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Design Wall Monday 09-14-15

The Serengheti wall hanging is finished – the 18th for the year.

091415C (797x1024)Since the center block measures 17″, it would be fun to make 9 or 12 of them for a larger quilt.  Just an idea pinging around in my head, but not for right now – I need to stay focused on my list of star patterns instead.

Speaking of star patterns, this will be the next star project.

091415 (743x1024)The finished quilt size is listed as 70″ x 71″, but I would like it a bit longer for a twin sized quilt.  It may be a bit hard to see in the photo, but the top & bottom rows of stars have the points missing which I find a very strange design decision.  It will be really easy to add one more row to include the star tips and it will add about another 10″.

This quilt is going to be easy – cut out all the triangles for the stars & background, sew the triangles together in rows and then sew the rows together along with the border.  I am using blue & gray snowflake fat quarters for the stars with a white batik with very pale blue snowflakes as the background and a light gray for the border.

The triangles for each star are cut from 5 1/4″ strips, so each star is huge – before seams each star measures 21″ from point to point.

091415B (1024x491)Looking at the photo I already know that I will be moving some of the stars around.

I have also started a new leader/ender project – tumblers.  The quilt that was the leader/ender project is the cover quilt Thirty Something from the June 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  I have been sewing 4 patches from 1 1/2″ squares which have become rather boring.  Also I need to do a count to see where I am with them so that is two good reasons to set it aside for the moment.

The tumbler die for my Accuquilt Studio had never been used and 3 1/2″ tumblers are fun quick sewing – tumblers it is.  In a little under an hour I had all these cut out.  Actually there were more than this because the first row is already completed.  I wanted to know how many tumblers to put in each row & how many rows to make a twin sized quilt.  The answer is 35 tumblers and 35 rows.

091415A (899x1024)The white with small blue stars will be consistent throughout the quilt.  I found a 3 1/2 yard piece in my stash which I think will be enough.  If it is not then I will come up with a plan B.

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Serengheti Quilt Top Finished

091115  (788x1024)I finished the Serengheti quilt top yesterday.  This has been a fun project with the added bonus that all the fabric came from my stash.

This morning was spent machine quilting a meander with monofilament thread – my standard quilting for a high contrast quilt.  All that is left is hand stitching the binding and sleeve which will then complete the third star quilt on my list.

The next star quilt will be Pathway Star by Edyta Sitar.  I was thinking of the feathered star pattern, but decided to go with this one instead.  Pathway Star’s finished size is 70″ x 71″ and looks a lot like the first star quilt I did – Pretty in Everything BUT Pink.  Even though they look similar Pathway Star is made with triangles and Pretty in Everything BUT Pink was made with triangles & diamonds.

But first things first and that means feet up with needle & thread in hand.


Serengheti Progress

Yesterday I took a tour of the Stanley Hotel.

IMG_0973 (1024x647)Yep – this is the hotel that was the inspiration and setting of Stephen King’s novel The Shining.  Stephen King did write some literary additions to the hotel – there is not hedge maze and the hotel is not isolated in the mountains – but it is a historical hotel with fascinating history.

The drive back over Trail Ridge Highway included some wonderful scenery

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and some local wildlife.

IMG_0982 (1024x975)So there were no star sewing yesterday, but I did manage a few more this morning.  The squares show what position the star points will be in.

IMG_0991 (761x1024)A few of the stars have been moved since this picture was taken, but it is fairly close to how it will look.  Tomorrow is already booked with grandchildren, however I am hoping to have the top finished on Friday.

I have also been making plans for the next star quilt which will be a feathered star in the color of the year – blue, of course.

Linking up with Esther’s Quilt Blog WOW for the first time.


Design Wall Monday 09-07-15

Happy Labor Day

The center block on the Rangeley Wall Quilt has been completed and now I am sewing the stars for the border.

090715 (695x1024)The focus fabric is from the Serengheti Collection by Peter Pan, so I am naming the quilt Serengheti.  This fabric has been in my stash for 10 – 15 years, but now it is time for it to shine.  The colors in this quilt make me smile.

The pattern recommended the Tucker Trimmer tool which I was delighted to find in my pile of rulers.  I suspect that I purchased the ruler at the same time as the pattern.

090715A (995x1024)You can make the star blocks without this ruler, however it is a great ruler for lining up and squaring down quarter square triangles.  As you can see this ruler has diagonal lines both directions for accuracy.

090715B (1024x683)I will be using the Tucker Trimmer in future projects.

There has been one grump in my day so far – I ran out of black thread and had to make a mad dash to Jo-Ann’s so that I can continue sewing stars.  How did that happen?  I was sure that I had an extra cone of black thread, but no I didn’t.  Oh, well!

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