Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Wall Monday and Time for One More Quilt

It's Monday and that means it's 
Design Wall time!

I sort of have two things up today. One on which I'm deciding borders and one that is ready for binding. 

Here's the one that is ready for binding. It's a simple quilt using 5" squares. I'm still playing with quilt options for when I host Charm School Sew-Ins. I want the quilts to be quick and easy, especially since there are a fair number of new quilters/sewers who join us for these days. This quilt will fit right in. I quilted this with a 1" grid in all the white areas and then stitched in 1" increments around the big dark squares. I like the quilting a lot, even though it took me longer to do that than actually piece the quilt.

Just to try it out, I made a small version (6 blocks) but think I will make a larger, 12 block version during the sew-in. This one isn't a bad size, about 41" x 59" but I like making most donation quilts larger - closer to 60" x 80". 

I like the black and white blocks here and am glad I pulled them out to use. The backing is a print fabric with lots of pretty pastel birds, flowers, leaves, etc. (I forgot to take a picture of the back - sorry!), and I am going to bind this with black and include a robin egg blue flange. Maybe I'll have a picture of that tomorrow. :-)

Here's the quilt on which I'm trying to decide borders. It's the Yellow Brick Road baby  quilt that I used as "in progress" samples during a recent class. I wrote about it HERE

I've added a small red border that you can see here.

I'm considering leaving this as is and bind in red with the blue/red fabric as a flange. My original plan was to have this small border and then a larger border of the blue/red fabric but I'm having second thoughts.

I think I'll leave it up for a little while before I make the decision. What are your thoughts?

I plan to finish this and use it as another Hands2Help donation. I know I can get this done before the deadline. :-)

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Bonnie said...

Nice quilt using the charm pack. As to the YBR quilt. I think I'm with you -- call it done. I don't think the green (blue?) border adds anything.

Scrappy quilter said...

I'm liking the black and white quilt. So pretty!

Unknown said...

I love the red first border! but I'm not so sure about the blue second border. I like the's fun. I'm amazed at how many quilts you make! You rock!!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What fun quilts - I do like the blue border after the red one.... it looks nice to me ;-)

Sarah said...

Aunt Joanne, are we on the same wavelength or something? I just cut out an umbrella and mesh bag that uses the same red keys Just My Type print. I'm using the multi color letterpress print to go with it and am quite excited to see how it turns out. If you happen to see any of the breeze color way of the letterpress could you pick up 1 1/2 yards for me? I'm searching online and not having much luck so far.
Love ya!