Sunday, October 3, 2010

Design Wall Monday October 4


It is so much fun having two design walls to play with. Really it is just another excuse for trying to have too many irons in the fire. I'm OK with that though. As soon as I had Tic-Tac-Toe down and sewn I decided to put my Midget Blocks up and see how they looked all together. I am thinking about sashing them with a tilted background like the Elm Creek quilt that I did two years ago. I had the same sizing issues on that quilt when switching back and forth between paper and traditional piecing. It's harder to tell that the sizes are not all identical when the blocks are floating in a little sea of white. I've been saving a 2 inch block of each fabric, so I'd also like to work that into the design somehow.

On the other design wall are the postage stamp blocks that I whipped up last night in order to get the 1.5 inch strip drawer to close. I've still got another batch in the works, but you will all be happy to know that I decreased the volume of strips to the point that I could squish in the basket holding 1.5 inch squares.

Lizzie wanted to help with all the strip piecing and managed to come in and make herself at home right after I accidentally spilled the drawer. Then Sydney came in this evening and helped match up strips by size. She is quite a nice helper to have in the sewing room.
Ryan had a football game this afternoon and Anna had a cookout with her Girl Scout troop. I went out shopping this morning and got exciting things like wooden hangers and a cutting board as well as some border fabric for Starlight. New carpet is coming the day after tomorrow so everything is a bit torn apart right now. Tomorrow night in Academic Team, but maybe I can find some time in the afternoon to finish clearing out the study. I've wanted to keep it functional for as long as possible, but it will probably have to be put away until the weekend comes again.

21 comments:

Chris said...

Both are wonderful. I really love the midget blocks. I always have two quilts going on my design wall at the same time, cave up on excuses years ago, LOL

Lindsay Jean said...

There's so many of them - it feels like you just started these the other day! I like your idea for setting them.

heather said...

The midget blocks look great.

Nina-Marie said...

Wow - both walls are great!! Love the structure of the sampler and love the scrappiness of the other!

Charlene S said...

Why not have 2 design walls? You can then have 2 projects going at the same time with a 3rd in the wings. That way if you get bored sewing one way you can switch. Seems the right way to work to me.

Judy D said...

The midget blocks are fabulous! Really fabulous!!! Love the postage stamp blocks too. And poochie is adorable looking all innocent and cute.
New carpet! WooHoo, lucky you.

Karen S said...

I like both of your quilts, but Lizzie is the cutest.

Tamera said...

Love the postage stamp quilt!

Teaquilts said...

great work on the midget blocks

Vicki said...

Lovely and I am a huge midget block fan. I just learned how to paper piece and I am really hooked!! Little quilt take less fabrics too and then I don't have to have so many scraps hanging out there!!

AnnieO said...

Great progress! I have no design wall up now but definitely could see myself using two as I can't seem to have less than 3 projects going at one time. Hope you find time to sew in your hectic week.

LuAnn said...

Love both quilts. Your midget blocks are great!!! I have always wanted to do a postage stamp, but I really need to finish something first...I think. You do accomplish a lot.

Richelle said...

I really like both of your quilts. Can't wait to see them finished.

Amanda said...

That will be a great setting for your midget blocks, I must remember that idea for when I end up with blocks that aren't quite accurate as to size. I wish I had a design wall, but my sewing room is so small and all the wall space is covered already.

Kate said...

Both quilts are beautiful. Are you strip piecing the postage stamp blocks?

ANudge said...

Both are cool! Looks like a sampler in the making coming up.

Diane said...

love all your projects!

Quilter Kathy said...

Lizzie does not look happy about the scrap situation!
I love both of these projects!

Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

The midget quilt blocks would look great with that tilted background, it looks quite unusual and would resolve an sizing differences nicely.

Barb said...

I love what is on your design wall!!

Candace said...

The midget blocks look even cuter in a group, and your postage stamps are looking really good, too.