Monday, March 28, 2011

Making Lemonade

out of lemons with lemons. 

I have started X-Rated, the Schnibbles quilt by Miss Rosie.  I think I know why she called it that, lol.  At least those are the kind of words I used.  I was so frustrated in trying to keep the rows straight when I was laying it out......

I went to Home Depot, bought a piece of PURPLE insulation board, had them cut it in two pieces, a five foot and a 3 foot  (48 inches wide) and proceeded to use my good old duct tape and some leftover batting and make myself a design wall for this size quilt.

Doesn't look real good, but it sure works well!!  portable and not expensive!  The best kind!!! Oh, and don't laugh to much, it is really pretty neat.  One of these days when I have a whole "pretty" piece of flannel, which I think works better for design walls than batting, I will make it look better maybe. :)

See how nicely the quilt pieces go on this?  
I was able to turn the board so I could check the placement of the colors.  Not too good of a color choice for this pattern, not enough contrast, and the LQS didn't have the light gray that goes with this collection. So I chose the white, which washes out the colors I think, and that is what I am using. 

The great thing about this size "design wall" is I can put it up right beside my sewing machine and pick up the pieces straight off of the surface without moving.  Works great!  Maybe, just maybe, I will get this sucker together without messing it up.

Also managed to get my Kaffe BOM started.  This is what it is supposed to look like when it is finished.

This is the first month.  I am machine appliquéing it and am going to try to keep up.  Hah!  Wish me luck on doing that.

Will get back to my Luna Notte baskets next week I hope, and hopefully, the Market Baskets.  Check out Judy's blog to see what other people have managed to get done lately.

13 comments:

Chris said...

X-rated is my favorite Schnibble. It is too cute. Good thinking on your design board :)

Paula said...

I like your X-Rated quilt!! Too cute.

Karen said...

Oh, I like your applique block.

marie said...

I like your applique block, how pretty! I used a flannel sheet set that I got on sale in the spring to cover my design wall, sure was cheaper than buying flannel by the yard.

MB in MI said...

Your Kaffe applique block is great!!

Rabid Quilter said...

Beautiful project! Didn't know Kaffe did stuff like this.

AnnieO said...

I think your X-rated blocks look smart--I'm not missing the gray at all. Once the blocks are together, I'm sure it will perk you up :)

That Kaffe BOM looks daunting, but what fun play you have with all that color!

ranette said...

I like your X-rated quilt...looks very springy to me, but I LOVE the Kaffe block. It's just gorgeous.

Chris H said...

Now I must get me a design wall I think!
How do you get your blocks to 'stick' to the wall???

OMG I just love that BOM ... I can machine applique so would love to know where to get the pattern?

Is your sewing table one of those fold up, take anywhere ones? I have seen some like that here.. but they are very expensive... which is not so good.

Vicky said...

That BOM is dynamite! I've never seen that one! It's gorgeous! And love your design wall! I miss mine. Might have to copy your idea - with your permission, of course! ;) LOL. xoxo

Gari said...

I really like your Kaffe blocks. I'm glad I didn't know about that BOM or I would be doing it, too, along with the 4 (maybe 5) ones I am already trying to keep up with. I like your "little" design wall, too. Great idea to have the blocks close at hand.

Linda said...

Love the Schnibbles!! Applique block is so striking in those fabrics!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love your Schnibbles quilt. The Sun Kissed fabrics are so cute. And your applique block is stunning.