Category Archives: Wall quilt

One more liner done

After the two signature wall quilts that I made, I decided to finish up one more basket liner for the bathroom. First, I’ll show you the wall quilts:

Teal and blue signature wall quilt

This one was for a woman’s daughter, and these are her preferred decorating colors. The daughter was graduating from college and the plan was for her to gather her friends’ signatures.

Antique blue, green, red, and unbleached muslin

The second quilt is for a woman’s co-worker who would be retiring, and she preferred these “antique” or muted colors. I love how they both came out.

center row left, latest basket finish

I finished the liner for the basket with a lid. I took the cane loop off the lid of the basket and the liner now covers the cane ball for the loop to go around. I don’t need to secure things inside the basket. I am not posting how I made this one because there are many mistakes in it. Oh, and we haven’t gotten around to painting yet. Can you relate?


Design Wall

Other quilters have shown and mentioned their design walls on their blogs. I have never felt the need for one, because where I used to live we had a balcony landing over the first floor living room and I was able to lay out the squares and view them from above.

I didn’t want to invest in anything costly, and I wasn’t sure I already had any flannel that was plain enough not to disrupt the quilt blocks design. I went to the internet and found a super simple way to put up a temporary design wall – use the flannel side of a vinyl tablecloth! I found one I already had, draped it over a door, and was able to lay out the blocks as I have them. In the case of the signature wall quilts, I am randomly using different fabrics, and I want them scattered throughout the quilt, not bunched together. Heaven forbid any identical fabrics touch!To make the setting-in triangles, I didn’t want to do the math. I could, but I didn’t want to. I’m sure someone out there has a chart for situations like this. The blocks in the quilt are 3 1/2 inch squares, so I just cut nine 4-inch squares. Eight of them were cut in half on the diagonal to make all the triangles on the sides, and one was cut into quarters on the diagonal to make the corner triangles. When I have them all sewn together, I can trim the excess before sewing on the border strips.

I began sewing the rows, but neglected to photograph my progress. I had to get the roast out of the crockpot! I am sewing in diagonal rows, starting with the upper left corner and ending in the lower right.

Do you see a fabric you love? My favorites are the bubbles, and the blue flowers with a white edging on light blue background.

I’ve found that cutting minimums are different in the different stores: one store said minimum cut is 1/4 yard. Two other stores said I could buy by the inch if I wanted to. In another store, I didn’t ask because I only bought fat quarters there.

Custom wall quilt for $

I posted a listing on my Etsy site (listed here) of a Signature wall quilt I had made for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary party.

signature quiltEach block has an open space for a signature of the party attendees to sign with a permanent marker. I decided I could make them in custom designs for customers, and I’m pleased to say I have 2 on order to make.

The first customer is giving this to her daughter for college graduation. Her favorite colors are teal and blue, and the customer wanted input into the fabric choices. This meant visiting fabric stores (Not a problem!) and photographing fabrics I thought she would like. With each message containing feedback, I understood her style more and more.

Finally, choices are made, fabric is purchased, and the fun begins! Each block is 3×3 inches finished, and each corner of color starts as a 2×2 inch cut square. I place a color square in a corner and start sewing on the diagonal across that square. Then I simply feed the next one through without breaking the thread. This is called chain piecing or assembly-line sewing, and it is easy and mindless work. I sometimes solve world problems while chain piecing, and sometimes just sing along to the radio.

041718 a

After every square has one color corner, I sew a second color block to the opposite corner. More mindless sewing. I am careful not to have the same fabric design on both corners.

041718 bBecause I hate waste, I then sew a second seam 1/4 inch from the first, toward the outside. If I’m going to cut off the corner, and it results in 2 triangle pieces, they may as well be already sewn into a tiny half-square triangle.

041718 cSew…I mean so, with a little less than 2 hours of work, I have cut 42 white squares, more than 90 color squares (always have extra!), and sewn everything I mentioned already. I only needed 39 squares for the wall quilt, but it’s a good idea to have extra. I will try not to have any one fabric repeated close together, and I can grab one of the extras if needed. I already said I hate waste – the extra blocks will become mug rugs, or a hotpad, or a phone case, or an eyeglass case…or a future project I haven’t thought of yet.

I’ve heard this design called a Wonky Star. The first time I used this block design was in a full-size quilt for my son, using grey and blue. The layout was different, and made an interesting quilt.


2004 – Full-size bed quilt for Chad

The anniversary quilt was the 2nd time, and these custom quilts are numbers 3 and 4. I plan to regularly show my progress on the custom quilts.


Back to quilting again

I haven’t explained my spotty quilting and posting lately. I was diagnosed in July, 2013 with Multiple Myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood. The initial treatments (biologic – pills and injections) caused several side effects including fatigue. I wanted to work as long as I was able to, but that meant I mostly dozed in the evenings and rested on the weekends. I didn’t do much sewing or quilting. In January, 2014 I had a stem cell transplant. My own stem cells were harvested from my blood and returned after high-dose chemotherapy. I’ve recovered stamina and energy since then, so I am back to sewing. As I said, it’s incurable for now, but I am in complete remission for a while.

My niece lived near the major hospital where I had the transplant, 4 hours’ drive from my home. There were a few times I needed to stay in the area for appointments and she graciously allowed my husband and me to stay several nights. She stocked up on foods and drinks we preferred and I enjoyed the energy of her household of 6. As a thank you gift, my first quilting project post-transplant was to make her a wall hanging she would enjoy.

I’ve made a couple of bookshelf quilts and it’s still a favorite of mine. I am able to use scraps from my bins and personalize it for the recipient. For hers, I included a birdhouse as a bookend, a shelf lamp, a framed photo in which I embroidered an image of her cat, and a coffee mug with Detroit Tigers’ logo.


When I make this quilt, I always try to make the leaning or stacked or upright books look as natural as possible. I’ve seen some finished quilts with nothing keeping the upright books in place and that always bothers me! The edges on this one seem wavy because I had just finished the binding and hadn’t pressed it.



(Close-up photos of the wall hanging)

My niece loved it and quickly posted a picture of it hanging near her reading chair. I hope each time she looks at it she sees how much I love and appreciate her and her family.

My husband’s oldest daughter and daughter-in-law both announced they were expecting their next babies, so I have new projects to begin!

Please vote!

I have entered a quilt in a weekly themed quilt contest at Quilting Gallery, and people may vote this weekend for up to 4 favorites in the running. Mine is called Family Tree, but there are two by that name. Of course, you can vote for both (and two others) , but mine is indicated by the blog name (Quilt in Progress) and my name, Donna.

I was so pleased with it when I finished it! In fact, in making the hanging tabs on the top, I had come up with a shortcut to more easily do rolled hems, which had frustrated me no end before that!

Please go vote here, and look at the lovely examples to fit the theme: Leaves, Trees & Flowers.

A milestone – but not mine

My aunt and uncle are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month, and it was my honor and pleasure to make a signature wall quilt for their celebration. Guests arriving to the party will be handed a permanent marking pen and asked to sign in a white space. The blocks are simple, as shown here in this previous post. I sewed them together on point, added triangles to create straight edges, and added borders.

signature quilt

The requested colors were shades of blue and shades of tan-to-brown. I am very pleased with the result, and I hope the recipients are as well. Once all the signatures are added, it will become a treasure they can hang on their living room wall.

Machine time today

I do become more motivated when a deadline comes nearer, so I was able to work on the wall quilt today and get the top completely assembled. I like how it looks, and it won’t be as plain when the signatures are added at the upcoming party. signature wall quiltI just need to decide on a border, add batting and backing, machine quilt with stitch in the ditch around each white area, and add a hanging sleeve and quilt label. It sounds like I’m almost done!