The Wedding Quilt

One of our daughters got married last fall.  She chose fall colors for her wedding and her favorite color is purple.  A wedding quilt was in order but what to make, what to make.  How about a quilt with more than 2,600 pieces?  Yes, that sounds about right 😉  I picked Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Crystals.

Scrap Crystals is in Bonnie’s book More Adventures with Leaders and Enders. But those colors just won’t do…….so I brought out my fall colored scraps and got to sewing.  Oh, I’m liking this.

I keep sewing those half square triangles and squares and soon I had blocks and then sashing!  My helper kept me on track (yeah, that’s what we’ll call it) and soon I was assembling the top.

The colors above aren’t true, well not for the center sashing strip.  It’s a nice eggplant purple like the picture below of the border.   I quilted it with variegated thread and I was quite pleased with the results.

I had another helper when it came to sewing down the binding……oh, and I found the perfect backing fabric.  I know this because EVERYBODY comments on the wonderful backing fabric.  Hey, all the work is on the front, pay attention, people!!

I was thrilled with the completed top and I think the bride and groom were as well.

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Monday Flimsy

It’s Design Wall Monday or Design Flimsy Monday for me 🙂  Not just any flimsy but Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll (RRCB)!!  Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times.

RRCB Flimsy I needed to adjust the inner border widths to make the pieced border fit and the seam allowances always mess me up when doing the calculations.  I’m really glad I double checked because I had the strip widths reversed at first.

RRCB was Bonnie Hunter’s 2011 mystery quilt….about time I got it together, right?  LOL!  I’m thrilled to have this top completed and hope to have it quilted and bound before 2014 is over (don’t laugh, that’s fast for me!)

Here’s what RRCB looked like when I worked on it in Shipshewana in 2012.

RRCB CenterIt’s huge which is why I’m not showing the whole flimsy now 🙂

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Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  0 yards
  • Fabric out: 14 yards (Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll)
  • YTD Fabric in:  0 yards
  • YTD Fabric out:  14 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): (14) yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

More Roll, Roll Cotton Boll

It’s Design Wall Monday so be sure to click over to Judy’s DWM post.  I’ve got a couple of things on my wall, including the pieced borders for Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll.  I haven’t ironed them yet as I’m taking the time to “twirl the seams” which I’ll admit, I love doing even though it takes time.  I’ve also webbed on two more “columns” for the red/yellow scrap quilt which is why only only a few blocks remain 🙂

I made a replacement for the replacement civil war block #24.

Which replaces this:

That replaced the original block because the vintage background fabric is so thin:

Guess, I’m just not too excited about this block…. 😉

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Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  8 yards (Hancock’s of Paducah had Kaffe Fassets on sale, what can I say?)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 146.75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 79.25 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 67.5 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

 

Now That’s Progress

I spent three days at the Threads of Mine quilt retreat in Shipshewana, IN. I traveled there with Darlene and Wanetha from my quilt guild. They were great traveling and quilting companions.  We had a wonderful group of quilters around us including Jennifer who got us stretching every 90 minutes 🙂

I took along the Topsy Turvy Nine Patch to finish. I started this quilt in a workshop with Judy Laquidara, finished the blocks at the first Shipshewana retreat and then ran into trouble. My pieced borders were longer, significantly longer than the quilt center. I removed the inner border and couldn’t cut another, wider border because I was out of fabric. So the top sat. I finally pulled it out again to figure out a plan and got it finished 🙂  i actually like the inner border of background fabric better because it floats the blocks 🙂

At last year’s retreat I was still working on the 2010 Bonnie Hunter mystery, Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll blocks.  This year I got the blocks sewn together.

I took along my Civil War BOTW by Barbara Brackman and got the setting blocks sewn.  I have three blocks that I’m going to re-do and then I can sew them together.   The remaining four blocks that will be in the corners of the borders.

I got to see Jill of Darling Jill Quilts.

Here’s Ruthie, on the left, of Threads of Mine who organizes the Shipshewana retreats.

 A big thank you, Ruthie, for another wonderful retreat.

There was, of course, some shopping time at Yoder’s and Lolly’s.  Here’s the additions to my stash, including some cheddars and greens from Jo Morton for the Grandmother’s Choice BOTW. and a 7 yard cut of a Barbara Brackman prints for the Civil War quilt….maybe for the borders and backing.

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Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  20.25 yards (Shipshewana purchases)
  • Fabric out: 7 yards  (TTNP top)
  • YTD Fabric in: 138.75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 73 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 65.75 yards Hmmmm….I need to get RRCB and the civil war tops together!!

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Just Another Manic Monday….

I always hear the Manic Monday Bangles song when I do my Design Wall Monday posting 🙂  Be sure to click over to Judy’s DWM post.  On my wall are the last three month’s First Saturday blocks and the strip quilt I’m making with my mom.  It took her a long time to add the second row and I’m taking just as long to add a third row…but I’ve almost settled on doing some Roman Stripe blocks 🙂

I’ve been steadily working on adding the rounds to the scrap club Double Time log cabin.  I’ve got the 13th “log” pinned to all my blocks, so only two more to go…..

The red string blocks have all been cut into triangles 🙂  Let’s see, what am I doing with them?…..because you know I can’t start another project 😉 

I like the First Saturday block for March (sorry about the blurry picture….not sure if it’s the dots or the photographer).

I’ve started work on my March Color Palette challenge.  Turns out it will be a miniature with 1/4″ squares! Good thing it’s a Priority quilt for AAQI!!!!  Not sure I could handle anything larger.

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Stash Report – still no changes……even though I went to a quilt show with vendors this weekend!

  • Fabric in:  0 yards
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 22 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 12 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 10 yards

Happy Quilting, Cherie