Design Wall Monday and Weekly Goals

Monday, November 7, 2016
Yesterday I sewed the last two seams of the Scrappy Trips quilt--

Scrappy Trips
 I used a dark blue on all the blocks diagonally--its hard to see but I think it helps the diagonal movement of the blocks.  I love this pattern and plan to make it again.  For now its on the "needs borders" pile.  Thank you Bonnie Hunter for this free pattern.

Last week the Pieces of Eight blocks were sewn together and added to the "needs borders" pile--

Pieces of Eight
 The wall was empty so I pulled out another project box and threw the 4 Patch & Squares on the wall--

4 Patches & Squares
Needs a few more blocks made so I pieced more 4 patches.  I worked on this project in the camper over the summer.  When a project gets to the "needs the design wall" point I set it aside.  Much easier to work on them when I get home.  I see a couple zinger blocks but I think I'll leave them.  Do you see a really obvious one?  (Yes, its the diagonal striped one).  Please see everyone's design wall posts at Patchwork Times.

Saturday I stash enhanced.  I bought 34.5 yds.  31 yds from the sale table--all 50% off.  Prices ranged from $6 to 5.50 down to 2.00 a yd.  One 10 yard piece was $2.50@yd.  These fabrics either coordinate with each other or with my stash.  Remember that "needs borders" pile?  My stash is low on anything for big enough for borders.  I could piece more blocks and make quilts without borders, and I do--but these I felt needed borders.  Never say never!  

Weekly Goals--

Finish making blocks for 4 Patches & Squares
Pick borders for a quilt and sew them on
Make the binding at the same time
Play making more Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks
Count current Rainbow Scrappy Challenge blocks

Do you participate in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge?  Already I am planning next year's blocks.  RSC is all about fun--digging through the scrap boxes looking for possible fabrics--who doesn't love to dig through their stash and scraps?  

Each month I try to refold/reorganize a color or theme in my stash.  The last few weeks I've pulled it out as fast as I've put it away!  Even if your stash is neatly folded and organized--pull it out and LOOK at it.  You've probably forgotten how nice some of it was.  I found a few pieces I'd forgotten about.  

There is also the "already ironed" pile of FQs and chunks.  Nope, not folding it again!.  I've started Billie Lauder's Faux Log Cabin.   And there is another project that's been "on the list" for a while--those pieces will be used in that too.  Those fabrics are going to be chopped!  

Harvest is on hold for repairs.  We're almost done and the weather forecast is great weather for at least another week or 10 days.  I stress out over it so have been organizing and flinging from cupboards and closets.  Today I moved all my spices and measuring cups.  Flung some old glass glasses--I drop them so often we've switched to plastic. Bought long plastic baskets from the Dollar Store and hung them on hooks on the side walls of my pantry.  Ken insisted I store them in alphabetical order.  ROFL!!!  Okay--my most used ones are not alphabetical--but the rest of them are.  The cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves are all together.  Several had duplicates and I pulled the extras for a "spice shoe box" to go on the shelves downstairs. These are just the small containers--ones like vanilla, baking powder, etc--that are not small and light are still in the cupboard in a see through plastic container.    

Not sure what I'll be doing this week.  I'm getting tired of cleaning out cupboards.  Haven't sewed with 2Rs in FOREVER!  



Sara said...

Love those Pieces of Eight blocks. They may have to go onto my "to do" list soon. I have a 4-patch with bricks started, very similar to your 4-patch and squares. Seeing yours reminds me to find it again.

I love that idea of organizing one color or theme each month along with the RSC colors. Such a good plan. I had my Christmas and Halloween drawers all straightened up last month, but then I pulled out some Christmas fabrics to play with and that drawer is a mess again. Sigh!!

I'm anticipating some stash enhancement this week on a quick road trip with some friends. The plan is to stop at SR Harris in The Cities. Who knows what I might find there that I can't resist.

Katie Z. said...

You've been crazy busy! I love the top flimsy; I can really see the diagonal movement and it's fabulous. The other quilts are fun and lovely too. Bummer in harvest; the delay would make me crazy.

mereth said...

I've got pieces for another Scrappy Trips cut out, it's nice to have that waiting in the wings, so to speak. I've been trying to sew up groups of fabrics that I don't have a lot of- purples, brights, pastels etc. I don't actively collect them, but seem to end up with scraps of them. I hate folding up ironed fabric too and have a towel rack that I drape them over. Then I cut from there before I pull out any other fabric, especially shirtings and background creams. My sewing room may look like chaos at times, but I actually have a system that keeps fabric moving along....

Tired Teacher said...

The quilts on the top of the "needs borders" pile are wonderful. I love their scrappiness.

Vic in NH said...

Great pictures that definitely inspire my scrappy muse, thank you! I'm another gal that refuses to fold up ironed fabrics; they go onto "The Mound", something that looks like a Native American burial site in size and scope.

Elaine Adair said...

I really like the scrappy project - I've made several of these on a smaller scale but it's nice to see how wonderful it looks for a larger quilt - so great use of your smaller strips. Good job!

Sharon said...

I love the way you put the darker fabrics on the diagonal.

sewspeciallady said...

That is right - it has been forever since we sewed together. How fast time flies. Quilts are looking wonderful and your piles are getting deeper. When is the first blizzard so I can stay longer and I'll be there to help. Miss seeing you.