MCM #106 – Labyrinth Quilt and Card Trick Blocks

Welcome to Main Crush Monday! I’m happy you stopped by today.

It’s been a busy week and I was able to make more progress on the card trick blocks for my MIL’s quilt. Here’s what the design wall looks like right now:

Card Trick BlocksOnly 18 more blocks to make and then it will be ready for sashing. Although I kinda like the look of it without the sashing – those negative spaces are begging to be quilted with lots of fun designs!

I’ve been really relaxed while working on this quilt. Usually I have an overwhelming urge to hurry and get the top made so I can get on to the quilting, or to the next project. But with this one, I’m enjoying the process and doing whatever I can when I have a few minutes. It’s a refreshing change for me.

I finished two customer quilts last week and wanted to get outdoor pictures for you. But rain all weekend put a damper on my plans (see what I did there? 🙂 ) so all I have are indoor shots of one of them.

Diane made two quilts using the Labyrinth pattern. I have the first one quilted, and the second one is waiting on the frame for me to start the quilting.

Labyrinth QuiltThe designs I used for this quilt are clamshells, floppy feathers, figure eights, e’s and l’s,  and echoing. It was a lot of fun to stitch and went surprisingly fast. The clamshells are the easiest to see in the quilt – all the other designs are disguised by the dark print fabrics. It doesn’t show up in this picture, but that white is a shimmery, glittery fabric that looks soooo pretty.

Clamshells FMQI stitched in the ditch around the center star, added some feathers on the inside, and then used e’s and l’s around the star. I didn’t measure the size of the star, but I loved being able to quilt the entire center section without having to advance the quilt. Just one of the many reasons I love my Freddy Fusion!

Center Star Labyrinth QuiltI did want to share a tip on how I handled stitching the figure 8’s on fabric where the thread blended really well. On those sections I echoed  a half inch along the top and bottom sides of the piecing. It was difficult to see the echo lines, and I didn’t want to stitch on top of them. So I placed a piece of blue painters tape on both lines. The tape provided a great ‘border’ and I just stitched on the inside. Easy peasy!

The arrow points to the echo line – see how difficult it is to see?

This week will be the last of the Beginning Quilting classes and then I’ll have a small break before the next session begins. I hope to get more personal sewing done, and tackle Diane’s second labyrinth quilt. I can’t decide if I should use the same quilting design or change it up a bit. One of the quilts is for her; the other one she’ll be giving to a friend. What would you do?

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I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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18 Responses to MCM #106 – Labyrinth Quilt and Card Trick Blocks

  1. Painter’s tape! Brilliant! Blending thread is fabulous, but there are times like these, where it can cause headaches, ask me how I know… Love how you quilted Labyrinth. The card trick blocks (one of my favourites) are looking terrific!

  2. Deana says:

    Great idea with the painter’s tape! Your quilting and that quilt are so so so beautiful!

  3. Danice G says:

    Both quilts are beautiful. The Card Trick quilt, my favorite. Those colors are so cool. I might would skip a border as well.

  4. davemelvanolan says:

    The card tricks look nice without the sashing. I like the feathers in the center star. If time is of essence, I would be tempted to do a repeat. Thanks for the link up opportunity. Blessings,

  5. Thanks for the tape tip! I’ve used tape for marking before, but not to mask off an area to NOT quilt there. Smart!

  6. Your quilting always inspires me. So pretty! Love the painters tape trick. Thank you for sharing it!

  7. Susan says:

    Pretty colors, pretty quilts, and pretty quilting today!

  8. Rebecca Grace says:

    I love your little clam shell filler and the painter’s tape is genius! As for your MIL’s quilt, have you considered sashing the blocks with the same ivory background fabric you used in your blocks? That would give you even more negative space for quilting fun without changing the size you planned for the quilt to finish. Just a thought.

  9. Good idea with the tape! I have been nearly cross eyed a few times trying to see where I’ve stitched, and not. Most often, we longarmers are the only ones that see the whoopsies, but we all prefer to not have those if possible. Also, card tricks is not an easy pattern–I know, but you have made it look that way. It’s beautiful, Beth!

  10. That Labyrinth is amazing!! great job!!

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  12. chrisknits says:

    I love the blues in your MIL’s quilt and the customer quilt is GORGEOUS! I think let your creative side be your guide. Do the same or change it up. Have fun with it!

  13. Those card trick blocks are wonderful. I love the blues and am part way through my own snowball block quilt in the same colours.

  14. Vicki in MN says:

    Well darn I had a comment all written and the system went crazy and sent it packing somewhere else, LOL Anyways I love the magic you stitched on Diane’s quilt. Maybe you could just do a different fill in the white where it shows up so well. Maybe McTavishing?

  15. Kate says:

    The card trick blocks are moving right along. Love the color palette you’ve picked for this project. The Labyrinth Star is gorgeous! Hope you get to see the sun some this week. At least all you got was rain, we had freezing drizzle over the weekend.

  16. Tracie says:

    I like the card-trick quilt; I’d be tempted to skip the sashing, too.

  17. Hmmm, depending on how much Diane likes her friend I might do them the same or differently (haha). Seriously, though, it might be sweet for them to be the same, but I know it’s attractive to try something new, too. I’m glad you are enjoying the process of making the Card Trick blocks for your MIL. I hope you have a great week!

  18. Wow, you’ve had quite a bit going on! Why not do the card trick without the sashing? It would be something different and fun. The labyrinth quilt is a beauty! Hey, I sent you an email to make up for all the emails you sent me that I missed because they were in my spam folder (argh).

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