• Design Wall Wednesday - 2.25.2015

    The block I am using for my next quilt is called ‘Boy’s Nonsense. I think the design will show off my collection of beige, brown, grey and black fabrics nicely. I first saw the block being used in a quilt at ‘Where the Orchids Grow’ blog. See the quilt here. Check out her tutorial page if you are interested in making the quilt. There are two parts but it looks fairly easy.

    block
    block

    Here are a few block units I have pinned onto a piece of flannel. I need to cut more fabrics before I make any final decisions on which fabrics will go together.

    Espresso
    Espresso

    I found more information and various sizes of templates for the block on Jinny Beyer’s website here. I am blessed with a large design wall that allows me the freedom to move around the pieces around until I am happy. I will be putting the units together differently than the tutorial by sewing them together on the diagonal. I am more of a planned scrappy quilter.

    My ‘Gum Drops’ quilt is coming together nicely. The blocks and sashing/post strips are all sewn into rows. Since the design wall is empty I thought it was a good time to layout my ‘Ribbon Candy’ blocks. This might take awhile since I am a little Quilt OCD and I will probably be moving the blocks around a hundred times.

    Ribbon Candy
    Ribbon Candy

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

    What are your working on this week?

    Micki
  • Design Wall Wednesday – 2.11.2015

    Three more seams to sew and I will have finished my ‘Circular Saw’ quilt top. I came up with a few ideas for a border but none of them seem to be right. I decided to seek the advice of a couple of my quilting friends. They suggested that I leave the border off and do a scrappy binding. Hopefully, I will get a chance to finish the quilt this weekend. That will free up the design wall for my ‘Ribbon Candy’ quilt blocks.

    Circular Saw
    Circular Saw

    Boy, doesn’t this quilt look huge! Well, at least until I start sewing the blocks together. Sashings are done and I think that I have finally decided that the posts and corners will be grey (no inserts). In two of the posts and one border section I have pinned a few grey scraps to see what it would look like. The quilt is turning out better than I had anticipated. Can we say AWESOME!   Yeah!

    Gum Drops
    Gum Drops

    What are you working on this week?

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

    Micki
  • Design Wall Wednesday

    One of the things I did this past weekend is update my ‘My Quilt’ page. It now (FINALLY) has photos of most of my 2014 quilts. If you click on a photo you will be able see them all in a slide show. I still need to find photos of my 2013 quilts and I am thinking that I want to add a separate gallery for quilts that are ‘BB’ – before blog.

    Making progress on the sashing strips for ‘Gum Drops’. I have eight done of the 31 that I need. I am very happy with the look. Still undecided on what to do for posts and corners.

    Gum Drops
    Gum Drops

    I am sure you have seen many quilts featuring this split block in blogland. Not sure if it has an official name but here is one version at Quilter’s Table called Postcard Quilt. In the book ‘Colorful Quilts for Fabric Lovers’ by the folks at Blue Underground Studios, I found a couple of different versions. I love the simplicity of the design which allows the big prints to show off.

    new fabric collection
    new fabric collection

    My ‘Circular Saw’ quilt is coming together quickly. I already have the blocks sewn into rows.

    Circular Saw
    Circular Saw

    What are you working on this week?

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

    Micki
  • Design Wall Wednesday

    The twelve ‘Gum Drops’ blocks are done – now I have to decide on sashing and borders. Here are four of the blocks.

    Gum Drops
    Gum Drops

    To keep it simple, I am going to use only the solids fabrics in the skinny pieced insert in the sashing strips. Originally, I was going to add larger sashings and a more dramatically sized border but then decided that I really didn’t want the quilt to get too large. Still deciding on sizes but here is an idea of what I am looking at. The sashings and border fabric will be Kona Coal. I am not sure if the insert on the outside edge of the quilt will be the same or larger than the 1/2″ or 3/4″ I am using between the blocks. This is the plan today but not sure if it is the final plan.

    Sashing/Border Idea
    Sashing/Border Idea

    Back in December I decided I wanted to make a delectable mountains quilt. Here are some of the fabrics I have chosen. Wow! Totally different look than the fabrics in ‘Gum Drops’.

    Delectable Mountains
    Delectable Mountains

    We have had some technical issues with the blog in the past week. We discovered that many of the photos attached to older posts have disappeared. I am working on finding the old photos and getting them reattached to the posts. Thanks for your patience as this process might take awhile to finish.

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

    Micki
  • Design Wall Wednesday

    Here is the beginning of my next quilt ‘ Gum Drops’. Aren’t the colors fabulous! Nice to work on spring like colors when the weather in Minnesota is SO COLD. This morning started off at minus 5 degrees and with the winds it felt like 25 to 30 degrees below zero.     BRRRR….baby it is cold outside!

    Fabrics for Gum Drops
    Fabrics for Gum Drops
    Gum Drop units
    sample blocks

    Book Cover

     
    The inspiration was the ‘Rendezvous’ pattern in Karla Alexander’s book ‘Stack, Shuffle, and Slide. There a some great quilts in the book and the instructions are nicely written.

    What are you working on today? Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Have a safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR !

    Micki