Monday, June 21, 2010

Design Wall Monday #25

In my cleaning frenzy this spring I unearthed a few old project boxes. You have already seen some of the quilt tops I found - remember this baby quilt and this pile of UFO's? There were also several boxes with parts of blocks and fabric bits. This weekend I opened up one of these boxes and put the blocks up on the design wall.
This project was a round robin project that travelled across Canada in 2001, with each of the 6 participants making the same 2 blocks for each quilt. I included the fairy fabric, the pastel pink and the soft green fabrics. The goal was to make a calendar quilt where each block was made with a specific month in mind. This layout shows the blocks in order of the months.
Now...can you guess why I didn't finish this quilt?
At the time I couldn't figure out how to make this into a quilt I could live with. Do you have any suggestions that might help me finish this thing???

12 comments:

Judy said...

You know you don't have to use all the blocks just because they are supposed to go together. If there are some you just can't live with, replace them. If it was me, I'd keep them all. ;-)
Put some sashing and cornerstones in, a border or two and call it a finished top! Some simple quilting and if you don't want to keep it, some lucky girl would love to have it.

Vicki said...

I made one of those with a sashing and cornerstone layout and it was cute! I have a second one that I am making to keep with a second set of block from the same exchange and I am in the process of making a wallhanging that has buttons or snaps to put the embellished blocks on one at a time for a seasonal calendar. I should work on that this week. It has been in my ufo box too.

Sherri said...

Make twelve mini wallhangings and swap them out each month.

Mary said...

Cool idea for a Block Swap. You got some nice blocks. Maybe if you tried to do the framing like Judy L has worked up on EQ7 with the stars on her wall this week it would tie them together.

Susan said...

I am the last one to give that kind of advise....... Whatever you do will be great. If you feel that you can's live with it there is always a need for quilts Linus or any other organization near you.

Jeanne said...

Hi Kathy,

I'm here from Friday Block Party :)

I see seven blocks that could specifically represent a month in a calendar quilt ... the other five are more generic. Are you up for making a few more seasonal/holiday type blocks to finish out the calendar theme, and then using the extra ones in a different sampler project? You could stay with the pink/soft green/ lt blue/ white combo, but make a Christmas tree, etc.
Jeanne

Jeanne

Julie in WA said...

My quilting group had leftover blocks from many different projects; nothing seemed to match, but we discovered how to make it work!

Each block was framed with a different solid color, maybe an inch or an inch and a half wide. The quilt turned out really nice and scrappy; the 17 year old recipient loved it!

Becky said...

What about putting a really bright, colorful sashing and cornerstones, then a colorful border that coordinates with your blocks? Good luck!

Deb said...

I think maybe use the 'picture' blocks for a cushion and the pieced blocks for a mini-quilt.

Gari said...

I probably wouldn't worry about trying to be a calendar but would mix the appliqued blocks equally througout the quilt. Then I would sash and border. Swap blocks frequently are problematical on their own but once sewn into a top and quilted, look quite nice. Great for a comfort/charity quilt.

julieQ said...

I think the sashing idea is a good one...sometimes it brings a bit of "togetherness" to otherwise unrelated blocks...but yours go together well! I think you will really like it when it all together.

orchidlover said...

How about 12 cushions one for each of the months. Or 12 separate wallhangings rather than a whole quilt

Love and hugs Gina xxx