Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, April 14, 2014
These blocks are on my design wall--

Its a Kim Brackett pattern called Island Chain.  I made the quilt bigger and it has given me lots of headaches.  Truly--headaches!  I have to sit on a chair in front of the wall with the book/picture.  I need my glasses to see the picture.  Then, when looking at the wall I shove my glasses on top of my head.  I pieced parts of the blocks as I put them on the wall, not my favorite method but necessary to make the interlocking pattern appear.  Not interlocking so much as optical illusion.  This is hopefully the final layout.  See everyone's design walls at Patchwork Times.

I finished quilting the Ozark Leaf quilt.  That quilt does NOT want to be a finish!  While quilting the little green flange strip wanted to flip over. Grrr.  But Ken made a quick trip to the Dollar store for Elmer's School glue.  I glued the edge down, then took the iron and pressed/dried it flat.  

Yes, while it was on the Princess.  Used my hand underneath as the pressing mat.  I had to do each section as I advanced it on the rollers, but it WORKED!!  Never overlook School glue as a tool while quilting!

Weekly Goals--
  1. work on Island Chain
  2. quilt a top
  3. hand sew binding
Those will be my goals this week.  No goals last week, I went to stay with LB and Nick, attend guild, babysit the boys while they were house hunting.  The offer they put in on a house has been accepted, now its just the endless details.  The weather was beautiful while I was there, Saturday everyone went to the park.



Sign at Park

Grandpa doesn't always get to go along, the week before he did and Asher wanted Grandpa to read his story before naptime.

Grandpa reading story
The weather has turned cold again but we didn't get any snow.  Highs are in the 40's dropping to the low 20's at night.  

No plans for this week, just stay warm and sew.  I have a few tulips coming up and saw the columbine and peonies were peeking out.  Doubt they're doing any growing in this cold--they better wait for warmer weather! 


Sara said...

Great post Lori. Love, love, love that Island Chain design.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

It's going to be a beautiful quilt....and you will forget all about the headaches it gave you.

Can't believe how fast Mason is growing!

Vicki W said...

I love that chain quilt.

Ramona said...

Boy, your Island Chain quilt looks complicated, but it is striking! Love the design.

carol fun said...

Love the colors in your Island Chain --I would be cross eyed trying to keep it in the right order -- great work!

Cheryl said...

Your Island chain is a beauty and when finished I'll bet worth the headaches! Iowa weather is very similar, although we did not get any snow that stuck...but the cold brrrr. Love the quilting on the flange quilt.

Nancy said...

Wow, the chain quilt is going to be stunning and well worth the headaches!

I got a chuckle out of the sign. Someone has a great sense of humor.

My goodness, the boys are growing.

Mary-Kay said...

I love your Island Chain. It's going to be a beautiful quilt when you're done. Your grandsons are so grown up already. Weren't they just babies a little while ago? How time flies!

Elaine Adair said...

My goodness - I HAVE that book ... somewhere and bought it specifically for that particular chain pattern! Thanks for the warning about care needed with the design. Yours is going to be smashing!!!

Katie Z. said...

Island Chain looks lovely!

How did the babies get to be so big?