Monday, June 27, 2011

Design Wall Monday

On my design surface today are the strip sets for the wedding quilt for DD Elaine and Chris.  I sure like fast methods like this--simple width of fabric strips.  The batik narrow strip makes a nice stable center for these so no problem with curving.


These will be cut into 3.5" sections arranged around large 8.5 squares for the Natural Beauty quilt from Quilts and More Winter 2010 issue.  I am increasing the size of this throw to make a queen sized quilt and have redrawn part of the pattern to eliminate a lot of seams in the white setting squares.  It meant cutting three different sized pieces instead of just 3.5" squares, but everything is cut out and ready to go.  I also decided to only use one fabric for the narrow strips rather than two as the pattern calls for.  Makes for fewer strip sets for me to mix up when rearranging!

Finally, finally, I got a Leader/Ender project started.  I have only been meaning to do this for a year or two, sheesh!

These adorable little rectangles will become the Baby Boxes tablerunner from Heather Mulder Peterson's book, On the Run.   See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times.

15 comments:

marcella said...

The wedding quilt is looking really nice! Why is it that it is so hard to get in the leader/ender habit? I once did it but then I ran out of cut squares to put together and it just stopped. Need to get back to that!

Denise :) said...

I can't wait to see the finished wedding quilt. It's lovely! I've never been able to get into the leader/ender habit myself. *sigh* Oh well! Have a happy Monday! :)

Karen S said...

I really like the batiks you're using. The most valuable thing I learned in the first quilt class I ever took was to use the leader/ender thing!

Mary said...

I can see why you like this design and the fabrics you chose are great. I know Elaine and Chris will be pleased.

Vicki said...

Love them all! I printed the Natural beauty quilt pattern when I first saw it a couple of months ago. I need to get some fabrics for that!!

Quilter Kathy said...

How very exciting to be starting the wedding quilt!

Shay said...

I've never done leader/enders but I think it's something I should give some consideration.It's like two quilts for te effort of one.

I like the wedding quilt. You have such a talent for putting earthy natural colours together and making them look so beautiful.

Miri said...

You sure are busy!

Can't wait to see more of the wedding quilt!

Kate said...

Great colors for the wedding quilt. I don't know the pattern, so I'm looking forward to seeing it come together.

Leaders and enders is such a cool way to finish a quilt. Hope it works well for you.

Cynthia L. said...

You are one busy woman. I love the colors for the wedding quilt. I have always wanted to use batiks. I have some, but have never found the right quilt to use them for!

Cherie in St Louis said...

I so know what you mean about getting a leader/ender project ready! I *hate* missing the opportunity of using leader/enders, lol.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Why sew unless we're working on two projects at a time! Ha!! Your projects are very, very nice! Way to go~

Connie said...

Your wedding quilt will be beautiful, love the colors you have picked. Leaders and enders are fun......plus another quilt gets made fast. Like the pattern you are using, love Heather's patterns. I'm a new follower.

ANudge said...

I too, have a hard time adding those bits at the start and end of my sewing pieces. Just have to work on have to keep at it. I'm doing the ton of triangles I have cut off when making flying geese and the like. Don't know what I'm going to do with them.

Vivian said...

Working with leaders and enders is an acquired habit--not a natural one. But the results will pile up so quickly.
Looking forward to watching your progress on the wedding Q. Lovely colors.