Monday, March 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

I intended to get 3 commissions done in January that were not in any rush to receive them, so after a medical incident over the holidays and my work got put on hold, I felt I needed to keep up with my customer quilting schedule, but have struggled to work on the commissions.

#1 -- Friday, I finally finished up a T-shirt quilt for a former rodeo-diva ;-)

#2 -- a modification of the 'twisted turning twenty' pattern by Tricia Cribbs--primarily modified so that when you cut it on the diagonal you get a true point once you have sewn them back together with every block. It is also a different size block to get the desired quilt size of the client. So, since Friday this is the progression:

Fri. testing my pattern--whoops not quite
Sat. night: All center pieces are cut

Sunday: 1st stage pieced
Sunday: All sliced
Sunday: set ....had a few alternatives that were shared w/the client before final sewing. This is a bit more than one quadrant of the quilt. I do need a larger design wall!

Monday: I'm sewing it all together NOW! ;-) Need to add borders and then quilt and bind it. Feeling very accomplished for getting this created once I set my mind to it.

The 3rd is well through the design phase and just needs a couple more fabric purchases and some embroidery to be done (thank you Barbara!) and then I can piece it together. I look forward to sharing that one with you (blog reader!) in the next couple of weeks.

I can finally show a complete photo of our WWVQG Raffle Quilt for 2011 -- "Valley Icons". Contact me if you're interested in purchasing $1 tickets, they'll be posting a schedule soon on the website as to where it will be on display at various shops, events, and wineries in our valley this year. The nine icons represented in the silhouettes (clockwise from upper left) are the Blues (our local mountain range), hot air ballon festival in May, flowering trees, farmlands and vineyards, our new baseball team the Walla Walla Sweets, grapes, asparagus, onions and wheat. Our guild hosted a class by June Jaeger in 2010 featuring silhouettes in nature. It seemed appropriate when I was given the opportunity to design this year's quilt that we would utilize that concept and create something representing our local icons. Thanks to Eddie Walker for her artistic skills used to create the silhouettes. Click on the photo for a higher image to see the quilting which extends each silhouette.

I get to teach on Tuesday evening at our guild meeting, with permission, Jinny Beyer's fragmentation exercise that she did at her Hilton Head 2009 seminar which led to the Stoney Creek quilt. We'll be doing it in paper with black to white variegated values.

p.s. If you've been reading my design walls the last few weeks, I've been working on that basket quilt...well, I've now decided to leave it as is, do a custom quilting on it and keep as a sample in my quilting portfolio. Now to find some quality time to do the custom quilting. ;-)

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  1. OMG my son in law is such a Longhorns fan I don't dare show him this quilt :)

  2. eye candy. I love seeing all your projects.

  3. You have been very busy! I like how that modified TT is turning out. Very cool!

  4. Ok, so I saw the Valley quilt at the Tri-cities quilt show a few weeks ago, that quilt is just amazing!!! Your quilting just made the entire thing! I would love to purchase a raffle ticket if they are still being sold.