The last of the hand stitching on Long Time Gone was completed yesterday evening. Since my border was wider than the directions, my quilt measures 69″ x 69″.
I am very happy with this quilt. I like the colors, the contrast and the fact that – except for a couple of fat quarters – all the fabric came from my stash.
The plan for tomorrow is to get the backing & batting ready for Ripples. I have a couple of projects that I want to get finished, then it will be time to complete the Lincoln block quilt top.
It is slow going, but I am making progress on the machine quilting for the Long Time Gone quilt. I am using monofilament thread in a meander design since I want the fabrics and piecing to be the star of the show.
I went with a wide backing from Connecting Threads to offset all the seams in the quilt top. Hopefully I will have this finished in the next 3 – 4 days.
When I need a break from the machine quilting, I sew columns together on the Ripples quilt. I think that there are only ten more to piece.
Last week I also cut all the left over jelly roll strips from Ripples into 2 1/2″ squares along with the background fabric. There was enough fabric to make 29 9-patches. What the heck kind of layout uses 29 blocks – maybe on point? So anyway I went through my Kona solids bin and cut 5 more squares for 30 blocks. The plan is to make Honey Bee blocks in a 5 x 6 layout.
I also started a new wool applique project for evening sewing. It is the Primitive Gatherings 10th Anniversary Stitch – Along from (I believe) 2013. I really need to come up with a new name for this project.
The pattern has 6 parts and the top finishes at 36 1/2″ square. I plan to make some design changes to the pattern with the first one being the size. My wallhanging will be somewhere between 18″ to 20″ wide and 22″ to 24″ long so that it will fit on the hanger in the dining room. I am still considering what other changes I will make, but I don’t need to make a final decision yet.
Well the Long Time Gone will not quilt itself, so I had better get back to it.
Have a good weekend,
The borders are on the Long Time Gone quilt and the top is finished. Yeah!
My first thought was that the outer border would be cut at 3 1/2″. Since I had enough of the focus fabric, I cut the borders at 4 1/2″ thinking that I would trim down after the machine quilting was finished. But you know what? I like this border width, so no cutting off will be necessary.
And after all that fussing about the black – I think that it is a perfect picture frame and focuses the attention to the blocks in the center. The conclusion is that sometimes your first instinct is correct and second-guessing is just a waste of time.
I would like to get this machine quilted soonish, but before that there are a couple of projects that just have to get done including a book bag and some mending. Soon, I promise.
The last Pineapple block is completed. I wanted to use all the tiny bits and scraps that were covering my cutting table, so this one is very scrappy.
Now that the center of LTG is finished, I need to decide on the borders. Jen Kingwell used leftover fabric to make a scrappy border, but my plan from the beginning was to use my focus fabric. However the background of the focus fabric is black and the center of the quilt is so light & airy that they doesn’t play together.
At first I considered shopping for a new border fabric, but decided on a different plan instead.
The striped fabric as an inner border makes a nice transition to the darker outer border. So that is the plan now and the goal for today.
The center of Long Time Gone is so close to being finished. Nine Pineapple blocks will fill the hole on the right, then borders and done. It took several days to cut out all the pieces (using Marti Michell’s templates) for the Pineapple blocks, but the sewing will go fast.
I realized why these are the last blocks to be made – it is to use up all the little scraps and bits from cutting the earlier blocks. Thanks to Marti Michell, Angie at GnomeAngel, and Nicole at snips snippets for hosting this sew-a-long. It was wonderful encouragement to start and continue the Long Time Gone quilt.
Hopefully this will be a completed top by the end of the week.
Check out all the quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.
Triangles (on top),
and more triangles.
All the triangles have been made for the Long Time Gone quilt top. I do have to confess that I changed the direction of the Flying Geese in the last block. My goal was a green center surrounded by the yellow, orange and red geese and I also liked the look of the green pinwheel in the middle. Once this block was completed, I sewed together the parts for Section 6.
The sections go together so quick and easy since the sashing had been added to blocks where possible and all the checkerboard blocks were completed.
All that is left to do is 12 Pineapple units for two blocks. The Pineapple blocks are the last one in Jen Kingwell’s instructions and I have come to the conclusion that she did that deliberately to use up all the little bits & pieces left over from all the other blocks. I am still playing around with the color placement and plan to start these on Wednesday.
Check out all the quilty inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.
The next unit for the Long Time Gone quilt is Flying Geese. Yesterday I made enough to make these two blocks and finish section two.
Once this section was completed, I was able to attach it to sections 3 and 4.
It is so fun to put the pieces together and see the quilt take shape. My plan is to have section 1 completed this weekend and attached to the top.
The Long Time Gone block for week 12 is completed – actually I finished it yesterday morning, but had problems getting the picture from my camera to my computer.
I have decided to sew ahead and get this quilt top finished. All the bits & pieces for Long Time Gone are yelling at me. They want to get together and be friends, so that is what will happen.
Flying Geese are up next, some of which will finish Section Two.
My goal is to finish by the middle of June. Wish me luck!
I did make some progress in the sewing room this last weekend, although not as much as I was hoping for. Isn’t that always the case?
The binding and the sleeve on the Stair Steps baby quilt (29 1/2″ x 37 1/2″) was finished Friday evening. This is my 12th finished quilt for the year – only 13 more to make my 2017 goal.
The remaining checkerboard blocks for Long Time Gone and the Rainbow Braids were Saturday’s projects.
I decided to put a solid black sashing strip between the braids and found some fabric from my stash for the border.
Sunday & Monday was spent working on four Pineapple blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt. I am using Marti Michell’s temples for the Pineapple blocks, but I was totally unprepared for how long it would take to piece these four blocks. There are more Pineapple blocks to make, but that will be a project for another day.
My goal this week is to finish the Rainbow Braid quilt and then back to Long Time Gone blocks – I would really like to get another section completed over the Memorial Day weekend.
Yes, that is correct – I am one week ahead in the Long Time Gone sew-along. The blocks for weeks 10 & 11 are made with HST and it was a snap to cut them out using my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
This block has such a strong diagonal that I almost replaced the focus fabric squares, but then I realized that this block will balance the Jacob’s Ladder block that has a strong diagonal in the opposite direction.
The HST block for week 11 also finished section 3 of the quilt top.
I have a home sewing retreat planned this weekend with my middle daughter. She wants to sew two pairs of jeans, two shirts and one dress. My goal is to piece the next HST block, all the pineapple blocks and the remaining checkerboards. I wonder what my design wall will look like on Monday!