Jan 24 2018

Theo’s Blocks

My current leader/ender project is this block that I designed.  I wanted to make a block that featured several different sizes of squares and this is what I came up with.  It is super easy to sew, a great leader/ender project, and a fun quilt.  I am undecided about the sashing fabric on my first block, however I am not going to change it now.

It is so hard for me to decide on names for quilts, so I took the easy way out and named it after my youngest grandson.  I am calling this block & quilt Theo’s Blocks.  Sometimes there is a wide difference between the vision in my head and the finished quilt, so it will be interesting to see if this turns out to be a good or bad idea.

While sewing the Bouillabaisse blocks I was able to finish three more Theo’s Blocks units.  This is the layout I decided to use –

I like the look of the largest blocks making a pinwheel.  This quilt is going to be in a 4 x 4 layout because my border idea works best with an even number of blocks across and down.  The other 12 blocks just need the smallest square row, so once those are ready the rest will be fast.  Hmmm I think that this turning into a good idea!

This is Version 1 and I already have an idea for Version 2, but that will be a future project.  This has been so much fun that I may have to design some more blocks and quilts.

Marlene

Jan 22 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-22-18

It snowed all day Sunday so that automatically made it a sew-day.  All twelve blocks for the Bouillabaisse quilt are finished – finally.  It is so close to being completed.  I just need to sew the blocks together and add the border.

The fabric hanging on the right is the border.  I want to get this done and off of the design wall because I am ready for a new project.

One of my 2018 goals is to make another recycled shirt quilt, so last weekend I stopped by GoodWill to pick up some more shirts.  I really lucked out because it was 50% off everything in the store day and nine shirts followed me home.

I already have two Bonnie Hunter patterns picked out – Tumalo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II (with a different border) and Swing Your Partner from Scraps & Shirttails (with a different layout).  Both patterns call for 3 1/2″ unfinished HST, so that will be the first step.

The recycled shirt quilts make great masculine quilts which I need for my grandsons.

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

Have a good week and stay warm,

Marlene

Jan 15 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-15-18

Some progress has been made on the Bouillabaisse quilt top – just remember the turtle won the race.

Saturday I calculated how many side triangles I needed, figured out how many strips sets needed to be sewn (7)  and cut the fabric.  Sunday morning it was pedal to the medal moving those long strips through the sewing machine and now all strip sets are completed.  Once that was done it was a fairly quick process to complete 3 more blocks bringing the total up to 6.  Yeah! Halfway there.

Bouillabaisse has actually turned into a two-design wall project.  The 6 blocks are on the largest design wall and all the parts are on another.

Hopefully the center of this quilt will be all together by next weekend.

I also pulled out an older quilt top for machine quilting.  The pattern name is Ruby in the Sky (62″ x 82″) and it was made from a kit in 2011.  The fabric on the lower left is for the backing.

It is hard to see in the picture, but those are flying birds on a gray background.  I used all the leftover fabric from Ruby in the Sky to make this hexagon quilt.

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

Marlene

 

Jan 10 2018

First Finish of 2018 – Serendipity

This was supposed to be finish #23 for 2017, but ended up being finish #1 of 2018.  The pattern is Serendipity from M’Liss Rae Hawley’s book Phenomenal Fat Quarter Quilts.  I sewed this quilt top over 10 years ago, so it feels great to finally have a completed quilt.

I had a difficult time deciding on the quilting motif, but finally decided on a stencil for the middle section.

It isn’t always easy to get a good picture of the machine quilting.  I picked this stencil because the swirls reminded me of the coffee steam swirls in the setting triangle fabric.

The border fabric was cut on the bias so that the squares in the fabric were on-point to match the rail fence blocks in the center.  To stabilize the edges an 1 1/2″ outer border was added.  It is interesting when design decisions are dictated by practical concerns.

There are seven more quilt tops on the “before 2008” list – I wonder which one will be machine quilted this year.

Marlene

Jan 08 2018

Design Wall Monday 01-08-18

My design wall looks a bit messy this week.

I have the blocks for Bouillabaisse in various stages of completion.  In the top upper left is the first finished block,

the middle are blocks with some of the corner triangles attached and at the bottom are the center of the blocks.  I should be making the last two smaller blocks, but instead I have been having fun with the setting triangles.  On the right is the border fabric – I think that it will lighten everything up and keep the quilt from looking too dark.

The original pattern used a wider range of colors, but I like the look of a more controlled color palette.  In the setting triangles I also selected my fabric to range from lighter to darker to give more contrast between the blocks.

And look what I received in the mail on Friday –

Thank you Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for the wonderful giveaway and for hosting Design Wall Mondays.  I rarely win drawings or prizes, so this was such a surprise.  Several projects in the magazine have already drawn my attention along with the pillow.

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

Marlene

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