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March’s #4, #5 and #6 Finishes

March’s fourth finish – Christmas Batik Log Cabin (51 1/2″ square)

This quilt top was pieced in 2009, so it was finally time for it to be a finished quilt.  I used the panto-graph Mesa which was a challenge due to the straight lines.

Mesa - Pantograph

Any straight line over 2″ is difficult for me to quilt smoothly, so the 3″ and 4″ straight lines on Mesa were a challenge.  I haven’t decided if I will use the quilting design again.

The fifth finish for March was Mo’s Basket (52″ x 62 1/2″) – a quilt top pieced in 2012.

I used the Pellon 100% polyester batting which gave a nice loft to the quilting design Lisa’s Raindrops.

Lisa's Raindrops - FREE - Pantograph

And the sixth finish is Playing Checkers (18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″) with a Baptist Fan quilting motif.

Currently I am working on the binding for the baby Elephant quilt and hope to get another wall-hanging on the frame tomorrow.  That will bring my mad March machine quilting to a close and I will be ready to start a new piecing project.

I attempted to take a picture of the quilting on Michigan, however this is another area where I need more practice.  Does anyone have any tricks or tips for taking a good picture of the machine quilting?

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene

More March Madness

I can’t believe how many tops are being quilted this month, but I am enjoying every minute of it.  The first finish is Patchwork Basket (17 1/2″ x 21 1/2″).

I like how the swirly panto-graph subtly mimics the flower shapes.

The LBQ 2021 Mystery quilt Michigan was the second finish this month. 

The panto-graph used is Daydream by Urban Elementz which is a combination flower and feather motif.  I didn’t take a picture of the machine quilting, however the texture is wonderful.  Michigan is MY quilt and is staying at my house.

The next top in the “to-be-quilted” queue was made in 2009 with batiks.

Right now I am hand-stitching the binding, so it will be ready for a picture of the finished quilt in a couple of days.

However as soon as a quilt comes off the machine, a new quilt top is loaded and the next in queue was Mo’sBasket (2012).

It feels great to get some of these older quilt tops out of the “tops” pile and into the completed pile.  Guess I had better get busy on the binding.

Have a good week,

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