Monday, August 27, 2012

Design Wall Monday - August 27, 2012

I finally have a quilt on my design wall!!!



This is my Girls Just Want to Have Fun, designed by Charlotte Angotti.  All of the blocks are now pieced, but I still have to piece the outer blocks so I can put them all together.  It also has a pieced piano key border, so I'm far from done yet!  

I started this quilt in a class taught by Jean Shaw at Runaway Quilters Retreat last September.  Jean also taught the class at our Piecemakers Guild, so a lot of my friends have made the quilt.  It is a gorgeous quilt in every color scheme imaginable.  I have seen it done in brights on black, brights on white, blue and brown batiks, purple batiks, and browns on cream.  Every one of them YUM!!!

Mine is done in 30's fabrics.... 
  

I have always loved the look of a quilt done in 30's fabrics - so soft and sweet and inviting....




I even used scrappy whites for the background - I LOVE the look of that!
Don't 30's quilts just make you want to cuddle up into them and lie down for a sweet afternoon nap?  They do me!  But I am not so fond of the fabrics themselves.  Given a choice of buying a batik or a 30's print, I'm picking the batik any day, you know what I mean?!?  I'm all about color and splash and boldness in my quilts, right?!?

So as you can imagine, I have maybe three 30's prints in my stash LOL!!!  I really wanted to make this quilt in the 30's prints, but I didn't want to go out and buy up a bunch of fat quarters, use a little bit of each one and have all these scraps left over that I would never use again.  So my friend Joanne came to my rescue!  She had used a million 30's prints for her Dear Jane quilt and offered to let me use her scraps!  What a friend!!!  She handed me two baskets full of scraps, and when I was done it didn't even look as though I had even used any of it.

By the way, Joanne just won BEST OF SHOW at our Wilson County Fair this year for her Dear Jane - Congrats Joanne!!!  She totally deserves it too....


Look at that scalloped border!  And every inch hand quilted!!!  It is shown here in the case of honor with some other blue ribbon winners.  (I'm sure that metal figure is nice, but it really seems out of place on the quilt)  My Dear Jane still needs to be quilted, and seeing hers done and gorgeous really makes me want to get it out and finish it up!  Just sayin'....

In the meantime, however, I really want to have my Girls Just Want to Have Fun done to show at Runaway this year.  The retreat is the last week of September, so I should have plenty of time to finish it up, but you never know, right?

What's on your design wall today?  Go HERE to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on!  I'm also linkup with:
*    Connie's Tuesday Linky Party at Freemotion by the River
*    Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
*    WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

WELCOME to my new followers!!!  I look forward to getting to know you better :*)  And I wish everyone a wonderful week!

Hugs & Blessings,
Teresa
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34 comments:

  1. Wow, I love your quilt blocks - so pretty in 30s. I like all the secondary patterns that pop out, too. Great job!

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  2. I love it and am writing the pattern down to go search. I haven't done anything in 30's in a while but do have lots of little scraps that will work great here. thanks for sharing.

    Teresa H.

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  3. I love this in the 30's! and the variety of whites is wonderful, too. This is going to be just gorgeous when done - it already is!

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  4. LOVE it! This is a gorgeous, gorgeous piece ... love the 30's fabrics in it, too!! :)

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  5. Love your blocks. I can see how this pattern would work well in so many fabric variations. The 30s fabrics look so nice with the white background.

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  6. That is a gorgeous quilt!! It is so bright and happy and fun! Is it a commercial pattern? I'm not much into 30's prints, either, although I have a stack of 2 1/2 inch strips of them waiting for a project to come along.

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  7. Your quilt is smashing as they say in England. Do I detect a few non-30's fabrics that sneaked in there just to play?? It is lovely and will be very cuddlely after it's quilted.

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  8. I love this! Your eye for color is wonderful..and YES I love scrappy white on white. Just another added layer of color! Love the Dear Jane too..I have JUST started. Still slogging thru my 4th block. I should have saved that one for later..its HARD! lol

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  9. Many many small pieces but what lovely colors in all your blocks. Great pattern! Congrats on the quilt on your design wall :)

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  10. I love, love love the "girls can have fun" blocks!!! I fell in love with it when you had posted it earlier!! I agree, 30's fabrics are perfect for this one!! I'm going to have to put this one on my MISDL!!!

    Blessings

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  11. Love your Girls just want to have fun quilt so far.

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  12. great quilt and congrats to the dear jane quilt

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  13. What a beautiful quilt. I can see how your friend would have plenty of scraps after making that awesome Dear Jane. You should definitely take inspiration from her finished quilt and start working on yours. One block at a time will get it done someday. Good luck!

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  14. Love th blocks and I love the fabric choice too. That DJ is just gorgeous.

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  15. Your quilt is going to be wonderful treasure. It's beautiful!

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful blocks and love the quilt design! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  17. Wow!!! I love your "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" quilt.

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  18. Very fun pattern, Teresa, and it does look very cozy in 30s prints. I don't have many of them, either. I could never make a whole quilt of them without "help". I think your experience with your friend's scrap baskets is common. Scrap baskets refill themselves when no one is looking. : )

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  19. Great quilt. It is so gorgeous in the 30's fabrics. What a fun quilt... and love the name you've given it.

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  20. Wonderful quilt I love scrappy quilts.

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  21. Found you from Connie's Tuesday Linky party...beautiful quilt. Can't wait to see it completed.
    Amanda

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  22. Love it! That's a lot of piecing!

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  23. I love it and the colors are great. What a nice friend! I don't have any fabrics in the 30's repros either. You friend's DJ is beautiful. I wish they would have displayed it open to see all that quilting!

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  24. Fantastic quilt. I, too, am not fond of 30s fabric but really loved the one I did. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  25. Beautiful! Isn't it interesting that we all have different likes? I'd take a 30s print over batiks any day.thats what makes us all so much fun!

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  26. Wow what a great quilt you have on your design wall. I'm not big on the 30s repo fabrics, but that one is just gorgeous! Makes me wanna go get some of those repo fabrics. Beautiful

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  27. Oh my gosh, I love love love what is on your design wall!!!

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  28. Your top is lovely....and worth the wait to get it on the DW. Congrats to your friend for her award winning quilt...yours might be next.

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  29. Oh yes this is a real eye catcher I picked it out as my favorite as soon as I started looking at the thumbnail pictures at WIP Wednesday.

    Nicely done I hope you finish in time for the show!

    Happy Sewing

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  30. I love how colorful this quilt is! I also love the white on white prints in this quilt as well. I have a huge weakness for white on white. :)

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  31. That's such a fun quilt. I enjoy the fact that the white background is scrappy, too. It will be beautiful when it is finished.

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  32. This is beautiful! You have done a great job! (and given me an idea for a batch of fabrics that are waiting patiently :)

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