Monday, May 27, 2013

Design Wall Monday - 5/27/2013

I have two projects on the design wall currently.... one is about to come down and get sewn up into a top, and the other is just in the beginning stages.

First, I have pieced all the blocks for Strip Stax....

I love the colors in this quilt!  It's so hard to see the fabrics in an all-over shot like this, but here is a close-up of some of these fun warm fabrics shining out of that gorgeous blue background!  I have not yet completely decided how I will border it.

My next project start will be a baby quilt for our newest granddaughter, Genevieve Rose, who was born in March.

Since the gender had been a secret - even from the mommy & daddy! - I needed to wait until after she was born before we could pick a pattern for her quilt.  Nikki and I both pinned baby quilts we liked to my Pinterest board, and eventually she picked out her favorite one.

This is the quilt Nikki chose....

Denise of Count it *All* Joy made this oh-so-cute little quilt for her newest granddaughter June, and I loved it so much it was quickly added to the favorites on the Pinterest board.  Isn't it adorable?  Yep, I think so too!!!

Genevieve's nursery is done in Cranberry with whites and creams as neutrals.  Amazingly, since I rarely buy pastels or pinks, I had the perfect fabric on hand for the background....

I fell in love with these fabrics this past winter during a girl's trip to Franklin TN to all the quilt shops there.  The Bernina Shop had this print with a few coordinates, and for some reason it just spoke to me!  I picked it up and put it down a dozen times!  I kept saying, "But it's not my colors.  What would I ever use it for?"  I even left it there the first visit.  But when we went back about a month later, I caved and bought 1-1/2 yards of it.  I also bought this sweet pink "grow" text fabric to go with it - I just love text fabrics!!!

Now I'm absolutely delighted to be using to make our sweet baby girl a lovely quilt all her own :*)  See the words, "Life" and "Hope" and "Grow" in that pink piece?  Those are all the things I will be praying for our little girl as I make this quilt for her!

Out of my stash, I picked out these additional coordinating fabrics for the pennants....

with that deep cranberry in the upper right to bind it and give it some color punch.....

At the local Joann's shop, I found the perfect shade of cranberry yarn to work up her name in the string design!  I just love it when a plan comes together, don't you?!?  :*D

Denise was kind enough to share her pattern for the little pennants, so I am in the process of tracing off enough of them to make one pennant from each of the coordinating fabrics.

I'm using Heat n Bond Lite and will raw-edge appliqué them to the quilt.  I just have to decide whether I want to put on the string first, or stitch down the yarn "string" - I'll keep you posted on that !!!

Genevieve's Baby Quilt is my NewFO Challenge project for May!  I will link this up to Barbara's linky party as soon as she opens it up at the end of the month.   Be sure to go by and check out all the cool starts!


And don't miss all the fun projects on everyone's design walls today over at Patchwork Times!
Patchwork Times
And also linking up with....

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Hugs & Blessings!


  1. Oh Teresa, this quilt will just be so adorable - just like your granddaughter!!!

    Blessings to you as you stitch and pray!

  2. A new granddaughter! What an exciting reason for a new quilt. Looks like you have all the details planned out. Enjoy putting it all together.

  3. That little quilt will be simply adorable! I love that background ... and those pinks are spectacular! I cannot wait to see it when it's finished.

  4. Congratulations! What a beautiful little family! And wonderful fabrics for the new baby quilt : )

  5. Oh, lovely family photo. SUch a pretty fabric - it called for a reason - great pattern choice and this is going to be a sweet quilt for a little sweetie.

  6. How darling. It will be such a sweet little quilt in gorgeous colours.
    p.s. if you plan on using the yarn on the quilt, cut off a good length and soak it in warm water to see if the dye is going to run. Wouldn't want that lovely background all pink : (

  7. Congrats on the new baby girl. She's adorable! And Denise's design is a great baby quilt for her. I love the fabrics you chose. Those fabrics, and the use you now have for them prove that if there is a fabric you love.. get it, because you never know when you'll need it. LOL! And I also love your stacked strips. That one is on my ever growing want to do list.

  8. Congratulations to you all! What a beautiful baby! The colors you've chosen for her quilt are just lovely - what a pretty quilt it will be. Celebrate! A new baby has been born!

  9. Strip Stax is beautiful--lovely fabrics!
    How fun that you are remaking baby June's quilt. You have a lovely selection of fabrics. Can't wait to see this one come together!

  10. I am jealous. I so much would like to have grandchildren to quilt for but my boys are not cooperating.

  11. first congrats..and all those raspberry colour will be a treasure

  12. Hi birthday twin.
    Congrats on the new grand-daughter. I think you are one lucky lady! The quilt Denise made is adorable and it will be so perfect for your baby Lyne. I love the colors; have fun!

  13. Love the batiks in your stacks quilt blocks!
    And what a special new project you are starting :)

  14. A granddaughter - how blessed are you all. A wonderful family portrait, too. It is a very sweet quilt. Congrats to all!

  15. Congrats on your newest grandbaby! That baby quilt will surely be a masterpiece - can't wait to see what you are going to do with those fabrics.

  16. Granddaughters are so special. My sister just found out she is finally going to have a granddaughter after 2 grandsons. Love all the fabrics. That background fabric is perfect!

  17. Those fabrics are absolutely adorable! Can't wait to see the finished quilt! Congratulations on a granddaughter too of course! :-)
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  18. That is going to be a gorgeous quilt. I'm pink with envy at your new granddaughter. She is beautiful. Not surprising given her beautiful parents. Sigh. Thanks for linking up today.

  19. Congrats on a new granddaughter. She is going to have a gorgeous quilt - love the design and the colors! ~Jeanne

  20. You've picked some gorgeous fabrics for your granddaughter's quilt. Congrats on the new addition to the family!

  21. You have some really great fabrics picked out for this cute little girl's quilt. Can't wait to see it!

  22. I guess the moral to this story is 'when the fabric speaks to you, Listen!' What a perfect combination for this special baby quilt - I love it!

  23. Beautiful family photo and the fabrics will make a wonderful quilt for your granddaughter! Thanks for sharing.
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  24. What beautiful colors for your Strip Stax quilt. Thanks for the closeup too - it's gorgeous! Perfect pinks too. What a lucky grand baby!!

  25. Oh Teresa -- how marvelous -- and what a sweet family they are!!! You should embroider the line! LOL! It wasn't that hard -- I had a big needle and it went pretty quickly!! :)


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