Thursday, August 23, 2012

What's on my design wall?

Have you ever had a fabric that you just fell in love with, and it jumped off the shelf into your arms and said, "Take me home with you!" Well, that's the way I felt about this Robyn Pandolph fabric. In my opinion, fabric-wise, Robyn Pandolph can do no wrong! And my LQS was having an end-of-summer sale...doesn't get much better than that! So I bought 3 yards of it for a border. I was able to hear Bonnie Hunter's lunch lecture at the Hershey PA quilt Odyssey show, and knew that I wanted to make her "Happily Scrappily Irish" from her Leaders and Enders book.

The Scrap Therapy group that I'm in had done some fabric strip exchanges, and I pulled quite a few of the greens, planning it to be at least 25% green fabrics in the piecing. To go with the Robyn Pandolph fabric, I pulled some pinks also. The off-white small background print is something that has been in my stash for at least 8 years, and I had over 6 yards of it. (Backstory:  I worked in a quilt shop partime, and whenever the shop owner had a fabulous end-of-bolt sale, I bought big chunks of background fabrics. I still have more background pieces in my stash!) Now that fabrics on the shelf are sporting $12 a yard price tags, I really appreciate having the wisdom to stock up when fabric was marked down to $4 a yard! Shameless bragging, I know, and I apologize!

I got so carried away making the pieced blocks that I have the second Scrappily Happily Irish quilt blocks 25% pieced!  I did strip piece some of this, most of my strips were cut from fat quarters.

It's just so much fun when a project cooperates with you. This was easy to sew, and such fun to put up on the design wall. I wish my design wall were a little bigger!  Bonnie does make very big quilts, and I am cutting mine down in size a bit. I need to make quilts for my queen size poster bed at least 88 inches square. I use pillow shams, and I like making square quilts so they can be turned any direction on the bed. I'm anxious to send this to my long-arm quilter, but I have something else in line before this one can get quilted. It's my granddaughter's quilt...shhhh...don't tell. Once I get the border on that one, I'll post a pix for you.

Till then, keep stitchin!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Mary! Gorgeous! I'm still piecing and piecing mine. Getting close to blocks. I love yours! Very, very nice. Now I have to sew more tonight!