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March Wrap-up and April Projects

March closed with three more finishes.  First was Elephant Baby quilt.

Can you see the lions, giraffes, and elephants?  I had so much fun using this panto-graph on the Elephant Baby quilt and I think that it looks wonderful.

The next two are Party of Nine and Traffic Jam – both wall-hangings from the  2021 Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl.

Last weekend I decided that it was time to get my leader/ender project off the wall and into a completed quilt top.

I have been piecing these blocks for a couple of years, but now it is done.  Yeah!  For a name I checked my list of Colorado ghost towns and selected Tuttle.  Don’t ask me why – it just seemed to fit for some reason.

Next up are a couple of piecing projects using a fat quarter bundle of brown, tan, gray & black.  Not spring colors, but a quilt pattern that I have wanted to make for a long time.

Have a good week,

Marlene

Party of Nine & Midnight

Thirty days into the new year and no fabric bought.  I wonder how long this streak will last especially with online fabric stores tempting me with sales & new fabric lines.

The last two mini projects on my January goal list are completed tops.  I made design changes from the original pattern for Party of Nine and Midnight.

This is the Party of Nine wall-hanging as designed by Kim Diehl

Tenth Simple Whatnots Miniature Club Month Seven | Party of Nine Quilt Kit

and this is my version.  I am very pleased with my changes.

The center strips dividing the 9-patches are narrower, I added an inner border and changed the border layout.    Surprisingly my version (30″ x 32″) is very close in size to the original pattern (30 1/2″ x 31 3/4″).

The biggest change I made to the MIdnight pattern is to the gray stars in the triangle units.  The directions said to make four gray stars and then attach the 2 HST to make a flying geese (as shown below).   It seemed like a lot of work for the star points to be cut off on two sides.

MIDNIGHT GRACE & GRATITUDE Simple Whatnots Club 10 Quilt Kit image 1

My first thought was to make the center only without the star points, however that idea didn’t quite work out.

Now it was on to Plan B – was it Plan D or E? – which was much better.

Even though the center of the stars is on-point and the center of the gray squares is straight, the whole top is much more pleasing.

January goal was met, so now it is time to start thinking about February’s baby quilts.

Stay warm and happy quilting

Marlene

January Minis

It is January 21st and I haven’t bought any fabric this year.  LOL

I have been sewing like crazy and have four out of six wall-hanging tops finished.  That’s right – I added two to my list.

  1. Traffic Jam is a 2021 Whatnots Club pattern by Kim Diehl and measures 21 1/2″ square.  The border blocks have some very skinny strings which were a bit of a pain.

2.  Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) from the Simple Whatnots book by Kim Diehl.  I used the leftover strips from Traffic Jam to construct the center of this wall-hanging.

3.  Little Quilt Delights (18 1/2″ x 23″) was a UFO, but is now a finished top.  The three flower blocks are wool applique that were completed years ago, however three is not an easy number to work into a quilt and that is exactly why it remained an UFO for so long.  In the original pattern the wool blocks were made into pincushions, but I wanted a wall-hanging.

After finding the perfect oriental fabric in my stash, I came up with this layout.  The colors are not the typical wool colors which is why it caught my attention.

4. The Patchwork Basket kit by Edyta Sitar jumped into my online cart in December 2021.  It is a different style of basket and I liked how open and airy it is.

5.  Party of Nine is another Whatnots Club quilt designed by Kim Diehl.  This bin contains 50 tiny 9-patch blocks, so now I am ready to start sewing the center together.

6. And the last wall-hanging goal for January is Midnight (2021 Month Six Whatnots Club pattern).  I signed up for the 2022 Whatnots Club, so the biggest goal this month was to finish up some of the 2021 kits.

Not a lot of progess has been made on my hand-work project.  Here is a rough layout to help me distribute the light/dark colors through out the top.  Next up will be finding a background fabric for the triangles that will connect all the hexagons.

It has been snowing here, so I will wish everyone a safe, warm weekend.

Marlene