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Design Wall Monday 10-24-16

All the details on the appliques along with part of the cornerstones/sashing units were completed on Friday, so Saturday morning started out with Happy Halloween looking like this on my design wall.


Once the details were added, Mr Mummy moved to the top of my list of favorites.  Of course he will look even better once his eyes are sewn on which will happen after the machine quilting.


By Sunday afternoon I had a completed quilt top (56 1/2″ x 66 1/2″) – YEAH!


I had serious thoughts about replacing the outer border with something brighter and Halloweenish, however I  eventually decided to use the fabric provided in the kit.  The focus needs to be on the characters in the center of the quilt and I didn’t want anything distracting from that.

So the top was finished in time for Halloween – maybe I will have it machine quilted in time for Halloween 2017.

After all this applique, I am ready for some machine piecing and a red Lincoln block is next on the list.  However last week I did manage to finish up all the string blocks needed for another quilt.

102416c-1024x627 These strings will be for Bonnie Hunter’s Daylilies except I will use Dresden Plates and a 3 x 3 setting.  Right now I making 80 – 4 1/2″ string blocks for Wild Child.  I like the idea of having all these parts ready to put together in a quilt.

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Design Wall Monday 10-17-16

Even though it was a busy weekend, I managed to make more progress on my Happy Halloween quilt than I thought I would.


All of the button hole stitching on the appliques was completed on Saturday and on Sunday I added the details on five blocks.  It really adds a lot of personality to each character.


I can’t decide if the bat is insane or just drunk.


It is not my fault – and I wasn’t drunk – but it was difficult to see the guidelines from the pattern through the black even with a light box.  Hopefully I will have all the details finished by the end of the week.

There was also some sewing on string blocks.  I finished 32 of the 5 1/2″ string blocks, cut them on the diagonal and depapered them.


These will be used in Bonnie Hunter’s pattern Charlotte’s Baskets, although I think that I will be substituting a different 6″ block for the baskets.  I am considering the churn dash block or maybe a star block.  Whatever –  the quilt should come together quickly since all the string triangles are ready.

I am still in the mood to play with strings, so I started in on 6 1/2″ blocks.


Right now I am thinking of using these in Bonnie Hunter’s Daylilies pattern.  The Daylily block in her pattern measures 14″ square, but I plan on using a 12″ Dresden Plate block and a 3 x 4 setting.  This will be like the quilt Broken Dresden Plates I made in 2012.  There are still a bunch of the Dresden Plates that were gifted to me that need a home.

I am also working on a very special handwork project in the evenings.  While on vacation in England, my daughter bought me this cross stitch project as a belated birthday gift.


We found it in Salisbury which is the town by Stonehenge.  Once finished it will be another wonderful reminder of the great time we had on our trip.  I think that I have enough projects to keep me out of trouble for a little while.

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Friday Update


Happy Halloween is coming along – the buttonhole stitching has been completed on seven blocks.  I thought I had all the thread colors needed to do the stitching, but discovered that I didn’t.  The thread (Superior Threads Kimono Silk) came in the mail today, so the plan is to finish all the blocks by Sunday evening.  The next steps will be adding all the details to the faces, cutting the blocks to the correct size and adding sashing & cornerstones.

I set up the Juki to sew some string blocks in between working on the applique.  My string bin was full, but I know that it won’t look any emptier when I finish with the string blocks.


After looking through Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book, I decided on two sizes – 5 1/2″ anything goes blocks and 5″ one-color blocks.


Right now I am thinking of using the 5 1/2″ blocks for Charlotte’s Basket and the 5″ block for Zuckerwatte, but I reserve the right to change my mind.


Yellow Lincoln Block Fixed

Yesterday the star cornerstones for the Lincoln block were sewn and attached.


Nice and flat – Yeah!  I plan to make several more blocks before attaching them to the main part of the quilt.  The next color will probably be red or dark green.

In honor of October I pulled out the Happy Halloween blocks.  Hopefully I will have a finished quilt top before the end of the month.


All the applique has been fused to the blocks, so I need to buttonhole stitch around all the pieces and add all the finishing details.  Pretty boring work, but once it is done the rest will be quick and easy.


Weekend Retreat

My daughter invited me and one of her friends to spend the weekend in Breckenridge sewing.  We had a great time and I was happy with my progress.  I was the only one working on quilts – the other two sewed garments.

I spent quite a bit of time packing and getting organized last week and it really paid off.  The first project was a small bag.  Purse & bags are not my thing, but this one caught my eye.

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I thought that this would be a quick project, but I didn’t even start it.  The pattern calls for two zippers and – like a good mom – I gave one of the zippers to my daughter so she could finish a pair of pants.

The second project was Happy Halloween.  The goal was to finish fusing all the characters and here they are.

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There is a banner between the first and second rows that reads Happy Halloween.  That will be the next step, then I will machine applique the pieces.  I don’t know if this will be done this year, but it should be completed for Halloween 2017.

Rocky Mountain Bear Claw by Judy Niemeyer was the third project.  I cut out all the fabric pieces for paper piecing last week.  There is a lot of cutting & organizing at the beginning of her patterns, but it does make the sewing easier.

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I will decide what the layout will be once I get all 6 blocks made.  Paper piecing is a bit boring to sew, but I think that the final product will be worth it.  Judy Niemeyer’s patterns have a look that you can’t get any other way.

Now that I am home, I need to get caught up on my Lincoln blocks.  This what my design wall looked like on Friday – the center of the green block is completed.

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The plan is to have both the green and aqua blocks completed this week.  Wish me luck!


Carolina Chain

090615    (1024x1018)Carolina Chain is now a finished quilt.  There are so many things that I like about this quilt – the layout where the darker blocks in the center shade out to light at the edges, the gray & white strip binding, the texture added by the Baptist Fans quilting motif and the way the blue & cream variegated thread blends so well with the blocks.

To celebrate the completion of Carolina Chain I fused the applique pieces on two more Happy Halloween blocks.  I need to keep working on this project so that it doesn’t end up as a UFO.  Here is a picture of the four blocks with the two new ones on the bottom.

090615A  (775x1024)Dracula is the only block with all the machine applique added.  My plan is to do the machine applique once all 12 blocks are ready.  I doubt that it will be completed this year, but it should be hanging for Halloween 2016.


Design Wall Monday 06-22-15

The Antique Tiles quilt top (67″ square) is completed.

062215 (1024x1008)After checking through my stash twice and finding nothing for the border, I headed to Jo-Ann’s with a coupon. I found some brown material, but once I got it home I discovered it didn’t play well with the quilt center.

Why am I having so much trouble with border fabric recently?  This is the second quilt in a row with this issue.  Anyway it was back to the fabric store where I found this red fabric.

While I was washing the red border fabric, I worked on the second block for the Happy Halloween quilt.

Meet Vampire and Mrs. Monster –

062215A (1024x675)Once all the blocks are completed, I will square them up and add the finishing details.  These Halloween characters make me smile every time I look at them.

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Vampire Friday

I finished the first block on the Happy Halloween quilt.  The mouth and eyes will be added later.

052915A (843x1024)This is a kit that I picked up at the Denver Quilt Show a couple of years ago.  I really enjoy the Halloween theme and thought the characters are great.

052915B (716x1024)All 18 fat quarters for the Cascades quilt have been washed and pressed.  The goal is to get started cutting and piecing this weekend.

052915  (867x1024)I think that this project will sew together fairly quickly since it is mostly squares.