This last weekend was busy, but I did find time to squeeze in some sewing. First up, the Bouillabaisse quilt top is completed. When there are only 12 blocks and each block measures 20″ square, the center of a quilt top goes together very quickly.
At first I was wondering if the border (cut 6 1/2″) was too wide, but now that the top is finished I think that it looks good. It finishes at 72″ x 92″ for a nice twin sized quilt. Maybe now I will work on some smaller projects – like a doll quilt.
I had a visitor and sewing buddy on Saturday – Evelyn, one of my granddaughters. She wanted to sew a doll quilt, but was a bit surprised at all the math involved. After deciding on a finished size (18″ x 24″) and the size of the squares (3″ finished), we worked the math to figure out how many squares in a row, how many rows to make, and how many total squares needed for the quilt top. I had her work with paper and crayons on color placement & design for her quilt, then Evelyn picked the fabric from my 3 1/2″ strip bin for the squares. She did all the sewing for the doll quilt top, while I rotary cut the fabric, then machine quilted & bound the project. We were determined that she would have a finished quilt to take home with her and it happened.
Doesn’t she look like she is already planning her next quilting project?
Now it is time for me to start planning my next project. Hmmm
Maybe it will help me decide if I check out the quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.
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,
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.
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.
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.