On my design wall

I kind of dislike assembling quilts back to back – it’s my least favorite part of quilting – but since I finished the Chandelier blocks yesterday, they went up on the design wall as soon as I finished photographing the Hourglass top. I found a turquoise/green fabric in stash that I’m going to use for the setting triangles, a small border, and the binding. I think I bought it at the same time I bought the charm packs although they aren’t from the same fabric line … I just can’t remember for sure since it was a year or so ago. I’m probably going to play a little more with the arrangement of these blocks before I start to assemble them.

Here’s a closer look at the setting triangle fabric.

It’s a start!

I’ve got about half the rectangle blocks made from the leftover Jelly Roll strips from Mom’s Bento Box. I’ll keep working on them a few blocks at a time this week and then get it assembled.

I’ve also got some studying and reading to be done. I reluctantly agreed to serve on the Homeowner’s board last week and have some document review and an online course to complete which I’ll try to get done this week also.

My blocks are done

This is just going to be a small lap size quilt so my Hunter’s Star blocks are done. Mom wanted to try a small runner before committing to anything bigger so the two blocks on the (L) side of mine are hers. The runner will have 3 blocks and a couple small borders and I’ll add one or two borders to mine too. The Accuquilt GO die really does make this one easy.

Moving on …

Mom finished assembling her HST diamond top yesterday and I got it loaded on the longarm today. Brief instructions for this one is on my website.

If it looks familiar, it’s because it’s just like mine … The same size, using the same fabrics. I’d already gotten it about half quilted before it was time to walk Finn and give him his afternoon break!

Before I got it loaded, I cut strips for Mom to make a log cabin runner and she started piecing while I was quilting. She going to appliqué some bears and trees on this one.

She also finished binding that turtle quilt last night – I’ll get a photo of the whole quilt when Keith gets home and can hold it up outside for me but I’ll share a photo of Mom binding it … you’re going to see a lot of Mom binding this trip because my goal is to quilt 7 tops for her!

Boring!

It’s the weekend and we’re kind of boring! Because Keith travels so much, our weekends are usually spent here around the house with a little exercise thrown in. I haven’t been walking in the heat but I do try to get my bike rides in on the weekends. We’re lucky to have such a pretty place to ride. I need to try to get out some during the week too but hopefully it will cool down soon and I’ll be able to walk too. I told Keith today that I miss being able to walk to dinner.

I’m in that terrible cycle where I’m not sleeping at night so I’m pretty useless in the mornings but I am getting a little piecing (and crochet) done at night after Keith goes to bed. The HST diamonds are made and ready to be assembled. It will get a simple framing border with the blue fabric hanging on the right side of the design wall.

HST diamonds

After lots of debate about which fat quarters and which block I was going to use, I decided on HST diamonds for my September Precut Party quilt. The fat quarter bundle is from BluPrint and here’s my plan for the quilt. (Click on the photo for a larger view)

And here are my blocks in progress.

It’s a pretty simple quilt but I’ll add my quilt notes to the website in case anyone wants to make a similar quilt and refer to them.

Ready to assemble

The bow tie blocks are done and ready to assemble. I might move a block or two around so I’ll look at it for a day or two before I start sewing. In the meantime, I’ve got the 16 patch top loaded on the longarm and ready to quilt – I might even make a start on it this evening.

This one will not have borders – it’s a small donation quilt that is kind of a trial run for a larger scrappy one. I enjoyed sewing these blocks together, it was easy to get into a rhythm and as you can tell, they were quick so I’m anxious to make another one. I did a quick look through my stash to see if fat quarter bundles popped out as a good choice for one of these but haven’t made any decisions. I can see using a bundle for one but I can also see pulling random scraps from my bins.

Speaking of bins, I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was working on the Kite blocks that this blue/green/purple bin refuses to empty … this is now the 5th small quilt I’ve made from it and while a few fabrics have been added here and there I don’t see much change in the level of fabric so you can count on seeing this combination again!