Espresso

April 29, 2015 in GARDENING, QUILTING

My quilt top ‘Espresso’ is done !     YAHOO !

Espresso is 48″ x 63″ made mostly from two fabric collections from Connecting Threads plus some fabrics from my stash. It was a fun project but I must have moved the pieces around a gazillion times to get them just right.

Espresso

Espresso

This is the brick walkway in my backyard. I love that by mid summer the hostas will fill in the entire length and soften the edges. Ignore the weeds.

walkway

walkway

Look how the dandelion is by hiding in the columbine. Very sneaky. The original columbine plant was in the side yard but with the help of the winds and perhaps birds I have volunteer plants all around the front yard.

columbine

columbine

It is a wonderful time of the garden season – comfortable temps, low humidity and no mosquitos (yet).

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Design Wall Wednesday – 4.22.2015

April 22, 2015 in QUILTING

Here is what I am working on.

Espresso Espresso – I now have seven sections with four diagonal rows per section. I need to spend some serious quality time putting the sections together to finish the quilt top. Why the rush you ask…well, the next quilt project needs to get on the design wall so that I can make some decisions.

Americana Americana – here are some of the border units. Still have bunches more to make. Using my ‘Companion Angle’ ruler by Darlene Zimmerman made it bit easier to sew these triangles together. It helped me match up the points of the triangles with the notched corner. Less worrying about dog ears and offsetting the triangle points.

Bright Colors I had prepared and cut the black/white/grey striped fabric that I wanted to use for the block sashing and started to sew them on when I realized that they where too big. Bummer. With some help from my best friend and quilting buddy, we decided on a smaller size. You wouldn’t think that a 1/2″ would make that big of a difference but it did.

Last week we had some beautiful warm days in the 70’s now the high is expected to be in the 40 and 50’s – what can I say – it’s Minnesota.

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Design Wall Wednesday - 4.08.2015

April 8, 2015 in QUILTING

Here is what is currently on my design wall:

Espresso Espresso – all of the blocks are sewn into diagonal rows. Let me tell you that sewing on the diagonal makes for some long seams. Next step will be to start sewing them into pairs. I am so excited about this quilt – it is turning out great!

Red, white and blue Red, White and Blue – after looking at probably 2,000 ideas I finally decided on one. Okay, maybe not 2,000 maybe only 20 but still… you know how it is. After working on my initial idea I decided it just wasn’t right so I kept trying. I took the strip sets I had made and cut them diagonally both directions and made some of them into half square triangles.

Black & White Tic Tac Toe Here are some of the fabrics I will be using for my next project. It needs a pair of companion black and white fabric and lots of bright colors. In the photo I am auditioning three different fabrics combos to see which one works the best. I guess you can tell which set I decided on.

I was out in the garden this weekend and noticed that I have some columbine, irises and day lilies starting to grow. They are a bit early for Minnesota spring. Hopefully, we won’t have too many more really cold days. We have been known to have snow in May.

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Design Wall Wednesday – 3.18.2015

March 18, 2015 in QUILTING

Updates on my WIP Quilts:

Ribbon Candy in rows

RIBBON CANDY
If you need a quick and easy quilt to make, this would be one to consider.
The blocks have been sewn into rows waiting for me to find some time to sew them together.

Espresso units ESPRESSO
I have been spending time putting together the pieces for each section of the blocks. The hourglass blocks are really the corners of the original block. If you click on the photo you will be able to see where I have added the two side pieces to the center square. Ignore all the labels – just my way to keeping everything in order for when I sew the units together on the diagonal.

New project NEW PROJECT
I originally start working on this design back in August 2014. I pondered many many layouts and design ideas but none of them seem to be right. I dragged out the box a couple of weeks ago and have made about a dozen strips sets. They are currently sitting in a pile waiting for inspiration.

I am trying a new layout for my ‘Design Wall Wednesday’ posts. Let me know what you think.

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Design Wall Wednesday - 2.25.2015

February 25, 2015 in QUILTING

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

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What are your working on this week?

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