Monday, October 10, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Lots of good progress made on my McCalls FINAL challenge. I look forward to sharing it with you next week and hope you'll all help me get out the vote!

I can show you a picture of my INMQ Challenge piece now since all entries were due by Oct. 8. Everyone had the exact same quilt to make, it was then up to each person on how to quilt it. No embellishments beyond thread choice were allowed. I have used several different metallic thread colors.  When I first saw the design, I thought of the story of Christ's birth with the star over the stable in Bethlehem and the three wise men being led by the star to find the baby Jesus. So, I added the manger scene in the lower right using black thread in a heart shape almost (great clip art that I found and I love hearts, so this just seemed appropriate for my quilt) and used silver metalic thread as a halo affect over the baby's head. All other metallic threads used throughout the quilt are blue or purple both have a light and a dark version. I even added a shooting star. I tried to position the variegated batik fabric used in the binding to have the brightest color in the upper right corner. I used wool and cotton batts - layered to hopefully give loft but also stablize it. If you come to the Spokane - Washington State Quilter's show next weekend, you can see it and vote too!

I also put in my 'Waiting for my True Love' quilt in honor of the featured quilter - Pamela Mostek. I learned her blended borders technique a couple of years ago and used it to finish up the quilt.

Also in the show is the WWVQG's Raffle Quilt --it will be in the GROUP category. I hope you'll stop by and check it out. You can still get raffle tickets at Stash or Sew & Vac in Walla Walla.

I'm so excited about attending MQX in Portland this week too! I was able to get into a Linda Taylor hands-on class. I posted photos last week of my quilts that will be in the show. Let me know if you'll be there!
Ireland!! Deadline extended to Nov. 1 for full-payment discount. Join me on a fabulous adventure in Ireland, June 5-15, 2012.

Thanks for stopping by....get ready for voting on the McCalls FINAL challenge next week! See you then! Linkups are indexed with more Design Walls @ Patchwork Times.


  1. So beautiful! The stars are stunning!

  2. I like the stars! The colors are very pretty and the nativity in the corner does fit. Not your typical Christmas colored quilt. Glad that next week will be here soon! I'm as anxious to see the other Finalists quilts as to start Voting.

  3. Oh my, I love your challenge quilt -- what a marvelous job you did with just the thread! :)

  4. Oh me of the great rose is my favorite. I love it.

  5. I love how you quilted your challenge...very creative, with lots of movement created with the quilting!

  6. Beautiful quilts! Enjoy MQX, and tell us all about it when you can.