Monday, August 1, 2016

Design Wall Monday--Aug 1, 2016

I've been busy in the sewing room lately, but don't have much on the design surface.  Our County Fair entries were due last weekend and I waited until the last minute to try to get a few things entered. First I decided to try to finish a whole baby quilt in a day, starting from a few finished flying geese blocks I had.  Sanity prevailed by Saturday evening though I did get all the individual geese made.  In the end, I  submitted only three quilts. A Halloween wall hanging I wanted to submit is missing and I have no clue what I did with it.  Also not completed in time were two mini quilts:

I started with just the center star I made up a couple of years ago and I wanted to add the triple sashing.  It got as far as being ditch quilted and the binding mostly attached but I just ran out of time!  This mini is about 12" square.

Tiny HSTs compose the center flag (it's about 5x10") and I had fun mixing and matching scraps for the corner squares and borders.  I've stitched in the ditch but it could use more frosting--I'll channel Janet if I get brave.  This obviously also didn't get finished for the Fair.  There's always next year!  I submitted grandson Hunter's black and white baby quilt, a comfort  quilt I made for our neighbor's son who was fighting cancer (and won!), and a Christmas quilt.  My sister entered an art quilt she designed of a penguin diving, and a modern abstract piece in black and white. Not sure what day I'll get to go to the Fair, maybe not until after next weekend.

I'm most pleased about a new longarm service offered at my LQS and yesterday I spent about two hours prepping the back of a UFO that has been waiting for years to be quilted. 

This is my version of a mystery quilt that Judy had in 2010.  I loved how my fabric selections turned out but had a heck of a time with the backing and this poor quilt has remained in the closet for about four years. Today I took it to the LQS and selected Baptist Fan for the quilting.  Looking back on blog posts about this quilt, I may need to made some leaders for the sides, as I noted I barely made the backing wide enough and the longarmer wants 4 inches all around.  But she won't be getting to my quilt for a couple of weeks so I have time. By the time she finishes one quilt for me, I'll have another ready.  Time to get these UFOs out of the closet!

See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Sorry you didn't get all your projects done in time, but at least you've made progress on them even if they didn't get done. I remember that mystery quilt. I didn't make one, but I remember wishing I had when I saw your version.

Quilter Kathy said...

So fun to see your mystery quilt.... love your colours! I did baptist fan quilting on my version too!

Mary said...

I didn't do that Mystery with Judy. I like your colors too. Baptist fans will be great on there. Entering and filling out the forms for my County Fair this week. I have a few weeks before I have to turn them in. Deciding is the hard part. Celebrating 150 Years of Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. The oldest Fair in Washington State, exciting to be a part of the planning and Quilt displays.

Mary said...

You have been busy! I hope you and your sister get ribbons for your efforts.

Sherrill said...

We now have a longarm and sewing machines at our local library that are available to use!! I need to take the class so I could potentially do a couple of donation quilts..but it's so much easier to con a professional longarmer into doing a gratis donation quilt from time to time. We'll see.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful color combinations

Tanya said...

The mystery quilts stars are really beautiful. I think I've worked on quilt for about four years too.