Monday, September 23, 2013

Design Wall Happenings!

Last week I told you I'd be AWOL from Blogland because I was going to Runaway Retreat -
      Well, I'm back!!!

And I had a wonderful time!!!  I'll share more about the retreat in a few days, but for now, I'd like to share some of the things I worked on while there.  It's exciting to see projects taking shape.  I have a combination of new and old projects going on .....

New.... Bargello Tree Skirt

Two sections of this hexagon-shaped skirt assembled.
I was TOTALLY excited when I got these two sections sewn together and saw a glimpse of just how amazing this tree skirt is going to be!!!  It is not an easy project, and I was worried that the sections would not line up correctly.  I had to get two complete sections done and trimmed with the oversized triangle template I had prepared before I could tell for sure that it was working - so you can imagine how delighted I was when they lined up perfectly!

When I put it up on the design wall at retreat, everyone said it is too striking to be stuck under a tree and that it needs to be a wall quilt.... hmmmm..... that's definitely a possibility - we'll have to see! :*D

My original intention was to make this in blues and whites to look like a snowflake, but then I went shopping for fabrics and fell in love with this focus print.....

It is a Jason Yenter Wintergraphix print and I just loved the colors!  I added in a wonderful bright blue, a nice spectrum of greens, and some golds......

 But then I ended up taking out the lightest gold and adding in the black instead, and I think it was a good choice.  You can really see the black add some definition in the first picture above.  The light gold was just too mushy and died out when put in the bargello spectrum with the deep colors.

I've had these fabrics for this project for quite some time, but as usual, the project got pushed to the side for more urgent projects.  Then as I shared in THIS POST, I decided that I really want to get some of my Christmas UFO's done so they can decorate my house rather than a UFO box this Christmas.  I joined up with Needle, Thread, Happiness for her 2013 Christmas QAL in order to have some accountability to get them done :*)  This will be my second UFO I've tackled so far.  The August project - Midnight Runner - is complete - quilted, bound, and ready to be proudly displayed this Christmas!  Yoohoo!!!  You can click on the quilt name if you'd like to read more about it's progress :*)

So far so good!

I also began another NEW project while at Runaway - a small quilt for my mom to fit in her tabletopper frame I gave her last year.....

She asked for a Vintage Valentine block to switch out with the Sonshine sunflower table-topper quilt I made for it last year, so I got it all ready for stitching down while at Runaway.  All the button-hole stitching was completed at retreat, so I just need to quilt and bind it, and then add the little hanging sleeve for the frame.

I hope to have this ready to take to her when I visit at Thanksgiving :*D

As for OLD projects on my design wall, I still have to get Genevieve's Banners sandwiched and quilted....another project that needs to be ready to go with me at Thanksgiving!

and I'm hoping to get the appliqued border for Amish Beauties applied and stitched down soon....

And don't forget....
              Today is the first day of the Crazy About Wool blog hop over at Pieced Brain!!!

My day is Thursday so be sure to come back and see what I'm playing with.... here's a sneak peek....

Hmmm..... what could it be?

Here is the Blog Hop schedule for today:
Hope you have a marvelous week!  Here in Nashville, we are enjoying fall-like weather and it is gloriously cool and crisp - yum!!!  I don't know how long it will last, but I plan to enjoy it while I can.  Mornings will be pleasurably spent on my side porch with a little stitchery =^..^=

Hugs & Blessings!

Linking up with ....
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Christmas QAL at Hazel's Quilts
Tuesday Linky Party at Freemotion at the River
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. All I can say is WOW! So many pretty project in one post. Your tree skirt is incredible. I'd leave my tree up all year to show off that skirt!

  2. Such a pretty tree skirt! So many projects old and new - you go girl.

  3. Fantastic tree skirt. Will look lovely around the tree. You have some other great projects. Amish Beauties got my attention.

  4. So much going on. I just love the Amish blocks, Are they the ones you started in Bonnie's class?

  5. What an amazing tree skirt that is going to be! Love it. So much movement already! I have vintage valentine all filed away......somewhere

  6. Wow you have been busy with so many projects Teresa! I am loving that tree skirt. At first glance I thought it say Tee-shirt, ha, ha. I looked at all that work and thought no way would she put all that work into a tee-shirt? Then I looked again and saw it was tree skirt, whew. I think my eyes are playing tricks on me. Looking forward to seeing you woolie project.

  7.!!!!!!!!!!!! O!M!G! Not to mention the other eye candy you have posted!

  8. Beautifully amazing tree skirt, Teresa. And I LOVE that vintage Valentine design for your Mom.
    So many wonderful projects!
    Amish Beauties just sings.
    And yes, I'm crazy about wool. : )

  9. Please tell me what brand vitamins you're taking. My heavens woman--you've been WILD! The black was a perfect choice, I love Santa's sleigh, you have a lucky mother, and I admired your Amish blocks,again! Love all the photos.

  10. With all that you got done, did you have time to visit, eat, visit, and maybe get a little sleep!!! LOL
    Love, love the tree skirt. It is going to be absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.

  11. So glad you had a wonderful time at retreat! I can tell you didn't get much sleep!! Your tree skirt is awesome and then some. So many beautiful projects to work on, I bet it's hard to decide which one is next to get your special attention.

  12. You used your time at retreat well. The tree skirt is absolutely gorgeous, I think I agree that it would be a shame to hide it under the tree.

  13. What a fabulous tree skirt that is going to be.
    Love the heart design for your little quilt.
    I have been touring the wool hop. Can't wait to see what you made.

  14. Wow. So many lovely things in one post. The tree skirt looks challenging and I love the colors that you chose to work with. The Santa runner/quilt is awesome and now you'll be able to display it :-)

  15. That tree skirt is going to be amazing! What pattern is it? I'm going to have a Tree Skirt Linky party in December. I hope you will share it then, I'm sure it will be finished by then... ;-)


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