Design Wall Monday--May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Are you remembering someone today?  I'm remembering my grandfather, who was a WWI veteran; and my father, who is a WWII and Vietnam vet.  My father is still living, but I'm remembering him anyway.  Thanks to both of them for their service to our country.

As for my design wall . . . here's where I am.  I made a little more progress on my barn quilt.

Here's the original image so you can see what it looks like.

I purchased some Shiva Paintstiks and I'm thinking of using them to do some of the shadows under the eaves of the buildings. I'll stitch vertical lines on the barn, and one horizontal line near the roof to show the division in the boards. Then, I plan to stitch horizontal lines on the red part of the other building. I want to do some thread painting with green thread in the grass and use some gold thread to make some of the weeds and brambles in the grass. Also, I'm going to add a tree stump where the leafless tree is in the picture. I still need to add the chimneys on top of the buildings, and I might decide to add a few flowers too.  I only work on this a little at a time.  Each step requires that I work up the courage to do the next thing.  So far, I'm feeling pretty good about it, but that could change at any time.

Next up, I completed the fifth of nine cat blocks for my "Let Sleeping Cats Lie" quilt.

I have a really cute and colorful fabric for the border of this quilt.  The original pattern has the cats in browns and grays, but my border fabric is so colorful that I decided to do mine in different colors.  It's hard to see in the image, but the polka dots are multi-colored too.  Here are all the cats I have so far.

I may get energetic and finish this one up soon.

Finally, the quilting and binding is finished on "The Secret Garden."  This one is heading Judy's way to be donated to someone in Joplin, MO.  It goes with the book of the same name.  I'm hoping it will give comfort to some young girl who may have lost everything in the tornado.

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5 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Generous and talented and competent: all great qualities, Barbara and I see you consistently demonstrate them all.

wv = patinkin Isn’t that the name of that Mandy fella that worked on a hospital show in the 90’s?

Kate said...

Love the kittens! So cute, fun and bright. The barn quilt is looking good too.

Enjoy your memorial day.

Quilty Conscience said...

Those bright colors just suit those playful kittens. Good choice! Toni

Melinda said...

Love the cats - I like the bright colors much more than the original

Sarah said...

I clicked on your link from Judy's site to take a look at your cat's and what do I find - you are in the house design class. I am sewwwwwwww far behind on mine it's sad.