Monday, January 15, 2018

Design Wall Monday - January 15, 2018

Happy Monday everyone!  I went back and posted pictures on last week's post, so if you want to see the small quilt I was working on, go (Here)  Remember that I wasn't able to post pictures while away from home.

This week, I'm working on the Jane Stickle quilt.  I have made two triangles, and I think I have about 24 triangles left to go, and then I can start assembly of the quilt.  It has been a project for so long, that in a way, I hate to finish it.  I know that doesn't make any sense, but that's how I feel.

Here is one of the triangles I completed this week, Left Side, 11th from the top:

I may redo the bottom appliqued partial circle, as it ends too far up the right side, but on the other hand, in the grand scheme of things, it's a small mistake.

The second one, Left Side, 5th from the top:

I am trying to match Jane's original fabrics as much as I can, but I never found any fabric close to the fabric Jane used on this one.

What are you working on this week?  Please remember to link back to this post within your post. 

That means the link back should be to this exact post:

and not

to the generic blog:

For those of you who already have my blog button somewhere on your blog, it's so nice to include a link back to this post, so people can toggle back easily to go to the next design wall.  I appreciate it so much.  Thanks!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Design Wall Monday - January 8, 2018

This small quilt is made from extra corners my friend Rebecca cut off when she was working on quilt squares at a retreat.  I was sitting next to Rebecca Winburn and she asked if I wanted the small triangles. She even sewed the two triangles together for me, and graciously handed me the pile, and said do something with these.

So last week, I pressed them open, and cut them all to their largest uniform size, which turned out to be 1.75 inches.  Next, I counted them......there were 115 of them, mostly browns and neutrals, but 22 were red and neutrals.  Broken Dishes is an easy pattern for half square triangle units, and I like quilts with square centers with borders, so I put them in rows/columns to make an 11x11 configuration.  I needed to get 6 more from my stash of hsts, and laid it out, trying to distribute the red hsts around in the 121 hsts.

All of this was done while watching sports on TV, and I laid them out on a "design wall" of a folded old quilt muslin side up. Here is a picture of them laid out in their final layout:

I had to have hubby help me carry the "design wall" old quilt to the sewing machine, as it was too big for me to carry without dumping all the hsts. At the sewing machine, it was an easy process of chain piecing all the columns together...then sewing row 1 to row 2 ....on 
down the 11 rows.

Next, I auditioned borders.  But I have a question on the borders.  Have you ever "weighted" a border on a wall quilt as is sometimes done on art work?
"Weighted" matting is when the bottom mat/border is slightly wider than the top and side mats/borders.

Hope you are somewhere safe and warm this Monday.  What's on your design wall today?

Monday, January 1, 2018

Design Wall Monday - January 1, 2018

Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks to all who linked up with a direct link back to the post on December 18, 2017.  Of those who did, the lucky winner is:
Marlene of!  She  just recently took a quilt down from her design wall that had been up there for two years, and that alone is worthy of a prize.  Marlene, if you would email me your postal address, I will send the Christmas pillow directions in the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  Congratulations Marlene!  email me at grandmajudyhansen at

I've been working on my Jane Stickle quilt this week, and am finishing up the triangles - I have only 21 more to go.  It's a project started long ago, and 2018 is the year to finish it up.

On my design wall:  The first part of the middle 169 squares that I will be sewing together soon:

And two of my recent triangles.  Left side 10th from the top:

And Left Side, 1st from the top

What is on your design wall on this first day of a new year?  Remember when you link up to provide a quick way for people to link back here to go on to the next wall.   In other words, somewhere within your post today, please include this:

and not this:

Thank you so much.  2018 is going to be a great quilting year!