Monday, May 30, 2016

Design Wall Monday--May 30, 2016

On this Memorial Day Monday, my design floor holds a quilt for ME.  High Cotton is a Kim Diehl pattern in her Simple Comforts book series, and I started making the blocks over two years ago.  These project boxes have to be emptied sometime...

Many of these prints are from a fat quarter tower of Bonnie Blue Basics I bought years ago at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. I sure miss that show and hope it returns to SoCal again someday. 

First run layout.  I didn't like the light block in the lower right.  I had extras for just this happenstance.  Can you spot the "Oops" block?


Amazing that I pieced and ironed this block without noticing the chain break!

Final layout (uh-oh--I see another oops block--lower right navy block is turned wrong! Must remember that).  I pieced several rows and then dug into the KonMari tidying of the sewing/quilting category, starting WITH the project boxes in my Hoosier cabinet.  I certainly feel the constant weight of unfinished projects and unused fabric and excess stuff has been stifling my desire to get in here and sew! Lately I finished three quilts and that has helped ease the block.  I bought the second KonMari method book (Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo) and it has a lot more detail plus illustrations about the category sorting method and choosing what you love.  I happen to enjoy anecdotal stories too so her writing style is pleasing to me.  Sorting by category works!

See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. 

9 comments:

Barb in Mi said...

I love the saturated colors & pattern - oops in lay-out and all! Isn't that the truth: too much stuff is truly dragging me down, too. Have to check into the Kondo book...

Ramona said...

Kim Diehl designs are beautiful... as is yours! It feels so good to get the UFO's out of the boxes and finished, doesn't it? This is going to be a wonderful finish.

carol fun said...

Looks great! And it is a great feeling to finish off an UFO...good luck with the decluttering... it takes a lot of time but in the end it is worth it.

Joyful Quilter said...

Great quilt - I've always liked that pattern and I love your fabrics.

I have to get over using up all my scraps - NOW - I can save them for later and I can start something fresh and new (I've been saying that to myself all weekend - so far not working very well).

Janet O. said...

Wonderful!! I bought that book specifically for that pattern, but have yet to even start it.
Your version is great. It is crazy how we don't noticed those twists and turns in our blocks until we get a ways down the road with the project. : )

Kate said...

I remember this project. It's going to be a beautiful finish. I think most quilters feel they have too many unfinished projects. I'm trying to put a dent in that this year by working on the ones that are the closest to being finished. I'm looking forward to hearing how you handle the reorganization of your sewing room.

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

Annie, I've had my eue on that pattern for ever and it makes me super happy to see it made up.Glad you're doing this one.

MARCIE said...

Your colorful chain blocks are beautiful! Nice job!

Tanya said...

That's a gorgeous quilt. The deep colors bring out the white so nicely!