Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Pay Day Finish!

When the Cottage Quilters announced that our 2011 Challenge was to be based on a candy bar wrapper I knew there would be a lot of bright quilts inspired by M&Ms and Skittles.  I like to do things a little differently (if you haven't already noticed) so I went candy bar shopping just to see what I could find that was a little out of the ordinary.  I liked the wrappers for the Zero Bar and Hershey's Cookies 'N Cream, but I decided on the Pay Day wrapper because of the colors.  

I cut a bunch of squares from  blue, orange, tan and white scraps.

Then I made a WHOLE LOT of half-square-triangles........
.........and I started playing on my design wall.



My good friend, Angela,  quilted it for me and did an absolutely stunning job on it.  She's pretty amazing.  Check out her blog.

I cannot thank Angela enough for the gorgeous job she did.  We have entered this quilt in the AQS show in Paducah and got the entry form mailed just before the deadline.  Now we wait until the first week of March for news.  Here's hoping!   

Friday, December 9, 2011

What's on My Design Wall?

I decided that I would do my very first "Design Wall Monday" post this week, so I got the photos ready and before I knew it, it was Friday!  You faithful bloggers amaze me.  My "Design Wall Monday" posts would get pretty boring - my wall stays the same for long stretches most of the time.  So, here is what's on my design wall right now:

These are my blocks from the "Made Fabric" Block Swap.  When it was my turn I requested blocks made like the two purple blocks at the top.  I asked that swappers make a large square of fabric from neutral scraps and a second from monochromatic scraps. 

Then the blocks were stacked, slashed, and sewn back together after reversing the center strips.

Now that I have all these gorgeous blocks I need to decide what to do with them.  Should I slash them again and insert another color before sewing them together?  Or not?  Add sashing?  Slash them into smaller pieces and mix them all up?  Hmmm, this could be on my Design Wall until next summer.  I need ideas.  I need inspiration.  Or maybe a nap.......