Monday, July 2, 2012

Design Wall Monday...I made it although it's late...

I've had another busy couple of weeks.  I spent last Monday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters guild.  I had a wonderful time teaching the exploding star class and presenting my scrap quilts and sampler quilts lectures.  It was a long but very fulfilling day and I enjoyed everyone I met in Cedar Rapids.  I did visit two quilt shops in the Marion area before I jumped on the highway back home.  I also stopped in Hannibal, Missouri for a little quilt shopping during my break as well.

Teaching got me motivated to work on some projects as I really, really missed "hands-on sewing" these past few months.  First up is I have 99 blocks pieced for my Rouge River log cabin quilt top.  Here I have cut pieces for the last 45 blocks that I plan to make.  The original pattern calls for 192 blocks but I'm making 144.
 I posted a scrappy panel last time.  Here is the tote I told you it would turn into.  It has a side pocket for my smart phone, inside multi-pocket panel and inside zippered pocket.  The handle is cording and I really like the way it stays on my shoulder.  Had fun making this challenge tote that had to be made with scraps.
 Picture of the other side; no picture of inside as I have all my junk goodies in there.
 While in Cedar Rapids, saw this quilt pattern by Maple Island and had to come home and make a few blocks.
 While cleaning up some of my sewing supplies, I came across some strips I'd been saving for rope bowls.  I decided to start a rope tote this time.  Today I ran out of the purple fabrics so I need to search for more.  I don't have a plan so stay tuned to see how it turns out.
 My major accomplishment this week is I got back to work on my line dance t-shirt quilt.  I have the center and right panels completed.  Now I know why I procrastinated, finding other thing to do instead.  Because I didn't cut all my shirts to the same size (trying to get in as many as I could), I have a gigantic puzzle to piece.  Now, if you know me, you know it will not be boring as there was no way I could just add plan strips to get the sections to fit.  I'm having fun but it's taking a little longer than expected.  I've also misplaced some pieces that will be inserted between the rows..."where are you...."

That's it for me.  To see more design walls, visit


  1. What did you think of Iowa? If you traveled I-80 from CR to Des Moines, you were about 40 miles south of my hometown. Still hoping to move back to that area. Have so much family in CR. Love the purse !

  2. I love your bag -- the piecing is wonderful!

  3. Your blog is a fascinating place of ample information! Do you mind if I reblog some of your blog articles on my own domain?

  4. No, you may link but not use my actual blog posts. You commented as no reply so I'm commenting here instead.


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