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Design Wall Monday — on a Thursday

Earlier this week I pulled out my Genie and set it up on a table in my office, along with my ironing board. The cutting table is in the front bedroom.  This is the Mississippi Quilt Association Block of the Month. We got our first set of blocks via email 11/25/2020.  The last blocks came in 1/26/2021. I finished the blocks the first week of February.  I pulled the blocks out the end of March to finish the top, but didn’t find a border fabric I was happy with. Shortly there after I made the decision to move so there was no sewing/quilting for me.

The finished tops/quilts were to be shown at the June Gathering, but it was cancelled.  The Fall Gathering is happening this weekend and the quilts will be shown.

The quilt is pinned to the studs where my design wall will be if  I can ever find a contractor to insulate and sheetrock the walls.  BTW, this is natural light around 3:45 PM this afternoon.  I’ve plenty of light during the day, but night is an entirely different story.

Linking with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

Design Wall Monday – 4/12/21

Sunday afternoon I decided I need to get back in the sewing room to make some progress and so there was something to post for Design Wall Monday.  So, 6 rows of my second Easy Breezy top was sewn together.  I have 2 more rows made, I just didn’t get them attached.  During this assembly process, I made my final 2 Easy Breezy blocks.

My short absence from the sewing room was due to more de-cluttering.

My first stop was the linen closet. Still way too many towels for any one person, but it’s so much better than it was.   One large bag of older towels was hauled to the pet shelter. The sheets which no longer fit my deeper mattress gone.

Then I started on other “low hanging fruit” as the saying goes. My husbands shoes, the stuff in the bottom dresser drawer that I haven’t worn in 20 years, the clothes that have been hanging around because “we might lose enough weight” to get into them. Ha!

This week I’m going to focus on the boxes in my husband’s office.  I need to get them out to I can get to the musical instruments.  It’s time to sell them.  Anyone want to buy a marimba?

 

  • 350 Challenge April = 20
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 202
  • Easy Breezy = 144

Design Wall Monday – 4/5/21

Since this past July, I’ve made 140 Easy Breezy blocks – the Quiltville Leader/Ender project for 2020-2021. Yesterday afternoon, I decided I’d make two smaller quilts and found this caramel colored fabric in my stash. The first top is complete. I’ll try to get it loaded on the frame later this week.

As for the second quilt, I have a slightly lighter colored fabric, but I think I may dig deeper. Since I decided to make 2 quilts, I need to make 4 more Easy Breezy blocks.

As for Shimmer.  I may have to break down and buy more fabric.

Yes, I messed up again!  This goes to show you shouldn’t sew when you are tired.  The good news(?) is these 2 messed units are the same blue that is in the other messed up block, and I’ve found at least 3 shops online with the fabric in stock.  Given I only need 1/4 yard of the fabric, I think I’m going to wait to order it after I get the rest of the blocks made.  I only want to pay for shipping once.

Be sure to stop by Small Quilts & Doll Quilts to see what others are working on.

 

Design Wall Monday – 3/29/2021

Today’s design wall appears to be a throw back to August 2020.

I know you are thinking — didn’t she finish this quilt top last summer?  The answer is  Yes, but no.

When it came time to trim it up, (back when I could see my hearth) it wasn’t right, but I couldn’t put my finger on what the problem was. Look close – see the blue and yellow star?

It’s not lining up. I couldn’t see it last summer, but yesterday when the top was uncovered by my cleaning, I spotted the problem right away.  Apparently this top needed to be in timeout for a while.

Gracie helped me rip out the seam.

Once it was in two pieces it was easy to see where the mistake was made.  I think this was the last seam.   I  haven’t decided if I’ll trim it before or after I quilt it.  I’m leaning to after.  So, I’ll spend a day or two trying to figure out how  I want to quilt it.  I have to keep in mind, that — oh, this is March — I was thinking in the next 2 weeks I needed to load my nephews graduation quilt on the machine to quilt — but there’s  8, not 4 more weeks to graduation.  So, I will be able to keep this on the frame for a couple of weeks and still get his quilt done.

As for my piecing project,  I’ve pulled Shimmer out.  It went into time out because I made 2 different cutting errors on the same block. Since the above picture was taken, I’ve finished cutting the white for the rest of the blocks, and completed a block.

This is not a quick sew. I watched 2 episodes of Deep Space Nine without commercials in the time it took to complete this block.  I have 21 left to make. Hopefully it will get faster.

I’m linking up with Small Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

  • 350 Challenge March = 53
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 167
  • Easy Breezy = 132

Design Wall Monday – 2/15/21

I still need to bind the wonky dishes quilt, but it is quilted.

The next blocks in Ruby’s Sampler is done.  I need to stop and write the directions for this block and the one I did Saturday.

No new Easy Breezy blocks were made.  I need to stop and kit up pieces.  I think I’ll dig into the scrap boxes under my longarm for more variety since I’ve used just about everything in my 1-1/2″ strip box.

I’m linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

  • 350 Challenge February = 41
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 97
  • Easy Breezy = 111

Design Wall Monday – 2/1/21

It’s Monday and the 1st of the month, so there’s lots to link up.

If you’ve been following my posts in January, you may be thinking to yourself “Haven’t I seen this before?”.  But I promise, this is a new picture for Design Wall Monday.

I spent the weekend working on my Guild’s website and only got in a bit of quilting.  This is all of the pieces for the rest of the wedding quilt.  The lavender broken dishes are made, and have the seafoam HST ready to stitch.

Ideally, yesterday’s post should have been my accomplishment post to One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts. I really had hoped I’d have this top finished. It’s still in many pieces. But this is where I am now:

The pieces above

Half the quilt from earlier in the month.

And 1/4 of the top from early last week.  Perhaps by this Friday.

So, what is my One Monthly Goal for February?  I could say finish the wedding top, since I’m confident it will get finished, but instead I’m going with Quilt the Red, White & Blue Wonky Dishes.

I want to work out my quilting ideas on this quilt before I quilt the wedding quilt.

Which brings me to my 2021 Personal Quilting Challenge #1. These are my objectives which I hope to have done by February 23rd.

Fortunately I have another 23 days. I best get a move on it.

This brings me to the 350 Blocks report over at Prairie Moon Quilts.

  • 350 Challenge = 56
  • Easy Breezy = 101

I think that’s everything.  Let’s see what February has to offer.

Design Wall Monday – 1/24/21

The blocks are finished for the 3rd quarter of the wedding quilt. Now to get them stitched together.  I also finished 2 Easy Breezy blocks as my leader/ender.  Can you see them?

  • 350 Challenge = 55
  • Easy Breezy = 100

I’m linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

 

Design Wall Monday – January 18, 2021

Too many YouTube videos and cheap deco mesh from the Dollar Tree. I would have preferred a smaller wreath base, but when I started this wreath I only had an 18″ form.  I think my SILs wreath is cuter.

Fun fact. With the exception of the mask, which she bought a number of years ago to wear to a parade, the rest of the trinkets were gathered attending Mardi Gras parades a couple of years ago.

I think I’ll leave mine up until the 1st, when I’ll switch it out for the Valentine wreath.  I’ll swap back, then on Ash Wednesday put up my Easter wreath which I haven’t made yet.

Now that I got that out of my system, you didn’t come here for Deco Mesh wreaths, but rather quilting.

It doesn’t look like much, but I took those HST I made Saturday and turned them into 32 broken dish units. Up next, making the lavendar HSTs for the next section of the wedding quilt.

  • 350 Challenge = 35
  • Easy Breezy = 96

I’m linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

Design Wall Monday – January 11, 2021

After yesterday’s post, I did not go back to the sewing machine. Instead I watched a bit of TV and worked on the binding of my Moda U quilt.  I turned the 2nd corner, which means I’m halfway done.

Tonight I’ll start assembling these units into blocks for the wedding quilt.

I’m linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

  • 350 Challenge = 16
  • Easy Breezy = 93

 

Design Wall Monday

I’m trying to find my new normal. It’s not been easy. I was in the middle of rearranging my sewing/office area when my life was turned upside down. I finally got the room to the point I can sew/quilt.

Last June I attended the Mississippi Quilt Association June Gathering in Jackson, Mississippi where I took Bonnie Hunter’s Carolina Chain Class.  I have finished the blocks and now I’m assembling the quilt.

I have opted to use a purple with multicolored dots for the setting triangles. Who knows, I might even have this done before this year’s June gathering — not that I’m able to go this year.

Good Fortune is slowly being to take shape. I’m about halfway through Clue # 1. I’m using fuchsia instead of red in my quilt.

As part of the clean up, I started cutting the stacks of fabric that needed to be put away.

 

The top left is Dawn’s Early Light from Sting Frenzy. I’ll get to it eventually.  The next two hangers are fabrics for Good Fortune.  I’m using purple instead of blue and my green and oranges are on the neon side of things.  The bottom hanger is Garden Party. I’m introducing my husband’s sisters to quilting Bonnie style as we are taking her Garden Party class this August.  We’ve each picked a different color for the chains. I’m doing green chains. I’ve also kitted up 3 posey blocks.  The red and blue?  Would you believe another Bonnie Hunter quilt?  This one is Narragansett Blues that I’m going to do with red and white 4-patches instead of a variety colors. I don’t need these fabrics until November when my sister, sister-in-law and I are attending yet another Bonnie Hunter class.

I have plans to see an early showing of The Sun is Also a Star, so there won’t be any sewing today.