Love a good design wall

DH has been on holidays this week, hence I have free access to the PC and his handyman skills during the day! So 1 minute is about the time it took DH to drill in three cup hooks to hang a piece of dowel.  Then another minute to unearth my batting box, which was overflowing with batting scraps and this large piece of prequilted calico.  Prequilted calico is good for making tote bags, but used wrong side out it also proves to be a great design wall!  So not sure why it has taken me two years to organise one?   Anyway now that I have got a design wall I am making good use of it.
 This is a quilt top that I put together for the charity quilting group I belong to, Quilts from the Heart.  Alan is in his early 80's and donated all the blocks, apparently they were "left overs".  He couldn't be convinced that they were of use to him (he had already made two quilts with this pattern (not sure what the blocks are called sorry) and wanted them to go to a good home, which was lucky for us.  So I used some of the fabric we had received recently (good patchwork fabric but dated prints), which had come from the family of a lady who had gone into a nursing home.  We don't usually get nice large pieces of patchwork fabric donated, so it was a joy to piece the top together.  Our fearless leader generously quilts all the tops on her long arm machine, so it is now waiting its turn.      

 These are my wedding blocks, made by my Sydney quilting group friends - what do you think about sashing them? 

Thanks for the comments re colours (other then red!), it gave me the motivation I needed (LOL!) to go to the patchwork shop and audition some options.  I decided on this nice reproduction, its a grey blue with a small tone on tone floral print. 

So now I just have to decide if I am going to sash them or put them on point, what do you think?

I have 50 blocks and they are 6" finished, so either way they are going to make a reasonable sized quilt.

I have had more votes from my current group for the on point option.  Which I like, but can then see the need to do some nice quilting in the plain blocks and hence making me quilt it myself!  Still they are a treasured reminder of my time in Sydney and the friends I made, so they warrant something special.  Not sufficient sentiment to hand quilt,  the Eastwood ladies were very skilled at hand piecing and hand quilting however this didn't rub off on me - I am definitely a machine girl!  Happy quilting Sue!


  1. They do look nice with the blue and on point looks good too!

  2. Hi Sue It was lovely to meet you in person last night and we will see you again next month. i also like the on point option for the quilt, to me it looks much more classy.

  3. I like the blocks sashed. Can't wait to see what you decide.


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