Monday, November 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday - November 12, 2018

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  There are, according to the History Channel, 16.5 million living veterans who have served in at least one war, and 5.2 million living veterans who have served in times of peace.  Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and sacrifice. 

While visiting our daughter last week, I made replacement oven mitts for some I made for her a few years ago.  I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents back then, and our daughter was my "tester"  for size and padding advice.  Here are the the old ones, which were well worn:

Here are the replacement oven mitts that were finished while I was visiting her:

She is an expert zippered bag maker, and I am afraid of zippers.  Soooo, she helped me make a zippered bag, and showed me several tutorials on the Internet that I can follow to make more of them.  I am now slightly less afraid of zippers, thanks to my dear daughter.  Thank you Christa!  This little "doggy" bag will stay in the car with treats for our dog, so I will not forget to have rewards for Penny on car trips.  I think it is so cute!!! and I put the zipper in by myself!!!

When I returned home, I worked on finishing a little nine patch doll quilt that I had asked you for opinions on a few weeks ago. (in this post)  Most of you liked the on point setting, and the cheddar print for sashing or alternate block.    But I couldn't ever decide on what I wanted for cornerstones, so I tried a different sashing that didn't require cornerstones.  However, I found it does involve many partial seams, and I would like to find an easier way to do this "basket weave" sashing look.   Maybe pressing the sashing edges under, and weaving it first and then sew it to the nine patches by hand.  Anyone tried it, and have any tips?

It measures 12.25 inches square and the nine patches are 1.5 inches finished size.  Sophia Grace and Rosie are very pleased with it.

I do like how it looks, and have bound it without quilting it, as I am not sure what color thread to quilt it with, and where to put the quilting.  Maybe I will leave it without quilting, as it is a small doll quilt.  Too many decisions for my brain this week.

I cut the bias binding at one inch wide, not thinking about what I was doing.  I had planned to only single fold it, but still, one inch is too narrow.  I made a note to myself to use only down to 1.25 inch single fold binding in the future, as my limit to smallness in doll quilt bindings.  Here's a closeup of the binding:

What are you working on this week?  I so enjoy looking at your design many interesting projects going on.  Thanks for participating.  As usual, I ask please that you refer back to this particular blog post somewhere within your blog post.  


Gretchen Weaver said...

The little doll quilt is really cute! I love that woven effect. I wouldn't quilt it, perfect the way it is.

Kate said...

Love your sashing on the doll quilt! Well worth the effort to get that weave look. Hope you get some more practice with the zippers. I've done them, but it's been so long, I'd have to relearn how to attach them all over again.

MaryC said...

I can't quite 'wrap my mind around' how that woven sashing is done... but, it looks *wonderful*! I really like that! Inspiring!

Sara said...

The woven sashing on the doll quilt is so clever.

Denise said...

Thank you for the fabulous photo with the porcelain dolls. I've often wondered what you do with the small quilts and your photo lit a fire. I have a set of tiny porcelain dolls from when I was much younger. The next time i am between projects I am going to pull them out and make a quilt for them. Thank you for the linky party and inspiration.

Marlene said...

Have you considered putting a small button where the sashing crosses? It would anchor the middle and give some interest. Just an idea

QuiltGranma said...

What a cute little quilt!

Sharyn Mallow Woerz said...

I finally had to retire my mitts this year, they were a wonderful gift. I remember you saying Lloyd comment about did you really intend to put That much time into us? :) We will be nearby next fall, hope we can touch bases. I LOVE being retired.

Charlotte said...

Love your little quilt.