Gum Drops quilt top is done

March 6, 2015 in QUILTING

I LOVE … LOVE … LOVE how this quilt turned out. It ended up being a bit bigger than I had originally anticipated. After I had made the blocks, I decided to go with bigger grey sashing and outer borders which made the quilt finish at 69″ x 89″. If you are new to this blog, you can read a little more about the quilt’s inspiration HERE

Gum Drops

Gum Drops

I did realize one thing while working on this quilt. It has been awhile since I made a quilt this big. Really….how could I have forgotten the difficult of pressing a big quilt on a not as big ironing surface. I was trying so hard to be careful when I was pressing the first half of the quilt. But after turning the quilt around to press the other side I found that I ended up putting wrinkles in the first half. I either need to make smaller quilts or get a bigger ironing board. But I think I found a solution. Down in my basement I have a nice large workbench. What if I added a piece of plywood on top and covered it with batting and fabric. It could still be removed if needed but would give me a 24″ x 96″ space. Problem solved – except I still need to figure out how to get an 8′ section of plywood home.

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Design Wall Wednesday – 2.11.2015

February 11, 2015 in QUILTING

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

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Design Wall Wednesday

January 28, 2015 in QUILTING

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?

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Design Wall Wednesday

January 14, 2015 in QUILTING

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.

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Design Wall Wednesday

December 31, 2014 in QUILTING

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 !

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