The book I choose for Book Challenge 4 is titled ‘Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts’. After looking at all of the traditional quilts in this book I picked “Ladder to the Stars’. The quilt is a combination of Ohio star and Jacob ladder blocks and was originally done very scrappy.
The book was published in 1995 which explains why I wasn’t able to find a photo on-line for either the book or the pattern. I did the next best thing…took a photo. Okay, I agree, I am not a photographer but it gives you an idea of the quilt challenge.
Here is Jane’s version….
“Sunrise” finishes at 35” x 49”. My process for designing my quilts begins with Corel graphic software. I draw the quilt as it is in the book – no graph paper or colored pencils for me. Since I wanted a smaller quilt, the number of blocks and block size changed from 9” to 6”, then the 1” sashing was added. Eventually, the pieced border was eliminated. The more I played, the smaller it became – it definitely needed a border. Was it still recognizable as the quilt in the book? I say ‘yes’. Having my heart set on making this quilt using grey and yellow, I shopped my stash of yellow/grey/white/black print fabrics but ended up rejecting all due to scale. It looked like I would need to change the color scheme dependent on what I found for a border fabric. A-(stash)-hunting we will go! And there it was – a wavy striped print with yellows, greys and green – perfect! I was going to get my grey and yellow quilt after all.
Changes I made in the pattern include alternating the Ohio Star blocks and the Jacob’s Ladder blocks instead of putting one kind in the middle and the other in the border. I also rotated one of the parts of the Jacob’s Ladder block to get a stronger diagonal line. I had played around with the design on the app Quiltology on the iPad (I think that’s what it is called). The quilt is made out of shirts from Goodwill -the front of the quilt as well as the back. I had hoped it would make a bigger dent in my shirt collection, but sadly, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect.
This is a first for me. Normally, I really make the most of my two allowed changes but this time I almost followed the pattern. The pattern had an additional row of blocks on the border edge that I omitted. If you squint you can see the color diamonds created in the center of the quilt.
How are your projects coming along?Micki
I have all of the blocks sewn together. I decided that even though I made MANY of Bonnie’s sashing units that I am going to change the sashing to a plain light grey instead.
The pink you see in the photo is my design wall (insulation boards attached to my studio wall). The color is slightly off in the photo. The light background in the center of the block is really a pale grey and the colors are a bit more vibrant. It is tone down the busyness and brightness of the quilt.
Did you participate in the mystery challenge? How are your blocks coming along?Micki
The question is ….how long does it take to get a border on a quilt?
In this case, more than three months. The center of Scrappy Summer 2017 #3-Triangles was done in September 2017 and I finally got the border sewn on last month. As you can tell from the photo the border is extremely complicated – NOT !!. Between work deadlines, holidays and other quilt projects the quilt top sat in ‘time out’ for a long time.
Geez…well at least the quilt top is finally done.
How are your projects coming along? Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.Micki
Clue 6 and 7 of Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Challenge has you sewing together some of the units you have already completed. Here is a sample of some of mine.
Clue 8 has you putting the blocks together and clue 9 shows you how to put the whole quilt together. For those that have been following Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Challenge have already seen the reveal. It is an awesome quilt. I am still working on finishing the clues but it is coming along nicely.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me but …. I think I will be making some changes to the layout.
Have a great day!Micki
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
Since I prefer making smaller quilts I am only making about half the units for each clue and will decide after the reveal if I need to go back and make more.
Oops…just noticed that the photo includes clue 2 but not clue 3.
Here is clue 3. As you can see I have some trimming in my future. Whenever possible I tend to oversize pieces – I know, more work but I get a more accurate pieced unit.
For more information about the mystery challenge you can click on the icon in the right hand side bar. This will link you to Bonnie’s blog and you can click on the ‘On Ringo Lake’ tab at the top of the page. Also, check out the ‘linky party’ posts. Many of the folks are using Bonnie’s colors but I did see some other color combinations. It will be interesting to see the finished quilts.
If you think you might be interested in doing the quilt, you will want to make sure to either download or print the clues now. On February 1, 2018 Bonnie will retired the mystery and the digital pattern will be available for purchase in her Quiltville store.Micki
I am making progress on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville Mystery Challenge “On Ringo Lake’.
Clue 2 has us making bunches of flying geese.
I have decided to make a smaller quilt so I made half the number of flying geese. I wonder how the ladies in our quilt group are coming along?
For more information about the mystery challenge you can click on the icon in the right hand side bar. This will link you to Bonnie’s blog and you can then click on the ‘On Ringo Lake’ tab at the top of the page. Bonnie will post a clue every Friday and she does a linky party on Monday’s so that everyone can show off their progress. Check it out and see what the fun is all about.Micki
Are you participating in Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville Mystery Challenge “On Ringo Lake’? I am although I am not much of a mystery type quilt gal. I challenged my fellow quilt guild members to do this mystery as a group project. There are four of us that will be making quilts. I am not sure how big of a quilt I want so I am making about half the blocks. I can always go back and make more after the reveal.
Clue 1 has you making nine patches. I wanted more variety so I did shorter strip sets.
These adorable tiny nine patches will finish at 3″ square.
For more information you can click on the icon in the right hand side bar. This will link you to Bonnie’s blog and you can click on the ‘On Ringo Lake’ tab at the top of the page. Bonnie will post a clue every Friday and she does a linky party on Monday’s so that everyone can show off their progress. Many of the folks are using Bonnie’s colors but I did see some other color combinations. Check it out and see what the fun is all about. It is not too late to join the party.Micki