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.

Check out other quilting news at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Marlene

Jul 19 2017

Long Time Gone

The last of the hand stitching on Long Time Gone was completed yesterday evening.  Since my border was wider than the directions, my quilt measures 69″ x 69″.

I am very happy with this quilt.  I like the colors, the contrast and the fact that – except for a couple of fat quarters – all the fabric came from my stash.

The plan for tomorrow is to get the backing & batting ready for Ripples.  I have a couple of projects that I want to get finished, then it will be time to complete the Lincoln block quilt top.

Marlene

Jul 17 2017

Design Wall Monday 07-17-17

This last week has produced a small amount of progress on several projects.  All the units for each column on the Ripples quilt are sewn, there is now 280 out of 400 blue HST completed for Wild Child and three sides of Long Time Gone have been hand stitched down.

I also pieced together a couple of Honey Bee blocks just to see what they would look like.

My plan from the very beginning was to alternate the Honey Bee blocks with framed 9-patches.  I felt that the quilt top would look too crowded with only Honey Bee blocks.  Another reason for using an alternate block is that my tear drop shapes are larger than the template with the block directions.

When I first decided to someday make a Honey Bee quilt, I bought this Accuquilt die on sale.  As you can see the paper template for the applique is smaller than the die cut, but that doesn’t bother me.  The time that I will save on tracing and cutting out each piece is worth having a larger teardrop.

The blocks are 10″ finished, so the quilt top will measure 50″ x 60″ before borders – if I put borders on.  That is a decision for another day.

Hopefully this week the Long Time Gone quilt will be completed and I can start the quilt-as-you-go process on the Ripples quilt.

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

Marlene

Jul 13 2017

Pocket Full of Posies

Pocket Full of Posies is the name I decided to give to my Primitive Gathering 10th Anniversary Stitch-Along wallhanging.  Here the center wool applique is finished along with the first border.

The striped brown border is my first design change to this project.  The directions called for the borders to be attached top & bottom, then sides.  Instead using a partial seam I sewed them on log cabin style.

The next border for part 2 was HST.  The light fabric included in the kit was a dark light, but I wanted to lighten up the quilt and provide more contrast so I substituted a light light.  I also decided to go with dancing triangles instead of soldiers all in a row.

Part three includes some more wool applique – flowers in the corner blocks.  Before I start on them I want to hand stitch the binding on the Long Time Gone quilt.  I will have a two year-old little helper this weekend, so it will be interesting to see how much I can accomplish.

Marlene

Jul 08 2017

Progress Report

It is slow going, but I am making progress on the machine quilting for the Long Time Gone quilt.  I am using monofilament thread in a meander design since I want the fabrics and piecing to be the star of the show.

I went with a wide backing from Connecting Threads to offset all the seams in the quilt top.  Hopefully I will have this finished in the next 3 – 4 days.

When I need a break from the machine quilting, I sew columns together on the Ripples quilt.  I think that there are only ten more to piece.

Last week I also cut all the left over jelly roll strips from Ripples into 2 1/2″ squares along with the background fabric.  There was enough fabric to make 29 9-patches.  What the heck kind of layout uses 29 blocks – maybe on point?  So anyway I went through my Kona solids bin and cut 5 more squares for 30 blocks.  The plan is to make Honey Bee blocks in a 5 x 6 layout.

I also started a new wool applique project for evening sewing.  It is the Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Stitch – Along from (I believe) 2013.  I really need to come up with a new name for this project.

The pattern has 6 parts and the top finishes at 36 1/2″ square.  I plan to make some design changes to the pattern with the first one being the size.  My wallhanging will be somewhere between 18″ to 20″ wide and 22″ to 24″ long so that it will fit on the hanger in the dining room.  I am still considering what other changes I will make, but I don’t need to make a final decision yet.

Well the Long Time Gone  will not quilt itself, so I had better get back to it.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

 

Jun 28 2017

Gray & Purple Hexagon Quilt

This quilt top was pieced in 2011 and I started my blog in 2012, so this is the first blog photo of the Gray & Purple Hexagon quilt.  It shrunk an 1″ with the machine quilting and now measures 38″ x 48″.

I am so happy with the machine quilting on this quilt and – as you can see – all the chalk washes away.  My 2017 goal of 25 finished quilts is on track with Gray & Purple Hexagon as my 14th finish.

Next up is Long Time Gone.  The plan is to start the machine quilting by the end of the week, so I had better get started on the quilt sandwich.

Marlene