Monday, August 13, 2018

Design Wall Monday - August 13, 2018

Here's a picture of a finished redwork quilt, taken on the bench on my front porch:

Years and years and years ago, my friend Dee embroidered a set of squares in redwork.  She completed all the embroidery except for the French knots.  She didn't like to do French knots, or didn't know how to make them, I can't remember which.  But I did all the French knots for the squares, and then Dee gave them to me to make something out of them.  When I told her yesterday that I was finishing the old project, she couldn't even remember doing the squares.

Years and years ago, I made red and white double nine patches for them, and joined the project into a quilt top.  It is not large enough for a bed, but larger than a normal wall hanging......maybe it could be a table topper.  Or used on a couch.

Closeups of squares:

For many years it sat in the unfinished projects pile.  This year, I took it to my long-arm quilter, and it is now quilted with an allover pattern.  This week, I found the binding I had made years ago (which is a miracle, if I do say so myself) and it is now bound and ready for a label and hanging sleeve.

You can't see any of this from a galloping horse, but here's some workmanship details:  It is 55 inches square, give or take a 1/2 or 3/4 inch.  The embroidered squares are about 7 1/4 inches and the red squares in the nine patches are about 3/4 inch finished.  The math then calculates out to nine patches which are 2 1/4 square, and three across would be 6 3/4 inches for one double nine patch.....not matching up with the embroidered squares of 7 1/4 inches at all, but as I said before......this was a long long, long time ago.  I can see how much I have improved in seam accuracy and in piecing.  But finished is better than perfect on any day, right?

Here is a current picture of Miss Penny Lane, who is now about 30 pounds.  She is so much fun and has made me get outside and walk much more than I did before I had a dog, so she is good for my health.  Plus all around fun every day.

It's Design Wall Monday!  What are you going to show us today?  I love to see everyone's design walls.  Today I am going to pour a cup of coffee, and enjoy the sight.  Thank you all for participating.

The rules are simple - if you would like to link up with Design Wall Monday, please refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your post.  I am going to try to comment more this week on your projects, too.  

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