Monday, October 24, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I got a little quilting done this weekend, but not all that I wanted to. Unexpected errands and visitors slowed me down, but all is good. I'm not worried that I'll get the quilts done that have deadlines because I'm ahead of schedule anyway.

Of course I started piecing something new, but not just because I wanted to. I am going to be part of a Quilts of Valor presentation on Veteran's Day and I'm making this quilt for a special recipient.

The pattern is called The Wave and I'll be adding borders as well as some appliqued stars. I love how this looks and so does Jack. It's quite easy to put together and I just may find myself making at least one more because I think it would make a great gift. Here's a picture of the original quilt.

While working on this, I've been sewing a project using the leader and ender technique.

I've had the Sundance pattern for quite some time but just never found the perfect fabric. I decided that I wanted to find fabric for this quilt and make it. I think it would be a really good class project for new quilters who want to make something fairly good size (55" x 70") and want to make it quickly.

On Saturday, I made a quick trip to M&E Quilt Shoppe and took the pattern with me. I wanted to show Mabel and Ethel so they would be on the lookout for fabric that would fit the pattern. 

Imagine my surprise when I walked past the cutting table and saw that Judy was cutting fat quarters of some new fabric that just arrived that would be perfect for the quilt! The picture below is not great, but here are the fabrics I'm using. It's Plush by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

Since the picture is so bad and I want you to see how perfect it is, here are better pictures from Moda's website.

This is the main/focus fabric.

This is the frame fabric around the small center.

Here's the small center piece.

Here's the background, which is between the pieced blocks and the large focus fabric.

And this will be cut on the bias and used for the binding.

Everything is cut and the pieced blocks are just about done minus the framing. Again, it's a crappy picture, but you can see how easy it is and how beautiful the fabrics are.

I'll do some quilting after school tomorrow (I want to get Jack's quilt done and load another one), and then work on the borders to the Wave quilt and finish these blocks. I'm also going to try to get the binding sewn on to Jack's quilt so I can be hand stitching the binding down Tuesday night. It's good to have goals, right?  :-)

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Bonnie said...

Wow -- I love your wave quilt -- it just seems so appropriate. And the new one you started is going to be gorgeous. Was the pattern more like a post card? I have one that looks similar but I haven't thought about making it yet. Last thought -- I love your statement that your turning your siblings into quilters. Fun blog today.

Suze said...

I adore the wave quilt. It just looks as it the flag is waving. There is fire station not far from my house. It has a huge flag flying high. With all the wind we have in OK, the flag is often flying at some angle. My husband (before he died) and I took a class at our local community college in photography. He was so ill that we neither one got much out of the class. However, I did ask the instructor about taking a picture and never quite understood what she told me that I needed to do to take a picture. I'd love to have a picture of it. I think it is one of the most inspiring symbols we have in this country. I have the flag that was on my dad's casket. He was a lt. col. in the Army. He was very humble and most people probably didn't even know that he had been in the service.

The fabric you chose for the beginner quilt is gorgeous. In the pictures, it so luscious that it almost looks like flannel. Your students are going to be thrilled with their projects. It sure helps to have someone help you get off to a great start.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

The Wave quilt is awesome. New fabrics are very pretty and are going to work up so lushious in that pattern.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh what a lucky recipient - that is a beautiful quilt!!

Miaismine said...
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Miaismine said...

I'm sorry! Here is my comment! :)
I love your quilt, “The Wave”! It’s perfect! The border compliment it wonderfully! You did an amazing job! I actually looked up the pattern! Thank you for sharing!