Monday, October 11, 2021

Design Wall Monday

On the Wall Now: 

I've been working steady on these blocks for the start of October.  The blocks for my version of Edyta Sitar's "Cinnamon Stix" are up on the design wall (and I have run out of design wall space, Lol!).  I have already sewn five of the columns of blocks together so only have three more to go.  They don't take that long to sew together so should be done by tonight.  The sashing strips are cut but I'll need to add just a little more to the ends of the narrow strips.  

I'm also hoping to get the top border/backing fabric pieced together today as well.  I've also already sketched out my quilting plan for it (the paper pinned to the center of the wall) but since we'll be away for the end of this month, it probably won't get quilted until November. 

On the Wall Next:

On the first Monday of this month, I had finished up the last four blocks I needed to make for the GE Designs Hey June! (long-been-over) Quilt Along.  Once "Stix" is sewn into a top, I can put my "Hey June!" blocks up and start figuring out which of Gudrun's layouts to use.  We are headed to North Carolina again next Monday and I'd really love to have it to a top to show my MIL but it might wind up being another project packed to take with us to work on during the trip!

On the Wall Last Week:

I had also finished up my "Wishing Rings" blocks for the month of September the day after I finished the "Hey June!" blocks.  Since I spent September making the "Stix" blocks, all but one of the "Rings" block sets for that month came from the Civil War repro scraps.  I had a few partial block sets (just the center square and corner triangles) for three more sets when I had finished the month so have gone back to digging through the box of scraps I picked up from my MIL in August to complete them.  

The fabric for the rest of the block sets made to bring the October "Daily Blocks" sewing up to date have also come from the scraps box.  I have enough sets ready for sewing through to Monday when we leave.  

When I spoke to my MIL last week she asked me if I needed more scraps.  Of course, the more the merrier!  I'm going to check with her again this week to see how much she has collected.  I need to decide if I should make enough sets from what I already have to take to cover the time we will be away or if I can wait and just use what she has there while we're there.

On the Design Boards:

Speaking of sewing for the trip, I have die cut the last of the "Civil War Scrap Basket" block sets that I had picked out fabric for when I started this project.  It was inspired during last year's quarantine from a project I saw on Cathy's Sane, Crazy, Crumby blog.  I'm sewing up a pair a day this week which will finish up on Thursday.  

The blocks on the right below are all ready for sewing the handles down during the drive down.  The box on the left holds all the finished blocks that have had their handles sewn on other driving trips.  When these are all done, I'll be sewing them into four patches with two squares of their matching fabric just like in Cathy's project.     

I have another project I want to be working on for the drive back.  I'm hoping I can set up at least a block or two before we leave but that may need to be done while we are away.  What's on your design wall today?