Monday, September 29, 2014

Remembering Marie ...

 ... is a lovely little lonestar wall hanging designed by Carol Hopkins Designs/Civil War Legacies.

My First RM circa 2010
Lovely, yes.  Little, at 24" x 24", yes.  Tricky, YES YES.  Those diamonds finish at 3/4"!!

But we have an excellent teacher within our guild who coached us all along the way -- first in fabric preparation (starch is the key ingredient), then cutting strips (a secret fabric order to ease the way), then sewing (gotta be a true and consistent 1/4"), then cutting again (two-ruler method conquers), and finally pinning (marking the intersections with Frixion pen).

Unfortunately, for the Saturday class I left my entire tool kit at home -- no rotary cutter, no seam ripper, no thread!   So I didn't make much progress on this, my second RM.

Auditioning Background and Borders

After auditioning several fabrics I have settled on a crackled brown-black for the background and a caramel for the inner border.  The outer border on my wall is my top choice for now, but I usually wait to see what the center "says" it needs.

With so much on my calendar the next few weeks, Marie will have to go back in the box until next month's retreat.  Now it's on to Wink & a Smile.  Follow my progress as I work through it this week.

Have a great week, Y'all!  And be sure to check out what others are working on at Patchwork Times.


  1. You've got a wonderful palette going. Hope you can get back to this one soon.

    1. Thanks, Kate. I hate that I have to put her away. But, then, the first one isn't quilted yet, either. I'm thinking nice gifts for the holidays coming up.

  2. my goodness those are some very little diamonds! Oh but so very pretty. Love the fabric choices.

    1. Yes, they are! Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

  3. Oh I love your star Libby!!!! Very tricky - you were lucky to have good instruction on it :) And I understand A Wink and A Smile is not much easier - I'll enjoy watching you tackle it and make another beautiful quilt.


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