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Design Wall Monday 10-26-15

The focus this last week has been on the Tumbler quilt – and it is finished.  The quilting was completed on Wednesday, Thursday I trimmed and sewed on the binding, and by noon on Sunday the hand stitching was done.  This is the largest quilt that I have machine quilted myself and I am so happy to have a new winter bed quilt.

102615A (1024x949)The picture is taken from the upstairs looking down into the living room.  It was the only place to lay it out for a photo shoot.

And since I had so much fun with the backing, here is a picture of it.  I am very pleased with the end result.

102615B (1024x941)During the breaks from the hand-stitching, I pulled out this small wallhanging (17″ x 23 1/2″) and stitched in the ditch.

102615C (753x1024)This little quilt was pieced in 2013 and the name of the pattern is Oh My Stars.  Once the sleeve and binding are completed, this will be my 21st finish for the year.

Oh yeah – this is a design wall post!  I decided to take a break from the star quilts and finish the leader/ender quilt top.  The pattern is Thirty Something from the June 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting although my quilt’s name will be Scrappy Something since I didn’t use 30’s fabric.  The reason that this project was temporarily pushed aside was because I need to do a count to see exactly where I was.

102615 (1024x240)This is the top row and part of the second row.  I have been busy cutting out the triangles need for the blocks in the second row, so then it should go together quickly.

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Design Wall Monday 10-19-15

Well, technically this isn’t about my design wall but rather the machine quilting on my Tumbler quilt.

101915 (1024x683)I am using King Tut’s Joseph’s Coat for the top thread and a medium blue – just put in my 5th bobbin –  for the bottom.  The straight stitching can get a bit boring, so I sew 3 or 4 rows then take a break.  I am already over half done, so the plan is to have the quilt ready for binding by Friday.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments on my giant tumbler backing.  I plan to move more of my ideas from my head or scraps of paper into actual quilts – in fact there is a sunflower quilt idea that is on my 2016 list.

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Tumblers and Backing

The Tumbler quilt top is completed.  Doesn’t it look great on my bed?

101415   (1024x794) It finished at 81″ x 87″ and is larger than my design wall.  While sewing the top I was thinking about the backing and had an idea.  My idea was to enlarge by five the size of the tumblers.  The tumblers on the front are 3″ tall and 3″ wide at the widest part so the tumblers on the back are 15″ tall and 15″ wide.

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101415B   (1024x644)I think that this makes the perfect backing and hope to get it sewn together today.  The plan is to start the machine quilting this weekend.

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Design Wall Monday 09-28-15

There are only a couple more days left in September and I have been sewing like crazy to get the Pathway Quilt top finished this month.

092815   (841x1024) I am using medium gray thread for the middle, but since there will be so many white background triangles for the top and bottom rows I will switch to a light silver gray thread for them.  The fourth row from the top is the one that needs to be redone so that the seams are pressed the correct direction.  Then the decision regarding the borders must be made.

The tumbler quilt is also growing – 15 rows now.  I think that this is one quilt that will actually look better on a bed that on my design floor.

092815A  (1024x454)In the evening while watching TV I have been working on the wool applique for the Star of Yesterday.

092815B   (1024x901)The vines and flowers are being attached all around the border first, then I will go back and add all the leaves.

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Design Wall Monday 09-21-15

Pathway Star is slowly coming together – the cutting is easy & the sewing is easy, but keeping organized has been a challenge.  I need to keep track of the bias sides of the triangles, the direction the seams are pressed and keep all the same star fabric together.  In fact I was wondering if today was Friday the 13th – I sewed seams together incorrectly, ripped them out and then resewed them incorrectly again.  Right now I am taking a break before I start all over again.  092115   (1024x985)It is easier to move fat quarters around than to move 12 triangles.  There are also four half star units for the beginning and ending of rows 2 & 4 that need a fabric decision, but I think that this layout is close to the final design.

The plan is to have this finished by the end of the month, so I need to sew almost two rows a day.  That is doable, isn’t it?

The tumblers are slowly growing as my leader/ender.

092115A(1024x683)Once Pathway Star is off my design wall I will be able to get a better picture.  I am really liking the black border on the quilt.  The plan is to have this one finished by the end of October.

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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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