Monday, August 31, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8 - 31 - 2015

ARGH!  Calendar change coming up tomorrow! Oh August where did you go so fast? 

Here's what's on the design wall today. I'm working on 2014 Row by Row.  Rather than have a long skinny quilt I've decided to break up some of the rows and add the blocks to the side of the quilt.  Unfortunately, not all blocks are the right size so I'm adding some blue sashing around the blocks to bring them up to the correct size.  Here is a fish (from a Maryland shop)block and the ice tea block from Quilter's Corner in Richmond. I have some lemon fabric to use to appliqué a lemon slice on the edge of the glass. I should probably do that before I set these together and add to the rest of the quilt. 

I didn't have a leader ender project to work on while I was finishing these blocks so I took out my Easy Street Mystery from several years ago.  Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville Quips and Snips runs a terrific free mystery every year from the Friday after Thanksgiving until about New Years.  The quilts are usually big -- queen size, lots of pieces and she encourages using scraps and fabric on hand.  Sometime in October she will be giving us information about fabric colors and approximate amounts.  You don't have to use scraps or her colors or even make as big a quilt as she does but it is so very much fun to work on it.  

These blocks scream lime to me.  I know they have some black and white prints around them and some grey four patches.  They are a long way from being finished.  I've used up most of my lime green working on this quilt.  I have most of the smaller units done so it is time to build the blocks.  What I hadn't done was cut 169 3-1/2" squares of lime green.  I finished cutting them yesterday.  I plan to take this project on retreat in 31 days. (I'm not anxious or anything!?) I'm trying to decide whether to separate the units needed for the two blocks.  Still haven't decided whether to do that or not.  It might help so I can make sure I have everything I need to sew it together.  I prefer to cut at home and have kits to work on.  Time will tell. I need to decide on what part to do as a leader ender now that these units are to this stage.  Do I start Block A or do I finish Block B? 

Decisions, decisions. But now, on to my goals from last week. Not bad, but I didn't get everything done. Sigh. 
Week of August 24, 2015
Finish piecing 2014 Row by Row √ making progress
Load and quilt donation quilt
Load and quilt Dorothy’s R, W, and Blue quilt Oops!
Mail blocks to Joan/FCQEquilter Blocks done but not in the mail
Make backing for soccer quilt√ and quilted!

And this week's goals:
Week of August 31, 2015
Finish piecing 2014 Row by Row
Load and quilt Dorothy’s R, W, and Blue quilt
Sew Talking Turkey blocks together
Mail blocks to Joan
Bind soccer donation quilt

I'm linking up with Main Crush MondayMonday Makings and Design Wall Monday. (not up yet, I'll come back later and add it.)  Take a look at what others are doing this week. 

Happy Quilting All! 


  1. Love the lime green with the blue. Lime green is something I admire from afar!. I just can't get a handle on it for my own quilts. Thanks for commenting on my post about pattern drafting. I, too, use quad graph paper for drafting. I always found that more accurate than Jinny's folding method, but I still learned so much from her classes and books. Enjoy your week. Sally

  2. I love lime green, but I agree that your units scream it. The gray/white/turquoise/purple (if you are doing the original ES colorway) will calm it down.

  3. The lime blocks are vibrant and FUN.

    I like to sew from kits at retreats, too. It makes for more prep, but things are less hectic at the retreat and the chance for errors is much less.

  4. Your lime green blocks are wonderful!! Can't wait to see them with the other color. I'm going on my FIRST retreat in a little over two weeks and can't decide what to take. It's fun going though the possibilities, though! I'm really excited, too!!

  5. I remember that lemonade glass! I collected rows last year but didn't make any.

    That was a lot of squares to cut. I'm not sure I have any lime green in my stash so I am more than impressed.

    I got home from one retreat on Saturday and leave for another in just over two weeks. So much fun. I love retreats! I need to plan what to take to the next one. I'm not really known for planning ahead!


  6. your row by row blocks are so cute! Have fun sewing!

  7. I love that lime green. I always wish I'd participated in the Easy Street Mystery, I love how tha

  8. My mouse sometimes has a mind of it's own. I was going to say how much I love that Easy Street Pattern. All the color schemes that I've seen work so well in that pattern.


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