I’ve had a lot of inquiries lately about my design walls via Instagram and Pinterest.
I would consider design walls one of the most important tools in my studio.
Distance and vertical perspective are important to design.
Colors and prints don’t just come together for me, they make me work for it. I’m not a sketcher, so I have to cut, pin and/or fold fabrics and put them up vertically to gain some visual perspective on their interaction with one another. I can’t say whether this design process saves me time, but being at the wall with my stash is the part of the design process I enjoy the most.
There have been a few incarnations with design walls as my needs (and quilts) have grown. Before our move, I had distance from my design wall because my family put up with the space being more studio than living room. If you can get 8 feet or more that’s ideal (there are other tools like peep holes that can help give distance too).
The fabric I use is a grey flannel sheet. I purchase flannel sheets from Garnet Hill so I don’t have to piece (sign up for their emails, they always have sales or free shipping). I like how whites and neutrals pop off it.
It’s fully mounted to the wall. Full details about it are here.
There were baby steps made before this permanent solution. The design walls I started with and that I encourage students to purchase are pre-made design walls or picnic table cloths that can easily be rolled up and tucked away and because having only one project going at a time is simply absurd I have two layered. To the top of one wall I sewed doubled-over ribbon. This allows me to roll and secure it when not in use. The vinyl backing will help keep everything stay put, pretty much where you placed it.
If you want to read more about a roll up design wall I’ve posted about that here.
A few years ago when Jacquie and I were teaching together we joke about not marrying what was on your design wall, someone commented that you are only sleeping together and we all had a good laugh. But seriously, move stuff around, you never know what you might end up with and you’ll know it’s right when you see it.
Live them. You won’t be disappointed.
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I hate making quilt backs. I also spend too much time over thinking the quilting. I know from discussions that I’m not alone at this stage of quilt making.
So instead I’ve been piling up quilt tops. I haven’t quilted a quilt since, oh, November;( lame.
So I’ve started making my fabric piles, AND I will…make…quilt backs.
I know many quilters that now shy away from prints, but I have a soft spot for prints and backs are a perfect place to use up those that made me love fabric and quilting.
I think this quilt has been together minus a border for a year and a half.
This is what I purchased, but I’m not so sure I’m sold. The handle on these Kaffe fabrics is really nice if you are looking for a soft quilt back.
Snowballed Sunshine is my new color way obsession.
It’s getting scraps and some larger cuts in the same sunshine happy tones.
My Sochi Hex just needs some length and maybe some added width.
Fabrics from the front and a few of the same prints in an alternate color way will merge for its back.
My newest Double-Trouble quilt is the one I’m itching to quilt the most. The picture makes it look so dull, but it’s bright and vibrant.
I knew I wanted the 60s type flower print to be showcased on the back and I’ll take it from there with the others.
Now we’ll just have to see how long those piles sit?
I do enjoy choosing binding, so maybe that will be my incentive.
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The deadline for entering quilts for the Bainbridge Quilt Festival is this Friday the 15th (entry form here).
Have you picked a quilt out yet? This is a fun, non-juried show and no sleeve required!
I decided since one of my favorite quilts ever is Grape Crush (aka Seam Ripper IPA), that I’d submit it to the festival.
My text with Sandie about it went like this.
I’m joking about the show quality. We had a struggle with gremlins in her machine and bird nests of thread would appear at the back every time we hit the shot cotton. Her hubby John would refill our pints and I’d crawl under the machine to rip it out. Thus Seam Ripper IPA it is.
This is the stuff that memories are made of folks.
I traveled with friends yesterday to Pink Chalk Fabrics to spend the day with our Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild friends and they are pretty excited about the festival.
I’ll be teaching Improvisational Elongated Triangles at the festival on Friday, September 12th. I’m looking forward to volunteering on Saturday as well.
It was fun to spend time in the courtyard talking to people about quilts last year. If you can’t submit a quilt consider donating your time. But I hope I get to see your work.
If you are a Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild member I just booked my flight for October!
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Sigh, there’s nothing like it. Sleeping in your own bed after time apart.
Spain was dreamy.
After World Cup was over we really had no where we had to be.
Roan became efficient at finding anyone in a square to kick a ball around with regardless of a language barrier and it being posted as a deviant activity. You know what they say about rules?
We’d sip a vodka tonic, make a half-ass plan and walk to see what we would find.
Most of the time it all came together.
Roan and his cousins from Northern Ireland kept each other company.
We also spent an amazing amount of time just sitting.
People watching is just fascinating.
So was our view.
And then we’d all usually walk to the square and sit some more.
Jet lagged did me in. I’m just starting to feel that life is regaining some rhythm here at home. I taught all last weekend, cleaned my house like mad this week and am just gaining some ground on new samples for classes coming up.
I stalled on what color to make my stitch and flip triangles.
We have a new couch, so if I don’t make a pillow in the next week Jefe’s going to start worrying that something’s wrong with me. Curtains eventually might be a good call too.
Bainbridge Island Quilt Festival’s deadline to submit for the show is Friday the 15th, so I need to make a decision on finishing something new or entering something done. I love non-juried shows. Anyone else submitting?
My yard is out of control so I know what I’ll be procrastinating this weekend.
Have a great weekend;)
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I’m having the best first summer in our new house.
Replacing the four hours of my day that I was commuting Roan to and from school with sewing has proven productive AND there’s World Cup.
I really wanted to get to this design, off-setting a bunch of these rings, but first I felt I needed to get to some of these quilts in process.
I taught a Double-Trouble and Value quilt workshop in Portland last weekend, so this scrappy sample was the first on my list to finish up. The neutral background is a mix of scraps also, including flannel, so I of course love the feel.
A few of us went over to Island Quilter for an impromptu open studio and I was able to tape out Psychedelic Baby’s size on the floor. It was the only way I could figure out how to off-set it properly to be on a queen size bed. I still somewhat messed it up, but I’m good with that. It’s still not square, but close enough for the quilting stage and I’ll access it again after.
I purchased more Essex to fill out the corners on my Sochi Hex quilt (that’s my Olympic joke back to you Sandie) and then I can add it to my huge pile of unquilted tops or finished quilt tops depending on how you look at it;)
I have many starts with stitch and flip triangles. I love their simplicity. This technique is one of two classes I’ll be teaching at the Association of Pacific West Quilters symposium August 2nd and 3rd at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma so I thought I would put together another sample.
I got to thinking that this quilt will work as a new improvisational quilting for beginners workshop sample too.
I’m getting use to my little studio and trying hard to make do with what’s there and my lack of distance from a design wall so that all pennies go into the rat city Garudio.
Pink Chalk Fabrics kindly asked me to take part in their Where I Sew tour, but I had to raincheck. I giggled a bit about what I would show you here. I thought I might still try to post here on my own, but we are preparing to depart for Spain and since Jefe wants to just do carry on backpacks (because we’re still 20) I have to spend some extra time thinking about what to pack. I’m pretty sure my ideas of making a voile pillowcase for my pillow (that I don’t know where I’ll pack) and a clean girl/dirty girl skivvies bag have gone to the end of the list along with that idea in the first picture.
I hope (sort of) that my next post is about digging a ditch and building a French drain for the Garudio remodel.
Have a great month everyone. I’ll likely be over at Instagram here and there.
Oh, and Happy Birthday America!
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Does this scrap make my wall look small?
I cracked up when I received what Erica from Finn Style called scraps. I stretched this one on a frame from the art supply store, completely ignoring Jefe asking me how I knew it was square. Its location in the house is yet to be determined, but for now I can gaze at it while sitting in the dining/living room area.
I had no clue this hexagon print would be this scale, but it looks lovely on the table for now.
I’m thinking of adding more Marimekko to my stash with Finn Style’s Marimekko summer sale.
I’ve taken to this Peacock Blue color throughout the house. It started with painting Roan’s room. I had about six different blues up and Roan told me to stop asking him which one he liked best and just pick one. I couldn’t help but try one more and instantly new this was the one.
The World Cup posters pop well with it. Speaking of which, I’ve got a game to watch!
Happy almost weekend!
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The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild is hosting the second annual quilt festival on Saturday, September 13th from 9:30am-5pm.
This year the guild’s also hosting me for a workshop on Friday, September 12th from 10am-4pm at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Classroom. We’ll be covering the elongated improvisational triangle block. I love this block!
Registration opens on June 15th.
The guild is also seeking volunteers and quilts to display in their out door show.
Hope to see you there!
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