Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Walking past the design wall...


My design wall is right at the bottom of the steps in the quilt cave.  I walk by it many, many times a day.  Waiting for the dryer to stop, I took 3 minutes to pin up the first 8 string-pieced blue diamonds into a star shape (I seriously need a real design wall instead of my icky pink college thermal blanket, bought in 1978, don't you think?...).


Then, taking a "standing break" from sitting and drafting final applique block patterns came the first broken star setting ring.

Later, I stopped on my way upstairs with freshly folded laundry to add a second broken star setting ring.


I still have a stack of finished string-pieced diamonds to play with...I wonder what will come next...


Meanwhile I ponder plain inset neutral squares versus two, more interesting options...


I am almost through hand-tracing the final copies of the first 19 "Baltimore Rhapsody" music applique blocks.  I work on a large square of heavy white paper where I've layered my working pattern under a fresh square of tracing paper.  

I use the flat clips to hold everything in place as I work.  Simple, yet time consuming.  


My husband kicked the table leg as he leaned in to kiss the top of my head last night...doh!  I had to start that one over...(but it was worth it!).

I pick up pattern covers from the printer later today and drop off the block patterns...it is all very exciting (and a little scary...).

If this venture is successful, I will someday have a scanner and the proper drawing software to do this more high tech.  I feel a little like the ape throwing poo at the monolith at this moment in time (cue the music from "2001: A Space Odyssey").

In stitches,
Teresa   :o)


13 comments:

  1. Such an exciting venture you are beginning. I hope it is very successful as your work is lovely!

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  2. Oh, so excited for you. ANd when you get famous,we can all say "we knew her when she threw poo'!! A laugh, a smile, a huge hug!!

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  3. ok - so I thought the pink was solid blocks and quite cute! Admittedly I'm on the hunt for inspiration for a baby girl quilt so the pink was on my brain!

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  4. I think your "icky pink college blanket" works great as a design wall. And your blue string broken star is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing your progress with this one. (I actually like it with the pink "blocks") :)

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  5. So cool. Last year, I published a pattern and offered it through Etsy. For reasons, I made only 24 patterns and sold them in no time! Seeing the actual quilt (well, photos of it) was a huge draw. I also put it on my blog, on The Quilt Show blog, and one other. I'm still getting emails... Enjoy this venture!

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  6. Had a hard time taking my eyes from your fabulous blue diamonds to write my comment! Love it.

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  7. Methinks a plain block would give the eye a place to rest. I love the blue strings, by the way. Saw a quilt at the Int'l Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE that I must show you. You will just totally drool!!

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  8. I love what your doing with the strings. I did a string star quilt, and applique to solid background. It is my favorite quilt so far but never thought of doing a broken star. Wonderful!

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  9. Love your star quilt start! Looks fab... I love that you use your college blanket as a design wall (beats my flannel backed plastic table cloth! lol) Looking forward to seeing what comes next! Kathi

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  10. The "1978" blanket design wall has given me a purpose for my "1978" twin size blue blanket! I am unsure about the pink and white blocks. I vote for white as a background. It would look nice with a hand quilted motif.

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  11. Yes, you should obtain a new design wall. Your quilt is coming along great. Congrats on getting your Rapsody quilt pattern printed.

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  12. Absolutely you need a big design wall to make your masterpieces! Love what you have so far!

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  13. i definitely bookmark your post and will give links to my friends as we all are a great lovers of blogs and always ready to read interesting and informative blogs.
    Estetik

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