Monday, February 12, 2024

Design Wall Monday - February 12, 2024

 Happy Valentine’s Day

When you have been married for sixty years, and are a sentimental old lady, Valentine’s Day is a favorite holiday.   I hope you have a happy day Wednesday!

This week I got the “Two Step” quilt top finished (Yeah!) and tried to get a picture of it, but it is very big.  My two nephews who are both almost six foot tall, are holding it up for me, and it is still dragging on the floor.  They were holding it up for me during a time out of the Super Bowl game, so it was a quick picture, and back to the game.  

I have on my “project list” to figure out how to hang large quilts to photograph them.  

Also this week, I put together some signature star blocks that I received at the last Shipshewana retreat.  Here is the top before borders are added:

The sample quilt that our group used as an example for this project had a flange between the top and the border.  I cut a flange at the same width as the example, which had a tiny flange.  It was cut at 3/4 inch and folded in half..   After cutting some strips this width,  and practicing, I decided it was too narrow for me to work with.  I re-cut more fabric at 1.25 inches wide.  When it is folded in half, it will still give a small pop of color, but not so narrow that I can’t sew with it.  Here is a picture of my revised folded flange fabric:

Note:  I just now read about flanges on the internet, and the instructions advised cutting the strips 1.5 inches wide.  If I had read that first, I would have used 1.5 inches - which gives a flange of approximately 1/2 inch finished.  Mine will be about 1/3 inch, I guess.  Pictures next week.  I’ve never used a flange before, but I like how it looks.

And a picture of the proposed flange with the proposed outside border fabric:  

I was thinking of a light brown print for the outer border……but searching in my stash, I didn’t find anything suitable.  I did find this big piece of yellow, so that is what will be the outer border……more yellow.  I like it.  The quilt will be couch-curl-up size, so it will be nice for me to have all my friends signatures with me when I am snuggling on the couch.

Here’s a picture of some of our past valentine cards on the mantle.  We don’t buy cards for each other anymore; we just pick one out from this collection of our previous cards to re-gift to each other.  The messages are still the same.  ❤️

What’s up with your design wall?  Are you planning anything for Valentine’s Day?
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maggie fellow said...

I love the valentine cards - Hooray on the top and I am a big fan of yellow and the signature blocks

Kate said...

Your Two Step quilt top turned out beautifully! I like your fabric choices for your signature block quilt, that yellow print is lovely. Since Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine's Day this year, we did our Valentine's dinner Friday night. My Guy baked me scones and I've got a small gift for him. That's it for our Valentine's celebrations this year. Enjoy your Valentine's Day.

Julierose said...

Your Two Step quilt is just a huge and gorgeous quilt!! I really think it is beautiful;)))
Hugs, Julierose

Gretchen Weaver said...

Both of your quilts are fantastic! A wider flange is nice but if the quilt is ever washed, the flange really needs to be pressed to lay flat again. 1/3" will work better. Have a fun valentine's day!

Elle said...

Funny, we're quite opposite on V-day. A holiday conjured up for Hallmark and Jewelry. We prefer the value of being kind and loving EVERY day. (Married 44 years and quit V-day after 20).

LA Paylor said...

I love keeping the Valentine cards to create a growing art installation every year!

Quilter Kathy said...

I love the idea of reusing cards - the messages are the same!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Carol Andrews said...

Both of your quilts are lovely. Such a sweet way to celebrate hearts day.

time4stitchn said...

So glad to see your blue and white put together. I had to laugh about the short time allotted for the photo opp. Maybe they just wanted to see Taylor Swift, right. Love your border and flange fabrics for the signature quilt. I just made a flange, and cut it 1 inch.

dq said...

You achieved so much last week. I have enjoyed watching that first quilt grow!
I looked at flying into the Shipshewana Retreat this year, but they canceled the August session that worked out for me. Do you go often?

Marsha Cooper said...

What a fun idea to put out the cards that you've given each other over the years!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Judy, good luck with the flange. There is always something new to learn 😊. Take care.