The Last Design Wall Monday in January

Here’s the score for January:  started four quilts and finished two quilts.  No wonder the inventory continues to grow!  But I find it so difficult to deny myself the opportunity to work with new combinations of fabrics when the right pattern comes along and I have some colors that I am just dying to cut into.  In my own defense, I did finish my January 2012 UFO Challenge item (yippee!!) and a quilt that I will show next week.

My design wall was mainly on the floor(s) and even my sewing table!

The challenge piece was one that I started in a Laura Wasilowski workshop in August, 2007.  I loved the design but couldn’t bring myself to spend the time to quilt it and I wanted to try a finishing technique that she describes in her book Fusing Fun! that eliminates the binding.  It’s done and on the tackboard in my office.

Of course I have been working on Orca Bay (thanks again to Bonnie Hunter) and making progress sewing the center together.  I would love to have the top completed for the big display on February 6.

I also started a quilt from a pattern in History Repeated by the 19th Century Patchwork Divas using all the fabrics from the Spring Street line designed by Carolyn Gavin.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out and for those of us who were growing up in the 1970’s, it feels like a real throwback.

Finally, our guild makes twin-size quilts for SafeHouse, the local domestic violence shelter.  We had an afternoon sew-in and I left with the top together with the exception of borders.  While you had to pay attention to how the blocks were sewn together, piecing 6″ half-square triangles was pretty simple.  And thanks to a friend who cut it all out, all I had to do was drive the machine!

The Henry Ford Museum just re-opened their display of antique cars and we spent several hours looking at the progression of vehicles over time.  I think my favorite was a Bugatti Royale, one of only six made.  You can certainly see what it looks like from the detail shot I took!

Check out what others have been doing at Patchwork Times.

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