Jul 06 2015

Design Wall Monday 07-06-15

It has been a couple of weeks since my last post, but things have been pretty busy around here.  My oldest daughter & family were in town for a week and we had a wonderful time.  They will be moving to England at the end of this month, so it was important to make some family memories before they leave.

I was able to get some sewing time in over the July 4th weekend – hand sewing the binding on the Gus quilt and working on an old UFO.

070615 (1024x770)My best guess is that this project is 10 – 12 years old.  The pattern is Pinwheels on Parade from Pat Speth’s book More Nickel Quilts.  I remember the plan for this quilt – rainbow colors shading from yellow to green, the gray background shading from light to dark and using a charm pack that I had.  I know that I spent some time with colored pencils and graph paper trying to figure out how many blocks of each color I needed for the quilt.

There were two main reasons that this ended up an UFO – first is that the all the squares in the charm pack were not exactly 5″ square (this is why I don’t buy charm packs) and the second is that I couldn’t get the rainbow sequence to work out like I wanted.

So now a decade later this UFO is getting finished!  All the block parts are being measured and new ones cut out as needed.   I discarded the idea of the rainbow coloring and am going for a bright scrappy look.  The gray background fabric is hand dyed which is too busy for the effect I was trying for.  The fabric on the left will be the outer border.

This is not one of my favorite quilts, but it will make a good charity quilt and will be crossed off my UFO list.  The most satisfying part of this quilt is the knowledge of how much I have grown in my quilt making.

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4 Responses to “Design Wall Monday 07-06-15”

  1. Libby in TN says:

    You go, Girl! Finishing is what it’s all about. Someone will appreciate it. I’m going to look up that pattern and see if I have anything I can use on it.

    • Marlene says:

      I thought that it was very interesting that we were both doing different patterns from the same book. I have been looking at the Beach Party pattern since viewing your layout.

  2. Cathy Tomm says:

    Get it done. It will be a nice quit. I also do not buy precuts, they drive me nuts.

    • Marlene says:

      I certainly haven’t seen any time savings or accuracy in using precuts either in cutting or sewing. It feels great to get the quilt top finished and all the charm scraps used up. Thanks for stopping by.

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