This is the first Design Wall Monday of 2016, but before I start on that I want to do a quick recap of last year. I only had a few 2015 quilting goals.
- Use more than 125 yards of fabric – The total was 116.25 yards used in 23 quilt tops. It is my highest used since I started tracking, but I did fall short of my goal.
- Machine quilt 16 tops – I finished 22 quilts, so this one exceeded expectations.
- No UFOs – My definition of UFO is a project started, boxed up and packed away. The blocks for three projects that are pinned to my design wall do not count since they weren’t packed away. All three of these quilts are on my list for 2016.
- Track fabric purchases – I threw this goal out the window the first quarter of 2015. I discovered that I really don’t care and it diminishes the pleasure of buying new fabric.
I am going a different route for my quilting goals this year – a list of quilts to make, UFOs to finish and techniques to try. It is an ambitious list of 35 items – I don’t expect to get them all done, but the list helps me focus and keep organized. Besides it is so much fun to cross an item off of the list.
So after all of that, here is my current leader & ender project on my design wall.
This quilt doesn’t have a name – maybe Dancing 4 Patches – or a pattern because I made it up as I went along. Each block contains a combination of 4 patches (3 1/2″), bulls-eye patches and 3 1/2″ squares.
My current hand work project is finishing up this wool applique UFO.
As you may suspect, my wall hanging is a bit different from the pattern.
I found a different saying for the bottom border and a wonderful daughter stitched it for me on her embroidery machine. I also decided to put some smaller wool applique flowers around the border although the stems and leaves will be embroidered on by hand. This project became a UFO until I could make a decision about the borders. Most of my UFO projects are waiting on a decision or two, so I need to get busy and finish them up.
The new technique for 2016 is learning to hand quilt, so I need to make a small sampler quilt for practice.
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It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, but things have been pretty busy around here. My oldest daughter & family were in town for a week and we had a wonderful time. They will be moving to England at the end of this month, so it was important to make some family memories before they leave.
I was able to get some sewing time in over the July 4th weekend – hand sewing the binding on the Gus quilt and working on an old UFO.
My best guess is that this project is 10 – 12 years old. The pattern is Pinwheels on Parade from Pat Speth’s book More Nickel Quilts. I remember the plan for this quilt – rainbow colors shading from yellow to green, the gray background shading from light to dark and using a charm pack that I had. I know that I spent some time with colored pencils and graph paper trying to figure out how many blocks of each color I needed for the quilt.
There were two main reasons that this ended up an UFO – first is that the all the squares in the charm pack were not exactly 5″ square (this is why I don’t buy charm packs) and the second is that I couldn’t get the rainbow sequence to work out like I wanted.
So now a decade later this UFO is getting finished! All the block parts are being measured and new ones cut out as needed. I discarded the idea of the rainbow coloring and am going for a bright scrappy look. The gray background fabric is hand dyed which is too busy for the effect I was trying for. The fabric on the left will be the outer border.
This is not one of my favorite quilts, but it will make a good charity quilt and will be crossed off my UFO list. The most satisfying part of this quilt is the knowledge of how much I have grown in my quilt making.
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Yeah – the baby quilt top is finished although those black squares are really dark purple.
Since Baby Girl is due the middle of May this top needs to be a completed quilt soonish. I plan on machine quilting Succulent from the Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting book on this quilt.
In the interest of being honest, I have to admit that this is not my favorite quilt. However it is a great baby quilt to be used and abused.
It is time to find some backing and cut the batting.
I finally completed the Bloomin’ Peaks quilt top.
The pattern called for cut 2 1/2″ squares, but I used 2″ squares. That makes my Bloomin’ Peaks quilt top 51 1/2″ x 64 3/4″ instead of 70″ x 87″.
This quilt has an on-point setting, which is good news – bad news to me. Good news is that this is my favorite setting; bad news is that it is so boring to actually sew those long rows. In fact my least favorite part of quilt making is sewing all the blocks together.
Bloomin’ Peaks was my leader-ender project, so now I need a new one. Since there was a pile of 1 1/2″ 4-patches in a bin, I decided to use them in a quilt similar to Edyta Sitar’s Scraptacular in the April 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.
Aren’t they so cute? I will need a bunch of these blocks, so I have some time to decide on the next design step. There are several ideas floating around in my head and will probably have some more before I sew them together.
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Very little sewing was done last week – I was just too tired after work. I did sew a some more black & white 4-patches which are my current leaders & enders project.
These black & white blocks are for the quilt 501 in Miss Rosie’s Spice of Life Quilts book. The pattern calls for 240 4-patches, so I am about half way there. It was getting a bit boring sewing the 4-patches even as leaders & enders, so I sewed a few of the rows together.
This project may just move from leaders & enders to top of the list.
I haven’t forgotten the pile of quilt tops that need to be finished. The next up is the Autumn 9-Patch.
I am quilting pumpkins and leaves on this top.
Blessed Easter to everyone.
This looks to be my last quilt top for 2013. I managed to find some time to sew more green & tan 9-patches during the Christmas holiday and this is what my design wall looked like on Friday.
Saturday I finished the last four 9-patches and sewed the center of the quilt together. Today the borders went on.
As you can see the quilt top (63.5″ x 76″) is larger than my design wall. It is hard to get a good picture, but here is a close up that shows the background fabric better.
This project was not on my end-of-year goal list, but getting it completed did bring the total fabric used in 2013 to 100 yards which was a goal.
Next up is Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler – yes, I am sewing on this long-term project again. The goal is to complete rows A & B. This is block B-9.
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The Dancing 9-Patch quilt top is finished!
It measures 45 1/2″ x 56 1/2″. I am not sure that the middle border is the best, but I am not going to take it out since this is a charity quilt.
While I was searching through my orphan box for the 9 patches, I came across 7 or 8 string blocks. The next quilt in this series may be a Dancing String quilt.
However that will be later – right now I have a quilt to bind and a rail fence to sew.
Happy Friday sewing!