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Sewing Update

The border fabric for the Long Tall quilt arrived in the mail, so that was the first thing on my quilting to-do list.. That plan got blown to bits – I really didn’t like the border fabric – so it was on to Plan B. The Kaffe print that was planned for the border was too busy and chaotic for my tastes.

Luckily I had enough of the dark gray that was used as the accent, so off with the green and on with the gray. Much better

Long Tall quilt top is 71″ x 90 1/2″ which is taller than my design wall,. The photo does give a good idea of how it looks. Now that the borders were on, this top went into the to-be-quilted pile and I was on to the next project.

Purple was the color choice for the next Strata quilt which would be testing my theory regarding the walking foot issue. I pulled out the purple 1 1/2″ strips bin and started sewing end-to-end

and then round and round.

 

Victory! It does has some waviness, but nowhere as much as the Green Strata. No more walking foot while making a Strata quilt.

A couple more rounds and then two rounds of 2″ gray strips for the border. Purple Strata will be smaller than the Green Strata which is okay by me.

I have been thinking about making one more strata quilt using multi-colored strips. My current plan is to divide the strip pile into light, medium & dark and then sew end-to-end starting with the light pile. The lights will be the center rounds, followed by the medium and ending with the dark on the outside. I suspect that this will be the largest Strata of them all since there are a lot more multi-colored strips.

There will also be some machine quilting this weekend. The quilt top that was just loaded on the frame is this one made before 2008.

It should be a busy quilting weekend. What are your plans for the enxt two days?

Happy Quilting,

Marlene

Mindless Sewing Project #2

My second mindless sewing project is Long Tall, a pattern by Cozy Quilt Designs. If you are ever looking for a pattern that leaves very very little scraps, I would recommend this one. I an piecing the twin-sized version and the only scraps left were four or five 2 1/2″ squares.

Here are two blocks – one a mirror image of the other. I laid them all out on the floor to make sure that there were different fabrics in each block.

There are two tricks that I would offer to anyone making this pattern. First is to press half the blocks in the opposite direction of the first half and second is to assemble the quilt center in columns. By assembling in columns you only need to match 10″ worth of seams at a time instead of 40″ or 60″ across rows.

I am waiting on the inner and outer border fabrics to arrive, but once it does I will finish the quilt top.

Also I found this applique kit at my local quilt shop.

The name of the kit is Colorado Range and it is part of the Quilters Trek. The blue fabric for the mountains is perfect and adds a lot of dimension to the applique wall-hanging.

So, I wonder what kind of quilty distractions are headed my way in August or if – for once – I will be able to make a list and stick to it. Maybe I should get busy on that list.

Take care and stay healthy,

Marlene –