Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday 04/27/15

I have a couple of new things on my Design Wall today.  Above I have my latest obsession, which is this flower block.  It is so easy to make and is great for using up scraps.  It can easily be made in multiple sizes because it goes together like a four-patch block.  I'm using it for the Block Lottery pattern for my quilt class, but I think I may go beyond that and make an entire quilt for a future class project.  We'll see.  I might have a new obsession next week and this one will never get made!

I also have some stash to report.  I needed to get a backing and batting for the quilt below, and decided to go over to Hancock Fabrics.  I haven't been there before - we moved here a year ago and I haven't really been buying much fabric, so I thought I'd check it out.  I walked in and thought I was going to faint!  There was so much quilting fabric there and almost all of it was on sale.  I exercised a LOT of restraint, but I did end up buying for multiple projects.  The large white piece above will be the background for the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. It is white on off-white print.  I've been using a lot of pure white fabric lately and decided an off-white would be a nice change.  I also got a beautiful gold print and the orange print above.  Not shown is the batting and backing, and a few smaller pieces that are going to be given away.

Lastly I wanted to show another quilt that I have been working on.  This was to be for my husband's grandmother, who was in a care facility.  It was a perfect size for her wheelchair, and a little bit of comfort, as she used to be a quilter.  Unfortunately, she passed away before I could finish the quilt.  I stopped working on it for a while, but then decided that I would go ahead and finish it, and donate it to the facility that took such good care of her.  They can give it to someone in her memory, and so it can still give comfort to someone who needs it.  It is the same pattern that I made recently in patriotic colors.  I bought a nice cozy pink flannel for the back.  I will layer it and do some utility quilting in the ditch on my home machine.  Hopefully I can get this finished up soon.  It really is the proper shape in person - this picture was taken on my design wall which folds up accordion-style.  It the wall is not fully flattened out here, so the quilt is a little distorted in the picture.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday 04/13/15

I did some power sewing this weekend!  The blocks on the design wall above are all separate in the picture, but are one complete quilt top right now.  I moved around a couple of blocks after the picture was taken.  I did manage to turn one block in the bottom row on Saturday night, which got sewn into the quilt top.  I had to un-sew three sides to get it turned the right way again.  Urgh!  This quilt it a departure for me.  I usually work on a much smaller scale and prefer to work on smaller pieces.  The colors are not my norm either.  I thought I'd try something new and not be so predictable.  I will be teaching this one in my quilting class that starts tonight!

Above is what I had to pull off my design wall in order to work on the quilt at the top of the blog.  I got the last of the blocks of the runner sewn together and the border sewn on.  Eventually there will be brown binding on the runner to frame it.  I may also trim down the border a little bit before I bind it.  I'll see how it looks on the table after quilting and make my decision then.  I will also be teaching this project in tonight's class.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!  I'm off for Easter dinner with family.  I'll try to get something up on my Design Wall tomorrow.  Still scrambling to get my March block finished for Pat Sloan's mystery block of the month.  We'll see tomorrow how I did!