Design Wall Monday: October 31, 2011

This was a productive week for me.  I finished the Sunshine on My Shoulders quilt.  It's as if a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders!  I've been working on this quilt for a long time.  It's so pretty and bright--at least I think so--and I'm glad I persevered and finished it.  That doesn't mean I wasn't sick to death of working on it!

Also, I pieced a back for it, which was intended to resemble the blocks on the front.  This is a HUGE quilt, and so it follows that the back is even more huge than the front.  Here is a slice of what it looks like.  The whole thing can't possibly fit into an image on my camera, but I think you get the idea.

Also, I finished up my hand-quilted whole cloth mini-quilt.  This was a project for a class I took from Quilt University.  The class itself was sort of meh.  I think this is a skill better learned in person.  Still, I was appreciative of the design that was provided, and I like this little quilt.  I'm going to put a red binding on it, shown at the top of the image, and hang it on the wall of my sewing room along with the rest of my doll quilts.  It was fun to give this a try.  I might try it again sometime.

Here's the back.  The stitching is hard to see by design.  As a stab stitcher, my stitches aren't as straight or even as they might be, especially on the back.

Here's a close-up (and even though it's a "close-up," no fair looking too closely!).

And speaking of stitching, here's the fifth in the series of stitcheries for the Sew Happy Sew Along.

And here's the second block for the Bloggers' Block of the Month.

And here it is alongside the first month's block.

Now that my October UFO is complete, I'll be starting on my November UFO, which is the Checkerboard Flowers BOM I've been working on, seemingly for EVER! 

This is the picture on the pattern cover.  I still have the large center block and the smaller block in the lower right-hand corner to finish.  The checkerboards have been built along with the blocks, but there are still plenty of little checkerboard strips to make before it's all done.  Look for this on next week's design wall.  How are you doing with your projects?

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12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

You did a nice job on the quilting, especially as a first try. It's cute. I've never done a whole cloth quilt.

sao said...

I think your hand quilting is great! Glad you are going to display it.

sao in Midlothian, VA

Yvette said...

The more I see your orange quilt the more I am drawn to it.

LynCC said...

Wow - neat UFO project for November. :)

Bonnie said...

You've been a busy girl. I've added your Occupy Your Sewing room button to my blog and I think I'll blog about it later this week. Congratulations on sticking with the orange quilt. i like orange in quilts... don't know if I could do all orange... but yours looks great. Now the quilting part, eh?

Snoodles said...

I'm still collecting oranges for a quilt ...I've designed it in my head, and need to get it down on paper before I have a senior moment and can't remember it anymore! I'm so impressed with your whole cloth piece - wow! Your hand stitching is far better than mine!

Grace said...

I saw your sunshine on my shoulders quilt on the Quilting Board! :D The quilting world is a small world after all! It's beautiful!

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

I really like your hand stitching. I think you did a great job. I wouldnt worry about every stitch being perfect. Thats what makes it hand made - the little differences in stitches ads personality - and really you cannot tell unless you are really inspecting.
Good Job I Say!

Kate said...

I'm going to miss seeing Sunshine on My Shoulder on your blog, I love the bright colors in it.

Your hand stitching looks good. It will be really cute bound with the red.

Denise :) said...

Barbara, your orange quilt is marvelous. I'm in love with it! I need to get my own orange quilt finished so I won't be jealous of yours! :)

quiltzyx said...

WooHoooo! Only the binding left on the Sunshine quilt!

Your whole cloth quilt looks great from here. Stop picking on yourself!

Still like all the other blocks too. :D

Gari said...

I am impressed with anyone who either hand quilts or attempts to hand quilt. It looks like a restful thing to do but neither me nor my dogs would appreciate it. Yours looks great, and I looked closely. Still love your o/y quilt, you did a super job of it. The checkerboard=oh, my!!