Monday, January 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Man, it's been a busy month already!  But I do have some sewing to share again. First up, the UFO challenge project I selected from my many UFOs to finish for guild.  This started with a monthly challenge of fluorescent color.  The orange is surely bright but not really fluorescent, but I really like the way its turning out. 
 This is Metro Twist, from Sew Kind of Wonderful and the Quick Curve Ruler.

It takes a bit of rewiring your brain every time you play with the ruler, but it isn't hard.  I cut a bunch of parts for the blocks.  I found that I did not have enough of the orange for the pictured quilt, but decided I must have planned to make a wall hanging for just that reason.  Notes, people!  Make notes!

Also for guild, we are making dog and cat beds for a rescue organization.  Good thing most animals are colorblind because these are made of totally random fabrics!  They are about 16x20" finished.  The rescue place was recently flooded out and will be grateful to get these next month.  I'll quilt and bind it this week.  
I've joined the scrap challenge at SoScrappy.  Blue is the January color, which is hardest for me since I use very little blue in my quilts, generally.  I decided to make Churn Dash blocks in two sizes.  This is a 9" block and I'll make 4 1/2" ones too.   I just love Churn Dash!

Finally, I finished a long overdue Christmas gift that needs to get delivered this week.
Simple 6" 9 patches and some setting triangles and sashing.  I again used a holly leaf for the small squares, so easy to do.

There was a lot of burying threads but I felt the simple design needed simple quilting. 

The backing is some leftover from my Christmas Quilt.  I actually hand stitched this binding, which I rarely do these days.  I do enjoy handwork and have plans to pull out the wool applique for another old quilt UFO to work on.  

See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. 


Mary said...

Great start for 2016...very bright and cheery!

Lorraine said...

What a positive start to the if I just spent some time in the sewing room actually sewing rather than just looking at all the "stuff" in there.....sometimes I think I am like Uncle Scrooge who spent a lot of time just playing with all his money! Other things have taken priority of late and then of course there is work.....which of course I need to do to actually be able to afford to live! Hope the rest of the year sees many more finishes for you Annie.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a cool project that metro twist is!
Love that Christmas runner too!

Tanya said...

Ooh, I like your curved ruler and the block it makes! I'm going to a quilt festival and I sure will look out for more tools to make quilting more fun!

Janet O. said...

Nice job with the Quick Curve ruler!
I love churn dash, too. Great fabric.
Cute little Christmas project. I have been wanting to try that holly leaf design on a table topper. You did well!

Kate said...

Metro Twist is going to be a very cool quilt. Love the colors you are working with. You have been busy. The doggie bed has a bit of a modern vibe going on, it looks great. Enjoy your stitching this week.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lovely show and tell, Annie! I agree about the rewiring necessary to successfully use the QCR, as long as my brain doesn't short circuit we're good. Ha!! I love your Metro Twist colors, well done!

Val said...

It all looks too complicated for me lol, but I love the holly leaf quilting, I am filing that away for the future :)