Monday, February 1, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I finished my goal list with the exception of cleaning my studio.  However, I did clean the living room, kitchen and even the bathroom.  I just think "cleaning" and "studio" should not be in the same sentence.

Right after posting last week's Design Wall Monday, I went home and cut the blocks you see from a stripe fabric.  I've been wanting to try this since May of last year.  The fabric had been sitting in a chair since then.  I started off the week ignoring my goals list. I then regrouped and made myself finish the Playing Basketball quilt (see previous posts) before I could sew any blocks.  That done, I pin basted the Love is... quilt and it will get quilted hopefully by the end of the month.

Then I made the 3rd Saturday Sampler block (the last one on the bottom row.)  The shop has an optional setting block but I didn't want that as at least 100 people participate in this BOM.  I didn't want a quilt like everyone else in the group.  So, I pulled out Judy L.'s book, Nine Patch Extravaganza, I purchased last year and used a setting she had for 12" blocks.  I love the secondary design I got quite by accident as I did not plan it in EQ.

After the BOM I went back to the stripe blocks and sewed then into a quilt top.  It now need borders.  The extra blocks will be used on the back or maybe made into a charity quilt.  I have time to decide on that so I'm leaving it alone for now.

When Saturday came, I still needed to determine and piece borders for the Crazy About Hearts and Stars top.  Well, the plan took longer to execute than I thought.  It took all day Saturday and Sunday to get this thing just right (okay I have a few things that should be changed but I'm DONE.)  The quilt is 92x96 so I folded it to get a picture so you have an idea of the 3 borders I added to this quilt.  Hopefully I can use a friends longarm to quilt it as it's way too big for me to accomplish on my DSM.

The 4-patches were something that I chain sewed while working on the other projects.  I'm planning to use that technique where you cut a straight set top in strategic places, turn them and sew them back together.  The resulting top will be on point when done.  This experiment will be for a cousin in the military (hence the colors) who like "plain" quilts without a lot of fuss.

To see what others have on their design walls go here.

Goals for this week:

Not too much this week as I'm going out of town next weekend (not this one) and a retreat the following week-end.  In additon, I have 2 meetings this week so I'll not be at home much.  I will probably get more done, just don't want to put it in writing as then I'll push myself to do more than I want.  I think I want a quiet, relaxing week after piecing the borders on the patriotic quilt this past weekend.

1.  I'm visiting my friends in Atlanta and must make a tote bag for their daughter.
2.  Finish working on 4-patch blocks quilt top.
Tea in MO


  1. Love what you have done with your quilts, they are lively and bright. Good work, well done. You are so right, cleaning and studio should not be in the same sentence, it just doesn't mix well.

    Have a great day.

  2. I'm amazed you accomplished so much and cleaned your house too!

  3. Love the striped fabric blocks...what fun!
    I laughed at your line that cleaning and studio shouldn't be in the same sentence! LOL

  4. Tea, I absolutely love the setting you selected for your Quilted Fox Third Sat blocks.

  5. You are crazy busy, and have really ambitious goals. If only I could get so much done!

  6. One of my favorite things about Mondays is looking at your design wall. There are always lively and colorful things to inspire me.
    I love the secondary pattern that formed in your BOM quilt.

  7. I cleaned out my studio over the last two weeks and I am just thrilled to go in there and do stuff -- it's very freeing creatively.

    I love that striped quilt.

  8. Perfect setting for your sampler blocks. I just might have to add that book to my wish list.

  9. You have such a nice eclectic mix of projects going on. I really like top right aqua one! Are you saying that cleaning the sewing room ever gets done? LOL I have good intentions but that never seems to get finished...


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