Monday, December 29, 2014

Design Wall Monday 12-30-2014

Since Christmas is now over I can share pictures of a big quilt I did for Jenny.  The blocks in this quilt were made by the members of our Queen Bee group.  When it was Jenny's turn we chose our blocks and she sent out fabrics.  I made a couple but can't remember which ones.  She put it together and asked me to quilt it for her.  It is a big quilt and we decided it would look best with custom quilting. (Am I crazy?)  I had it for quite a while waiting for Ruthie to be computerized.  Then I felt I had to have some experience under my belt.  With plenty of time, or so I thought, I loaded it on Ruthie.  I had to buy a few things, like a sashing pattern and a couple of individual block patterns just for variety.  I used what I had for the most part.  What I decided after I was totally done was I should have bought some additional patterns for specific blocks.  Over all, I was pleased as was Jenny.  It went to her mother-in-law for Christmas, hence the secrecy!

I never got a full view picture of the quilt.  It was bright and cheerful.  Most of the quilting was amazing.  I had some issues at the end trying to keep the sashing pattern actually on the sashing.  Could have been me or the piecing, I just don't know enough about this quilting with computerized system to say.  Here are some of the photos I did take.

Ruthie is a petite girl at just 18" so I had to turn the quilt to do the last row and the bottom sashing and borders.  I guess I need to really think about what size quilts I put on her.  Luckily it is very fast to load a quilt using the red snappers. I'm hoping that Jenny got a picture of the whole quilt when she gave it to Tonya. 

And, now, a cute snowman we saw driving up the rural way to Kevin's house on Christmas day. These are bales of hay that have been wrapped in white plastic.  This farmer often has bales decorated so passer bys can enjoy them.  

Here are my goals from last week.  I'm surprised I got as many of them done as I did. I seem to be way behind this year. Ellie got her ornament but I've got Sophie's a third of the way done and Natalie's isn't even started. Note to self: start 2015 ornaments much earlier.

Week of December 22, 2014
Wrap presents√
Hair cut√
Finish Ornament for one and continue on the others√
Embroider other stuff (hum, I wonder what I was thinking on this one…??)
Slap a quilt on Ruthie and let her do her thing√
Finish snowball blocks for FCQEquilter
Make aprons for the grands (so didn’t happen…)
Make 2 different types of cookies (2 batches of one style got done…) √

I'm not posting goals this week.  I am going to re-evaluate how I do goals for 2015.  I may continue as is but I'm thinking of making them more long term and only posting once a month.  Any ideas on that?  

Have a safe New Years.  I'll be back probably on New Year's day to post my stash busting statistics.  I'm not terribly excited about actually having busted more fabric than acquired.  I'll admit all on my next post. 

As always I'm connecting with Patchwork Times
Happy Quilting All! 


  1. Gorgeous quilt and quilting. Love the snowman!
    I like reading your weekly goals. But you have to figure out what works best for you. Me--I tried the weekly blog list and did good when I remembered to post my list. Most of the time it's a hand written list for the day.
    Christmas projects list has already been started. I don't know why we find all the best things after there is no time to start them. :)

  2. Beautiful quilt! The quilting looks gorgeous.

    Weekly goals work for me if I have a lot on my plate and I have to prioritize. Otherwise, I stick with annual goals for all my quilting activities. But it has to be what works for you and what you hope to get out of the process. Good luck.

  3. What a great post - beautiful quilt and a whimsical snowman!

  4. What a gorgeous quilt! And I love the quilting, too. Good luck figuring out how to work your goals. I'm looking for a new system, too.

  5. LOVE the quilting in the sashing! That looks like a really big quilt. Did you do different patterns in each block? Beautiful, and the Snow bales are super cute!

  6. I can see why Jenny was pleased. You did a lovely job.


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