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Blue Onion

Since I have several works-in-progress that has stalled due to different reasons, so I decided to pull out a project that would be fast, fun and no thinking involved. Does such a quilting project truly exist?

The first challenge was choosing the fabric. The pattern calls for 3/8 yard of 12 different prints which means no raiding of the fat quarter stash. A shopping trip to the local quilt store (the end of January) produced 7 of the 12 and I was able to cull the remaing 5 from my yardage.

The next step was to cut out rectangles and organize them into 6 stacks of 6 different fabrics.

Using the Ovals All Ways by Creative Grid, the curved pieces for each block was cut. Each block contains 5 pieces with 4 seams, so the piecing went smoothly.

Remember my comment about no thinking involved – well that part of the plan hit a brick wall. After sewing the below block, I had second and third thoughts about including the turquoise polka-dots on white background fabric in this quilt.

After careful consideration, thinking through all my options and a headache, I decided to finish the quilt top without fabric changes.

The Blue Onion quilt top (50″ x 70″) was completed today and I have to admit that I am glad that I left the polka-dots in. To me they add a lot of playfulness and energy to the quilt.

This weekend was very productive in the sewing department. Besides Blue Onion, I also sewed two tablecloths and one pink pillowcase. The last time my youngest granddaughter visited me, she told me that the pillow in the playroom should really be pink.

Happy Quilting and Stay Healthy


Design Wall Monday 02-13-17

It was a productive weekend and I got several small projects completed.  First was the quilting and binding of the small wallhanging Lakeside Retreat (19″ x 17 1/2″).  This is a Cynthia England kit that was pieced before 2008 (in 2008 I started numbering and keeping a spreadsheet of my quilt tops).

After making this wallhanging, I really have an appreciation for the amount of time and skill Cynthia puts into her larger quilts.  It was a good experience for me to make this quilt, however I don’t plan on doing another.

I also made two pillowcases using My Little Ponies fabric that I found on the clearance rack.

Won’t they make a great gift to one of my granddaughters?

So now to my design wall – I haven’t posted a picture recently of Charlotte’s Baskets, so here it is.

Since this is my leader/ender project the progress is of the slow and steady kind.  I cut out the pieces for the reaming seven baskets over the weekend and am looking forward to more completed blocks.

I also have another top to be machine quilted this week along with a setting triangle for the Lincoln quilt.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.