Monday Design Wall

Today I am sewing at our community charity sewing event. I have been trying to get to it, but something always gets in the way. This time I am refusing all other things! I am taking my top, batting, and backing to pass to a friend for practice on her new long arm. I figure she would love to have more things to work on that are not a “make it perfect” project. OK, some could say I am taking advantage of her, maybe I can come up with a thank you for her kindness. Something hand knit?

Pieced backing didn’t work out quite like I envisioned, but it’s done.

Berry Cherry is a wallhanging for my Sewing Challenge in April. The pattern is Raspberry Swirl from “Jo’s Little Favorites 2”. I collected some reds-pinks from my stash and auditioned this Fat Quarter pint for the border. Not quite as clean as the EQ mockup, but you get the idea. The problem I had was in choosing a background. I am so glad I didn’t do anything until after I took the Weeks Ringle workshop. I showed her the fabrics and asked Weeks’ opinion.

EQ Mock Up, fabrics are more red than purple

I had just picked up her best background bundle so I had those with me. She affirmed my thoughts that the light gold was the perfect choice. I am trying to keep away from just choosing cream or white for backgrounds. Other hues can be used to great effect.

So what do you think? The first two blocks are an absolutely YES! I can’t wait to get the others done and try out the sashing and border fabrics. The border is the bud print and the sashing will use the lower left fabric. It has a slight graphic line design.

So, what’s on your wall, floor, table?

Linking with:
Design Wall
Moving it Forward
Monday Making
Modern Patch Monday

22 thoughts on “Monday Design Wall

  1. Texas Quilter April 15, 2019 / 8:35 am

    Like the charity quilt and the new blocks – great colors!

    • Diann Bottrell April 15, 2019 / 10:57 am

      I would love to have a long-arming friend who needed to practice on my quilts! I bet she would really appreciate a hand knit something. That’s going to be a pretty wall-hanging – I like the gold background, too!

      • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:21 pm

        I guess I could sneakily ask her for a favorite color, or just let her read the blog!! LOL > >

  2. Ramona April 15, 2019 / 9:05 am

    Your charity quilt is so pretty. I do not enjoy piecing backings, but love seeing others. Your new blocks do look like berries! Love the colors.

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:24 pm

      I hate piecing them, but sometimes you just want to use up the remaining fabric! Keeping them square is my main concern. > >

  3. nothingbutknit2 April 15, 2019 / 10:43 am

    I think a shawl in your friend’s favorite color would be a fabulous thank you:)

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      I will have to query which is preferred cowl or shawl, since some of us don’t wear the lovely shawls we make! Or are you finally wearing them more? > >

      • nothingbutknit2 April 15, 2019 / 7:22 pm

        I wear the cowls more than the shawls:)

  4. rl2b2017 April 15, 2019 / 11:17 am

    Hi Chris! Love that new low volume background choice. It looks great with your fabrics. I have been wanting to to branch out using other background colors like gray and navy for a while . . . but we never seem to actually do it. Love this! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks. I am vowing to use navy and gray in projects coming up, but also consider putty in place of white when possible. One of her background bundles names is Dirt, I want to use Dirt!! > >

  5. Frédérique April 15, 2019 / 11:32 am

    Lovely charity quilt, love the delicate patterns. Cute tiny blocks too!

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks! I can’t wait to finish the tiny blocks and get the top together. > >

  6. wanderingcatyarns April 15, 2019 / 1:12 pm

    Ha! I used the “it doesn’t have to be perfect! You can use it for practice” on Mom when she first got the longarm. It worked for a few but then she decided I needed to learn to do it myself.

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      LOL! I wouldn’t mind at all if my friend say, no you do it! But I would be nervous using her machine. > >

  7. DelightedHands April 15, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    Nice job on the fabric choices and the piecing! What is the size of these blocks-it’s hard to tell in the photo!

    • chrisknits April 15, 2019 / 4:18 pm

      The Grandmother’s Choice in the large piece has 10.5” blocks. The red and gold blocks are 5.5”. So some very small pieces in those blocks! > >

  8. Sue H April 16, 2019 / 7:06 am

    I think the gold is PERFECT too! The blocks are beautiful!

    • chrisknits April 16, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      Thanks! I plan to get to more sewing tomorrow, maybe even have the piecing done! > >

  9. quiteayarnblog April 16, 2019 / 10:54 am

    That gold looks beautiful for the background of your Berry Cherry! And love the charity quilt, too – so bright and cheerful 🙂

    • chrisknits April 16, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks, I hope it cheers up whoever receives it this Christmas, when they pass them out at a local hospital. > >

      • quiteayarnblog April 17, 2019 / 2:46 am

        It will – how could it not? Lovely work as always 🙂

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