Design Wall Monday

Ah I just remembered its design wall Monday over at Judy’s – I’m usually at work and can’t post it until the evening but no — it’s 11 a.m. and I’m contemplating getting out of my jammies — maybe…

DSCN3768   Here’s the first three rows of Mix ‘n Match which is the stitch along project this weekend.  Downloads are included in four parts in this weekend’s blog posts if you’d like the free pattern.

I need to cut more sashing strips so I can continue working on it this afternoon. I took out the red and blue bird print – although there’s a bit of red in two other prints – it looks more like the pinkish color in the other prints and the red in the birds in larger concentration was just distracting.

I got sidetracked last night by the sweater I’m working on but made some good progress on that.  And with a bit of playing in EQ thrown in, it has been a very relaxing day.

 

Here’s some of the other borders I’ve been playing with on my bed size version of this quilt.  I’m not looking for suggestions, it’s just much easier to decide what I like when they are posted all together.  I still have a couple of ideas to try.

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Still puttering

plat   and playing around with borders on this design for my bed-size version which means I didn’t get too many of my blocks sewn together yet.  But I did make great progress on my sweater I’m working on this afternoon.

 

But one of my favorite things about EQ is you can just keep switching up borders, adding in blocks or presets, until you decide YES, that’s the one.  I haven’t decided yet if this is the one. I have a couple more ideas I want to try.

Row one – and more changes

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ETA — Interesting — the beginning of my post seemed to disappear!

What I was saying is I got my first row stitched and decided I wanted to replace the black mottled solid looking piece with the black print I had previously removed from the mix.  I decided with the taupey sashing, I would use the mottled black as the cornerstones rather than the red I had set aside for that.  So changes are still continuing.

The second photo is after I replaced that black fabric with the black and white print. Much better.

But now I’m going to stare at the wall a bit longer before stitching more rows.  I need to recut the other black pieces and replace those but I’m also thinking I may take out the fabrics with the red birds in them.  I may save those for a separate project but I have to decide if taking them out and using other fabrics in their place will ruin the whole controlled chaos thing I have going on — it may just make things more difficult.

So that is why I’ll be spreading out the fabrics I have to choose from below the design wall, putting my feet up and knitting a bit while I stare at the wall and try to decide whether take out the birds or leave them in.  Maybe some lunch will help with the decision-making.

 

Oh and the question for today — why is it every time I take a few days off work or there’s a three-day weekend,  there is also some noisy annoying project going on around the apartments.  I think the neighbors who live  above me on  the side of my apartment where my bedroom and my sewing room are must be moving out today — at first I couldn’t figure out why they were making so much noise but I do remember seeing a moving van parked in the lot near their door yesterday so that may explain it.  If they are not moving — what the heck are you doing up there!!!  One vacation, new roofs were being put on the building; another, relandscaping and hauling in rock around my apartment, several where rennovations to the apartment above or next to me because tenants had moved out.  All good things for them to be doing but couldn’t those things be done when I’m not home. LOL     Oh well, for the moment silence reigns so I think they must be gone for the time being.

Oh and today’s computer-related tip — do not slosh your cup of coffee on the mouse.  After taking the batteries out and sticking it in front of the fan to try to quickly dry it out, finding new batteries, it’s working fairly well but I think I need to add a new one to my shopping list.  So remember, no coffee for the mouse!

What’s new?

Boutique1_01A month or more ago I told you that MyEQBoutique.com would be moving.

Moving day has been completed and the EQ Boutique products have a new home — they are now included on the Electric Quilt website — electricquilt.com.

Block collections are still listed  by category or by designer (you’ll still find my designs there) :-) but there have been some other changes.

Below is an image showing  just some of the info regarding the changes — you can find more information and help on the website. Be sure to check it out if you currently own collections purchased on MyEQBoutique.com and use EQ7.  I’m working at updating the links on my blog.

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Today’s progress

I seriously thought I’d have my blocks stitched by the time I decided to quit sewing today but I don’t think that is to be.  It’s 8:15 p.m. here and the sewing elves did not make me dinner so time for a sandwich break.   Too much puttering around (and I was on the computer quite working on some other stuff) but tomorrow is another day.  I think after eating something, I’ll switch to knitting.

But good thing I decided to switch back to making the smaller quilt version with these fabrics because I’d still be puttering on which fabric piece to use where if I was making it bigger.   I had them all up here and then sat and stared at them awhile (taking a photo also helps to decide if you have your fabrics /colors distributed the way you like), and then started switching out a piece here and cutting a different piece for there…. I totally took out one of the back prints I originally had in along with the red.  Tho now that I have the pieces on the design wall, I’m thinking I may not put the piano key border on this one (I really hate making quilts from the exact same pattern and these fabrics wouldn’t show up real well in the piano key pieces).

Here’s the pieces I have up on the wall so far – and I think I’m actually done switching these around… maybe…..

DSCN3765so without the piano key border, I think this one will have a bit of a  sleeker, more modern feel in these fabrics.    I’ve probably got enough fabric left to piece a whole other quilt for the backside.  I need to cut some of my sashing fabric to decide whether I want black or red cornerstones – need to see them up against my sashing color to decide.

‘Course working on this one reminds me why I don’t do a lot of scrappy quilts – it just takes too long to decide what piece I want to put where and then cut the individual pieces – and way to messy too!

Friend Janet P, although she had limited time to sew today says she’s got her 16 blocks all stitched (she is always much quicker at finishing quilts she makes from my patterns than I am!) :-)

So how was your progress for today?  Anyone of photos of their blocks to share on the Justquiltin Flickr group?

 

On another note, as I was taking a break and puttering (on Ravelry) I saw this Dandelions cowl pattern today.   I think it’s gorgeous – I love all the texture in it – you need to click on the photos to get the close up images of it.  I definitely have put that on my make in the not too distant future list.  Being a good knitterly friend, I had to email  friend Judy because I thought she might like it for herself or her DIL might need one so…. if she blames any future yarn purchase on me …. well it’s probably my fault. :-)  But dang – who am I going to blame my having to order new yarn for that project on????   Tho I think there may be something in the stash that will work.

 

Okay – dinner time – sandwich? or maybe a big bowl of popcorn!

A few more blocks

Well with all my puttering today and playing in EQ, I still haven’t gotten all my blocks cut.  But there’s no hurry since it seems to be every changing as to what I want to do.  I took this photo of some of my block pieces up on the design wall.  The light is shining in the window so washing the photo out a bit.

DSCN3763 But I suddenly realized that I didn’t pick a fabric for the cornerstones in the sashing.  The sashing is a light sort of tanish shade so I decided to pull the red tone on tone out of the blocks (good thing I only have two of them cut) and use that for the cornerstones which should have a nice pop of color against the tan.  I love that red fabric.

The gold tone on tone I found in my stash and it matched the golds in the fabrics perfectly so I added that one in.   So now to figure out what fabrics I’m going to use to replace those two red ones.

But good news – well at least I think so – I managed not to get poured on (just sprinkled on a bit) when I went to the grocery store so now I have coffee galore along with some other essentials so I shouldn’t have to venture out in the rainy and humidity until time to go to work on Tuesday. :-)

Stitch Along Madness

The madness is in my mind – I keep changing what I want to do.  My original plan – to make a bed size quilt – large queenish size.  Part of the original plan was that it was going to be a wedding quilt but then I decided just maybe I needed to keep it for me.

Then I was playing in EQ with the borders for the larger size quilt because I didn’t want to use the same style border as on the original Mix ‘n Match quilt.    Many of the fabrics I’m using for this larger version are larger prints that wouldn’t look as good cut up for that piano key type border.

But then when I found a border design I liked, I decided with this border I really would love to make one solids or fabrics that read as solids.  I really want to make it  so it turns out very similar to this look – three shades of a color for each block.

large mix 'n matchnew borderHmmm then I remembered  with Wisconsin Quilt Expo coming up – one of my favorite vendors just might be the place to get the fabric for this look I want.  I can envision this with quilting in each colored piece in thread to match that fabric color.   This is the one I think I need on my bed!

So now I think I’m back to making the lap quilt size out of the fabrics I currently working with or then again maybe larger to use for the wedding quilt –  although I found blocks I had made for another project that might work well for the wedding quilt.  Indecision at its finest.

 

See!!! I told you madness abounds.  Especially since I’m easily distracted today.  Must be lack of coffee – no one restocked the coffee supply so I really need to go to the grocery store or I’ll definitely not make it through a 3 day weekend!  :-)  No coffee in the house (okay there was one Kcup  and it was a flavor I hate), then there were no eggs, no bread for toast — who does the shopping around here (clearly I forgot about those items – that was the problem) but more importantly… Why doesn’t Perkins restaurant deliver????!!!  My day would have started off much better with a Granny’s Omelet and hash browns. :-)

I was going to head to the grocery store bright and early this a.m., but it was raining and I did not feel like waiting at the bus stop in the rain.  The sun has since come out and it looks like it’s clearing off so next time the bus comes round, I may just have to be waiting for it.  In the meantime, I’ll get a few more blocks cut, try to decide what size I’m really going to make, and try to figure out what else needs to go on my grocery list.

Oh and to add to my distraction — but in a really good way — I just found out I’ll have another block in the upcoming  tenth anniversary issue of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks!   Somehow the original notification that they were including my block never reached me and I just assumed they weren’t planning on using it.  But then I got the email about the blog hop and other info so it was a very pleasant surprise indeed!  Tenth anniversary issue comes out in November.

 

Stitch Along Blocks

First – for those who are getting an error message in trying to download the file, please go directly to my blog (not to the email you get if you are a subscriber to the blog) and click the link on my blog.   I was trying to fix the unreadable text that shows up at the bottom of the block A directions so deleted the old file (which is in the email sent out to subscribers) and replaced the file.  It didn’t correct the issue of the garbled text when you “view” it in Box.net,  but when you print out the block the very last text on the bottom of the second page “should” print out correctly.  If for some reason it doesn’t print correctly off the corrected version, then your Acrobat or whatever pdf program you use is not recognizing the text properly and there’s not anything I can really do about that.  In any event, that text states that you need to make eight of that block and they should measure 9.5″ x 12.5″.

DSCN3762 Here’s a couple blocks worth of pieces I have cut out up on my design wall.  Are you using one-way fabric prints?   I am and I want them all to be “right side up” in my quilt.  So I will probably cut all my pieces today and play with them on the design wall until I get the arrangement I like (I’m making a larger version so many more pieces are needed) and then start sewing the individual blocks.

I could sew these blocks as I get the fabrics cut for each one but note that in the quilt image, the top row of the quilt has the blocks oriented one way, but then when you get to the next horizontal row in the quilt, the blocks are all turned 90 degrees. If you look at my blocks on the design wall, if I made another set of these exact same blocks for the second row and flipped them, my birds and trees and clouds and leaf fabrics which are one-way, would all be upside down in the next row.

Just something to think about if you are using one way fabrics.  If you don’t care if some are upside down, then it doesn’t matter.