Design Wall Monday

10 May

Wow – I can’t believe it’s Design Wall Monday already!  I’ve just been putzing around all week experimenting with how I’m going to do the borders for that nine-patch quit.  I tried freezer paper shapes and interfacing.  I wanted the leaves to have the shape so I could just position them and not needle turn.  But, alas, I couldn’t get the points pointy enough with the prepared methods so I opted for needle turn.  I enjoy needle turn and I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  So needle turn it is.

This donut of thread was my best purchase from Paducah. Superior Masterpiece. Nice for applique although I usually use silk. The stitches are still hidden and there are a lot of colors to choose from.

I hope you weren’t expecting all green leaves!  🙂  How boring!  The quilt is all scrappy so I figured the leaves should be too.  I like to do needle turn by tracing the pattern on the back Jeanna Kimball style.  But that didn’t work out for this because of the vine.  So I just transferred registration marks to the front and am fumbling to find them!  LOL

When I was piecing the quilt top, I used nickels as my leader and enders and made someo 1/2-square-triangles and 4-patches.  I started putting them together.  It’s not a real project and will probably turn in to a UFO.  I should just save them for a later date, but I saw this pattern in “Antique Quilts” magazine and started laying it out on the design wall.

I'm not really worried about the repetition of fabric because I need 120 blocks and I have only 15 done. See why I say UFO?

Please go visit Judy L’s Patchwork Times blog for more design walls.

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6 Responses to “Design Wall Monday”

  1. Tea May 10, 2010 at 11:17 AM #

    Applique borders are gorgeous and I like your units made from the nickels.

  2. Susan Fields May 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM #

    Needle turn is my favorite too. I have tried other methods but I always go back to that one.

    I find your nickle quilt to be inspiring.

  3. Melissa C May 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM #

    I need to keep an eye out for that donut to have on hand if I get back into applique. Love you nickel blocks.

  4. Diane May 10, 2010 at 4:03 PM #

    love the leader ender and hat’s off to you and your applique, it is fabulous.

  5. Melinda May 10, 2010 at 8:12 PM #

    I like your leader ender project. I have been playing with nickels also.

  6. Janet May 11, 2010 at 1:20 AM #

    I just love the different coloured leaves, they look great and so does the leader ender project.

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