Aug 28 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-28-17

The purple checkerboard units for the Lincoln quilt were completed on Saturday.  Just one more color to go – gold!

I have been staring at the fussy cut bear squares for several weeks now and have come up with a layout design.  The book Great Sets by Sharyn Craig is a great reference with seven different layout options.  I am using the Ring-Around-the-Block set.

One of the best things about this book is that Sharyn shows you how to draft your own frame for whatever size of block you have.  The bear squares are cut at 8″ (finish at 7 1/2″) which is a strange size, so drafting my own frame was a necessity.

The plan is to use two different fabrics for the turquoise and the red/white triangles will form a pinwheel in the corners.  I know that I should be sewing gold checkerboards, but I really wanted to see how the bears would look framed.

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Marlene

Aug 21 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-21-17

All the dark green checkerboard units for the next Lincoln block have been completed along with the two long rectangle checkerboards of dark purple.

I know that it appears black in the photo, but it really is dark purple.  It was the right decision to make all the checkerboard units for the remaining three Lincoln blocks.  The design wall is starting to give me a good idea of the finished quilt center.

The plan is to have the remaining five units of the dark purple finished this week, then it will be time to sew the golden yellow checkerboards for the last block.

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Marlene

Aug 18 2017

Oriental Bento Box

I didn’t plan on having a finished quilt top so soon when I placed the blocks for the Oriental Bento Box on the design wall.  However once I made the necessary design decisions the top came together very quickly especially considering that each quadrant consists of 5 pieces and 4 seams.

The gold fabric used for the sashing will also be the binding fabric and I like the bit of interest it adds to the top.  Oriental Bento Box is a small lap measuring 52″ square.

Okay – really, I am going to get working on my Lincoln quilt.  Promise!

Marlene

Aug 17 2017

Pocket Full of Posies

Yesterday I finished the last of the wool applique on Pocket Full of Posies.  The top finishes at 18 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ which will be the perfect size for the quilt hanger in the dining room.  It looks very different from the original design, but I like all my changes and the end result.

I also made a decision on block designs for the Oriental Bento Box quilt top.

The larger blocks form a frame around the smaller block.  It adds a bit of interest to the center of the quilt and brings the total number of blocks to 16 for a 4 x 4 setting.  A gold oriental fabric will be used as sashing and binding.  This isn’t my favorite quilt (and now I am wondering what was I thinking when I started these), but it will make a good charity quilt.  Since the top just needs the sashing, I am hoping to have it finished tomorrow.  Yeah – another UFO bin emptied.

Marlene

Aug 15 2017

Ripples

The last stitch was taken and now Ripples is a finished quilt.  I like the bright colors and how the pattern shows off the fun fabrics.

Ripples measures 65″ x 78″ and is my 17th completed quilt for the year – only 8 more to go to meet my goal.

Marlene

Aug 14 2017

Design Walls Monday 08-14-17

In the last couple of weeks I have finished – or almost finished – several projects, so it was time to put a couple of UFOs on my design walls.

These bears had been fussy cut maybe 8 or 10 years ago, but now they have come out to play.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to set them, but now that they have been on the design wall for several days I am starting to get some ideas.

This quilt sandwich (44″ x 44″) is hanging on my other small design wall awaiting machine quilting inspiration.  The top was sewn in 2009, so I think it is time to be finished.

Wild Child is my current leader/ender project and I am making good progress on the remaining 39 blue blocks.

A new project is displayed on the medium large design wall.

The block is comprised of quarter log cabin units, although I have seen a pattern named Bento Box for this shape.  In the UFO bin I found 12 large blocks and 4 smaller blocks along with extra fabric.  I was experimenting with same blocks in different sizes, but was unhappy with my layout so it was packed up.  The plan now is to find some fabric for sashing to liven up the blocks and come up with a layout setting.

Now it is time to finish up the Lincoln quilt.  For some reason I thought that I had 4 more blocks to make, but I discovered that I only need 3.  Yeah!  I started on the dark green checkerboards this last weekend.

I decided to sew the checkerboard units for the 3 remaining blocks, then sew the stars to complete each block.  It will be great to get this top completed, although there is still a lot of piecing left to do.

Most of my UFOs are because I couldn’t make a decision – fabric, layout, colors, whatever, but I have discovered that it helps a lot to have a project in my face on a design wall day after day.  It pushes me to explore ideas, look for fabric or check out inspiration online or in a quilt book to get the quilt top finished.

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Marlene

Aug 07 2017

Design Wall Monday 08-07-17

The Honey Bee quilt top was finished yesterday.  I like the extra space the alternate block gives to the quilt top, but haven’t decided yet if I like the asymmetrical look that comes from the even number of rows.  When it is time to machine quilt the top, I may remove the bottom row and use it as part of the backing.  But for now this is what it is.

Now that all the machine applique is completed, I can set up the Bernina to get busy on the Lincoln quilt.  The goal is to get the top finished this year – I think I can do it if I don’t see too many squirrels.

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Marlene

Jul 31 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-31-17

Look at this – it is almost time for a new quilting to-do-list.

And here is the last item on the list – one blue Wild Child block with 39 more to make.

My plan is to sew the blue HST together while I make a final decision on the neutral background blocks.  The choice is scrappy neutral or one fabric neutral.

The next and final borders on Pocket Full of Posies has been added.

Next up is adding a vine and flowers to the top and bottom borders.  There will be one flower in the center of each vine with two smaller flowers at each end.  It looks totally different than the original pattern, but I am happy with it.

This weekend I felt the need for piecing, so some progress was made on the Honey Bee quilt.

All of the 9 patches have been made and just over half of the patches have been framed.  The petals will take some time to be appliqued in place, but I like the look of every other block giving the Honey Bee blocks room to breathe.  My thoughts at the moment are no borders and binding with a colorful stripe.  We will see what happens when I need to make a final decision.

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Marlene

Jul 30 2017

Mini Wolf Wallhanging

I finished the last hand work on the Mini Wolf applique wallhanging yesterday along with the eye.

In the picture it looks like a button, but it is fabric.  The first circle I cut out was of white – white fabric for white of the eye, right?  Well it was way too bright and stark, so I knew that I needed something different.  After looking everywhere else, I finally found a strip of the background fabric in the strings bin.  Gotta love those strings!  So this fabric for the white of the eye is a circle from the lighter part of the background fabric.

Mini Wolf is the 16th finish for the year, so I am on track to complete 25 quilts for 2017.

Now it is back to the machine applique of all the petal shapes on the Honey Bee blocks.

Marlene

Jul 24 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-24-17

I have started the quilt-as-you-go stitch and flip of the Ripples quilt.  It takes around 15 minutes to get each column pinned to the quilt sandwich making sure that everything lines up and about 5 minutes to sew.  Thank goodness for knee pads!  The goal is 3 – 5 columns added a day since after I crawl around on my knees for an hour I am ready for a break.

The Bernina has been threaded with black silk thread and set up for the buttonhole stitch for the Honey Bee blocks.  This is the first block with the applique sewn down.  I like the spacing given to the quilt by the alternate block.

Since the Bernina was set up for applique, I pulled out the Mini-Wolf wallhanging and have been working on it also.

The directions for this project said to stitch down the wolf applique on a quilt sandwich as part of the machine quilting.  I did it this time, but this isn’t a technique that I will use often – if ever again.  Although it does add a bit of dimension to the wolf, I don’t care for the look of the buttonhole stitch on the back of the quilt.

In the evenings there has been some progress made on the wool applique project Pocket Full of Posies.  I am almost finished with the second cornerstone flower.

As you can see instead of green/red flying geese, I used rail fence units.  There will be a big departure from the pattern on Part 4.  I will be adding a border to the top and bottom only to make a rectangle instead of a square.  Then a small outer border, machine quilting, binding and done.  Pocket Full of Posies will look great on the hanger in my dining room.

The remaining 80 blue HST have been cut for Wild Child, but not sewn.

Next will be a decision on the neutral HST – one fabric or scrappy?  Right now I am leaning towards the idea of a single fabric, but that will be a decision for another day.

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Marlene