Monday, June 29, 2009

Design Wall Monday

One of my sewing groups that enjoys making quilts for charities has started another quilt. (Our last quilt was sold for $475 at the Mennonite Relief Sale - you can see it here.)
Our new quilt was inspired by Deirdre Brown's quilt pattern called Split Decision - you can see her quilt here.  When we are looking for ideas for a group quilt, we want a design where 1) you can use a wide variety of fabric scraps, 2) the block is easy for all levels of quilt experience to sew,  3) the quilt doesn't have a lot of seams to match and 4) finished blocks can be squared up to the same size, because as we know, every quilter has a different 1/4" seam allowance!!

We started by selecting a border fabric from a pile of bolts (yes, bolts!!) of fabric from one of our group member's stash. Then we each took a chunk of the border fabric home and looked in our own stash for scraps to match. 

Here are my pieces, all cut up and ready to sew.  The test block is on the left of the photo. Some of these are really old fabrics and I am delighted to be using them up.
Here are 12 of my finished blocks on my design wall. Each group member will make 25 blocks, which will give us a few extra blocks just in case some are not the right size or don't look right with the colours in the final layout. 
If you want to see what other quilters around the world have on their design walls, go to Judy's blog and check it out (click here). But don't blame me for all the quilting time you wasted while surfing the quilting blogs!!


  1. Awww, man! Not even halfway into my day and already another quilt for my Wanna-Do list! :-)

  2. Great quilt.......I wish I had bolts of fabric to choose from. LOL
    And I thinks this will go on my want list also.

  3. great quilt. I like the idea of making extra blocks just in case

    love and hugs Gina xxx

  4. It's going to be fabulous!

  5. What a great way to do charity tops! I'm going to "steal your idea" and suggest that our charity sewing group do the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. cute pattern and what a great idea for a charity quilt.

  7. Split decision is a great name for this attractive quilt.

  8. I love this quilt! Another
    one to put on my "to do"
    list. Thanks Kathy!