Monday, June 10, 2013

Design Wall Monday and a Giveaway

If you've been reading my posts the past few days, you know I've had the pleasure of spending some quality (and quilty) time with my six lovely sisters. We had an absolutely wonderful time, even though the weather was kind of crappy most of the time. Apparently though we are pretty adaptable because it didn't affect our good time. Nope, we just changed up what we did. You can see my earlier posts HERE and HERE about some of our sewing adventures, but I'll add a few more pictures and tidbits of information below.

Our family has been known to be quite charitable and we girls thought we should do our part of help out the economy of Nelsonville, OH , or at least Nelsonville Quilt Company. Now you really do need to remember that there were seven people buying fabric, notions and supplies over a four day period so maybe this really isn't that bad.

 
Here's a better picture. Maybe I shouldn't have posted these pictures for fear that perhaps someone's spouse might not understand or approve of this stash enhancement. Oh well. Too late!
 
I am please to say that I have already used everything I bought except one bag pattern and the interfacing it needs. I bought the Mondo Bag kit that includes the pattern and interfacing to make one bag.   :-)
 
 
Now I really do have to counter the above pictures with pictures of some of the completed projects from this wonderful stash enhancement. We really were productive and this doesn't include the "kits" that Ann cut out to have ready to sew at a moments notice, the two bindings I finished, or the 40 out of 102 hand painted blocks I'm quilting for the library quilt.
 
 
You can't see them on the table, but I finished the blocks for a new quilt. I asked Claire and Evie if they wanted to be in charge of the layout options and they said yes. (Good, because I sometimes find that so difficult when I'm making something that is somewhat random.) Here they are planning layout option 1.
 

 

Here's what they came up with for option 1. (Sorry about the bad picture. We have no upright design wall space here.)
 
 
While working on the above layout, Evie wondered what it would look like if you tried to align the red "crosses" instead of trying to have them randomly placed and not aligned. She got to work and came up with another layout option. She and Bill spent some time working on this layout and fabric placement and I think they had fun.
 
 
Here's the final layout option number 2.
 


 
So now we have a dilemma. We can't decide which layout we like best! (Actually, we're split down the middle on the voting here and since there are ten of us, there is no tie-breaker option. So, I've decided that I'm going to ask YOUR opinion. Which layout do you like best?
 
Number 1?
 
 
Or number 2?
 
 
I'd appreciate it if you leave me a comment telling me which one you like and why. I'll keep a tally of the votes and let you know the decision sometime later this week. 
 
I've also decided that once the layout is chosen, I'll pull some fun fabric to be used as a prize for one lucky, randomly selected commenter. Sound like fun? (I can't post pictures of the fabric right now, but I'll do so as soon as possible.)
 
Remember - leave one comment per person and tell me which layout you like best and why. Also, please be sure to leave some way for me to reach you, especially if you are set up as  "no-reply."   
 
Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today.
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38 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, random is #1 (#2 is planned) Loosen the buttons and go with #1.

Rosa said...

#1 is my favorite layout

Joyce said...

I prefer #1...lovely job!

Rebeckah Austin said...

I like the randomness of #1

Judy Hansen said...

I like the #1 random placement option, only because it would give me grief if I was doing option #2, and the lines didn't line up exactly. I actually like both layouts very well. Do the one that you like the best!

Kelly Young said...

I love the first layout, too! The randomness is just neat. It's a beautiful quilt! by the way, I completely sympathize with you- I don't have a design wall at all. My solution is a plain white sheet. I lay it out over my bed and design that way! Cheap, easy, and can easily be put away. works for me!

-Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Amy C said...

I love number 1. It flows so much better than 2 in my opinion.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Gill said...

Definitely #1 - I prefer the randomness of the layout!

Deb said...

I love #1. Seems more scrappy and that's what I like.

Anonymous said...

#1

Jessica in Colorado

Brenda said...

I love #1 layout! I've been wanting to make one of this pattern! Thanks for reminding me!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is #1 MaryTackett

Terri Magill said...

I vote for #1, but still love both!

Terri Magill said...

I vote for #1 but love both of them!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Number 1 for sure - I love random!!!

Pam said...

#1--it has movement.

Lou said...

I love #1!!!
A more modern unplanned look!

JoyceLM said...

My vote is for #1 - love that layout.

Judy B said...

Six sisters, WOW and they are all quilters! I like #1 also, seems to be the popular choice.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love them both. Depends on if you want the modern randomness of #1 or the symmetry of #2.
Looks like you had a great time shopping and sewing with your sisters.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Kare Ybarra said...

#1 - love the randomness!

vicki said...

I like the randomness of #1-I guess number 2 reminds me too much of a huge flannel shirt..sorry. lol vickise at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I vote #1. It will be more fun to quilt! Even though the red is still strong, it does not dominate the patterning as it does in #2. Also in #2, you lose the other fabrics and their wonderful colors.
Joan T

Mary Walker said...

Definitely number 1. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Mimi said...

I really love #1 - oh yeah, it is my favorite layout and by the looks of it... many others! Thanks!

Annie said...

Although the randomness of #1 looks good, it's similar to a lot of quilts I've seen before. So my choice is #2!

barbara woods said...

I like no. 2 thanks for the giveaway

Bonnie Pfrimmer said...

Looks like #1 is the one. I like the scrapy look and not planned look. And you don't have to line up the red blocks you can just sew. Thank you for sharing.

Elita en Suisse said...

I'm going to say N°1 as well. I think the red becomes too overpowering in N°2 and detracts from the beautiful background colours. Thanks for the giveaway!

Shauna said...

I like them both, but prefer number one.

Stash Avalanche said...

Number 1 is nice but a bit standar-quilt-pattern for me. Number two reminds me of some kind of crazy tartan, so I'm for number 2.

Gotta get to it! said...

Number one ia my wild, random side. Number two is for my straight and narrow side. I'm in a number one mood today. Good luck making the decision.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

My favorite is #1. I'm all for you not having to match up those skinny lines.

Mar said...

I ike Option 1. The rythm, the flow of color and movement. Those are the things I like best in that option. Option 2 is too organised for me. ;)

Patricia Anderson said...

My first reaction is for number 2 and I am sure that is my construction work coming out because things should be plumb and level. On subsequent views though, I really like number 1 more. :)

swooze said...

I like the structure of #2 and I don't think you will see many like that. I would probably quilt it in a gridded fashion of some sort to enhance even more the structured look. I like #1 as well and agree to go with what pleases YOU.

quilary said...

I really like #2 - I like how you get a secondary plaid pattern through it - but that could be just I like the orderliness of it and am a fan of tartan patterns (Scottish background!)

Chris Henson said...

I cast my vote for quilt #1. It just appears to be more colorful.