• Book Challenge # 6

    There are three of us that have been challenging each other to use some of our quilt books. One person gets to select the book and the pattern and we all have to make our own version. Jane selected the ‘Tulip Garden’ pattern from Jan Bode Smiley’s quilt book called ‘Focus on Batiks’. Sorry for the crooked photo but I wasn’t able to find a photo on-line and had to scan the book page on my printer.

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    Carla’s

    For my variation on this challenge, I made the blocks smaller, changed the piecing a little bit (using trapezoids instead of rectangles and half-square triangles), and changed the orientation of the blocks to make the quilt tall instead of wide. I met TWO challenges by using large rick-rack sewn between the border and binding, and I will be donating the quilt to the President’s Challenge at the Minnesota Quilt Show, which is asking for baby quilts with special edge techniques.

    Carla’s

    Jane’s

    “Sunrise” finishes 43” x 60” just the right size. Is it too obviously that I got to choose which quilt design we used for this book challenge. The batik fabrics were already in my stash. The two changes I made to the design were the layout and size of the block.

    Jane’s

    Micki’s

    I made a small 38″ square wall hanging using black, white and pink with a touch of yellow. The floral border brings it all together. Hard to believe that it is the same block. I oversized the block and turned them so that the top of the flower is in the center.

    Micki’s

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Have a great day !
     

    Micki
  • 2018 Quiltville Leader Ender Challenge

    Do you follow Bonnie Hunter’s blog? If you like making scrappy quilts – you should. Each year she creates a challenge block for us to make (no rules, no timeframes) using her leader ender process. 2018 Quiltville’s Leader Ender challenge was to make half square triangles and four patches. Bonnie’s layout used them to make star blocks.

     

    Star block

    It is never too late to join the fun. The next challenge doesn’t start until the first of July. Check here for more information. She has a very nice tutorial that you can print out.

    I decided to switch up the block slightly. Some of my blocks have the HST’s positioned so that the color is in the center of the block and sometimes in the corners. Same thing with the four patches. I was able to create some nice diagonal lines. Here is my 48 x 64 quilt ‘Orient’.

    Orient

    We got more snow (UGH !!) this past weekend. It looks pretty but the snow was very heavy to shovel. I will be glad when spring finally arrives.

    winter scene

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • What’s up – 3.05.19

    Well, it has been a few weeks since the last update and I had hoped for more progress on my projects but, instead, I started another quilt. Pinterest is a wonderful source for inspiration but can also distract you from your current ideas. There are SOOOOO many ideas on-line that you just HAVE to make. It seems like I have been playing with new ideas and not finishing up the old ones.

     

    quilt center
    The flying geese quilt is still missing the side borders. This is one of those cases where I thought I had enough background fabric UNTIL I changed the design. I have done some calculations and I might have just enough of the solid navy fabric but I need to make careful cuts.

    Floral Rails
    The blocks have been sewn into rows and I am working on adding the borders. Unfortunately, I don’t have a long enough piece of the border fabric to use for the side borders. Are you sensing a theme? The borders will have to be pieced. Not a big deal – it will look fine.

    lilac star rows
    My star blocks are up on my design wall sewn into rows. They might be slightly wrinkled but it gives you a look at the quilt center. Maybe now I will be get motivated to add the borders.

    layout
    Here is my idea for the layout of my leader ender hourglass blocks. I was inspired by a Red Pepper’s quilt . When you look at the my photo you can see that I arranged the hourglass blocks slightly different. The color section of each hourglass unit surrounds the rail fence to form a block. The pink area (design wall) will end up being a variety of plain 3″ finished beige squares.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • Changing quilts – February 2019

    I need some color. Winter has been way too long. Here in Minnesota, we have broken records in both really cold temperatures and snowfall and the weather folks say we will get more snow this weekend. That means more shoveling. UGH !!

    Since I am not taking a vacation to a warmer climate – let’s switch out one of the quilts on display with something light and spring like. It has been a while since I have had this quilt out to play. It has fold creases but I don’t care. It brings a little sunshine into my home. If you squint the creases seem to disappear.

    Gum Drops

    ‘Gum Drops’ is a quilt top I made back in 2015 and finishes at 69 x 89. To read more about the quilt check here and here.

    Have a fabulous weekend !

    Micki
  • What’s up – 2.12.19

    Here is an update on some of my ‘work in progress’ projects.

     

    quilt center
    Flying Geese – I have been working on other projects and unfortunately this one has gone on the back burner for now.

    rail fence
    Floral rail fence – hey…I have figured out the layout. I have gone from square rail fences to making rectangular blocks. The pink you see in the photo is my design wall. You can tell that I will need to fill in the some blank spots.

    star blocks
    Lilac Stars – this is a small quilt of only 20 blocks (4×5) so sewing them into rows didn’t take much time but now I am not sure what to do for a border.

    hourglass
    Leader Ender Hourglass – this has been my leader ender project for awhile and I finally have enough blocks to start working on a layout for a small quilt.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 2.03.19

    It seems that I have only been posting lately when I am showing you a finished quilt top. I decided to switch it up and try (emphasis on TRY) to post more often and give you updates on my projects. Here are a few that I am working on.
     

    quilt center
    Flying Geese – You saw this back in December. You can read more here about the blocks. I have made progress and the quilt center is done. It ended up longer than I wanted but I like the layout so now I have to figure out the side borders. The bad news is that I have a limited amount of the navy blue background fabric left to use.

    blocks
    Rail fence blocks – this started out as a simple rail fence blocks that I could have set in either a stair step or chevron layout. BUT…and you know there was a but….but that seemed to predictable. I started moving the blocks around and thinking of how I could spice up a layout using these blocks.

    lilac star blocks
    Lilac Star blocks – When I purchased these fabrics I must have thought I was going to make a huge quilt or quilts. Definitely bought more than was needed. Well, I finished French Lilac back 2016 and put the rest of the fabric back on the shelf. It is time to drag them out and have some fun. I love how the star points are floating and there is the bonus of not having to worry about matching points.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • BBB Stars

    I have a pretty big collection of black, brown and beige fabrics. I used some of them to make these wonky star blocks. This quilt took forever to get done. I started making the star blocks back in October of 2016 and slowly completed them by June 2017. I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial to make the floating star blocks. But after sewing them together I couldn’t figure out what to do for borders so it went into a box waiting for inspiration. This past fall I decided to try to finish some of my UFO’s and pulled out the quilt top. With a little help from my quilty friends we were able to come up with a unique spin on a piano key border by adding a punch of rusty red.

    BBB Stars 54 x 68

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki