Last weekend I was in Denver for the Denver Quilt Show and to visit family. While I was there I picked up some fabric to make Witches Brew by Judy Niemeyer -blues and tans.
I have been making plans to turn this bed runner into a square quilt, but since this will be a fall project I have time to think about it.
The current list of projects start with the machine quilting of this quilt top.
This is one of my oldest quilt tops, but I really like the monster print.
I remember that I showed another quilter this quilt top when it was finished, her comment was that it was too busy. Maybe that is the reason that I haven’t quilted it before now. But when I look at this top and think about what I am currently sewing – this is quite calm.
I want to improve my machine applique, so the second project is an Oriental kit. I bought Sharon Schamber’s book Piece by Piece Machine Applique and this quilt seems perfect for trying her technique.
The applique will go along the right and bottom borders once they are attached.
I also have my leaders and enders project and the quilt guild’s mystery quilt top to sew.
When I am not at the sewing machine, I have been hand sewing hexies. This is a new technique for me and I am surprised at how much I am enjoying it.
These hexagons measure 1/2″ along each side, so this will be a small wall hanging approximately 20″ x 22″.
It looks like I have enough projects to keep me busy for a while.
The Robots & Aliens quilt top is completed.
The top measures 65″ x 70″. I smile every time I look at this quilt.
Our quilt guild is running a mystery quilt this year and I joined up. Here are the blocks for the first clue. I have been sewing a lot with black and white this year, haven’t I?
Clue #2 will be given out at our April meeting, so now it is time to get serious about some machine quilting.
I have a list of six quilt tops that are waiting patiently for their transformation into a finished quilt. That will keep me busy for a while.
Emerson’s placemat is finished and going in the mail tomorrow. Isn’t it cute?
Pink is one of her favorite colors and I think that she will enjoy looking at the fairies. The placemat measures 21.75″ x 14.75″ and has 6,009 machine quilting stitches in it.
This is the current project on my design wall.
The pattern is Avignon Picnic Quilt by Andrea Harris. It can be found on the Moda Bake Shop website.
And this is the next project in the queue –
Can you see a theme developing here? I didn’t plan this, but I am sewing outside of my usual color combinations. Green & pink, green & reddish purple, green & gold – these are unusual color choices for me, but I am enjoying the journey.
I started a new project last Thursday and finished the quilt top this morning.
This pattern is called Town Square and it is in the book Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. The quilt top measures 62 1/2″ square.
I have five quilt sandwiches all ready for machine quilting. In fact, that was the plan for this weekend, but somehow I got distracted by this quilt.
There are several quilt themes that I make every year – an autumn colored quilt, a black, white and one other color (usually red) quilt, a rainbow colored quilt and several scrappy quilts. This one is my autumn colored quilt for 2013.
Maybe I can get back on track this week.
The progress on Easy Street is like a turtle – slow and steady.
I am considering using the grey for the inner border and green for the outer border, but will wait until the center is completed for the final decision.
I am also trying clean my sewing room and put away the purple, turquoise and green fabric from this quilt. However, I am so easily distracted.
While putting away the purple, I started cutting out turquoise triangles from the 2″ strips to make this block.
The block is called Diamond Ripples from the Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers. Since the first time I saw this block, I was curious about the design that four blocks would make. It will be fun to play with different layouts. This project is going to be a doll quilt for a soon-to-be second birthday.
I really need to be careful looking through my quilt books and magazines. I see a quilt pattern, think “I have the perfect fabric to make that”, and then new project is started. This third quilt project came about in exactly that way.
This pattern is called the Wavelet from Jane Miller’s book French Braid Transformation. I decided to make this quilt with the leftover purple and turquoise fabric from Easy Street along with some red from my stash. And yes – that is the same background fabric in both the doll quilt and the Wavelet.
Since the doll quilt has a deadline, that will be the first finish for 2013.
Check out all the quilty progress at Design Wall Monday and Easy Street Link-up.
I have been busy working on my black, white and red quilt top. The pattern is Chopsticks by Jaybird Quilts. This is an easy pattern because each 12″ triangle only take three seams. Here are the blocks that I have made so far.
The directions tell you to make 40 triangles, then trim the sides to make the quilt a rectangle. I decided to make 10 half triangles which was no problem with the markings on the Creative Grid 60 degree ruler.
I have already started auditioning quilting designs and would like to have this be a completed quilt by the end of the year.
Hot Flashes – not a statement of my physical condition, but rather the name of a pattern that I picked up at the Denver Quilt Show in May. It is a design by Daniela Stout and uses 2 1/2″ strips with the Cutting Corners Ruler by Sharyn Craig.
I had a jelly roll with blues, greens and purples that I decided to use with this pattern. I also swapped a light gray for the white as an accent. The pattern is very dramatic, but easy to sew – mostly rectangles.
I made some adjustments to the pattern however. My jelly roll had 35 strips, but the twin size quilt called for 39. So instead of a 7 x 10 block layout, my quilt is 7 x 9. I am also going to leave off the borders – I think. Final decision will be made when all the blocks are sewn together.
I am making my quilt with the same design layout as the pattern, but the next time I will play with the blocks on my design wall.
Back to the sewing machine . . .
This is the progress made on the Modern Bargello last Friday night.
It has been a delight working on this quilt top. The design wall has been a big help in making sure that I am sewing the correct pieces together. What do you think of Underwater Bargello for the name of this quilt?
Then this is what happened on Saturday –
A couple of weeks ago I cut out the pieces for this quilt top in preparation for quilt guild. This pattern is Twinkle from Scrap-Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett. It is a bit difficult to get a good picture with so many white prints, but here it is.
As you can see I still have five more blocks to complete. Yellow and orange are not my normal colors, but I am enjoying the bright springtime feel of this quilt.
This close-up gives you a better idea of the variety of white & black prints in the top.
If I want to get this top done by Friday I had better get back to the sewing machine.
A couple of weeks ago while I was quilt-blog-hopping, I came across this post of a Modern Bargello Quilt. This pattern was calling out for me to make and I even knew of the perfect fabric in my stash – Moda Marble Ombre quarter yard cuts. The reason this was so perfect is that the fabric shades from dark to light.
Well here – see for yourself.Here are all the pieces cut out except for the background. This is going to be a fun sewing project – thank you Mary.