Monday, November 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday

There was very little sewing being done the last little while, so my design surface has been empty.  My sewing room had become completely unworkable with stuff piled everywhere. But having cleared out the whole room for the large crowd we hosted for Thanksgiving dinner, a fresh start was afforded once again!  I spent a lovely couple of hours on my High Cotton quilt (Kim Diehl, Simple Comforts book).  After counting up all the colors already made, I decided to add more green blocks.  No surprise there, as green is my favorite color :)
These Civil War prints were the the last hoarded fat eighths from a set I bought years ago, I think at the International Quilt Festival when it was in Cincinnati.  I now need 13 more pieced blocks to match the 63 the pattern requires.  The quilt dimensions are a little shorter than I like, so I may add another row once I get the top laid out.

Then I worked on a Guild charity quilt.  I picked up the kit with completed top, backing, and batting a couple of months ago.  Last weekend at our Guild Sew-In I started pinning the quilt, only to find the backing was several inches too short, but luckily extra wide. That ended the pinning session until I could cut off the extra width and stitch it onto the bottom.  Yesterday I accomplished that task and began quilting.  A spool of pink Aurifil thread from the thread bin matched perfectly and I used my favorite wiggly line to cross hatch the top. 
 Really cute layer cake quilt pattern, with sewing motifs, text prints, buttons and graphics on the fabrics.  I wish I knew the designer.  Another guild member constructed the top at a previous Sew-In.

I love the ombre striped backing.  I tried to make the crosshatch a little more modern by skipping every other diagonal to make rectangles rather than squares.  Binding and a label will be completed this week.  I've been elected Secretary for next year's Board and look forward to getting more involved.  Surprisingly few people wished to jump in, but we are a new guild still building membership--I've only been a member for a year. Hopefully I'll do a good job!

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Ramona said...

Ahhh... a clean sewing room! It feels great, doesn't it?? Nothing vexes the spirit for me more than chaos. Your green blocks are lovely.

MartiDIY said...

I love cleaning out a room and starting over. But then there's dealing with all that stuff that shouldn't go back in. I hope you didn't have that problem.

Your quilts are great and I love that striped backing also. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished High Cotton too.

Nann said...

Thanks for your service to your guild! I'm partial to green, too.
. . . I read your Thnx post and admire the Franciscan apple pattern. What fun to use a piece that's been in the family. I have a collection of vintage postcards, too, some with messages and some without. (Meanwhile I have my own accumulation of postcards purchased and not-yet-sent.)

Janet O. said...

I love the High Cotton pattern. Think I bought the book on the strength of that pattern alone, and I've never made it. : )
I'm sure you will do a great job for your guild. They are lucky to have you.

Kaja said...

Nothing beats a nice tidy sewing room for creating the space to think! I like your green blocks a lot.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your High Cotton quilt with those Civil War prints is beautiful Good luck with your position on the board

Kate said...

You did get some stitching time in over the weekend. Looking forward to seeing your High Cotton quilt come together.

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

A clean sewing room can be so inspiring and a wonderful opportunity to mess it up again!