Design Wall Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday morning and my design wall looks like this:

Over the weekend I managed to get one table runner done, the pumpkin runner on the right.

Close-ups of the quilting for those that would like to see it.  All but the center maple leaf motif on this was done freehand:

Today I’ll tackle the satin stitching around the squash in the wall hanging on the left.  Hopefully the phone will stay quiet, I’ll stay away from the lure of the internet and FB, and I’ll get it all done!

Then I’ll go back to trying to decide what to do about the borders in the holly wreath/star wall hanging underneath these.

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Design Wall Monday

A while back I thought I was going to be able to participate in “Design Wall Monday” on Judy L’s blog; and then life threw some unexpected curveballs and I didn’t have anything to show on Mondays!

But this week I am back into the swing of things again (hopefully for a long time!) and have WIP to show!

First up is a small wall hanging I’m working on.  This was going to be a piece for a beginning machine applique class, but it turned out to have too many sharp points for that, so instead it will hang in the house for the holidays….someday.

The gold fabric in the bottom corner is a “do I or don’t I?”.  The original intention was to miter the borders as a sample for an upcoming workshop.  But then the day the borders were cut was a day with a lot of distractions and they weren’t cut to miter, but rather to have cornerstones.  The question is, do I add the gold, or recut the borders (I have plenty of fabric) to miter so the entire center just floats on the background?  The binding for this will be the gold…. I think…. maybe……

My other WIP/Design Wall project is a long term hand applique project.  This is the first in a series of 13 blocks that make up the “Halloween Baltimore Album” quilt.

Finished size of this block, after squaring will be 10″.  Some of the tree branches finish to only 1/4″ thick!  If I get one block of this a month done, I’ll be extremely happy!  Hmmmm….. could that be why it’s marketed as a “block of the month”?!

So many aspects

There are so many aspects of art going on in my life right now.  Some are traditional, some not so much; some are in the thought stage and others are actually in process.

First we have PROMISE:

Which eventually becomes FULFILLMENT:

Throw in a little INDEPENDENCE:


And the design wall overflows:

Sounds like the thunderstorms are getting closer, so I think I’ll shut down all the electronics now and take the scissors to that wedding gown!   YES!  I said CUT IT UP!!!!!!   It’s one of my personal favorite projects right now.  No, it’s not mine, it’s for friends who are expecting their first child.  This was the gown she wore when they married, which I, at that time, altered to fit her (and made her bridesmaids gowns as well).  Now I get to cut it totally apart and make a Christening outfit and quilt for their first child!  I watched her husband grow up from a young boy and can’t wait to meet their little one this fall!
What else is on that wall?  A few starts of pieces for my upcoming exhibit in August (details in a separate post that thunder is really loud now), a class sample or two, my own personal quilt, some fabrics I want to work with in the near future……..

Yes, the design wall has many aspects to it this week!

Okay now the thunder is really loud and it’s as dark as a winter evening out there!!!!  BYE!!!!!!