Monday, March 18, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 18, 2019

Hi Bloggers!   I'm on vacation - a much needed one.  But never a vacation from quilting, right?  One project I have with me is the redwork quilt.  It's an old project.  I blogged about it here (4 Years Ago!). It doesn't bother me to have long term projects in the works, I just keep plugging away at them off and on.  How about you?

There are 64 blocks in the quilt, and 6 to finish yet, with 58 completed.  I can embroider in the car while hubby drives, so this is my car travel/vacation take-along quilt project.  

Here is the floss I am using, and it is just one strand, not like the six strand floss I have used on previous projects:

And a picture of the whole quilt from the kit package:

We have arrived in Corpus Christi, but the weather has prevented much outside activities.   The weather is going to improve this week, so we can enjoy the beach a little more.  If not, I will be on vacation embroidering.  It's all good!

What's on your design wall this week?  Please put a link to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  I appreciate you.  Can't wait to see what you show us!

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 11, 2019

Good Morning Design Wall bloggers!  We are on our way to Texas soon to visit our daughter and her family.  She lives in Corpus Christi and we are staying in a condo very near them (on Padre Island).   I am taking a sewing machine with me, but may not get much accomplished.  

We are driving, and taking Miss Penny Lane with us, for her first visit to the ocean.  She loves the lake at the cabin, but this will be salt water.  I will take a picture of her at the ocean for you.

I am still plugging away at the Broken Dishes blocks, and don't have much to show you.  Some asked the size of the blocks....each broken dishes block will measure 2 in. by 2 in. and there are 1,300 of them in the quilt.  The quilt is divided into 25 larger blocks with 52 Broken Dishes blocks in each one.  

Here are two pictures of the vintage quilt that some friends and I are making our own versions of:

All of those little lines are made up of small Broken Dishes blocks.  I am making it with green, red, and shirting fabrics, with a creamy background that has small dots.

We had 40 linkups last week!  Whoop! Whoop!  I really enjoy seeing your progress on your projects - so many talented quilters!  Thanks for linking up.  But I had some people tell me they had trouble linking up.  I asked for help from InLinkz help desk, and here is their reply:

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So, don't worry a bit!  We will get it worked out. (or I hope she will).  My computer knowledge can be contained in a small teacup.  Please link up with your blog post, and include this particular blog address somewhere within your blog.  You are all so good about doing this, and I thank you.  

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday - March 4, 2019

This past week I have been "home alone" with Penny Lane, as hubby was gone on a golfing trip to Florida with a bunch of his golfing buddies.  I decided to treat it as a "quilt retreat at home" and made a lot of progress on my Broken Dishes blocks.  For the quilt I'm making, 1,300 Broken Dishes blocks are needed and I had progressed down to the final 300, using my plan of making 10 a day.  But it felt like it would be going on forever. 

So by concentrating on getting them made while on this at home retreat,  I am happy to tell you that I have all of the half square triangles made, pressed open, and the corners snipped off.  Which means great progress to getting them sewn into fours to complete the Broken Dishes blocks.  Here are the final batches of hsts on my ironing board:

And a picture of some of them sewn into Broken Dishes blocks:

The decision to make all of the blocks before starting to assemble the quilt top was a good one, as I didn't want to get bogged down in making them, and never complete the quilt.  The reward of seeing a completed block has been postponed like a carrot on a stick for me, until the Broken Dishes blocks are complete.  I am excited to soon move on to the next phase.

And excited to move on to the two other quilts in progress that are on the short list right now.  They weren't worked on during my little retreat.  What have you been working on?  I see some of my friends are starting new projects from the eternal offerings of free patterns on the internet.  I am trying to keep my blinders on and keep working on the ones I have in progress.

Please link up and show us what is on your design wall, or what project is on your ironing board, or what blocks are on your counter top......we want to see what you are doing!  Thanks for linking each week, and as you know, I ask please that you refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!  

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Design Wall Monday - February 25, 2019

My mind was blown by quilters on the Internet this last Monday!  I talked to you about this UFO that I pulled out of storage to finish:


After blogging about it, a friend, Gretchen, who links up every Monday, (Gretchen's blog post here) commented that she had just discovered the book that this pattern is in.   Her blog post told about another blogger who was also making this quilt.  And what blew my mind is the other blogger (Kim) is from Tazmania!  I went to Kim's blog and saw her lovely pictures of the book and the Buds in a Basket quilt that she is making (Kim's blog post here) 

I am so happy that I live in the age where I can connect with Gretchen in Indiana and another quilter in Tasmania, 9,828 miles away......on an island off the coast of Australia!  And talk to them on the Internet about the same quilt and book.  Kim linked up with my blog last week, and her blog has such beautiful pictures.  

Our grandmothers would not have believed that such a thing would be possible.  I can hardly believe it myself.  Thank you Kim and Gretchen for blowing my mind!

Last week I worked on making more triangles for Broken Dishes blocks, and getting the binding sewed down on the large Valentines Quilt.  I have three sides finished and one to go.  My goals for this week are:

1) get the sections of the cheddar small basket quilt together and get it off the design wall.  I must not like this part of the project because it is taking me a long time.

2) Get the white border on the Buds in a Basket quilt (pictured above).

3) Sew more Broken Dishes blocks for the quilt I'm making for our bed.  I try to make 10 or more each day.

There should be lots of quilting time this week, as hubby is flying off to Florida to golf with 17 other golfers for a week of golfing fun.  I am happy to be staying home with the puppy dog and will be quilting away.  I'll treat it as a "quilting retreat" as the weather here in Michigan will keep me happily snowed in.

What are your plans for this week?  And what is on your design wall if you have one?  I love to see what you are working on, and enjoy having you add your blog post as a link to Design Wall Mondays.  My only request is that you please include a link back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Design Wall Monday - February 18, 2019

Last week I looked at a UFO to see what needs to be done to finish it.  It's called "Buds in a Basket" and is almost finished.  I got stuck on the two outer borders.  One was a simple white border, and the last border was thirties fabrics.  I remember that I put it away because I attached the white border and it was wavy, so I took it off, and put the project in time out.  Looking at it now, I see that the white border was cut unevenly.  So instead of a 4 inch wide border, it is now trimmed to an even cut and will be slightly narrower.  I also will be more careful to measure the length of it and sew the exact same length border on each side.  That problem will be solved so, I looked at the final border instructions.  Ahhhh, I see why I stopped working on this quilt (besides the wavy white border)....the final border is random lengths of all of the fabrics used in the quilt.  Random?  I'm a precision accountant control do I do that?  Plunge in and do it, that's how.  This is not rocket science!

Here is a picture of part of the quilt, so you can see what it is:

The fabrics are all "thirties", so I took out my stash of thirties fabrics and cut a piece from each one......and tried to "randomly" sew pieces together for the outer border.  I confess, I actually divided them into four piles, red/pink, yellow, green, blue/purple.....and then tried to randomly sew one from each pile to the strip....not necessarily in any order.  Very hard for me to do.  Do you struggle with random? 

Here are the strips, and a few extra pieces:

I am also continuing with construction of small Broken Dishes blocks:

Last week I finished 50 of them.  By the time I'm finished with this quilt, I will probably be able to assemble them in my sleep!

What is on your design wall this week?  The small cheddar baskets quilt is still on mine, but the rows are half sewn together, and it should come down soon.  Especially since I have the Baskets of Buds quilt that I want to put up there.

I am so happy that you participate in Design Wall Mondays, and all I ask is that you refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  Thanks!

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Design Wall Monday - February 11, 2019

Happy Valentines Week!  My small Valentine quilt and her larger counterpart are out this week in celebration.  You probably remember this quilt when it was on my design wall:

Here's the little one, 14" by 15", which is hanging in the dining room:

My large postage stamp Valentine quilt just came back from the long arm quilter, and is now waiting for final binding and a hanging sleeve.  Here it is on the railing by the front door, and as a bonus; Penny Lane is in the picture too.

The top half of it is seen down the stairs, but is upside down.  I need to get the hanging sleeve on it, so I can hang it on a wall, all right side up.

Measurements are 81" width by 77" height.  Since each square is an inch, it must mean there are 6,237 pieces in the quilt, although I didn't count them.

Here is the cross-stitch pattern from the Internet that I used:

And lastly, and sweetly, here are our initials in the center of the center heart.  Awwwww......ain't love grand?

What's on your design wall this week?  I have been away from home most of last week, and didn't get a chance to look at every one's walls, but I plan to this week.  Show us what fun is happening on your design wall.  Only request I have is that you refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your post.  Thanks!


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Monday, February 4, 2019

Design Wall Monday - February 4, 2019

I'm still sewing rows of baskets together into the quilt top on the design wall.  I did cut the corner and side triangles for it, but it looks pretty much the way it looked last week, so no picture for you.

But here's a picture of Gideon, a sweet child of some friends of mine.  He is pictured on a quilt that I gave them as a wedding gift.  This quilt is so cheerful and spring-like, and Gideon is so cute on it, that you get this picture instead.  Much better.

Most of last week was spent on prepping half square triangles for the Broken Dishes quilt.  There are 1300 Broken Dishes blocks in the quilt, and I am almost at the half-way point.   Since I try to make 100 each week, this week I prepped the last 292 needed in the red and shirting colors.  The thought of having all of the red/shirting ones made was enticing.

Progress made:

1) cut Triangles-on-a-Roll papers into units that make 40 half square triangles
(which is 10 Broken Dishes blocks)  I cut 29 sheets.

2) Sandwich them with squares of one red fabric and one shirting fabric, making sure the fabrics were right sides together, with the paper pinned on top. x 29

3) Sew on the sewing lines while watching the snow come down.  This part is mindless, yet somehow very soothing to me.  27 sewn, 2 to go

4) Cut the units apart and tear the paper off.  This is as far as I got this last week, and I will be finishing them this week.  Still cutting units apart.

What I discovered that may be useful to you if you use these papers:

When you cut the units apart, keep all the two hsts units together and don't make the last cut down the middle to cut them apart.  Then tear the paper off the two.....and after that make the final cut down the middle between the sewn lines.

This way, you are only tearing off 3 pieces of paper.....instead of tearing off 4 smaller pieces of paper if you had made the final cut first.  The final cut can be made without the paper guidelines attached, as it is just a cut between two seam allowances of two hsts.  Hope this makes sense to you.  After making so many of these, I'm thinking about the easiest way to do every little part of it. 

I will be trying the "Magic Eight" method of making triangles on the final green and shirting ones, as I am out of the papers, and haven't been out and about to buy more.

We have been snowed in for most of the week, and it is finally melting away.  Here is a picture of my patio furniture taken last week, to give you an idea of how much snow we had.

What have you been sewing on this week?  I do enjoy your pictures and thank you to all who link up and join the fun.  Please provide a link back to this particular post within your blog post.  Thanks!

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Design Wall Monday - January 28, 2019

This past week was one where I jumped from project to project with lots of partial progress.  Some weeks are like that.  Here’s what I mean:

1)  The cheddar baskets are sewn into groups of three for sashing and the quilt top is on the design wall right now.  I found I had one basket left over.  Maybe it will go on the label on the back.  Assembly of the quilt top is next.

2)  Lori of Humble Quilts (Here) is having a string quilt linkup at the end of every month this year, so when I saw this project in my stash, I added a few blocks to the pile.  These are small blocks that measure 4 x 4 inches unfinished.  Crazy small, but a friend started me on them, and they are fun to make.....well, fun if a few at a time.  I'm making them on muslin, so there are no papers to pull off the back.

3)  My postage stamp Valentine larger quilt is away being machine quilted, and I made a small Valentine wall quilt to go with it.  This is 14 x 15 in.  I like to have a small one to match every large quilt I make.  I don't always do it, but that is the plan.  It wasn't very hard to make, as all the squares were cut and ready in my 1.5 inch cuts box of squares.  I just had to sort through and pick out red ones and shirting ones.

4)  I continued making small 1.5 inch half square triangles to sew into broken dishes blocks (4 per block).  Here are 400 of them which will make 100 blocks.  I am trying to make 100 blocks a week, and they go pretty quickly.  This batch will make the count of finished ones 600 out of 1300.  Almost half way!

See what I mean about working on several things this week?  Hope you were able to get some projects moving along too.  It's going to be a snowy Monday here in Grand Rapids (predicted up to 10 inches) so I will continue on with my sewing fun probably stay inside all day.

Please join in the Design Wall Monday photos fun.  I love to see your pictures, and read your blogs.  As always, please refer back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.  

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Design Wall Monday - January 21, 2019

I'm so excited about moving along with the cheddar basket blocks.  I finished the ones I was working on last week, and this week I'm ready to sew them into a quilt top.  The layout I was thinking about:

was to be similar to this rectangle one by Laundry Basket Quilts:

I want the white spaces big enough for the machine quilter to do something special there, and decided to put three cheddar baskets on each side of the blank squares.  However, the blue example quilt above has only two blocks on each side, making 127 total star blocks, and after doing the math, I figured out I would need 175 cheddar baskets to do the same layout.  I counted blocks, and I have 132 made right now.  That would mean 43 more baskets to make.  

I decided to change my layout to a square quilt instead of rectangle shaped.  After doing more math, I figured I will need 132 blocks to do that.  Karma!  I have 132!  I don't have to make any more cheddar baskets and can begin assembly.  I think it will turn out to be about 65" by 65" if there are no borders.

Here is a picture of the design wall with strips of three baskets sewn together for each side of the blank square.  I will need 18 sets of three baskets leaning toward the right and 18 sets of three leaning toward the left.  The corner baskets are similar to sashing "cornerstones" and I will assemble it as rows of blank blocks with basket sashing.  I hope to have the quilt top assembled next Monday.  

A total lunar eclipse happened Sunday night.  Did you stay up to watch it and could you see it from your house?  Even though it was really cold here, we went outside at 11:40 PM and the moon was almost completely hidden by the shadow of the earth.  I feel really small when I think about the sun, earth, and moon all aligned in the great sky above.   I had to get the Internet explanation for this phenomenon because I didn't pay much attention in science class:

The Moon does not have its own light but shines because its surface reflects the Sun's rays. During a total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The Sun casts the Earth's shadow on the Moon's surface.

Looking forward to seeing what is on your design walls today.  As usual, please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your post.  Thanks!

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Design Wall Monday - January 14, 2019

It's Monday again, and it doesn't feel like I have progressed very far with my cheddar baskets.  I do have all but four of the handles appliqued down.  Some weeks the progress seems slow, and other weeks, I can see progress.  Last week was slow, but I'm looking forward to making completed basket blocks this week.

Here are the handles spread out on the bar top downstairs, with their other basket pieces.  Each little pile has two baskets of the same cheddar fabric.

The bar top is long and narrow, and it took three pics to show all of them, so I guess there has been some progress.  LOL

We went to the cabin this weekend, and here's a picture of Penny, enjoying the fire in the fireplace.  No snow there, but it looks like the rest of the U.S. got lots of snow!

She has been such a good girl lately.  The boot camp training was definitely worth being separated from her for a month.  She loves being at the cabin, as I do.  It is so peaceful there.  We visited my sister in Ludington, and took down her Christmas decorations and packed them away.  

What are you working on?  I see the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilters have shown lots of quilts online after the reveal.  Such variety in colors with the same quilt design is interesting to me.  Where you place a dark vs a light fabric really changes the look of the quilt.  If you made the mystery quilt this year, are you happy with your color choices?  I looked at some that I really liked, and think I may make the quilt using the values/colors that were pleasing to me.  I do like this year's design.

Thanks for participating in Design Wall Mondays.  I really appreciate you!  As usual, please link back to this particular post somewhere within your blog post.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Design Wall Monday - January 7, 2019

Good Morning!  This past week I've been making blocks for two different quilts that I plan to finish in 2019.

First, the Broken Dishes blocks are continuing to be made.  Here are 25 green and shirting ones that I made this week:

There are lots and lots of these blocks in the quilt, so I am trying to make 25 each week.

The second quilt that I'm working on is a small cheddar basket quilt.  The baskets are pieced and the handles are hand appliqued.  I need about 130 baskets for my quilt, and have about half of them made.  This week I cut the pieces for the remaining baskets, and worked on getting all the remaining handles appliqued.  Here is the progress on the second half of the baskets so far:

Cheddar basket parts cut out:

Four handles prepped and pinned overnight, which helps get the handles to curve nicely before I applique:

Picture of the handles finished so far:

I am going to finish them this week if I do at least four basket handles each day. Then assemble the baskets in a later week.  It feels like an assembly line, but with two projects going, I can switch off when my attention span needs a change of pace.

I have decided on a setting of plain off-white blocks, with the basket blocks as sashing.  I am thinking it will look much like this pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts, called "Aurora", with my cheddar baskets where she has blue stars:

What are you working on this week?  I am looking forward to seeing your design walls.  Linkups are so appreciated.  Just provide a link back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.

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