January 12, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I have decided against my better judgement---which at times can be very iffy! to join in with Judy Laquidara's group of bloggers/quilters and participate in "Design Wall Monday" in 2010---see how poorly I'm doing already. It's Tuesday!

I don't feel like it implies I have a deadline to finish anything on my design wall (I hope it doesn't)---it just means I'm showing you any progress I have made from Monday to Monday--right? It could be a lot, a little or zero progress.

I have a fairly large design wall considering my sewing room is about the size of a large shoe box!

If I could, the design wall would be the largest surface in the Itsy-Bitsy sewing room. It pretty much is now, but I mean even bigger would be better!

I don't think you can ever have too much design wall. Mine is approx. 8 feet wide x about 6.5 feet tall. It's some type of core board. (not foam) my husband got at Home Depot. All I know is you can stick straight pins into it fairly easily, and it's rigid and sort of a grey beige stuff. (if you go shopping for design wall board. Take a straight pin with you to test it out). You should be able to poke in whatever it is easily. You will use straight pins to hold some things onto a design wall. Just clingy felt or batting will not do it all the time. Especially if you pin your whole quilt top to the design wall. That's heavy and will fall to the floor sooner or later---

The design wall is covered with Warm n' Natural batting that has been rolled over the edges of the core board and stapled to the back edges, and with strategically placed screws (with washers behind the screw heads so they don't sink into the core board stuff), attached to the wall. It's been in place for at least 7 yrs. now. I occasionally vacuum it off or use a lint roller on it. I think it's one of the best things since sliced bread! Every quilter should have a design wall of some type if you can manage it. Laying out quilts on floors, tables, counters and beds is O.K., but if you have some type of design wall that is eye level, horizontally and vertically--- it's great!

This is what is on the design wall today:

These are some string quilt blocks Amanda and I started, but never finished. Now, that I've seen the beautiful String Quilts on Mary's blog---I want to finish these blocks for a donation quilt.

















A paper piecing project.





















And this wall hanging I finished several years ago that is my "Quilt Whisperer 101" class project. I am going to learn what to quilt on it hopefully by the time I finish the class. Carla Barrett's class I just started at MQResouces.

Over on the side edge of the design wall you can see some machine embroidery blocks I've never finished.



So, there you have it for Design Wall Monday! Thanks Judy for inspiring us!



6 comments:

debra said...

Wow! I can't wait to see that paper piece project finished. It will be spectacular. Thanks for the sneak peek ;-)

I love Mary's site. She is such a neat lady.

Diane said...

oh I hope you finish the string quilt-they turn out so nicely--and with just leftovers (wish my dinner leftovers were as good, ha)
And I say double wow to the paper pieced project! that's going to be stunning!
And you are correct, there isn't suppose to be any guilt assoc. with this Design Wall Monday. I will say it does seem to keep me motivated, hope it is a positive for you too.

Cheryl said...

Glad you can join in. Your quilts are look great. Steady is sometimes the best to figure things out. Hope you have fun in Carla's class(quilt whisper 101) can't wait to see the finished quilt. Cheryl M.

Ivani said...

wow! can't wait to see the paper pieced quilt finished, it is beautiful. String quilts are so "No stress" and a great way to use the leftovers. Hugs, Ivani in Brazil

Valerie said...

That paper piecing is unreal. I loved hearing about your design wall too.

Purple Pam said...

That paper pieced diamond quilt is going to be stunning. I like the star quilt, too. Star quilts are one of my favs. I am also working of some string blocks. I have so many scraps. I am trying to tame my ever-growing collection of scraps.