Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!
As the temperatures are going up, it gets harder and harder to stay inside and sew (that is until the dog days of summer are upon us!). Working in the garden, long walks or bike rides or just enjoying the beauty of the season has been taking us away from our sewing rooms. Are you feeling the same way? Now is when a little handwork project would come in handy. Here’s what a few of us worked on recently.
From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:
I’m finally sewing the sampler blocks together. Each one is framed with two wide strips and two narrow strips. These frames really add to the modern look of this quilt. This is my first attempt at making a solid quilt—it’s been a fun journey as well as a little challenging at times. Here’s a sneak peek. You can see the entire quilt in the Quiltmaker, Nov/Dec ’17 issue.
From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:
In my mother-in-law’s sewing room, I found a whole lot of yardage of a white fabric with quilting designs printed on it. These could be either hand quilting designs or machine quilting designs. I’m using some of that fabric for the back of a “not-precious” quilt and I’m quilting it on a domestic machine. When you look at the up-close photo, you can see all the places I strayed from the printed line. But I’m thinking that when I wash the quilt, the printed line will go away and then the overall pattern is not terrible. It’s certainly good enough for an everyday, not-for-show kind of quilt. I’m quilting this quilt from the back, I’ll have to see how that works out.
From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:
My weekend sewing time was spent stitching the binding on the second quilt I quilted on our office Grace Q’nique longarm machine. It’s a Delectable Mountains throw I’m calling Sweet Home Colorado that I started 12 or so years ago, put away for a long time, and finished piecing last spring. (I wrote about its journey as a UFO for the Quilters Newsletter blog almost exactly a year ago, in fact; you can read it here.)
I used Warm & Plush batting so it’ll be nice and toasty on cold days. With the quilting I experimented with hand-guided continuous loops and circles. They look very nice in some places and not-as-nice in others, but I’m not worried about it because the quilting is done and Done Is Good. Once the binding is all stitched down by hand it’ll be my fifth finish for the year, and I’ll be on track to meet my goal of finishing an average of one project per month in 2017. Yay!
Stop by next week, as I know there will be more to share with you from the editors of McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker!