Design Wall Monday: April 30, 2012

This week I completed three quilt tops.  Last week, I was only showing pieces of a mystery project.  Later in the week, I couldn't stand keeping the secret any more.  My face was turning purple holding my breath, trying to keep from blurting it out.  Then buttons started popping off my shirt, and that was pretty embarrassing when I went to the grocery store.  Since I couldn't hold it in any more without setting off alarms somewhere . . . for something (who knows what might have happened), I decided to reveal it.

It's a wonky school house for my friend Lisa who teaches fourth grade.

It's all finished now except for the quilting and binding.  Also, I want to embellish it with some buttons and beads.

After that, I completed the top for the Mother Goose quilt that I've been restoring.  My mother did all of the embroidery around 70 years ago.  It was originally sewn into a comforter when my kids were babies.  Recently I got it out, took it all apart, repaired the embroidery motifs where the black thread had gone all poopy, then gave it a sashing and a border.  It too needs quilting and binding.

The green sashing is a little brighter than I imagined it would be.  I'm going to use the same fabric for the binding, and I think that will help balance it out.  

Then Saturday, I finished this Winged Dreams quilt top for my friend Sue's September birthday.  This one needs--you guessed it--quilting and binding, but I'm handing this one over to my long-arm quilter.

Finally, I made a test block for the We Bee Learning block bee.  It's my month to choose the block, and I wanted to make sure the tutorial made sense before putting it out there for the rest of the bee.  I found this tutorial on Canoe Ridge Creations.

There are now three quilts waiting to be quilted, and so I'm hoping to get one of those quilted this week.  First, I need to top-stitch down some appliques, however.  And then it'll be time to get started on my block swaps and blocks of the month for the month of May.  A busy week ahead.

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7 comments from clever and witty friends:

Jennifer said...

Wow - love your wonky schoolhouse! You had a fantastic week - congrats on getting so much finished.

The Thompsons said...

Love all of your projects. The block of food is extremely cute.

Annie said...

I love the embroidered quilt! I'm so glad you are restoring it! The wonky schoolhouse is a cute gift.

Kate said...

Love the school house, it's perfect for a teacher. You had a very productive April.

Vicki said...

You have been working hard and I don't blame you for being proud of all your projects. I think that restoring your embroidered quilt blocks is very sweet. I think the bowtie veggies is a great idea.

swooze said...

I love the wonky school house. I can appreciate the effort you put into restoring the embroidered quilt. I too just deconstructed a quilt for someone and rebuilt it. It will go on being love for many more years to come.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

The school house quilt is such a nice quilt for a teacher. So cute.

The food/bowtie block is cute. Hope you'll show how you quilt that.

Really like the embroidery quilt - it's good you are restoring it - such memories! :)