Posts Tagged ‘design wall’

I’ve been sorting through my fat quarter collection today, looking for those odd, lonely ones that don’t really match anything and never get chosen for a quilt top.

My cutting table is actually clear today, so I thought I’d take advantage of that happy occasion to do all my cutting at one time.  😉

I’ve paired the FQs with some plain fabrics that are a close-enough match, and I’m cutting them into 5-inch squares and 2.5-inch strips for some easy two-colour blocks and 9-patches for donation quilts.  They are starting to look very bright and cheerful!  Maybe they have finally found their perfect home.

If you go to Judy’s blog, you can see what other quilters have on their design walls today, too.

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When I was searching my stash for novelty fabrics last month to make grocery bags and pillowcases, I came across this happy little Heart print.  I’ve had this a while…take a peek at the date on the selvedge edge!  😉

Fabric companies don’t put dates on selvedges anymore, do they?

Anyway…I almost cut this fabric, but something made me put the rotary cutter down and set this print aside.  Perhaps it was a subconscious nudge, the faint and flickering memory of these little Heart blocks, which were packed away in a plastic storage box under the bed.  There are 128 of them, sewn into 32 four-patch blocks.

Sweet Nigel dog is helping me again.   🙂

For some reason, I have never thought about pairing these blocks with this fabric.   Probably because they were stored in separate boxes in different rooms.  If there is anything I really need to do in 2010, it’s to get my fabric stash in a centralised location so I can see everything at once!

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog.

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These blocks are still on my design wall this week.

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I feel like I’m on UFO Overload — just flitting from one project to another, not making any significant progress, and wasting my precious sewing time, which is never as much as I’d like, anyway!   😦

I’m going to put everything away except this one project and just work on it for a while.  (seems like I’ve said that before…..)

I can’t decide if this quilt should have sashings.   My husband likes it the way it is, but I’m thinking about using white sashings with purple cornerstones.   It could make a nice secondary design.  Or, it could look like the blocks are floating in space with no anchors.  Hmmm…


I’ve added a new page to my blog called My Sewing Machines, if anyone wants to look at pictures and compare notes.  I love to talk about sewing machines almost better than anything!  🙂

Please take a look at Judy’s blog to see what other quilters have on their design walls today.

Happy Sewing!

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I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

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This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

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I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

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I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

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I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

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Here’s a larger group:

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The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

2Quilt for Nigel

for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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In the Spring, I started a little Ice Cream wall hanging as part of a design challenge on someone’s blog.  I have lost the original instructions, but I think we were limited to two colours and a background with some embellishment.  I made a little drawing on my computer of what I thought the tiny quilt would look like:

ice cream socialI got six blocks made, and then one thing or another came up, and I didn’t finish the project in time for the deadline.  Today I’ve been looking at those blocks and wondering what I could do with them now.

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Aha!  I could set the Ice Cream Cones like Crossed Canoes!  And I could use some other ice cream colours to make enough blocks for a lap-sized quilt…

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and add some embroidery and maybe some little buttons to look like sprinkles.

What fun!  The planning is almost the best part of quilting!  🙂

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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Still working on Judy’s “Freeze Frame” Quilt for an Hour project, trying to finish up before the next project starts next week!

These are the blocks for the borders.  One border stitched on, three more to go!  The colours look a bit Christmas-y in the photo, but they are actually forest green and rust.

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This is actually a vinyl tablecloth with fleecy backing, turned wrong side out and stuck to the wall with drawing pins.  But it works!  And it’s much better than setting things out on the floor.

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These little blocks are my newest scrap project that I work on in-between other projects.   Some are from the mixed lot of Fat Eighths I bought recently, and the rest are scraps from my other recent projects.  This is my favourite block in the world to make!

To make this block, cut 1 – 3.5 inch square for the centre.  Cut 2 – 1.5 x 3.5 strips and 2 – 1.5 x 5.5 strips.  Then assemble, first sewing the short strips on opposite sides, then the long strips on the remaining sides.  They should finish at 5.5 inches unfinished, and 5 inches finished.

These are going to be charity quilts for older pre-teen children.  I’m going to set them 9 blocks x 10 blocks (45 x 50 inches) with a plain 2-inch border all around, for a finished size of 49 x 54 inches — I think.  That’s the plan on my drawing, but I’ll have to confirm that when I actually have one put together.  They might need a wider border, or maybe one very narrow border and then one wider.  This is so much fun!  I am giddy with anticipation just thinking about it!  🙂

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This morning I finished Hours 2 and 3 of Judy Laquidara’s new Quilt for an Hour project.   This is very relaxed sewing, no stress at all.


I usually have a “design floor” rather than a design wall, but today I used some masking tape to stick these components on the wall.  It’s nice to look at them from a new perspective.   Someday I will make a proper design wall, but I’d rather spend my time on making this quilt first!

Hours 2 and 3

The instructions for this quilt can be found on Judy’s blog.   Hour 4 has been posted, and I will start work on that step after dinner tonight.

Happy Sewing!

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