Monday, May 23, 2011

Design Wall Monday 5-23-11

Lots of pictures today:

Here are a couple of blocks that I thought would look great as a 12" block.  They are from the book Rotary Cutting Revolution.  You cut two blocks at a time.  I'm going to make 4 more blocks so I have one dark background block and one light background block.  
I'll be doing the sewing as enders for another project. 

These two blocks came from Bonnie Hunter's scrappy block feature in a recent Quiltmaker's magazine. I resized it to 12" finished.  This too was an easy block to make although a lot more pieces were involved.  I've got blue fabric cut out for another one just need to cut some white squares to go with. 

I'm making these blocks for a challenge posted by Sew Cal Gal.  She has challenged her blog readers to make quilts, tops, or blocks to support Quilts of Valor through Dick and Tink Linhart's chapter.  I like to make blocks and send off to worthy causes.  I get to try new blocks, use a bit of stash and help folks who need a quilt.  And, yet, I don't have to do the whole quilt.  It's a win, win for me and the charity.   

Go to Patchwork Times to see what's on design walls across the internet. 

Next up is a series of pictures of the Easter blocks with different final borders to consider. 

Border 1 -- pink with little bunnies on it. Disadvantage -- that's all the fabric I have -- maybe a quarter yard.  So the side border would have bunnies on their heads or tails, so to speak. 

Border 2:  Lots of this fabric is in the stash.  I've had it for a long time and I do like it -- don't know why I haven't used it yet!  And, even if I use it for the border I'll have plenty left to do something else. 


Border 2: Showing it around the whole quilt. (Sorry for the shadow in the left corner... the room gets a ton of morning sun.  Even with a flash I got my own shadow!)  I'm thinking of using a 2" finished border and I think I would have the stripes go the way it is shown here. 
Border 3:  Another resident of my stash.  If I use this I think I'll use some as the backing also.  I can't remember when I got this although my guess is in the last 3 years or so.  And, probably on sale.  

And here is Border 3 with the whole top on it.  Again, 2" borders is what I am thinking. 

So friends, let's hear what you like the best.  Tell me your choice.  Let me know why you like your choice the best.  

I keep changing my mind!  I think if I had more of the bunny fabric it would be my first choice. Sigh.  Who knows why I don't have more of it! 

Next up is how I did on my weekly goals last week. 

Goals for 5/16/11
Get Ruthie back working. Was able to finish one quilt but not quite back to perfect.
Finish Quilting Jenny’s quilt.
Quilt Happy Quilt. See above
Mail needle case swap.
Put borders on Easter Quilt and get it ready to quilt. One border but still thinking about the next border.
Finish doll quilt and get it ready to quilt. Finished top, half way done with hand quilting. 
Make something for the retreat gift swap. Oops…
Pick another UFO to work on. Decisions, decisions…. except I may wait to pick one as May is almost over and I will be in and out of town during June.  

Goals for week of 5/23/11
Work on Ruthie until she is happy again. 
Quilt Happy Quilt and bind.
Quilt Quilt for Kids Quilt and bind.
Finish handquilting doll swap quilt, bind and mail. (Need address still so I may not get that done!)
Make something for the retreat gift swap.
Finish the Easter block swap top.  (border, quilt and bind.)
Put the other Quilt for Kids kit together.

I think those are more than enough goals for now.  Later this week I'm going strawberry picking. And over the weekend we'll be visiting Aimee and Kevin.  Today, I'm up to coax Ruthie into being a happy long arm again. 

Happy quilting all! 


  1. Borders #3, 2, and 1 in that order. Each gives the quilt a totally different look: bold, soft, and softer.

    I like the idea of making QOV blocks rather than a full quilt top.

  2. You have so many great things going on it is hard to decide which one I like best!

  3. I find border 2 more pleasing to me. I think #3 is a bit strong or overpowering but that is just my perspective. All of your choices would work just fine.

  4. My fav is border 3. The others are nice but #3 rings my chimes.

    Sorry to hear Ruthie is still not up to 100% yet. Keep on tweeking.

    Donna K. from N. TX

  5. #2 is my fave because of the lighter background. Also it is just cute!

    Nice way to participate by just making blocks--I did not know that was an option for donation but is a great idea.

  6. I kind of like the bunnies. :-)


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