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Rose Garden and Other Quilty News

Rose Garden was completed a week or so ago, but the picture was taken yesterday.  This was the November 2020 Quilty Box quilt and I learned so much about working with odd shaped EPP pieces. 

The quilting design is Flower Festival by Urban Elementz.  The quilted flowers show so nicely against the solid background.

And, of course, all the extra hexagons went on the back of the quilt – makes me smile.

The March mini top from Kim Diehl’s Whatnot Club was finished last weekend.  I added a border to bring the size up to 18″ which works better with the hanger in the dining room.

Working with such small pieces can be a challenge, but I am mostly pleased with my piecing accuracy.  There is always room for improvement, isn’t there?  Hopefully I can get it quilted this week.

Now it is time to reward myself by starting a new quilt.  Here is a sneak peek of the fabrics.

It has been awhile since I have made a red, white and black quilt, so I am ready to get this one started.  Okay, okay – this quilt will technically be red, white, black & gray, but either way the colors make my heart sing.

Happy Easter,

Marlene

Quilty Vacation Days

This is the scene outside the patio windows last Sunday.  My estimate is that we recieved 10 – 12″ of snow.

However Monday’s view is of sunshine and blue skies.  The snow melted quickly and the roads were dry by Tuesday.

Yesterday and today were vacation days, making a four day quilting retreat.  The first goal was to move the EPP Rose Garden top to a finished quilt.

The top was completed last weekend, and I decided not to add any pentagons to the setting triangles.  It was one of those times when the vision in my head did not translate well to fabric reality.  So what did I do with all those pentagons that I had made?  Well I placed them on the back of course!

Rose Garden was loaded on the frame, machine quilted and sleeve/binding attached.  It should only take a day or two to finish the hand-stitching.

Today’s project is Biggy the Bee, a pattern by Krista Moser.

Have a good weekend,

Marlene

Mount Fuji and EPP Projects

My quilting progress has been slow in February, but I have completed one project.  Mount Fuji is a pattern from the Postcards from Japan series by Helene Knott.  It is intended as an applique wall-hanging, however I decided to use a panel instead.

Mount Fuji Pattern

Postcards from Japan - Mt. Fuji  Pattern - StoryQuilts.com

Mount Fuji – my version

I can’t decide if I am happy with this wall-hanging or not.  I wonder if the light & dark gray was the right choice, maybe I should have looked for green or brown background fabrics.  I also didn’t anticipate how the machine quilting would show up on the moon.  Note to self- machine quilt the outlines in the Mount Fuji panel next time.

I have two more Fuji prints, so I may take one and try this pattern again.  Hmmm  I need to think about that some more.

The hand stitching on Rose Garden is coming along slowly.  Three of the five EPP stars have been stitched to the background – hopefully I will have them all completed this weekend. My plan is to add some pentagons to the setting triangles to add some interest.  Plan A was a partial circle, however it is too tight.  Plan B is setting them in a straight-ish line of one up one down.  I like this a lot better.

I may also add one pentagon to the center of the corner triangles – we will see when I get that far.  Rose Garden needs to be finished since I have already received the next EPP project.

The EPP Quilty Box for January arrived and it was full of lemons.

No, that is not a real lemon in the upper right side.  It is a lemon stress ball.  The project is for bowls which are not my thing, so I will be doing something completely different with them.  But that is decisions for another day.

Have a good evening,

Marlene

January Wrap-up

I am off to a good start on my 2021 goal of curves & circles.  My first finish – Twelve Moons.

The pattern directions said to applique the circles onto a background, however I used the Creative Grids Circle Savvy Ruler instead.  As long as I remembered that the background fabric was cut 1/2″ smaller than the inset circle all was good.

The panto-graph stitched on Twelve Moons is Kismet by Urban Elementz.  I think that Kismet has just become one of my favorite panto-graphs – to me it looks like leaves swirling in water on this block.  Yes, I will definitely be using this Kismet again.

And the back of the quilt.  It feels so good to use up those odd pieces of fabric and make room for new purchases.

My second circle project in January was Garden Globes by Jason Yenter (Floragraphix II).  I bought this kit in 2007, so it had been patiently waiting long enough.

Jason Yenter is one of my favorite fabric designers.  The way he layers motifs on top of each other makes for visually interesting fabric which is highlighted in this pattern.

The Garden Globes pattern was also written to applique the circles on the background and I, of course, machine pieced them instead.  They are the same size as the two circles in Twelve Moons, so these nine were no problem – well, no problem as long as I cut accurately, pinned carefully and sewed slowly.

Now that I am caught up on all binding projects, my attention returned to the Rose Garden EPP project.  The star block in the lower left was completed and appliqued to the background.  I cut the remaining 8 neutral charm squares into 1 1/2″ strips along with some of the background neutral to use as the sashing.

My plan also includes cutting out octogons from 10 of the remaining colored charm squares to make 4 arches for the 4 side triangles.  So as you can see, I still have a bit of handwork to do before this quilt top is completed.

I have been collecting my curves & circles projects in one place and there are more of them that I originally thought.  I mean I knew I had quite a few, but it is totally different to see them in a pile.  It is going to be a busy year.

Next up is two wallhangings – Mount Fuji and Tiny the Giraffe.

What is on your schedule?

Marlene

#1 – Recycled Shirt Square Dance Quilt

December is dedicated to turning quilt tops into finished quilts and the first one is done –  Recycled Shirt Square Dance.

The panto-graph used is the circular design Citrus from Urban Elementz which was a fun and fast pattern.  It is perhaps an unusual choice for a recycled shirt quilt, however I like the unexpected aspect of it.

While I was binding Square Dance in the evenings, I was machine quilting on the next top during the day.  The second top is off the machine waiting for the handstich of the binding and quilt top #3 is being loaded.  If I can keep this up, I will definitely make my goal for finished quilts.

However my EPP project Rose Garden has come to a temporary halt since binding is taking top priority.  I have been putting the binding time to good use to consider my options for the back ground fabric of Rose Garden.  I think that a lightish turquoise will be the winner, maybe a bit lighter than the fabric in the picture below.

The problem is that I don’t have any turquoise yardage in my stash.  Online retail therapy has taken care of that issue, but now the wait for delivery starts.  Since it is so difficult to match fabric online – who am I kidding, it is impossible! – if I don’t like any of the fabrics that were just ordered, I will use black or dark gray for the background.

The next quilt won’t bind itself, so now it is time to put thread in the needle and get to work.

Happy Quilty Holidays,

Marlene

Effervescence & Rose Garden EPP

While working on the Hope Chest quilt top, I cut out 4-patch Stack-n-Whack blocks as leaders/enders using the Effervescence fabric from Robert Kaufmann.  They sewed together so quickly and before long I had a nice pile of blocks.

Paula Doyle shows her quilt using this fabric in her book East Stack Quilts.  It is so elegant looking that I decided to make one for myself.

The reason it took me 2 weeks to finish the top is because I needed to order more fabric since I miscalculated the amount needed – the border was only on one side of the fabric.  I like the 4-patch blocks in the four corners so there was no need to match and miter the corners.

My version is 68″ square (7 x 7 block layout), however it is easy to adjust the top to whatever size desired.

Some of my favorite blocks:

This quilt was so much fun and I really like the neutral color range.  Maybe I need to add another neutral quilt top to my 2021 goal list.

As a treat to myself, I subscribed to the EPP Quilty Box from Paper Pieces and received my first box in November.

All of my EPP projects except one have been hexagons, so this will stretch my EPP skills.  The November project is Rose Garden which contains pentagons, 36 degree 5-pointed star and irregular heptagons – definitely a new challenge for me.  I have some ideas for a different layout than shown and will show pictures once I get a little further along.

Wishing everyone a safe & healthy Holiday season.

Marlene