Monday, May 11, 2015

What to do with an Empty Design Wall

Start something new, of course.

The following quilt is being motivated by housecleaning. See, I've had these pre-cuts sitting around for way too long taking up space, and I really needed to something with them, or otherwise get rid of them. I started by looking up things to do with a jelly roll and decided on the Sister's Choice pattern by Bonnie Hunter. These are what I've made so far:

The fabrics come from Collection for a Cause by Marcus. I started with the jelly roll, but I did have to pull from my stash for more lights and more variety. I managed to kit up enough more to make thirty blocks, which will make a decent size quilt. I also have a layer cake of the same line, which hopefully I can use up in a scrappy border when the time comes. All waiting to be worked on when I go to Dillon Beach next month, for my annual week-long quilt retreat with friends!  I do see that those "light light" ones may have to get tea dyed, or maybe reconstructed with different background fabrics...

Meanwhile I've been absolutely itching to start one of the current sew-alongs that are going on. Barbara Brackman's Stars in a Time Warp sounded pretty cool, so I went ahead and got started with block one:

and pulled fabric for several others:

I thought I'd make them 4" instead of 6, the point being a smaller quilt.

But I already got sidetracked by Quilts By Cheri's "Every Day Patchwork"  which has been calling my name - loudly - and I couldn't wait to get started making some blocks! Yesterday I made three...

...and as soon as I'm finished with this post, I'm going to go back in and make some more.

Now, God help me whenever Sheryl over at Temecula Quilt Co. gets her Summer Sampler sew-a-long started, because I'm completely seduced by the antique quilt she is reproducing and already ordered the kit.

What, am I crazy?? What is it with samplers, anyway? I just can't seem to get enough!

On that note, my sewing room is calling me....



  1. Hey Sandy, I think your right about the tea dye on the first set of blocks. a few of the backgrounds are competeing witht he stars?! And as to your last question, I highly agree; samplers are just way more fun!!! I look at some vintage quilts with just 2 plain fabs and 1 block design and I wonder where did the maker find the patience?! Tho' highly graphic and interesting repeating the same exact block 20 times would drive me nuts!! cheers, cw

  2. There should never be an empty design wall, at least not for long! All great projects. Love the selection of fabrics!