Monday, February 1, 2010
Design Wall Monday
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