May 08 2017

Design Wall Monday 05-08-17

The Long Time Gone sew-along is consuming most of my sewing time, but I did make some progress on Rainbow Braids and Stair Steps.

Stair Steps was designed by Jo Kramer and published in the American Patchwork & Quilting August 2016 magazine.  All the HST are leftovers from the half Snowball blocks in Buried Treasures.  I don’t usually keep the cut off triangles from 2 1/2″ strips, but since there were 144 of these I did.  My plan is to only use these triangles and not make any more, so I will have 36 blocks.  Right now I am considering a 5 x 7 block layout with a finished size of 20″ x 24″ before borders – a nice size for a small hanging or doll quilt.

The purple/blue braid is finished for the Rainbow Braid.

All the parts for the remaining braids have been cut out, so they should come together fairly quickly.  Originally I was only going to have 4 braids, but after seeing them on the design wall I decided to have 7 total braids.  There will be sashing between the braids, but I won’t know what color to use until all the braids are completed.

Check out all the other quilting inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


2 Responses to “Design Wall Monday 05-08-17”

  1. Libby in TN says:

    Both very interesting projects. I don’t remember your mentioning the braids; love them;

    • Marlene says:

      My 2 1/2″ strip bins were getting full and I have a 2 1/2″ Trapezoid ruler by Creative Grids that I had never used. Both of those reasons collided together to make the Rainbow Braids. They are easy to make and lots of fun. I like the idea that I don’t need to trim off the sides to attach them together even though for this project I think I will put sashing strips in between the braids.

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