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!


Pre-wash


Post-wash

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.

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Monday Design Wall

I recently decided it was time to lend my skills to making some charity quilts for our guild’s favored organization. We use a local community health building’s conference room to sew, so we make quilts to be handed out to patients on Christmas Day at that location. I had some blocks in my stash from the 1990’s, intended at one time for twin quilts for my daughters. Needless to say, they didn’t happen. So I dug them out, divided them into 2 tops and got them to flimsy stages.


The one on left is for the guild’s charity, the one on right is for H2H

A guild friend recently got a mid-arm so she was gracious to take the larger quilt for practice. I am so thankful, knowing that I probably wouldn’t be very speedy in getting the quilting done myself. I picked it up Friday and got the binding sewn on Sat, with the final tacking taking place on Sunday. As you can see the scrappy binding almost didn’t make it!

And freshly washed and dried!

Nice and crinkly!


A certain some approves!

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Monday Design Wall

My intended OMG for April was Fox and Geese, a project I am making for our bed. This was my vision, before taking the Rediscovering your Stash class with Weeks Ringle.

During her class I asked her opinion about the backing choice, and we used her Perfect Background bundle to determine a dark navy would be perfect and she suggested drop the borders and just use the background to the edge.  So back to EQ to see what it would look like.


LOVE IT!!!

The fabric I ended up with isn’t quite as dark as the mock up, but it’s a lovely navy dot grunge. And then I needed a berry red to make the cornerstones and small HST 4-Patches.  So here is my fabric pull.

All the pieces for the blocks are cut and ready for my 1 at a time construction. What fun it will be!!!! Only thing is, this color scheme doesn’t match my bedroom at all!!! LOL. But how gorgeous will it be?


To be sure the instructions worked I made a mock up
Now, what to make with this?

You would think that making that sample block would help me in my for real block construction. You would be wrong. One of these things is not like the other……

Good thing I started by doing 1 at a time, and of course the middle one was the first one, a big mistake! The others are correct, I do learn from my mistakes.

I wish the computer showed the true colors, the right photo shows the navy grunge a bit better than the left. Oh, and I undercut the navy squares I need for the HSTs, back to the cutting table today! So, what’s on your wall, floor, table?

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