Design Wall full, design table full, design floor.......full!
Yesterday I spent the whole day
playing working in my quilt studio, I decided to spend the day with no specific commitment. I ended up working on a multitude of quilt projects. My neighbor had come over the day before so I could show her my En Provence blocks before I took the off of my design wall.
En Provence quilt blocks
What I wanted to show her was how I had goofed on my purple 4 square blocks. I didn't make sure I had enough contrast between my dark and light purple squares......looks like sometimes I just grabbed all dark ones. We looked at all the blocks on my design wall (this was how far I was then) and with Diannia's help.....decided NOT to change out the blocks. This was how far I had gotten with En Provence and I was going to take it off my design wall but Builder Bob was gone for the evening so I decided to keep working on it. Yesterday I worked on it in between my other projects and by last night this is what I had done. I love it! I still need to sew the rows together and add the borders. Once I sew the rows together it will be too heavy for my sliding design wall. Click the link to see how Builder Bob made it. Whenever I have to redo the batting on the design wall I think I am going to add a layer of foam core - maybe glue it to the wall before adding the Warm & Natural batting as there are times it would be nice to stick a pin in the wall.My quilt studio is in the basement and we have a dropped ceiling so my design wall isn't your standard 8 foot tall. It is about 80 inches tall and 8 foot wide. My cutting table is on wheels and I can easily move it out of the way to take photos.
I'll be linking up with Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Quiltville Mystery.
Alliatare quilt pieces
What else did I work on?? When my neighbor was here we talked about how she finished Bonnie Hunter's Alliatare quilt last year and I stalled out on step 3 or 4. I even pulled out my tray of pieces that I had made. After she left I kept looking at those pieces thinking I should do something.....anything with them.
Yesterday I cut out some red squares and started putting the blocks together. They are beautiful! I used every single piece in my tray and decided to just make something with this block as I had never made all of the other blocks.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet but Sadie seems to like it. Actually she had to stay in my studio for a bit yesterday and I think she was trying to annoy me so I would let her leave. Doesn't she look cute!
AccuQuilt Baby Quilt
Let's see, what else did I work on...I was finishing up a baby quilt for a AccuQuilt tutorial next week and when I made my binding and went to attach it to my quilt realized it didn't look good with the backing fabric. No problem, I just found a brown/gold batik that worked.
Now I had this beautiful batik binding cut and ready to use....what should I do with it? Well.....
Orange Peel Impressions
The other day I received the Orange Peel Impressions Quilting Templates and some fun patterns that use the templates from Fat Quarter Shop and had them sitting on cutting table. The patterns were right next to that teal batik that I had cut the binding from and I couldn't resist cutting a few orange peels and trying out one of the patterns. I can see that the binding isn't going to get stuck in a drawer now!
I am combining batiks and regular quilt fabric, I do that often. Stop by the Fat Quarter Shop Jolly Jabber to read more about these cute templates and patterns from It's Sew Emma called Orange Peel Impressions.There are 4 different patterns by It's Sew Emma that use the Orange Peel templates and the neat thing about them is that you don't need to buy the templates to be able to use the patterns. Each pattern has includes full size templates and full color diagrams.
I am working on the Goldie pattern, the pattern is for a lap or crib size quilt - I'm going with the crib size.
So what are my plans for today........finish binding the AccuQuilt baby quilt, take photos of it and work on my guest post for next week, applique some of the Goldie blocks and......do some house cleaning!
Is your design wall full too? What are you working on.
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