Monday, 8 June 2020

on the design wall

One nice outcome of all of this extra time at home - I have had more time to sew. If you stop by often, you will already know that I tend to flit from one project to another, and I also start new projects before finishing things too, as lots of ideas continue to bounce around in my head.

Now & then, I am also trying to pull out and make a little progress on some of the other ideas from the past few months as well. Quilts I started 'just because', not for the end result or to use up the fabric, but for the pleasure of making, and making what I love.
I remembered when & why I started each one of them, and how much I love the creative process of making a quilt - the fabric choices, the cutting out, the piecing, and the moment when it's all up on the design wall, so close to looking like a real quilt!

Here's a peek at what's happening around here, on the design wall & on my sewing table.

On the design wall is my next batch of 'flea market fancy' quilt blocks. Probably my favorite part of making these is the chance to play with different fabric and colour combinations. It’s like making a mini quilt with each block.

And then there were six . . . 

On my table – my cutting and prep station for a few more blocks.

As you can see in the below pic, my 'wagon wheel' blocks are still up there on the design wall. Even though they’ve been put to one side slightly, I’m keeping them out so that I keep working on a block or two occasionally. I’m still really enjoying these blocks, that pink fabric is so pretty, and it would be fun to get this UFO done.

I did manage to get my 'sidewalkchalk' blocks up off the design floor and all together. Loving this random scattering of colour and values

I was tempted to add a few embroidery stitches to this simple quilt, in keeping with the vintage crazy quilt that originally inspired me. However, I decided not to, as my version was always intended to be a more 'modern' rendition.

I did decide to add a little extra embellishment to my 'blueberry crumble' quilt top though . . .

. . . and true to form, I'm still starting new projects! I felt the need to make something just for fun yesterday. I received a small bundle of fabrics from treehouse textiles during the lockdown, a pretty selection of mainly Liberties & assorted plaids. So, with my new fabric bundle in mind, off to my fabric scrap baskets I went, throwing all the shapes and sizes into a pile on my cutting table, mixing and matching colours.

More on my progress with these triangles later in the week.
Linking up with Cynthia for 'oh scrap' here
Oh, and I guess you want to see a full pic of my whole design wall, this will make you smile!

{wink wink} what is it they say about cluttered workspaces?

until next time, Linda


  1. Linda, i love all of your projects--but the Wagon wheels are my favorite...That pink fabric is amazing!! So pretty....
    Hugs from afar julierose

  2. I think your design wall looks FANTASTIC!!!

  3. Looks like you are having so much fun playing with pretty fabric, Linda! I like those flea market fancy blocks - they remind me of some I made a couple years ago. They are definitely fun for playing with different fabric combinations!

  4. I love the triangle strips, such an eclectic mix of fabrics but somehow they all work together. I seem to be flitting from one project to another too, I think it happens when I'm lying in bed and night and start thinking "what if"

  5. It is so nice to see all the different projects. The wagon wheels look fabulous and I enjoy seeing your colour combinations.

  6. Busy busy! Variety is the spice of life. The saying is funny......and thought provoking!

  7. Lots of luscious projects Linda!! We may be on the same project with one of your pics of the design wall - Brigitte Giblin Back to Back quilt - I have the fabrics more or less together but working as two different scrappy quilts.

    1. I’m liking having things out so I can see them, it’s certainly kicking me into sewing mode! Yes, the ‘back to back’ quilt has always appealed to me, so I thought why not just jump in & make it.
      It’s probably the easiest quilt in the book! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hi Linda....I'm Kathy from WV/USA. I just found your blog through a comment you made on mangofeet and am having a hoot going through your older posts. My husband calls me a flitter quilter because I have so many projects going on at once. It looks as though I'm not productive sometimes--at least until several start finishing up at once---then I look like a very prolific! Anyway, from what bits I've read we may be kindred quilting spirits. Blessings...I look forward to reading more!

    1. ps...Your Fancy Flea Market may become my newest project. Those blocks are so lovely---they are my favorite on your design wall!

  9. Empty quilt room, empty mind.*wink I can't even imagine working on just one single project at a time. Love quilters like you who just own it, make it look normal and like a very good thing.:) Love seeing your design wall pic! Wish I had a bigger one!

  10. Of course I love the wagon wheel blocks. I've always thought of your flea market blocks as monkey wrenches. But yours are delightful. And I like the reproduction fabric you chose for sashing on your triangles. What an unexpected delight. Such fun to see. Thanks.

  11. It is great to have a lot of projects on the go. Love being able to choose which one to work on. And it is fun being distracted by different projects, too.

  12. I love your 'cluttered desk'! Your blocks look superb, beautiful mixing and contrast.
    Lots of inspiration here, thank you.

  13. Certainly lots to keep you busy and happy with all that colour. I'm back at work now finally, so sewing time is dramatically reduced.

  14. What a lovely group of projects. Your design wall looks so enticing.


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