Monday, March 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I've missed several weeks of Design Wall posts. For most of that time, there's been nothing on my Design Wall, and no sewing of note going on, either. Today I have something on my design wall, because I'm getting ready to spray-baste it together for quilting. This is a top (you can see the backing wrong-side-up behind it) I made for Quilts for Kids.

I really need to get this finished up and returned to them. I've had it WAY too long -- I think since last May or June! I got bogged down and didn't finish it right away, and then there were some big life changes including DH changing jobs, and then it just got buried and forgotten. I'm going to just quilt this on my DSM, because there's something on my HQ16 at the moment, too.

This is a top I made back in about 1995 or maybe 1996 at the latest. You can really only see one corner of it here -- there are six of those large blocks:

At some point, probably ten or more years ago, I started quilting it on my DSM, got all the sashings and the inner border done, and in one block I'd outlined the applique shapes and completely microstippled the background. Then I decided I didn't really like it, and had to frog all that quilting -- and my stitch length was pretty inconsistent, but there were a lot of really SMALL stitches in there. It got folded up and set aside for quite a while, before I decided to tackle all that unquilting. I finally finished the frogging a while back, and got it loaded up on the HQ16. And there it sits. I really hope to finish it this week. I love this quilt, and would really like to have it done.

Other than a little bit of sorting, I haven't done a thing with all those wonderful decorator fabric samples I got a few weeks ago. I want to make some sock bags -- small bags to carry a sock knitting project around in. I have some pieces paired up to use for that purpose, I just haven't had any time to do any sewing at all. I hope to change that this week, and get a lot of things done.

That's all from me for now. Thanks for coming by to play. Come back again any time.


  1. I love your autumn quilt too. It is gorgeous.

  2. That quilt on the HQ is gorgeous. I find it so hard to decide on quilting designs. some times it is just easier to do a pantograph. Maybe you should force yourself to finish the quilt on the HQ so you can quilt the Quilts for Kids quilt... just a motivational thought.

  3. Both are so pretty. I can't wait to see how you quilt it.

    I will admit, I would never rip out that much quilting. I have a quilt that the whole outer border has bad tension on the DSM but I quilted it when I was ill and it keeps me smiling ( and humble) at my ridiculousness. No one else notices the problem.

  4. It's easy to put things away and forget about them! Hope you get the applique quilt finished, it has just beautiful colors.

  5. I really like the quilt on the frame. My kind of colors.

  6. Thanks for the nice comments!

    @Bonnie, even if there wasn't anything on the HQ, I think I'd quilt the kids quilt on my DSM. Sometimes I just like to sit and quilt on my regular machine. As for the Oak Leaves & Reel, I know how I'm going to quilt it, it's just a matter of having the time. Life gets in the way sometimes ;-(

    @Vicki, it wasn't fun ripping out all that quilting -- black thread mostly on black fabric, too. But I was REALLY not going to be happy with it, and I love the top, so I did it.