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Lucky 13

Lucky 13 – as in 13 finished string LeMoyne star blocks.  The last one was pieced Friday night and Saturday’s project was to get the top completed.

This quilt top was a project of mood swings – I enjoyed making the string diamonds, but it was getting pretty boring by the time I was doing the last few.  And the 104 diamonds did not make a dent in my string bin, but that will be something to consider later.

I really like the look of LeMoyne stars, however the block sewing is all sew a short seam, cut threads, sew a short seam, cut threads, and repeat which can get very monotonous.  Then there was all the steam & spray starch to get the blocks to lay flat.  String diamonds – bias & bias.  Of course there were block volcanos to be pressed into submission.

The top and bottom string border was added to lighten the quilt top and add some length.  The finished size of the top is 70 1/2″ x 74 1/2″.

The hexagon butterflies have been sewn to the background and the fabric from the original butterly quilt has been located.

Isn’t this going to be cute?  Now I need to take the time to decide on quilt size so that I can figure the strip width.  Maybe next weekend.  This project is turning out exactly how I had envisioned it in my head.  Yeah!

With seven weeks left in the year, I need to be brutally honest with myself with which quilting projects I can finish before the close of 2020.  I have been cleaning up and organizing my sewing space in preparation for 2021 while I have considering this issue.

So, what are projects are on your “Get Done This Year” list?

Have a good quilty week,

Marlene

String Diamonds

I have realized that my quilting personality requires a plan when starting a new quilt project whether that is following a quilt pattern or designing my own layout.  I am not able to just make a bunch of blocks and then decide on a layout later.  As soon as I start making blocks my brain kicks in forming and rejecting a setting until it settles on a Plan A.  Now Plan A can go sideways and end up as Plan C or D or maybe even K, but I start with Plan A.

That being said, I needed an idea for the String Diamond blocks.  After thinking and looking at quilt patterns, I decided on the Kashmir pattern by Nancy Mahoney.  Here is the link if you are interested in this free pattern:  http://www.nancymahoney.com/files/Kashmir_quilt_pattern.pdf

Of course I had to make a slight adjustment to the alternate block to accomandate the LeMoyne stars, but that was not difficult.

And then there were six!  This is looking good.

Here is my design wall on Monday morning.  All the alternate blocks have been pieced and the triangle/HST for the remining LeMoyne stars are cut out.  Now to get busy on the remaining string diamonds.

I wonder how many I can get made this coming weekend?

Marlene

One Finish & Two New Projects

It only took a year, but my wall-hanging of Emerson’s Snail is now finished.  I smile everytime I look at Emerson’s Snail.

The snail is the same, but the setting is totally different than the wall-hanging gifted to Ms Emerson.  Twins, but different.

A couple of years ago I was sorting through a bin and came across the Wheel of Mystery templates and fabric from a class with John Flynn in 2007.  I must have been very interested in this block, since I also found 3 or 4 template sets in different sizes along with an Accuquilt die.

I used the die to cut the remaining fabric into block parts and then packed it all back up.  Now it is time to get this pieced together.  There is no note stating how many blocks were cut and I am not going to count them.  It will be a surprise once all the blocks are pieced.

The next piecing project is a string diamonds for a LeMoyne block.  Bonnie Hunter has a free pattern on her website for string diamonds called Out On a String which I have been looking at for the last 4 -5 months.  Now is the time to get busy on this.  My diamonds are 4″ per side instead of the 3″ per side in Bonnie’s pattern, but my thought was a larger diamond – more strings used.

Right now the plan is to make 9 String LeMoyne blocks and then decide if more are needed.  I don’t need to make any decisions at this time, so I won’t – time enough for that later.

I do however need to decide what I want to accomplish by the end of the year.  A little over three months and we can say good-bye to 2020.

Happy Quilty Friday,

Marlene