Design Wall Tuesday – Baby Quilts

Welcome to Design Wall Tuesday!

I hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! It was a busy sewing weekend for some of us here at Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting.

From Content Director, Carolyn Beam:

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I spent a lot of time in my sewing room over the weekend working on three different projects. I finally got the top for the 100 Blocks Sampler for Quiltmaker‘s Nov/Dec ’17 issue completed and packed up for the quilter.

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100 Blocks Sampler

I’ve got a baby shower coming up this weekend and worked on a quilt top. I wanted something that was simple but still interesting. I want the recipients to feel it’s ok to use and wash this quilt without feeling like they’re harming a masterpiece. I remember my sister telling me that she thought I would be angry about the quilt I had made for my niece when she was a baby. I couldn’t imagine why she thought I would be mad. She said that the quilt had been used and washed so many times that she thought it was ruined. I was thrilled to see a picture of my niece’s daughter with this same quilt and was happy to see that it had been used and loved!

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Nine Patch baby quilt

I’ve been showing my progress making blocks using Bonnie Hunter’s Leaders and Enders method. Now, I’m at the point of finally sewing the blocks together. This is Happily Scrappily Irish from Bonnie’s Adventures with Leaders & Enders book. I love how it’s turning out!

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Happily Scrappily Irish

From Administrative Editor, Deb McDonald:

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Garden Path Daisies with Mimi and Pat

Inspiration galore! I saw close to 100 pretty quilts this past weekend. The guild I belong to, Arapahoe County Quilters, held their Festival of Quilts 2017 biennial show. Here are a couple photos of quilts you may recognize.

Garden Path Daisies from Quiltmaker July/August ’17 was made by Mimi Hollenbaugh and Pat Syta, also known as Bound To Be Quilting. Their quilt sports a Sponsor’s Choice ribbon. Congratulations, ladies!

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Lime Grape Fizz with Deb and Crystal

Also hanging in the show is a remake of Lime Grape Fizz, which I sewed. This recolored version appears in Quiltmaker Reader Favorites, a newsstand-only issue that will be on sale later this month. I was so excited to meet Crystal Zagnoli or The Quilted Cricket and have a picture taken with her. Crystal worked her longarm magic on this quilt. Crystal and I have emailed back and forth for several months but had never met in person until now.

From Acquisitions Editor, Lori Baker:

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It’s finally finished. I spent some time this weekend binding this queen-size quilt. It was supposed to be a quick and easy quilt but it turned into quite a project. I’m glad it’s done and I do like it.

From Associate Editor, Mary Kate Karr-Petras:

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This weekend I started piecing another in the series of seasonal 16″ pillow shams I’ve been making over the past couple of years. This one is American flag-themed, and the design was inspired by the quilt on the cover of McCall’s Quilting’s July/August 2017 issue, Homeland by Candy Hargrove. I like how Candy used triangle-squares to create a scrappy, stylized flag, and I adjusted her large rectangular layout to a small square one. Rather than Candy’s more muted reproduction fabrics, I chose bright reds and blues and paired them with white-on-white prints for a summery feel. By using the 8-at-a-time triangle-squares technique, I was able to make the 100 2″ unfinished triangle-squares I need in short order. This is a project I’ll finish well before the 4th of July.

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Have a great weekend! Stop by next week for more quilty inspiration!

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