Monday, December 28, 2009

Design Wall Monday

Nothing was accomplished in the sewing room last week between the holiday preparations and having the grandchildren for the week. Today, however, I got down to business.  The quilt I showed last time now has the borders on it!  I am making it for one of my sons, and since he was half of my quilt hanger for the photo, he asked if  he’ll have his quilt  soon. Hmmmmm, then he laughed and said, ‘guess not’. I didn’t raise a fool.  [NOTE: clicking on photo will enlarge it for better viewing, if you are interested]

Jim's quilt with borders

After getting that photo taken, I promptly dug out another top that has been languishing for want of borders and knocked that one off too. It is currently in residence on the design wall so I can enjoy its happy colors while I decide what to tackle next.  The dark borders are a purple/eggplant and black print, similar in eggplantiness to the dark squares (which I didn’t have enough of for the borders!)  Do you recognize it? It is one of JudyL’s from a while ago, I can’t seem to resist her designs!

Hummer w bordersI do have a number of tops that need to be quilted, so I may get one of them on the frame next. Of course, there are still a few WIPs that need to be finished, and they are calling to me, too. I’m trying to be strong and resist the siren’s call of a couple of new quilts that I want to start. I’m sure they’ll be very pretty, and the fabric is just sitting there, waiting to be cut into….I really should get a few completely finished….shouldn’t I…?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Design Wall Monday

Not too much to show, all my good intentions after last week went down the tubes. Between car troubles and physical therapy and then some really good news and excitement, I didn’t get much done.

On my wall this week is one of the quilt tops I mentioned last week that needs borders. It is folded in half on the wall so that I could get a measurement for the first set of borders. I did get all the border strips cut and sewn together, now I just need to apply them. What are the odds that I’ll get it done by next week?

Oh....and that really good news and excitement? My second son and his wonderful girlfriend are now engaged! We couldn't be more delighted.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Design wall Monday……

After a long absence, I’m back. I had my knee replaced in October and have been busy with physical therapy and such. Things are coming along nicely, generally a much better experience than I anticipated.

Now to the important stuff……….I finally got back into the sewing room! I started working on the last few borders of my Bear in the Farmhouse Quilt and was hoping to get the top finished this week. I saw that JudyL has another Bear/Farmhouse on her design wall, and when the backing that I had ordered for this quilt arrived this morning, I took it as an omen to get this puppy finished and posted.

In an effort to get a picture and be able to post before it would have to be Design Wall Tuesday, I grabbed my hubby and eldest son (grumble grumble)to hold the quilt for me. Not the best way to show off a quilt, but now that it is finally off the design wall and ready for quilting, I’m happy. The color is not great, the purples are showing up as blue and the dark borders aren’t black but a dark purple with a lighter purple design on it. Better color can be seen on my March 24 posting. Yes, it has been on the design wall since March! Just waiting on the borders……..

What is it about bears in farmhouse quilt top 004borders?? Does anyone else have a problem getting the borders done. It is not the process, I can do them, I just put off doing them. Why is that? I have two other quilts sitting next to the machine waiting for their borders, too. I hope to finish at least one of those this week. It needs 3 plain borders. I’d like to get that last one finished too, but that one is just for me, so I think that I may shift my focus to the pile of finished tops and try to get a couple of them quilted.

Speaking of borders, JudyL designed Bear in the Farmhouse with borders that were striped fabric and mitered . I haven’t done any mitered borders in at least 10 years, so I had to dig out a quilting book and refresh my memory. I really enjoyed it, much easier than I remembered. Thanks for the challenge, Judy!