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A Couple of Finishes

I am a bit behind in my posting, however today I have a couple of finishes to share.

African Courthouse Steps is now a completed quilt.  This quilt top was pieced sometime before 2008 and is one of my oldest projects.  It measures 54″ x 71″ and – if I remember correctly – was an Eleanor Burns pattern.  Yeah!  There are only two more pre-2008 quilt tops to finish before the end of the year.

The second quilt finish is the Purple Strata (40″ x 42″).  I don’t care for this one as much as the Green Stata.  Maybe it has to do with the concentration of solid purple in the center.  But that is okay since this one is intended as a charity quilt; I am sure that someone out there will love it.

My new piecing project is the third strata using multi-colored strips.

The 1 1/2″ strips were divided into light, medium & dark piles and starting with the lights in the center.  I think that this one may be my favorite of all.

Have some quilty fun this weekend.

Marlene

Oldest Quilt Tops

I started quilting in the fall of 2001 when my youngest went off to college. The first 5 or 6 years were spent trying out different techniques, designers and fabric combinations to discover what made a Marlene quilt. It wasn’t until sometime in 2007 that I realized that I didn’t know what was where, so I started numbering my quilt tops and keeping a list.

The first quilt top completed in 2008 has the number 2008-1, but how were the quilt tops made between 2001 and 2007 be identified? Going the easy route, they are numbered U-1, U-2, etc.

The goal this year is to machine quilt the remaining 5 U-tops, so it seemed appropriate to have a lineup of the remaining members of the U-tops gang.

U-01 Batik Sampler Quilt

I don’t remember what book or pattern originally inspired this quit, however I do remember substituting a couple of different blocks for the ones in the pattern. The sleeve needs to be hand-stitched down, then U-1 will be a completed quilt.

U-02 Autumn Card Tricks Pattern by Eleanor Burns

Autumn Card Tricks was machined quilted last weekend and is waiting for the binding and sleeve. This top was also on my 2020 UFO list since it had been a quilt sandwich for several years. My definition – quilt tops are not UFO’s, but quilt sandwiches are.

U-05 Shadow Box

Shadow Box was a quilt kit that was purchased (I believe) from Holly’s Quilt Cabin. The fabric designer – Jason Yenter – has been a favorite of mine since this quilt. I like the layering effect that is a trademark of his fabric designs.

U-09

Other than U-09, this quilt does not have a name. Maybe I can find one on the list of Colorado ghost towns.

U-09 was the project of an online quilting class from Quilt University – the only online quilting class I have taken.

U-15 African Courthouse Steps Pattern by Eleanor Burns

As you can see, there were at least 15 quilt tops before I started my current numbering system. I think it is time that these pre-2007 become finished quilts, don’t you? The bottom three are all bigger than my new quilting frame, so I will be getting experience in machine quilting larger tops.

Next post I will have a new project and a finished quilt to share.

Happy Quilting,

Marlene