Design Wall Wednesday 9.02.2015

September 2, 2015 in QUILTING

How can it already be September? Where does the time go! I have been working a little on my WIP’s during the past week or so. Finally feels like I am making some progress.

Uneven 9 patch Batik ‘Uneven Nine Patch’ (I know – not a very creative name). Any suggestions for a name?
The quilt is coming along nicely. I have started sewing the 8″ blocks together into pairs. The layout is only a 6×8 grid so it shouldn’t take long before the quilt top is finished.

Quarter log cabin Batik – ‘Quarter Log Cabins’. I have 48 blocks done but decided that I wanted the quilt to be bigger. These blocks will finish 6″ square so if I go to a 8×10 grid the quilt center will finish 48″x60″. I was doing a search on quarter log cabin blocks to see if I could find some inspiration for a layout when I found a photo of MY blocks. Kinda strange to be looking at your own blocks on a google image search.

Houses Scrappy Summer 2015 #2 – Houses. I am thinking that the quilt will be smaller (more of wallhanging size) but who knows until it is done. The blocks in the photos were oversized a little since I am wasn’t sure what size I wanted. I am leaning toward a finished 5″x 7″. Here is my first quilt for Scrappy Summer 2015 – Petals using the same collection of fabrics.

Leader Enders 2015 I think I have decided on the layout only to discover that I will need more units (bunches of them). What do you think of adding a border made up of dark squares and rectangles? I like the look but maybe it needs a bit of red for a skinny inner border.
 

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Scrappy Summer #5

November 5, 2014 in QUILTING

Here is the last of the 2014 Scrappy Summer series of quilts. Scrappy Summer #5   –  ‘Triangles’ finished at 48″ x 58″ using 64 different triangle fabrics and eight background and border fabrics.

Scrappy Summer #5 - Triangles

Scrappy Summer #5 – Triangles

I thoroughly enjoy making these five small quilts and I renamed the series ‘2014 Scrappy Summer.’ I have a lot of fabric leftover and at least a couple more designs that I want to make. I see a 2015 Scrappy Summer series in my future. Once you get the fabric chosen it is fun to only to have to concentrate on figuring out an easy design.

What am I doing next? I have been inspired by a couple of quilts that Carla (member of our quilt group) has made using upcycled men’s shirts. I have been gathering the shirts for awhile and recently started cutting them up into squares and rectangles to make a scrappy quilt. The other project, I am really looking forward to, is using a fabric collection of muted pink, orange, teal, and lime green. It will be fun to sew on bright colors during the winter. What is on your to-do wish list?

The garden is all cleaned up and ready for winter – which is good since we might get some snow flakes tonight.

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

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Scrappy Summer #4

October 20, 2014 in GARDENING, QUILTING

The quilt has taken a long time to get done. First because of my full time job’s HUGE projects and deadlines and then my sewing machine was in the shop for almost four weeks.

Here is the fourth in my series of Scrappy Summer – ‘Labyrinth’. The quilt is 52″ square made mostly of mini rail fences. Once I figured out the layout on the design wall the sewing was easy. Just put them together in rows, sewed the rows together and then I added a pieced border.

Scrappy Summer # 4 - Labyrinth

Scrappy Summer # 4 – Labyrinth

I found the block on someone’s blog and followed their link to Andrea Harris’ quilt at Moda Bake Shop. While you are there look under the ‘chef’s’ page to find more of her beautiful quilt patterns.

Fall is definitely here in Minnesota. Leaves are falling and it is time to trim down all of the perennials and get the garden beds ready for winter. One of the last flowering shrub I have is an ‘everlasting’ hydrangea. Here is the one and only bloom I got this year.

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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Scrappy Summer #4 delayed

October 7, 2014 in GARDENING, QUILTING

I had hoped that I would have shown you Scrappy Summer #4 last week but my sewing machine is still in the shop. They had to order a part that ended up on back order. Rumor is the part should be here this week. I have been sewing a new small project on my girl friends’ sewing machine but feel uncomfortable using it for a current one. I just can’t seem to get the same seam allowance. It is the old adage – use the same ruler/sewing machine for the whole quilt.

While doing my dishes the other day I happened to look out my window at the garden and spied what looked like a little bird perched on my cone flower plants. Just a little hint of yellow. By the time I got my camera he had moved to the river birch. I didn’t want to startle the bird so the photo is from the inside of the porch. Not the best photo but hopefully you will be able to see the little yellow finch.

Finch

Finch

Scrappy Summer #5 in on the design wall. When you are working on the block layout how many times do you move the pieces around? I have probably moved each block at least six times. I want the colors to flow, not to be too close to each and keep your eye moving etc etc. When do you stop the craziness and just start sewing the pieces together?

Have a great week!

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Sneak Peek

September 16, 2014 in QUILTING

Seems like forever since I posted anything. My full time job has taken over my life with a couple of HUGE projects. One is about 90% done and the other around 50%. Still have a ways to go but I decided that this past weekend I was going to do more quilting and less working on the projects. The center of Scrappy Summer #4 – ‘Rails’ has been put together for some time but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a border. Here is a sneak peek of what I decided. Not sewn together yet but it gives you an idea. Nothing too spectacular but it will frame the center nicely.

Scrappy Summer #4

Scrappy Summer #4

The outer beige border will finish at 4-1/2″ but I oversized it a bit to allow for some trimming (if needed) after it is quilted. Are you are wondering what the heck are the little white squares? Those are labels I use so that I keep the pieces in order when I go to sew them together. Much easier/faster than taking down two pieces at a time. Keeps me organized.

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Next Scrappy Summer quilt

August 20, 2014 in GARDENING, QUILTING

I had so much fun making the little two-rail fence blocks for Scrappy Summer #2 – Greek Cross I had to make more. Here is a photo of some of them. Super simple blocks. Can’t wait to get them up on the design wall.

Scrappy Summer #4 blocks

Scrappy Summer #4 blocks

Until then, here is a photo of the last of the day lilies in my back yard.

Flowers

Flowers

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

Have a great week !

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Scrappy Summer #3

August 12, 2014 in GARDENING, QUILTING

Continuing my series of small Scrappy Summer quilts I am proud to show off ‘HOPSCOTCH’. It turned out exactly like I envisioned it.   Totally AWESOME!   It finishes 42″ x 56″ using 35 of the 64 dark tone on tone fat quarters fabrics and a beige Kona solid for the background.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch

When I finished my Scrappy Summer #1, I asked my brother to see if he could come up with a name. It is a combination of ‘Trip Around The World’ and ‘Checkerboard’. Paul suggested ‘Hopscotch’. I liked the name but thought ‘Trip Around The Checkerboard’ fit the quilt a bit better. BUT…the name ‘Hopscotch’ stuck in my head. It inspired me to design this quilt.

If you are new to my blog – here is Scrappy Summer #1 – Trip Around The Checkerboard’ and the blog post showing #2 – Greek Cross is here. I am already working on Scrappy Summer #4 and #5 and have an idea for #6. This has been a fun project and great that the fabrics are already chosen and ready for me to use. That being said it did take me a LONG time to gather, cut and starch 64 fat quarters.

Summer seems to be flying by too quickly but here are a couple of photos of my garden.

Back Yard Day Lilies

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

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