Quilt Qwazy Queens – My Day On The Hop…

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2018I’ve talked about this project for weeks now… and while it’s not quite finished or as finished as I’d like, I have enough done that you can at least see it and see the layout and such.

This project stems from my time on Genie Online Services back in the 1990s. This quilt has traveled with us from Virginia where my time on Genie was, to Arkansas, Texas, California, Germany, Italy and now resides in Colorado with us. I attempted to start putting this together while we were in Germany, but I quickly realized that while I had good intentions I didn’t have all the necessary supplies I needed to finish this quilt… Mainly rulers.

This quilt was created in all by 25 people on Genie, we each made 25 12 1/2-inch blocks, and they had to be made out of flannel. (at the time flannel was becoming quite popular in quilting) We then sent them to one person, they were separated out and we received 25 different blocks back in the mail. This was the last project that we ever did as quilters on Genie, it was turning there public services off, and we all seemed to just scatter after that. I wish now we’d had the forsight to perhaps find a way to still meet online. I have no idea today where any of the woman whom I had come to endear are now.  I moved on to Compuserve after trying AOL out and not liking it at all. When Compuserve closed, I ended up in IRC (Internet Relay Chat) for 5 years and then I just went off on my own way… We had moved to Germany by then and I wanted to get back to sewing, so that’s what I did.

This is a small sampling of the blocks, the reason you see so many log cabins are because my block was the Log Cabin, and I made extras at the time thinking they would help me to create a nice layout for this quilt. Which it worked because I really like the layout created for this quilt.

Each of the blocks are marked with little tabs, with the person who made the block on them. I did this so when I make the label, I can state each person who made the block.

So here is the rest of it..

My Genie Quilt

The basic layout has a medallion type center with a log cabin diamond layout.

It will then have a square row of the sampler blocks around it, followed
by another square set of log cabin blocks, with the dark side going towards the inside.
It will finish with a row of sampler blocks on the top and bottom of the quilt, the log cabins staying on the side.

My Genie QuiltThis is a closeup and I think you can see a better image of the various blocks also.My Genie QuiltThis is the first 4 rows stitched together, as you can see it’s coming nicely into shape.

My Genie QuiltIt will follow with the dark plaid as a thin border around the quilt and then the houses (which is the middle fabric in my log cabin blocks) as the final border.

The dark plaid will also be the backing of this quilt.

One of the hazards of doing quilts like this is that every block is a different size. I can remember being told that our blocks needed to be 12 1/2-inches, but that didn’t happen and I spent a good deal of time getting some of these blocks down to size. Most of the blocks were much larger at 13-inches and some at even 13 1/2-inches. While I am no means a perfectionist when it comes to quilting, I also know you can’t butt a 12 1/2-inch block up next to a 13 1/2-inch block and not have it sew out well, you can stretch only so much to try and make it fit, but the good part about the larger blocks is only one of these had points on the outside of the block, the rest could afford to be cut and not have it affect the design of the block.

I chose not to use a sashing because I wanted my log cabin blocks to stand out, had I used a sashing the design would have been lost in that, and so I let the quilt blocks stand on there own. I truly love this quilt, it has been the one quilt I have wanted to finish for many years. I am hoping now I will get it done. I will be doing quilt as you go on this quilt with the blocks being put together in 4 x 3 rows. I don’t usually do quilt as you go block per block, instead I do it in sections.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the quilt I have had the biggest desire to finish, I do have others and they will get done, I definitely don’t have more than ten UFOs tho as I like to finish my projects, so I don’t have a lot of UFOs.

On a side note, this week you have received a pattern a day from me… the
Easter Choo Choo.

What you may not have realized because I certainly made no mention of it is that this train doesn’t end with just the patterns being given away. I have extended this into a full pattern with railroad ties, a scene, and little extras to really make the train shine.

Easter Full Train sceneThere is also one additional car to the train set (the duck car).

With your comments today, you can enter to win one of these full patterns.
I will give 5 patterns away.

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The full pattern will be released this Friday

The other free pattern today is available on the main daily post
You’ll want to be sure and go grab that pattern.

Be sure to visit the other bloggers today

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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48 Responses to Quilt Qwazy Queens – My Day On The Hop…

  1. Linda Cartwright says:

    I love that train pattern.

  2. lenora says:

    thank for the wonderful t
    easter train I truly in joyed the hop , where is the rest of the pattern I cant fine it ? can some help me pleses

  3. Lorie Bugaiski says:

    Great job on the quilt. Love your blog I have learned a lot from you. Thanks for the free pattern.

  4. Tammy+B says:

    I love your Easter train!

  5. Linda Cartwright says:

    It is never easy being in a block swap, as everyone sews different seam sizes, but you have done a wonderful job@!

  6. What a beautiful job you have done with this very special quilt. I can’t imagine the challenge you had trying to make everyone’s blocks match up. I am so glad you are finally finding the time to finish this quilt. Great job!

  7. Sharon says:

    Thanks for sharing your project! It will be beautiful and warm for snuggling in the winter. And thanks for hosting the hop. It was fun!

  8. Moira says:

    Great work on your quilt! And thanks for the free patterns you’ve been sharing1

  9. April+C+Olive says:

    Thank you for all you do! You do such beautiful work!

  10. Orla says:

    I love your patterns, and appreciate all your hard work – you are so talented! Many thanks!

  11. Jeannette says:

    thank you so much for this fun blog with everyone sharing their UFO’s. I can relate to UFO’s and good intentions. Thank you again!

  12. Pam says:

    I love the blocks. My favorite block has always been the log cabin. I have one I am working on that is plaid strips. And I love that train! Those blocks are adorbs!

  13. lisa says:

    i love this wish i wouldnt have missed the first 2 love it 🙂

  14. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Hi, Your UFO story is so typical of what happens with UFOs; those wonderful projects suffer when problems occur or time is spent doing other things, or when major moves happen. So glad you’ve brought this one out and hoping you’ll get time to finish it up. Thanks for the free pattern. I’m missing two of them as I missed the download time so here’s hoping I win one of those you are giving away. Thanks again for hosting this event. Count me in next year!

  15. Susan+Green says:

    Your patterns are so adorable! Thank you.

  16. Jane says:

    Great hop Mariam, thanks for hosting and cheering this on.

  17. Karen McMahon says:

    Thanks so much for the great blog hop. I really enjoyed seeing all the UFOs. I hope you post yours when it is finished, it’s going to be beautiful!

  18. Maria says:

    Muchas gracias por los Easter Train Car Blocks, son una delicia. Un abrazo

  19. Tami+Von+Zalez says:

    Thank you hosting Marian. I, as usual, had a great time being a participant and visiting all of the others.

  20. Silvana Lanza says:

    Come al solito batti te stessa……meraviglioso quadretto!!!!! Grazie per questi blocchi unici

  21. Laura K. says:

    This hop has me thinking I should finish some of my UFOs. Thank you for the wonderful Easter Train Car Blocks.

  22. Nancy+A says:

    It is too bad that you have lost touch with the women, but hope you are able to finally get the quilt done.

  23. Michele-Marie says:

    What a lovely setting for the Easter Train, Love it 🙂

  24. works4me says:

    Doubled

  25. works4me says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the additional patterns. These have been adorable.

  26. Lori Smanski says:

    this has been another wonderful hope this year. thanks to you for hosting and for all the ladies that made it possible. thank you for the free patterns. I want to learn to machine applique this year and would love to give this a try. Your quilt is going to be wonderful when finished. All that flannel is going to make is so warm.

  27. Linda Schiffer says:

    Hi. 🙂 I was one of those quilters on GEnie, too. 🙂 I don’t remember making blocks for this particular swap but I did contribute heavily to the monthly block drawing.

    🙂 Linda Schiffer

    • Marian says:

      WoW, how cool is that? I use to do some of the monthly swaps also, not all of them, but quite a few. I did love swapping them at the time, and because of the newest rulers and such on the market, I came to realize that there is some cool ways to use those blocks without really having to try and make them work well.

  28. Bonnie says:

    Love the Easter train and started it for my Great Grandsons that are 6, 4, and 4 months and belong to my son, It can go up on their playroom wall. Thank you for all the cute ideas and patterns. I also did the sewing one a couple of years back and still don’t have it hung up on my sewing room for I want it as a border and we have to move a lot of things to be able to hang it. Waiting on visiting grandkids to do the job.

    • Marian says:

      Yea, that was a much bigger project because it had like 20 train cars in that pattern, but its still one of my favorite patterns I’ve created to date. Aren’t grandkids cool like that. In so many ways, I wish I had them myself.

  29. Susan says:

    I really like your quilt. The log cabin blocks are a great setting for it. Did you mean for the one in the upper right to be flipped? It’s beautiful, either way. I’ve only made one completely flannel quilt, a Yellow Brick Road, and I love it, but I learned that flannel stretches – but not an inch per block. =)

    What good memories you have of Genie. I didn’t ever belong to that one. This has been a terrific hop, and winning one of the patterns you’ve designed would be icing on the cake! Thanks for that extra little offering.

    • Marian says:

      Well… yes and no, I was trying to see if I wanted those corners to go on a diagonal, but before I had a chance to fix it, Frank snapped the pictures and thus I didn’t get another one before we picked up the blocks to take upstairs. It certainly helped to have the picture as I could stitch them out using the picture to help me with the layout of the blocks. I did fix it which is shown in the later picture of the stitch outs. That was one of the things I was grateful for when I was stitching it, because a few blocks are smaller, so it helped to have that stretch to get them to fit into the quilt.

      I purposely didn’t announce the full pattern on my other blog post page today because I wanted to keep a surprise for my post, if I’d had it on the other post, there is no need to read my personal post. 🙂

      I am devious like that… did you know that about me? 🙂

  30. Joan says:

    OH the pitfalls of matching 13″ blocks to 12″ ones! Yes, we have all been there a time or two I’m sure! LOL!!! This quilt will have special meaning when it’s done. It was met to be! Thanks so much for the Easter Train. It is just adorable.

  31. I didn’t know about Genie. Interesting Blocks in Flannel. Have fun finishing. I have way more than 10 UFO’s! This was the Perfect Blog Hop for me. Thanks for the Free pattern. Very Cute.

  32. Kathy Luehrs says:

    love this pattern what a cute idea an easter train can’t wait to make it

  33. Sharon+Aurora says:

    I loved reading about your Genie UFO project. I would love to do something like that in the future. It is sure to be a warm quilt when finished, and not just because it is flannel. And I just love love LOVE the Choo Choo pattern!

  34. Shelley says:

    What a great UFO project. I love the variety of patterns and fabrics.

  35. Diane says:

    I tried to download the train engine, but I get a message saying there is a problem with the pattern that cannot be repaired. I always enjoy your designs and love that they are for applique. I always look forward to the next installment.

  36. Lynn D in NC says:

    I love what you are making. I always find group projects to be challenging to put together.

  37. Joyce+Carter says:

    Love your quilt Marian. It will not only be beautiful when finished, but also very warm. I made a baby quilt last year from flannel for a friend and I just loved it. Though about making a bigger one for us.
    Thank you for all you do. I know it is a lot of work, but it was appreciated very much.

  38. Barb says:

    Love all your work, thanks sew much!

  39. Mary Furber says:

    Good luck getting your flannel blocks together. Always size variation with a group. Thanks for organizing this fun hop.

  40. Ronelle Serfontein says:

    What a lovely project you’re working on. Thank you for sharing your progress with us. I really like your plaid backing very much.
    Thank you also for the lovely patterns that you have been sharing with us this week.
    Regards, Ronelle

  41. That’s an impressive project you’ve undertaken! I’m sure it’ll be wonderful when you get it finished. Thanks again for all the hard work you do to bring us these hops!

  42. Faith+Newcomb says:

    Thank you Marian. This was my first Qwazy Queens blog hop. I love the little train patterns. I did have a few problems as I couldn’t post comments on all the sitesas I didn’t have accounts with any of the formats they offer. I only have yahoo email. no tags, blog, or urls etc. But I did have fun looking around and found a few sites I’ll be checking back in on. Now can you relax a little till the next adventure? Stay blessed.

    • Marian says:

      Google seems to be getting more and more strict about comments not coming from someone who doesn’t have a gmail account. It wouldn’t hurt to open a gmail account just for use with comments, you’d never have to really access the email itself, just use it to login so you can comment. My personal account is with yahoo, I’ve had it for years and years and years and really only use it for personal use, but all my other accounts are with gmail because google is everywhere on the web, you almost really need to have a google account to get by with.

  43. Becky says:

    It would be really neat if you found the other quilters on the quilt through your blog!

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