Shortline is now a completed quilt. There wasn’t enough of the black spiderweb fabric for the binding, so I went with the green. Isn’t that little pop of color along the edge fun?
Since this had been a quilt sandwich for over a year, I am calling it a completed UFO and off of my list – which is still way too long.
I picked a medium dark gray thread and the panto-graph Along Came a Spider. As evident from the name, the panto-graph had spiders & spiderwebs on it and was the most challenging panto-graph I have done to date.
As soon as Shortline came off the frame, I loaded up Oriental Cranes. Even with all the cream background & flowers, I quilted with the same medium dark gray thread that I used with Shortline.
Oriental Cranes came off the frame a week ago Saturday and Space Invaders was loaded the next day.
And yes, I used the same thread – medium dark gray – as the two previous quilts. The machine quilting on Space Invaders was finished last Thursday and Friday I quilted two placemats.
Whew! Now I need to take a break, put my feet up and get all that binding stitched down. The purchase of the Simply Sixteen was a good investment for me and I am enjoying the machine quilting to move these tops to completed quilts.
Two non-quilting project – fabric weights and crocheted ric-rac – have enn made.
The fabric weights ( https://weallsew.com/fabric-weight-tutorial/ ) were a quick and easy sewing project once I figured out the fusible interfacing issue. All I have is sew-in interfacing and this project was a use-what-I-already-have project. My solution was to use a glue stick to adhere the sew-in interfacing to the fabric and it worked. The tags were cut from the ribbon around a Moda jelly roll. Isn’t it fun to do something different once in a while?
My current UFO project is Space Invaders. This quilt project had been packed up in October 2019 because I was unhappy with the color choices. The solid black was too predictable & boring and the focus fabric had a small print that wasn’t playing well with the center. Frankly I just didn’t want to take the time to unstitch all those dang rectangles.
Well, now it is time to get this quilt top finished. Here is my progress so far.
I like it – the focus fabric brightens up the quilt top and is worth the time of unsewing and resewing. The border may be a bit of a challenge since there was only a yard or so of the focus fabric, but I will worry about that when I get there.
So the Simply Sixteen didn’t get lonely, I loaded a quilt onto the frame. The panto-graph is spiders and webs which is the most detailed panto-graph I have attempted to date.
To keep on track, I made a list of 12 goals for May. I have three vacation days in May and the list is divided between quick items and more time intensive items. Finishing the Space Invaders quilt top and machine quilting ShortLine are the top two goals, so I am off to a good start.
Shortline is now a completed quilt top. I am very pleased with the end result especially the neutral string blocks. They make the colored string blocks stand out and take center stage.
Now I am getting ready to start another Cozy Quilt Design pattern – Brownstone.
It is difficult to take a good picture of the pattern when it is printed on glossy paper, so this was the best that I could do. For the longest time I was planning to make this quilt with a brown & black jelly roll and a burgundy accent. However when I pulled out my dark red fabrics it was like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – this one is too light, this one too dark, this one had too much texture. Nothing was just right.
Then a stack of turquoise batiks yelled at me for attention. So when that happens the only thing to do is make a couple of sample blocks.
It is difficult to get a good idea of what the finished quilt top will look like from just these two, but I am going to continue along this path and see what happens. I really need to start taking a picture of the jelly rolls before I open the package to sort the strips, but I get too excited to start a new project. Anyway this one is a Bali Pop from Hoffman called Coconut.
Sunday was a bouncing sort of day – bouncing from one project to another. I started with Oriental Tiles – the center is now completed, so all that is left is the borders.
Since the setting triangles were cut from a white spiderweb fabric, I thought about going with a Halloween theme. After placing the fabric on the design wall I realized that it was way too busy, however I think that there is enough to use as the backing. Then I remembered that I had the reverse print of the white spiderweb fabric which will make a great border.
Once the border decision was made, I bounced over to the Oriental Tile block. This is the first block –
and this is my test block with 1/4″ narrower sashing.
It is a subtle difference, but the narrower sashing looks so much more in proportion to the block. Now I needed to see it in the Oriental fabric.
Everything looks good, so I only have one problem – the black, red, & gold block is so darn cute that I need to do something with it. Isn’t it crazy how these projects keep multiplying?
The 2016 designer was Judy Neiemeyer with her Rocky Mountain Bear Claw pattern and the 2017 designer was Jen Kingwell with Long Time Gone. So the designer of the year for 2018 is Cozy Quilts Designs.
While looking through my patterns, I was surprised to discover that I own 10 Cozy Quilt patterns and have only made one. That is going to change this year!
First up is Shortline – with a few changes.
I thought that this would be a great pattern to use the single color string blocks that I made in 2015. There are 13 colored blocks which will alternated with neutral string blocks. The rail fence blocks would be scrappy black with a mostly white center strip.
The string blocks are 5″ unfinished (smaller than the pattern), so the rail fence blocks needed to be resized also. I am considering a black & white strip for the setting triangles, but no firm decision has yet been made. So far this quilt is looking like the idea in my head.
Saturday update – All the rail fence units are now completed and up on the design wall. Isn’t it looking good?
Now I am off to dig through my stash for the setting triangle fabric. Wish me luck!