Monday, October 25, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I'm so glad this isn't Design Wall Monday Morning, or I'd never be able to post, (I guess it is still morning here). I find that I tend to get busy with something when I first come downstairs, especially if Jack's on the computer that I like to use for posting and before you know it, it's 11:15...

There should be no surprise as to what's on my Design Wall, I mean Design Floor today. Yep, that's right, it's my 16 Patch X Block Quilt (the one for which I sadly need to decide on a new name). I have the rows sewn but need to sew them to each other. I stopped when I got to this point because I'm doing the math to see if I have enough of the X fabric to make this larger.

After the inside is together, I'll be adding a small border using the X fabric and half blocks of the 16 patches and X blocks. If I stop now, the quilt will only be about 65" x 81", but if I add more blocks and keep the symmetry, the quilt will be about 81" x 96" and I like that better. I just have to decide the following:
1. Do I have enough X Block fabric?
2. If I don't have enough fabric, do I want to, or can I even get more of it?
3. What am I going to do with this quilt?
4. If I'm going to sell it, would it be more appealing if it was larger? (My gut
feeling is yes, but then again I like large quilts.)

I guess I'll check out the fabric first and think about the other stuff when I get home from work tonight.

On another note (and one reason that this quilt isn't all together yet), we had to have 8 trees taken down Friday, 6 of which were Ash trees that had been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer. Of course 5 of the trees were close to the house so we couldn't take them down ourselves because a crane was needed. Even if we could have, I still was more comfortable having someone else take them down. The last time Jack and I took down our own trees was pretty comical so we figured it was worth paying someone else this time. Now don't get me wrong, we got them down with was no damage to any buildings, animals or humans, but it was funny.

We're now left with a pile of HUGE logs that we need to split. We've already been working, but this is what's still waiting to be cut and stacked.

I'm in the process of organizing a Lumberjack Party. We'll provide lunch, exercise, and an on-going bonfire (drinks when we're done, of course). You provide the muscles, teenager who needs to learn the importance of hard work and a rake. It's a BYOCS (bring your own chain saw) party but don't worry, we have some if you don't. How about it? Do you want to join us? What day works best for you?

Hop on over to Judy L.'s Patchwork Times to see what other quilters/lumberjacks are working on this week.


scraphappy said...

The fun thing about scrap quilts is that it is OK to use what you have on hand. I just got to the same point with a postage stamp quilt I'm making, and someone commented that it would be moving in the wrong direction to buy more fabric for a quilt that is supposed to use up fabric. I hasn't thought of it that way, but it made sense to me. Running out can force us to be creative and explore new design options.

Unknown said...

what about smaller x's made from light/background fabrics and use darker scraps as the background

kwiltnkats said...

The quilters who commented before me make great suggestions. I'd never thought about the scrap quilt comment and not buying more fabric. The smaller Xs is a great idea. How about "Kisses" for a name? The X is a symbol for a kiss; you know OOXX as in hugs and kisses.

Chris said...

I love the quilt but if you do not have enough X fabric you can randomly make alternates and put them in. It is a scrap quilt after all :)

Teaquilts said...

Great scrap quilt; love the setting and the red you used.