Monday, February 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I have lots to show today because I went on a 4 day/3 night quilting retreat last weekend!  I wasn't as productive as I have been on previous retreats, but that's because I took time to relax and had a wonderful time!  I am really happy with all that I accomplished and I seem to be really inspired and motivated to get more accomplished now that I am home.  The first picture is of a quilt that has been on my Quilt Bucket List for some time now.  It is pictured in Heather Mulder Peterson's book Fat Quarter Five. I did purchase a really neat fabric to use for the outer border, a gorgeous chocolate, lavender and green stripe that I would like to miter in the corners.  Hopefully next week on DWM I will have a completed top to show you.

Next up is a top I posted late last week . . . it's made from 30's repro prints and it's tulip blocks from an online swap 2 or 3 years ago.  This poor top, it's been ripped out so many times, first I added several different colored solids as  sashing, but when I placed the border near it, it looked awful, so I ripped off all the sashing and replaced it with the green sashing.  I had also planned to use the same color as a containment border, but didn't have enough of the green to do that and when I bought more, it was the wrong shade.  So then I bought the orange/melon and thought it popped!  Next I sewed on two borders and decided the orange was too wide, so I ripped off the border and trimmed it down.  I like it now!  My next dilemma is what to use for the binding . . . currently, I am leaning towards the last border fabric  as I had originally planned on using the solid green  . . . such decisions!

Next up is Brilliant Sunset, I got all the blocks sewn together while on retreat and it looks great! I even found a batik to bind it with at one of the Amish quilt shops! I have decided to just bind the quilt and not add any borders as I don't want to detract from the design!

Lastly, I finished the balance of the blocks on Daisy Chain.  I found the pattern for this one in the book: Jelly Roll Quilts.  The Design Wall in the Quilting Condo where we stayed on retreat was located in the garage, hence I was not able to get a straight on picture, so this one will have to do! 
Check out what everyone has on their Design Walls at JudyL's Patchwork Times!


Joanne said...

Love, love, love the first quilt, and I'm glad you changed the size of the orange border. Now it doesn't compete with the sashing. Contrary to what you think, I think you got a lot done when we were there. Have you decided how you're going to quilt these?

Laurie said...

Wow! You really did a lot on your retreat. All of them are great! I think using the floral border fabric as the binding would look good.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

That is ALOT of work you did on the retreat - great job! I also like to work on several tops at a time... especially when I have one that needs, ummmm, a bit of a visit with the seam ripper. I do like the end result of your tulip quilt! Cheers! Evelyn

Karen (Misiz C) said...

I, too, am amazed at how much you accomplished at the retreat. But then I'm a snail at stitching. :-)

I love that first quilt... it reminds me of one on my someday list.. High Cotton by Kim Diehl. I might have to check out the Fat Quarter Five book.

Turtles In North Dakota said...

Oh my goodness. You really got a lot done! I love them all!

xylon said...

WoW! cool. . all of them are so cute. . =)
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