Monday, October 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 10-13-2014

Not much going on except cutting scraps and cleaning off the cutting table this past week.  You can read about it here

I did get started on a couple of string blocks for a swap I'm in.  I have decided I won't sign up again next year as I have a horrible time keeping up with this group for some reason.  And, on the other hand I haven't gotten all the blocks due to me yet.  And, really, this is the main reason, I won't get around to making the quilt for months years. I enjoy my FCQ EQuilters so I will stay with them.  
Hum, the color is off.  These are MUCH brighter than this picture. I like the look of the block but every edge is on the bias once you cut them and sew the pieces back together.  I have a bit more to do on these and then they go in the mail to Christy. 

I started loading this quilt on Ruthie before retreat.  I would love to custom quilt this one as I really like it.  But the truth is, I haven't a clue how to custom quilt it with the new computerization.  So, I will be doing an edge to edge panto once I figure out what type of panto would look good. Any suggestions?  I'm probably going to buy a new one for it because I just don't have all that many of them. 

I didn't do very well on my goals last week.  But getting the cutting table cleaned off was well worth all the work with the added benefit of getting a bunch of scraps cut.

Week of October 6, 2014
Unpack projects and machine from retreat
Stitch the second Grim Ripper√ buttonhole stitched but not quilted or bound.
Quilt something, anything, on Ruthie
Make a block for Christmas Favorites
Prepare for and attend Country Piecemaker’s meeting
Clear off the cutting table and put away the scraps√√
Clean the studio 

Not as much is going to happen this week as I'm heading to Aimee and Kevin's house to help with Ellie while Aimee heads to South Korea.  Yep, I typed South  Korea.  She was invited to make a presentation at a conference there. I'll be getting Ellie to and from day care.  I'll bring a couple of UFOs to work on.  Plus I hope to go to a few fabric shops in the area. 

Week of October 13, 2014
Quilt sailboat quilt
Work on Easy Street
Put the last border on Carolina Christmas
Hang out with Kevin and Ellie while Aimee is traveling
Finish Grim Ripper
Bind the sailboat quilt

That's it for me.  Stop by Patchwork Times to find links to lots of different different Design Wall Monday posts. 

Happy Quilting All!  


  1. I've never joined a swap just for that very reason, I've a hard enough time keeping up with me let alone adding in someone else! Love the Boat quilt, an anchor panto would be cute, or something that looks like waves.

  2. I haven't had good luck with swaps, so I try to avoid them.

    As mentioned in the first comment, anchors and waves would be great for the sailboats, but swirling winds would work, too.

  3. What I am reluctant to join are quilt-alongs. I see references to them in blog posts and on blog sidebars, and I'm tempted -- but somehow I perceive them to impose deadlines and pressure that I just don't need. I think that swaps are more appealing because I can make all of the required blocks in a session or two. Quilt-alongs are more start/stop/start/stop.

  4. I like the quilting suggestions from above, anchors, waves or swirling winds would all work.

    I did one swap a few years ago, it was fun, but I was left with two blocks that were so poorly sewn they had to be reconstructed, one that was a full two inches too small and there were two blocks I never received. After that I decided I'd rather make my own blocks.


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