Monday, November 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday 11-17-2014

Good Day!  Here in Central Virginia it is a cool, rainy day.  It's perfect for spending the day in the studio.  We're expected to get an inch of rain which is great as we are in a deficit this year.  Not horribly so, but the rain will be a benefit. 

Here's what is on the design wall today. 

This is a charity baby quilt destined for the NICU at St. Francis Hospital.  Here's my question.  Should I just slap a blue print down in the open space and call it good?  Or should I mess around with the design. My problem is I didn't have enough of either fabric to make all of the plain blocks.  The magenta really sticks out on this picture and it probably does in the real quilt too. I probably have enough of each fabric to do a couple of more blocks.  Any suggestions?  How about that blue stripe fabric?  Should it all be going the same direction?  
Here's what the block looks like by itself. I've had this computer fabric for years and I'm happy to be putting it into a quilt. Now to get it done.  And, the harder part, finding a backing for it.  I probably have 5 quilts ready except no backing. Sigh. 

I also made this block for the monthly lotto block at Country Piecemakers. It is called The Kitchen Woodblock.  You can find a 9" version over at Quilter's Cache although the corner is more complicated there. If you aren't familiar with Quilter's Cache go spend some time there.  It has been on the internet for a very long time and it's a great source for blocks.  Some are original designs from Marcia who runs the site.  Others are old favorites. It's well worth spending some time there. 

I was lucky enough to get a lot of items checked off my goals list.  Amazing really as I didn't think I would get to that many.  Hum, maybe that was why I put things on it that I knew I was going to do! 

Week of November 10, 2014
Quilt one charity quilt
Load and begin quilting one of my quilts
Prep quilt kits for Charity Quilts Sew In
Attend Charity Quilts Sew In
Order futon cover for beach house
Hair cut (yippee!)
Work on Easy Street (hope springs eternal)sigh!
Knit on turquoise socks√ heal is turned! Woopee!  
Start counted cross stitch ornaments for the grands

Here's what's on the list for the coming week.  Not much except the quilt I'm working on is time consuming.  FYI - if you computerize your long arm you still spend a lot of time getting the quilting placed.  If you do an edge to edge it can be a bit faster but it isn't if you are placing a lot of different motifs. Or the same motif in several different places.  I'm making progress but I wish I could blink my eyes and it would be done.  I've got a lot more to do behind this one. 

Week of November 17, 2014
Finish quilting my big quilt
Finish charity quilt on design wall
Make some more blocks for FCQEquilters
Mail blocks for FCQEquilters and Quilting Bee groups
Take Raggs in for grooming
Make a jar or two of cookies in a jar

Don't forget to check out Patchwork Time's Design Wall Monday posting.  It will lead you to design walls around the internet. 

Happy Quilting All!  


  1. Leave the magenta blocks in the center row and move the four other ones to the corners.

  2. the lack of fabric is more challenging but I say make 4 or 9 patches mixing the blue and purple for the middle blocks. Hey, we are in the same area! I live in Severna Park, MD not too far from you, and was happily surprised to read your comment on the local shops. It's so much fun to blog and meet people isn't it Bonnie?? LeeAnna from not afraid of color

  3. Nancy's suggestion has some merit or maybe going for a more diagonal layout?

  4. I'm with the 4 corners idea. it's going to be adorable when your done no matter which way you go.


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