Posts tagged: design wall

Jul 20 2015

Design Wall Monday 07-20-15

My sewing area is a disaster of indecision.  I am ready for a new project that is a more of a challenge – either a new technique or more complicated piecing.  My current list is 1) Amish Wedding Ring in the Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns book, 2) Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell and 3) Flags Flying by Sara Nephew in the book Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabin.  All three quilts are on the smaller size, so maybe I need to make all of them.

While trying to make a decision I have been machine quilting tops.  The middle of last week I picked out 8 – 10 quilt tops to be finished.  I don’t know if I will get them all completed, but I will continue working on them until I get distracted.

072015 (1018x1024)This is my first finish – Disappearing Frogs.  I always have a hard time deciding on thread color with a high contrast quilt, so I used my old standby – monofilament thread in a stipple pattern.  The quilt measures 38 1/2″ square and I think that the black & white striped binding was the perfect finishing touch.

And what is on my design wall?  Another quilt top to be finished of course!

072015A (1024x791)This top was made sometime between 2002 and 2008.  Towards the end of 2008 I started recording the finish date of my quilt tops and this one was made sometime before that.  It is from Margaret Miller’s book Easy Pieces and measures 36 1/2″ square.

The fabric on the right is the backing along with a quilting stencil that I plan to use and the batting is draped on the left side.  I was tempted to use the backing as a border, but in the end I decided to go borderless.

The Pinwheels on Parade quilt is at the hand stitching the binding down stage, so that one should be finished in a day or two.

One of my goals for this year was to finish 16 quilt tops.  The Disappearing Frog quilt brings my total to 13, so I am confident of over-achieving that goal.

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


Jul 13 2015

Design Wall Monday 07-13-15

I managed to find time this last weekend to finish the Pinwheels on Parade quilt top (51″ square).

071315 (1024x1009)In honor of all the scrappy happening going on in the top, I decided to dig through my orphan block bin and make a scrappy backing.  It is great to find a place for those odds and ends.

071315A (1024x987)Anything that was black, gray or dark was fair game to piece into the backing.  And since I was on such a roll, I pieced together leftover stripes for the batting.

I have three tops ready for machine quilting and am hoping to get them all finished in the next 7 – 10 days.

Check in with Judy’s Design Wall Monday to see what everyone else is working on.


Jul 06 2015

Design Wall Monday 07-06-15

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, but things have been pretty busy around here.  My oldest daughter & family were in town for a week and we had a wonderful time.  They will be moving to England at the end of this month, so it was important to make some family memories before they leave.

I was able to get some sewing time in over the July 4th weekend – hand sewing the binding on the Gus quilt and working on an old UFO.

070615 (1024x770)My best guess is that this project is 10 – 12 years old.  The pattern is Pinwheels on Parade from Pat Speth’s book More Nickel Quilts.  I remember the plan for this quilt – rainbow colors shading from yellow to green, the gray background shading from light to dark and using a charm pack that I had.  I know that I spent some time with colored pencils and graph paper trying to figure out how many blocks of each color I needed for the quilt.

There were two main reasons that this ended up an UFO – first is that the all the squares in the charm pack were not exactly 5″ square (this is why I don’t buy charm packs) and the second is that I couldn’t get the rainbow sequence to work out like I wanted.

So now a decade later this UFO is getting finished!  All the block parts are being measured and new ones cut out as needed.   I discarded the idea of the rainbow coloring and am going for a bright scrappy look.  The gray background fabric is hand dyed which is too busy for the effect I was trying for.  The fabric on the left will be the outer border.

This is not one of my favorite quilts, but it will make a good charity quilt and will be crossed off my UFO list.  The most satisfying part of this quilt is the knowledge of how much I have grown in my quilt making.

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


Jun 15 2015

Design Wall Monday 06-15-15

The bin with the leftover scraps from the Bowtie quilt contained a bunch of 3 1/2″ squares.  There were probably 25 or 30 squares – I don’t have any idea what I was thinking when I cut them all out.

My first idea was to use all the squares in a Trip Around the World pattern, but then I decided to use this block pattern – Antique Tile from Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker  Sept/Oct 2011.

061515 (1024x872)There will be 25 blocks in this quilt – 9 more to make – and they will be set with sashing and cornerstones.  I have been digging deep into the stash to find more reds and browns to make the blocks, but no clue what I will do about the border yet.

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


Jun 01 2015

Design Wall Monday 06-01-15

I can’t believe how quickly this quilt is going together.  I started cutting the pieces on Friday and see how far I am today.

060115 (933x1024)The quilt will be twin-sized (71″ x 86″) when completed.  This is not the final layout – once all the blocks are completed I will be rearranging them a bit.  The fabric to the left is for the sashing.

The pattern directions are great.  They include a diagram for cutting squares and triangles from the fat quarters.

I have been having so much fun with the easy sewing and playing with colors on this project.

Check out other quilts at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


May 11 2015

Design Wall Monday 05-11-15

I can’t believe how busy the first 10 days of May have been which included a museum trip, the Denver Quilt Show, and my birthday.  And look at this birthday gift – a granddaughter!  How wonderful is that?

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As for sewing – the progress on my Pickledish Reinvented quilt top has been slow.  Here are the inner circle of the blocks from a picture taken May 3rd

051115 (1024x596)and here are the blocks on May 5th.

051115A (916x1024)Saturday and Sunday were good sewing days, so I was able to make some good progress.

051115B (873x1024)The blocks across the bottom are under consideration for the border.  Right now I am working on the applique for the upper right hand block using the Apliquick method that I learned at the Denver Quilt Show.

But now is the time to fess up and show the original Pickledish Reinvented quilt.

051115C (784x1024)Quite a change, isn’t it?  I seem to be doing this more and more – taking parts of a quilt that I like and totally redoing the rest.

Check out what everyone else is working on at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


Apr 27 2015

Baby Quilt Finished

The last few inches of binding was sewn down yesterday on Presley’s baby quilt.  I am so happy to have it completed before she makes her grand appearance sometime in the next two weeks.

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I don’t know the name of this pattern – I thought it was something like Big Block Quilt, but I didn’t find it under that name on the internet.  Anyway the baby quilt is a nice size at 39″ x 48 3/4″.

As far as I know, this is the only quilt that I will have for this year that had a deadline.  Now I can work on a new project – Pickledish Reinvented by J Michelle Watts.  Of course I plan to add my own twist to the quilt so I don’t think it will end up looking like the picture.

Today I am linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


Apr 06 2015

Design Wall Monday 04-06-15

I finally completed the Bloomin’ Peaks quilt top.

040615   (811x1024)The pattern called for cut 2 1/2″ squares, but I used 2″ squares.  That makes my Bloomin’ Peaks quilt top           51 1/2″ x 64 3/4″ instead of 70″ x 87″.

This quilt has an on-point setting, which is good news – bad news to me.  Good news is that this is my favorite setting; bad news is that it is so boring to actually sew those long rows.  In fact my least favorite part of quilt making is sewing all the blocks together.

Bloomin’ Peaks was my leader-ender project, so now I need a new one.  Since there was a pile of 1 1/2″ 4-patches in a bin, I decided to use them in a quilt similar to Edyta Sitar’s Scraptacular in the April 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

040615A  (626x1024)Aren’t they so cute?  I will need a bunch of these blocks, so I have some time to decide on the next design step.  There are several ideas floating around in my head and will probably have some more before I sew them together.

Check out all the quilting inspiration at Judy’s Patchwork Times.


Mar 30 2015

Design Wall Monday 03-30-15

March has been a good month for finishing quilts.  This is the 4th finish for March and the 6th finish for the year.

032615  (881x1024)The quilt measures 42″ x 50 1/2″.  This quilt was made with leftover scraps from another quilt.  I have tried using software or paper & pencil to design quilts, but the best method for me is to make blocks and play with them on a design wall.  That is the method I used to make this quilt.

Right now my design wall has two projects on it.

033015A (1024x673)On the left is the start of a baby girl quilt which needs to be a finished quilt in the next five weeks.  On the left is my current leader & ender project – Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt from Moda Bakeshop.  The directions for the Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt called for 2 1/2″ squares, but I made my blocks with 2″ squares.  All of the 9-patches have been made, so now it is time to sew the top together.

Since it is the last days of the month, I thought that I would check on my yearly goal progress.

1)  Use over 125 yards of fabric – Have sewn 34 yards YTD

2)  Track yardage bought – Have bought 23 yards YTD

3)  Machine quilt 16 tops – Have 6 finished quilts YTD

4)  Add no UFO’s – Done, in fact finished 3 UFO’s so far

Yeah – everything is looking good on the goal front.

Check out other quilting progress on Judy’s Patchwork Times.


Mar 16 2015

Design Wall Monday 03-16-15

I have completed two more quilts in the first half of March for a total of four this year.  The first March finish is this wallhanging – 031615  (1000x1024)It is 25″ square with stitch in the ditch quilting.

The second finish is a Day & Night quilt from Eleanor Burn’s book.

031615A (794x1024)This quilt is 40″ x 53″.  This quilt top was pieced in 2010 before I started my blog.  I like the sharp contrast, but the quilt is not one of my favorites and I am not sure why – it may be because it is a two fabric quilt.  Anyway I am sure that it will find a good home as a community quilt.

I am also donating two quilt tops to a local quilt guild for finishing as community quilts.  The first top was pieced in 2011 and measures 46″ square.  This was a kit from Connecting Threads.

031615D (1024x1022)The second top is 50″ x 62″ and is one of the earliest quilt tops that I sewed – sometime between 2002 – 2005.

031615C (848x1024)If you have recently received a Keepsake Quilting catalog, you will recognize this pattern.  They show it made up in batiks.

Since both of these tops were pieced before I started my blog, I wanted a record of them before they flew off to a new home.  I have quite a pile of tops, so it feels good to donate these and know that they will be appreciated where ever they end up.

There are more quilt tops to be finished this month, so I had better get to work.

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