner

One of my year end goals can be marked off the list – Swing Your Partner is a finished quilt top. Friday evening all the sashing and cornerstones were ready for assembly.

And by mid-afternoon Saturday the center of the top was assembled.

All that was left to do was add the borders which happened Sunday morning.

My quilt top measures 83 1/2″ square which is slightly smaller Bonnie’s.

Isn’t it amazing how the same block can look so different depending on the setting? I like all the blue shirts and how calming the quilt feels. It will look great on my bed once it is quilted and bound.

Now I need to get busy on those hexies – they don’t sew themselves. Where are those darn leprechauns when you have year end goals to meet?

Merry Christmas,

Marlene

Dec 17 2018

Design Wall Monday 12-17-18

Swing Your Partner was the project front and center this last weekend.  On Saturday the final three blocks were made,

so now a decision on the sashing had to be made.  Bonnie used HSTs as the sashing in her quilt, but I wanted something different.  In order to keep the quilt from looking too dark, I used a light gray Kona solid with a navy blue/white stripe from my stash.  The rail fence sashing was constructed to be the same width as Bonnie’s triangles.

The cornerstone on the right was my original plan, but once I saw it in fabric I knew that it drew too much attention away from the blocks.  So I reversed the fabric and made the cornerstone on the right.  I like the way the blue fabric seems to weave in and out of the light gray fabric. 

After cutting all the pieces for the sashing and cornerstones from the light gray fabric, I had a 1 1/2″ WOF strip leftover.  Good use of my fabric, but I sure hope that I counted correctly. 

Enough sashings and cornerstones were constructed on Sunday to finish the first row.  I really like how it frames each block and lightens the whole quilt.

The goal is to have Swing Your Partner a completed quilt top by Sunday although I have not 100% decided on the border at this time.  

Happy Holidays,

Marlene


Dec 15 2018

Saturday Progress Report

Two of the projects that I want completed by the end of the year are the Swing Your Partner and Starry Night Hexies.  Only three more blocks need to be made for the Swing Your Partner quilt top.

Although Bonnie Hunter used HST as sashing in her quilt, I plan to do something different.  By the time the last three blocks are completed, I should have it all planned out.

Starry Night Hexies is coming together slowly since so much of it is hand work.  All the full hexie flowers are in the process of being sewn down on the background while three more half hexie flowers need to be made.

I also made a trial block for a quilt that I am calling Elephants on Parade.  The pattern is Aromatic Rings in the book Rainbow Quilts by Judy Gauthier.  This quilt top is on my 2019 goal list. 


Each block is 25″ square finished with a 3 x 3 setting.  This is going to be a fun quilt to make and it looks even better than the image in my head.

Happy Holidays,

Marlene

Dec 04 2018

Design Wall Monday 12-03-18

Last week I was busy working on a gift, so no pictures until later.  However I did find time in the evenings for hand stitching the hexies for Starry Night.

All 10 of the full hexie flowers are completed, so now they are being stitched onto the background.  I am also working on the 4 half-hexie flowers.

One of my favorite things to do at a thrift store is pick up old quilt books especially the series Great American Quilts by Leisure Arts.  I am always on the lookout for different or unusual quilt blocks and I found one in the Great American Quilts 1993.  The name of the block is Texas Star.

Isn’t it great?  It really wasn’t difficult to piece although you need to be gentle with the bias.  The plan is to make 6 blocks to form a star.

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

Marlene

Nov 22 2018

Battle of the Flower Basket

In between sewing the recycled shirt blocks (8 Swing Your Partner blocks below) I pieced together the Flower Baskets wallhanging from the Primitive Gathering’s book “Little Gatherings”

Before I even started I knew there were two things that I was going to change – make it a bit bigger and have the baskets set on point.  My favorite thing about this wallhanging is the small wool flowers in the basket.

Sewing the baskets was a challenge, but the battle really began with the setting.  After much consideration I decided to treat each basket as a square-in-a-square.  The first block used the same background as the triangles which just looks like a sea of boring.

The second attempt used a different fabric but close to the same color as the background.

More boring and not any help at all.  For the third time (I was starting to feel like Goldilocks & the Three Bears) I found this fabric and it was just right.

Next came the sashing, cornerstone and outer border – The sashing and cornerstone worked, but using the same fabric as the setting triangles for the accent in the border made the whole quilt too pink.  Okay, let’s try the beige background for the border accent.

That is looking a lot better and I like the asymmetrical look.  Now the finishing touch – all the wool flowers appliqued in the baskets and the three cornerstones.

Victory!  My two goals were met with the baskets on point and a size increase from 14″ square to 19″ square.   The goal is to quilt this little beauty up in the next week or so.

Happy Thanksgiving.  May you all be victorious in your quilting battles.

Marlene

Nov 12 2018

Design Wall Monday 11-12-18

In between sewing recycled shirt blocks, I also found time to machine quilt Oriental Tiles.  I used a quilting pattern from the book “Walk” by Jacquie Gering called Geometric Curves.

Here I tried to get a picture of the machine quilting.

I like the look of this quilting design although I probably wouldn’t use it on a quilt larger than 50″ – 55″.  Oriental Tiles is 41″ x 49 1/4″ which was a good size to try the design for the first time.

Once Oriental Tiles was finished, it was time to work on a few Sylvia’s Bridal Shower blocks.

D-2

I-4

K-9

I now have 51 completed blocks.  My goal is to have half (72) of the blocks finished by the end of the year.

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

Marlene