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My Chocolate brown project for Judy’s Monochromatic Challenge is turning out to be lots of fun, and the blocks are going together very quickly — almost as fast as I could eat real chocolate!  And that’s really fast!  😉

Nigel the quilting dog is helping to plan the layout.  He likes the “design floor” much better than the design wall!  🙂

As with many things in life, this layout isn’t going exactly to plan!  But — I like it better than the original drawing.  Do you think that sometimes a quilt just “tells” you how it wants to be?

The first two rows are attached:

And all the rest of the blocks are made and waiting to be added, row by row.  The little white squares are the tags for the row numbers.

The pretty tulips were a gift from my husband.  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Brown is the colour for March in Judy’s monthly Monochromatic Challenge.

It’s difficult for me to think in shades of brown at this time of year.  When March arrives, I start thinking in pastels and Easter egg colours.  Maybe I could think of this project as the Easter chocolate?!   Hmmm, chocolate bunnies and chocolate Easter eggs…yummy!  That’ll do it — now I’m in the mood for Springtime Brown.  😉

I don’t have much brown in my stash, but what there is might look nice in this arrangement.  I have been thinking of this pattern for a long time, with the horizontal and vertical blocks each having a different number of rails or stripes.  I even drew a sketch of this quilt a couple of weeks ago while waiting for an appointment, so I guess its time has come!

This design is very similar to the green Strip-Stripe quilt I am (still) working on for my husband, except these blocks will be larger — 6.5 inches unfinished.  The four vertical rails will be pieced from 2-inch strips, and the three horizontal rails will be 2.5-inch strips.

Here’s my small collection of browns, which range from tan through rust to dark brown.  I think it will be fun to mix these up and see what happens!  🙂

Please visit Judy to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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Judy at Patchwork Times is hosting a Monochromatic Challenge in 2011, and the colour for January is yellow.

I love yellow.  It represents sunshine and warm smiles and happiness to me, so I was very excited about having a really good reason to make an all-yellow quilt!  When I got my yellow fabrics out,  I knew right away that it had to be a Bargello quilt and that my special “Bee” fabric wanted to be included.

I didn’t have enough diversity in values to make the traditional gradient-colour bargello pattern, and I wanted my bees to look like they were flying around in a flower garden, so I used different prints for my stair-steps — polka dots, swirly patterns, florals — and the bees go up and down and all around.

I have just got to the point where I am arranging my strips to create the design.

Here’s a better look at those bees.  🙂

I was hoping to finish it by the end of the month (today!), but it’s still got a long way to go.  That’s OK, though — I am having lots of fun with this pattern!

Happy Quilting!

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Now that my Christmas presents are finished, I’ve started working on a UFO project for my husband that’s been in the works for several years.

I drew these paper-pieced blocks on my computer when I was learning to use Powerpoint many years ago.  It’s my own design, and I called it “Strip Stripe.”

If I had it to do again, though, I would sew these strips together and then sub-cut into units instead of paper piecing.  But…I didn’t know how to do that back then.

It stayed at this stage for a long time.  It wasn’t large enough, but I couldn’t decide how to proceed.  I wanted more than plain borders.

I had a lot of fabric remnants and scraps left over, so I decided to make a half-square triangle border.  And that’s where we are now!  This photo was taken this morning.

There will be two more borders — one thin border to set off the triangles, and then a wider border to frame the whole project.

Happy Quilting!

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This project started out as a panel of pre-printed Christmas designs that were meant to be cut out and made into tree ornaments.   I wanted to make a quilt with them, so I framed each square with muslin strips and and then added corners to make the blocks into snowballs.

Then I sewed all the blocks together into rows, and the snowball corners make nice little diamonds.

Now I’m adding the borders.  There will be three borders — red, green, red — and the quilt top will finish at 48×56 inches.

It could be a lap quilt, but I think I will probably use it as a table covering for Christmas Eve.

Happy Quilting!

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I worked on my Grandmother’s Flower Garden for 15 minutes this morning, according to my new plan.   I am feeling very enthusiastic and decided not to wait until 2011!  🙂

Some of these fabrics are so precious to me.  I feel very sentimental about the scraps that bring back lovely memories. ..a blouse that I made long ago for my best friend… my first English fabric… other treasures found up on various holiday travels.

I’m looking forward to my little “dates” with this project.  I’ve even written it into my weekly planner as an activity!

Please visit Judy’s blog to see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today.

Happy Quilting!

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This week I’ve been sewing Patriotic fabric string blocks.  I couldn’t decide whether I liked the Bright Red centres or the Dark Red centres better, so I’m making both.  The blocks look a bit wonky right now because they haven’t been trimmed down to their proper size of 9.5 inches yet.

Bright Red:

Dark Red:

My red-white-and-blue string bin is overflowing with scraps left over from the pillowcases and my first Patriotic string quilt, so I’m sure I have plenty of fabric for two quilts!  Or more.   😉  I keep thinking this fabric is nearly used up, but it just seems to multiply overnight.   I guess it’s deceptive how much yardage is really there when it’s cut into narrow strips.

These are HeartStrings quilts, and when completed, they will go to Alycia in Colorado for the No Soldier Forgotten Quilts of Valor project.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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