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What’s On My Design Wall

Nothing new this week — just some of the pieces I need for the additional LeMoyne Stars I need for the current quilt. I also pieced a batt from batting scraps, made a test run LeMoyne star using pieces cut with the Companion Angle ruler  and pieced a bit on my Log Cabin quilt — the one that’s supposed to be my leader/ender project.

Check back later in the week to see if I get my LeMoyne Stars made (need 4 full stars and 12 half stars).  In the meantime check out what others are up to by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report


Not a whole lot of sewing was done this week.  I did however piece this Le Moyne Star.   I know it clearly doesn’t go in my Compass Lone Star quilt.  But I’m running very short on fabric and wanted to make certain that I was going to cut it accurately the first time, because there won’t be a second chance.

So, here are the numbers.

Fabric Added Last Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 99.634 yards

Fabric Used Last Week: .20 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 137.106 yards

Net Used for 2011: 37.472 yards

See how others are doing with their stash by following the links over at Patchwork Times.


Can’t Follow Directions

Or in this case a simple picture. Here’s my EQ drawing of the log cabin block that is my current leader/ender project.

All summer I’ve sewn little red squares to little light squares and then those pieces to little logs.  I’ve made 180 of them.

Today while I was working on a practice LeMoyne Star, I was ready for the next log – a dark 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece.  I looked at the picture and that’s when I realized that I sewed all of my light logs to the wrong side of first unit.  So, I decided to make a block so I have a “good” reference.

In the grand scheme of things it ‘looks’ right, so all is well.  If any one says otherwise, I’ll just tell them my EQ drawing was for the back of the block.

An Artist Rendering

I’m no artist, but I can cut and paste in Paint.  I think this is the layout I’m going with.  The quilt will finish roughly 60 x 72 a good size lap quilt.  I don’t have enough of the blue batik for all of the LeMoyne Stars, so, I’ve got to find an alternate.

Option # 1 is this blue floral which is in the center star next to the yellow (background triangle is for reference).

Option # 2 is the backing fabric I’m using.

Option # 3 is a fabric I bought to finish a double wedding ring quilt I found at an estate sale. It’s not right for the DWR, or now that I compare it the batik this quilt.

Option #4 is a man’s shirt I found at a thrift store a while back.  I pulled it out just for fun, but I think this one is probably the best match in color. Now I just have to decide if  I can live with the subtle plaid.

What do you think?

What’s On My Design Wall

I nearly forgot this was Monday.  We’ve been doing some plumbing, and it’s never as easy or inexpensive as you think it’s going to be.

Before we got tangled up in the plumbing (which still is not finished) I made one more LeMoyne Star for the Compass Lone Star quilt.  Then had to work up a new quilt layout.  It’s still a work in progress, but I will be making another 4 LeMoyne Stars for the bottom of the quilt.

I really thought I had enough of the batik to make this quilt much bigger — leaning toward 80″ square.  In reality I’ll be lucky enough to get a good throw.


The fabric on the bottom is what I have in the quilt.  Only  the second blue from the left has more than 1/2 yard left, the rest somewhere between 6 – 12 inches.  Forget buying more.  These fabrics are at least 25 years old.

When I started on the quilt in 2007, I tried to supplement the fabrics.  That’s when I found the light blue batik in the middle and the fabrics on the top.  The light blue on top row I’m using for backing.  I think not only is the quilt a ‘quilt-as-you-go” , but a “design-as-you-go”.  Who knows what it will end up looking like.

Check out other design wall by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report

Wow — this is the first time in a while when I haven’t used any reportable fabric.  True, I finished the Christmas Row Quilt, but the border fabric was counted the previous week.  Although I’ll store the backing and binding fabric with the quilt top, I haven’t cut it, so I’m not counting it.

I’ve nearly finished another Le Moyne Star block to go in the Compass Lone Star quilt, but I was working from pieces, so it’s not really from my stash.

On the other hand, I found a thrift shop where all clothes are on sale for 25 cents or 5 for $1.

The dark paisley is a skirt someone made from a Cranston Print Works fabric, the plaid on the left is a pair of pants.  I have not idea how much fabric I’ll get from these, but when I cut them up I’ll report it.  Once I get them washed, I’ll put them with the rest of clothes I’m planning to cut up one day.

Now the numbers:

Fabric Added Last Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 99.634 yards

Fabric Used Last Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 136.906 yards

Net Used for 2011: 37.272 yards

See how others are doing with their stash by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Calling It a Top

Last night I added the rest of the green borders to my Christmas Row Quilt.  My original intent was to add a wider red border, but I think I’m calling it a Top.  The quilt measures 86 1/2″ square – plenty big enough for a bed topper which will only be used for few weeks each year.

The good news is I won’t have to buy a king size batt when I get ready to quilt it.

This Christmas fabric by Cranston Print Works came from my Mom’s stash.   There’s no date on the selvage, but I seem to remember her buying it when I worked at Northwest Fabrics & Crafts — that was between Aug 1990 – Sept 1991.  I’m going to use it for the backing — when I get that far.

BTW — This was June’s UFO off my ‘Get it to a Top’ list.


August Finishes

The August UFO # was 7.  That was Mom’s Chain of Star (on the left) to be made into a top,  and the Red, White and Blue baby quilt to be quilted.  I finished them both in August.  I also finished the other July quilt – True Friends.  definitely a good month for UFOs.

Judy pulled #11 for September.  That is my Compass Lone Star.

This is a quilt-as-you-go project that I’ve been working on for a while.  The center is pieced and partially quilted.  I’ve got some of the LeMoyne Stars made.  The quilt has been through many design changes since I started it.  I knew this quilt was coming up soon (there were only 4 quilts left) so off and on I’ve been thinking about it.  As a result there may still be another design change – especially if I’m going to get this done this month!

Follow the links over on Judy’s page to see what everyone got done this past month.

Thanks for the Input

Yesterday I asked if I had too much white space before my green border.  The consensus is no.  Which is good — that means I don’t have to frog the borders.  I’ve set the blocks this way to fool the eye into believing all the blocks are the same size – which they are since I added white coping strips to the smaller blocks.  Anyway, since I know the measurement of the ‘coping strip’ I added before the green border I can’t tell if I added to much. It’s not like I needed the quilt to be an exact measure to fit a pieced border — I just needed that red cornerstone square to not butt up against the green border.

There was no quilting last night as my husband and I attended a concert – The Low Anthem.  At least this time when we walked into the bar they didn’t ask us if we were the parents.  That happened a few weeks ago when we saw My First Born.

This evening no concerts, but I’ve been on a mission to finish cutting the fabric for the log cabin quilt I’m working on as a leader/ender project.

I started sewing the red and neutral squares together June 1st, or there about.  Now I have less than 60 light logs to make the block square.  I’ve cut fabric for 180 – 7 ” blocks, but I think I’m only going to need 168 blocks for an 84″ x 98″ inch quilt.

So, if I’m using this as my leader/ender quilt, why the push to get it all cut?

Well — I now have a completely contained project that I can take to work on the next time my quilting buddies get together to sew.   We are over due for a sewing weekend, but our schedules simply haven’t meshed.

Good Light Is Important

Yesterday I debated my choices on how to piece the border.  4-patches or Seminole piecing.  Mary suggested square in a square – I did say not too long ago I found away to make them nearly perfect.

I opted for the 4-patches with the setting triangles for a couple of reasons. Seminole piecing would result in a bias edge and I’ll have enough trouble with the border without adding a bias edge into the mix.  Square in a Square blocks would be difficult to line the points up.  That leaves the 4-patches with setting triangles.  I’ll cut them with the Companion Angle Ruler and since they’ll be 4 1/2 inches on one side they wont’ be too bad.

So why the title of the post?

I grabbed a hunk of white/off white fabric from my stash that I had enough of and made nearly all of my 4-patches.  Oops, the quilt center lean creamy instead of bright white.  So now I have to make a decision – do I remake these — meaning I tear these apart — I don’t think I have enough brown fabric to red0 them or do I leave well enough alone.