Monday, January 24, 2011

Design Wall Monday

As usual, I have more than one thing on my design wall. (Can we says ADHD?) The first project is a wall hanging that I was playing around with to use up some batik scraps.
I need to decide on what to use for border(s). I'm thinking I want a small (1") border (maybe bright blue) and than a larger one of maybe yellow? What do you think? I haven't decided binding either, but I usually don't do that until my borders are attached. (I'm a really visual person. Can you tell?)

Have you ever "rediscovered" a project or kit that you bought years ago and then it gnaws at you so much that you have no choice but to work on it? Well, that happened to me this past week. Actually, I've known about this kit for a very long time (it's resurfaced on multiple occasions), but I finally just had to open the package and get started on it. Jack and I bought this either before we were married or very soon after. We were married in 1999!
I was a very new quilter at the time and remember being drawn to the Amish look of the fabrics. Well I never quite got the courage to open the package and begin working on it. Do you see the half sheet of paper that constitutes the instructions? That was very intimidating for me. Anyway, the package got set aside, packed away, found, put aside again, etc. for a long time (11 years!) until this past week when I decided it was taking up way too much space and I needed to do something with it! :-)

Here's one block complete. It will finish 9".
Here's the progress on the balance of the blocks (20 in total).
My goal is to have the blocks completely pieced so I can take them with me this weeekend while I am on my annual quilting retreat and find sashing and/or border fabric. I've checked my stash and haven't been happy with anything yet. How would you finish this quilt and what color(s) would you add?

To all of you who so graciously checked your stash for the Bit-O-Luck fabric from Hoffman last week, thanks! Even though we didn't find any of the fabric, I've decided to leave the quilt small. Check out this post to see my border options and give your opinions. I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today! Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, hop over to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times, sit back and enjoy some eye candy!

6 comments:

Tamera said...

I would keep it really simple. If you don't have enough of the purple or teal, I would use black for finishing it.

Cathy said...

I would go to the opposite side of the colour wheel, and use a yellow to compliment it.

Jo said...

If you want to add another color, I might pick gold....it's very nice. I myself have never done an Amish colored quilt...it's on my list though.

Chris said...

The hearts are just fun to look at. How cute.

christhequilter said...

I'm loving the hearts, great negative/positive thing happening

and I don't know how to treat the Amish-style blocks, but your points look great!!

Maggie A said...

Love the hearts