Monday, March 12, 2012

Design Wall Monday

I should have been working on quilting and getting the instructions ready for more FW blocks......but....I wanted something new on my design wall.  I worked really hard and I have the brown/aqua quilt in rows.  I took it down because I like to pin the rows together while watching TV with the family.
I looked around and found another basket filled with pieces so I put them up on the design wall.  I wasn't really sure where I had left off with these flannel scraps when I boxed them up.  I discovered that I had plenty of 4 patches for a lap quilt, but I no longer have the plaid flannel for the alternate blocks.  I was not up for the challenge of figuring out what to do with it, so I put it back in the box for another day.   Besides, I have plenty of projects laying around that need attention.

I opened another drawer and pulled out this Jacob's Ladder scrap quilt.  This quilt is so old it was the very first scrap quilt I started.  I recall how I had so much trouble putting all the non-matching reds next to each other.  At the time it seemed very stressful.   Fast forward several year, and I throw it all in!  The more the happier I am!  This quilt was put away only needing borders.  I do that quite frequently, and I am not sure why.  I had a perfect red for the first border and I already had the squares cut for the outer border.  Because my squares for the outer border didn't have much variety (remember this was my first scrappy quilt), I dug through my scraps for more selections.  I just have the bottom border to add and it will be ready to quilt.  I did not do a very good job with the red values for the center ring of the quilt.  A few of the lighter reds are lost.  It was a learning experience, so I will not be changing them.  The puzzling part is that I have about 50 4" finished half squares left over.  I wonder what my original plan was for them.  I'm not sure if I miscounted or if I intended for them to go somewhere.  I put them in the drawer for a different project.  It never hurts to have a few starters.
This pattern is from Fons & Porter Love of Quilting May/June 2000.  This quilt is old, but I did not start it in 2000!


MaryAnn said...

I really like the quilt. It is funny that you have become so much "scrappier". Keep those finishes rolling along.

swooze said...

I love your Jacob's ladder. I am not a scrapper but aspire to be one day :)

Annie said...

So many of my quilting friends are stuck on "matchy matchy" and have great difficulty making scrap quilts! I say the more fabrics, the better! They just don't get it. Your first scrap quilt looks great!