HQAL and York Lodge

Greetings from back to the Desert South Texas.  The roof projects are on track now.  We were concerned about the roof on the house where an issue might arise, but no it was the Studio Roof that needed to be upgraded to the standing seam tin roof.  Thank goodness we did this massive undertaking!  Tomorrow they will start putting the new roof on.

The borders are on Nesting and will be I marking the border where the birds and leaves will be placed.  This is a 2003 pattern and the placement pattern leaves a lot to be desired, so I will mark the borders, then I will decide how I will place the stems.  I have the applique pieces cut out and ready to select the fabric for them.  I always keep a bag of the fabrics that were used for applique on a quilt, so all I will have to do is to decide the color placement of the leaves!  This is a simple applique pattern, it took me a lot longer due to those fun things going on in the last year or so!

Nesting by Darlene Christopherson (2003)

Progress on York Lodge quilt project has been slow.  Thursday was my best day for ‘really’ starting the project.  I vacillated between the P&B fabrics (the pink and white one), Reproduction fabrics, and then back to my original selection – Batiks!  Once that decision was made I made the first block of 30!  It took awhile because of the precision involved in sewing the strip pieced diamond sections together.  There are 2 things to note that have made this a little easier (or should I say more accurate) is to take the first 2 diamond sets (cut on a 45 degree angle) and mark where the 1/4″ seam allowance will be!  Along with the pinning, it is less likely for me to have to rip to get the points accurate!  This block took me about 5  hours to make (this included a few interruptions) after I made the fabric selection.   This quilt will have a lot of movement with the different background fabrics for each block.  The quilt will have blues, turquoise and greens.  I will consider a few reds, yellows, and orange, but not a lot.  I do not desire to make a rainbow quilt.

The iPhone camera would not pick up on the actual blue, it is a lighter blue.  I have not done the corners yet.  I was just elated to have it completed!

I cut out the fabric for a block from the P&B fabric with the white that I really liked  I used the pink fat quarter because I knew if I did not like the effect that it would not matter if this met is fate in the trash can – and it did!  Absolutely no movement to this at all.  The practice block is one I love, but I did not have anymore of the crackle with red dots and they do not make any of the lightest beige crackle! DARN!  I would have made the entire quilt out of this fabric.

I am pleased with my decision to reduce the computer time because I am slowly getting more accomplished!  This week I will need to do my 3 blocks for the RSC 2018 challenge as this will be the one and only RSC quilt that will be in my collection and I do not plan on doing anymore.

Have a great week, I am looking forward to working on Mountmellick border, York Lodge, and Nesting.  This is my favorite time of summer – as of Thursday the days start counting down to end of October when we go back to normal time!  Yea.  DST is NOT my favorite!  Maybe our hot days will be numbered and by September we will have a ‘Fall’?  Enjoy quilting.

Linking To:  My Quilt InfatuationConfessions of a Fabric AddictFinished or Not Friday Sew Can SheEm’s Scrap BagBOM’s AwayFiber Tuesday;   Esther’s Wednesday WOWSew, Stitch, Snap, SHOWSew Fresh Quilts; Crazy Mom Quilts;  Oh ScrapScrap Happy SaturdayShow and Tell Monday with Bambi;

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26 Replies to “HQAL and York Lodge”

  1. I am so happy that you feel that you are making progress at last! The birds in nesting are so pretty, I can’t wait to see what you do with the border. Glad your roof is coming along too. We went pricing, and now have been hit with a deluge, and it has overwhelmed the roof, so we have a bit of a mess going on at the moment. Still under flood warning, and no sign of a let up until tomorrow night. This is so abnormal for this time of year!


    1. I just finished marking the border (Ugh) and now going to cut out the pieces with fabric. If I am a good girl I could have this puppy done this next week-end! Hope you are feeling better! Send that rain down here – after the 4th (then we will have new roofs finished) LOL

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  2. I really like the nesting blocks. I am partial to red birds. We finally got some rain here but them over 100 degrees started again. Been working on some scrappy quilts. Still trying to get the pile down but it is moving slower then I expected.


    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you. I am going to make the birds on the border sides Blue to match the 2 blue birds in the quilt. The top has 2 birds and they will be red! We only received 1/2″ this week and that is not near enough! We are the new Southwest Desert! Mine is getting better!


  3. Hi Nanette,
    WOW – that block is gorgeous! What a fabulous fabric palette and I love how the background batiks pick up the focus color. I can’t say I dislike the pink or red blocks either – I’m a huge fan of red – but really am enjoying your choice in the blue. Stay cool! I’m not wishing the next 90 days to go by too quickly. I’ve got an important baby announcement, and a wedding during that time! Happy Sunday! ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Thx for the nice comment Roseanna. It took some time to decide, but I am happy with going with the batiks. I am hoping each block will stand out! You sound like you will be busy busy with baby announcement and a wedding! Have a great week, I am late in replying!

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  4. You certainly have some beautiful work to keep you busy. Those 45’s are absolutely lovely and can’t wait to see the finished project. Y seams? What Y seams? lol Good luck on the roof and thankfully SA didn’t get too-too much rain last week. We just returned from the coast and while Port O’Connor only got 3.5″ last week, Port Lavaca got 7″ and Rockport got 10″ – which is something they definitely didn’t need. Every gully and low spot is still full to the edge. I too look forward to the cooler weather but only because maybe our lives will slow down and I can get some quilting done! I try to get in 15-20 mins here and there but every single weekend between now and mid-Sept is full. Busy summer! Keep stitchin’ sister!


    1. Thank yo Becky. There are no Y seams, as I will cut HSTs for the corners to square the blocks. I cannot believe that Rockport got 10″. Can you believe that when the roofers came yesterday to start the standing seam tin roof that we had 2 heavy rain showers! But later in the afternoon they were able to start on the bedroom. We are really looking forward to our new roof – so pretty and IF it does rain again when finished I love hearing the rain on a tin roof! Things are really getting quieter for me and I am progressing on all projects without issues to handle. Nice. Enjoy those coast trips. I still miss our RV and Arizona trips, but just too hard on Clay to maintain and me to load and unload! Take care


  5. The blue block you are working on is very pretty. I like the two fabrics together very much. A whole quilt in those two fabrics would be good but I know your color combos for the blocks will be even better.


    1. The original pattern called for each block to have 4 of one color and 4 of another (same color family) but I decided to make mine all the same. The practice one was my favorite, but alas no more dot material! Thank you for commenting


    1. I love working with batiks. It took me awhile to also add a Reproduction stash, so I am a happy camper with both! Thank you for the nice comment. I really like my Nesting quilt and the border will really make it pop – at least I hope it does!


    1. Today is another Lone Star day! Wish me luck! All fabrics are washed and waiting, waiting, and more waiting! Have a great week. It took some time to become familiar with all the ‘little’ things that one needs to do to make the block go smooth, but time was not wasted. Now to just pay attention!


    1. Thank you Lori for the sweet comments. I am going to go in early tonight from the Studio and applique. I thought I would have another Star block completed, but that won’t happen. Will finish it in the AM and start another one. I am beginning to enjoy doing this quilt – sounds nuts, but once I got the technique down it is easy. LOL


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