Monday, July 4, 2011

Design Wall Monday--Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to all Americans, everywhere.  Our family will gather at our parents' house and there will be lots of food, fun, and fireworks to watch. 

On my design surface today are two projects.  First, the wedding quilt for DD Elaine and Chris:
Almost three rows laid out before I ran out of pieces and had to cut more. 

Since there were so many pieces in each row as I stacked them, bag clips bought on the cheap came in handy to keep them all together. 

My worries over MATH were allayed when I stitched together the row I was the most concerned about.  The pattern called for four 3.5" white squares and I eliminated those in my re-drawing, which changed the way the rows were assembled.  Fortunately my numbers were true and the segments all matched up.  Whew!  Lots more sewing will be necessary to get all the pieces laid out and the rows sewn.

Next is the quilt on my list for the UFO Challenge this month, the Mystery Quilt from Judy's Patchwork Times last June.  I did a bit more switcheroo after this layout.  If you'll notice, there are too many darks at the top and all the lightest blocks are in a diagonal row.  I have backing bought, fabric for borders but decisions to make on that, and of course quilting and binding to do before I call this a finish.  See more design walls on Patchwork Times

10 comments:

Quilter Kathy said...

I have this mystery on my UFO list too, but it's number hasn't been pulled yet. I'll be watching you for inspiration!

Shay said...

Cute clips! And functional too...

I must say since I hardly ever work from a pattern I often have those anxious maths moments! Yay for you that your maths was true!

Your second project looks fabulous.Seriously fabulous!

Hope you enjoyed your July 4th Family -fest!

Barb in Mi said...

Beautiful mystery quilt - and glad your math worked for the wedding quilt!

Nina-Marie said...

ohhh I like the idea of the clips - I'll have to remember that - using little stickers and the clips - the blocks will always be in order!

Vivian said...

The wedding quilt is looking good, and your pretty mystery quilt is moving closer to a finish.
Great idea with the gentle clips and the word "cheap" especially appeals to me. I'll be on the lookout for those.
Enjoy the food and fellowship with family, and I hope you have reason to say lots of "oohs" and "aahs" tonight.

Denise :) said...

Both quilts are looking great! I'm really impressed with your Mystery Quilt. The framing effect around the pinwheels is awesome! Happy 4th! :)

loulee said...

Looking good. Isn't it great when your plans all work out?

NEEDLE BENDER said...

The clips are a great idea for rows - and the labels - so necessary. It's going to look great.

Miri said...

Two great looking projects!

Belinda said...

Oh...Oh....I LOVE this mystery quilt.....oh yee-ow!!