Monday Design Wall

No design on the wall floor because I have a FO!!! I decided to play along with Hands 2 Help this year and make a charity quilt. I had saved some orphan blocks I abandoned in the 1990’s and it was time to put them to good use. I did not want to move them a 3rd time! The block goes by a few names I think, Chick and Hen or Grandmother’s Choice, which is what I call it. I had enough to make two tops by just adding a few more blocks. I made a larger quilt for our local guild charity, here is the post about it. That left the smaller quilt to make. For some reason I thought I made this big enough for Quilty Hugs, but I missed it by 6″!!! Happily it will be perfect for Jack’s Basket.

From a flimsy….

to a blanket of love!



As always, I had no clue how to quilt this. I thought about diagonal lines from the center out in 4 quadrants, however I just started sewing around the block units in the ditch. I ended up outlining all but the corner squares. I just couldn’t figure out a path without a bunch of over stitching. For the border I was thinking about creating a plaid effect, but it wasn’t really necessary since it’s already a PLAID! LOL. I just eyeballed a diamond shape by going point to point on the plaid. Worked fine until the corners, each one has it’s own charm. LOL! But not a diamond in even 1 of them. Oh well, It’s the comfort, not perfection we are going for. To make it durable I machine stitched the binding down. I am not sold on that method, but it’s more secure than hand tacking.  I worked on this all Saturday in between bouts with this visitor!

Not 100% potty trained yet so lots of making sure she wasn’t watering the floors!

And now I am on to other things and new beginnings! But more about that tomorrow.

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

30 thoughts on “Monday Design Wall

  1. Maggie May 20, 2019 / 7:06 am

    It looks great! I’m sure the recipient will find a lot of comfort in it’s beauty and those happy colors.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 8:57 am

      Thank you! Those colors are so cheerful!


    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks! I can take credit for the quilt, but not the Diva!! > >

  2. Denise May 20, 2019 / 9:46 am

    I love that block and your quilt of course. Deciding on quilting is always a struggle for me but you pulled it off. Looks great.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:03 pm

      Thanks! I don’t think you ever struggle on the quilting, your items always look wonderful! > >

      • Denise May 20, 2019 / 4:12 pm

        That’s really kind of you to say but coming up with quilting ideas is my biggest struggle. Recently I’ve come up with a new approach, just do it. Do what comes to mind at the moment, if I have a lightbulb moment while loading it-just do it and the rest will follow. The more time I spend trying to decide what to do the more flustered I get. I have a few designs I’d like to make and enter the quilts in shows but I can’t until my quilting ideas improve. So for now, I’ll just do it.

      • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:51 pm

        Isn’t it funny how we always critic ourselves more than others? And I understand what you mean about the struggle, I also find it comes easier if I just start something, even if I decide later I should have done it differently. Hopefully I sock that idea away for the next time.


  3. Diann Bottrell May 20, 2019 / 9:49 am

    That looks like a great way to use up some orphan blocks! It turned out beautifully! I always have a hard time deciding how to quilt my projects, too – they always end up with whatever is easiest.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks! I try to not just do easy, but the easier it is to follow a path, the more inclined I am to do easy!!! > >

  4. Nann May 20, 2019 / 10:29 am

    Your finish looks fine indeed! And it will be welcomed by H2H.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks! I hope it brings comfort. > >

  5. rl2b2017 May 20, 2019 / 10:35 am

    Hi Chris! It looks like you had a fabulous visitor to keep you company. This quilt is just oozing love – it’s such a nice finish. I adore all the post-wash squishiness. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks! She was a delight, a very vocal husky! I prefer the pre-wash state! LOL So crisp and precise. > >

  6. AJ May 20, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    It’s beautiful!

  7. dezertsuz May 20, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    A great finish to that top I liked. The quilting sounds just right, and the diamonds were a good choice for the borders.

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I knew I didn’t want a lot of quilting, preferring the quilt stay nice and soft. > >

    • chrisknits May 20, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      Thanks! I just love the bright colors. > >

  8. DelightedHands May 20, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    I guess quilting is in the air! I finished a top today, too!
    This is really beautiful-nice job each step of the way and for a great project!

    • chrisknits May 21, 2019 / 7:40 am

      Can’t wait to see your creation! Thanks


  9. Sarah Craig May 21, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    It’s a wonderful quilt, and I thank you for introducing me to a new block! Thanks for being part of H2H this year!

    • chrisknits May 21, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks, and you are welcome! 😁


  10. JanineMarie May 21, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    So sweet! I love how you used the floral sashing and plaid borders. They coordinate delightfully with the blocks.

    • chrisknits May 22, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thank you, That was a match I wasn’t sure would work, but went ahead with it anyway! > >

  11. quiteayarnblog May 22, 2019 / 3:11 am

    Your quilt looks amazing! It is lovely, and what a wonderful cause to donate to 🙂

    • chrisknits May 22, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thanks! I hope it cheers up the recipient and their parents. > >

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