Sunday, May 6, 2012

Design Wall Monday - May already??

Hardly seems possible that it's May already.  We picked all of the youngest daughter's stuff from University of Illinois this weekend. She still has a couple of finals but wanted to get her stuff out so didn't have to mess with the whole rush that was there when we moved her in.  It was unbelievably pleasant!!

I did work in the car and here's what I got done on the six hour round trip drive:  One diamond hexie.  Man, those things take a long time to sew by hand.  Or maybe I'm doing something wrong, I dunno.  Now mind you all the hexies were on their little templates and basted before the trip.  I just had to sew the cute little things together.  Yep, this is what six hours will get ya :)

And I did finish putting the Garden Party top together, such a simple quilt, I really like the spring colors.  I love green, blue and purple together.  All you need is a jelly roll and some fabric for the sashing and this is what you get.  I have a new pantograph that I want to try on this one.

Venetian Dream

Venetian Dream Back
I finished up Venetian Dream - I used a new pantograph on this one too.  I like the interlocking squares on this one.

And on the frame, it was a dreary day in Chicagoland, cool and rainy.  So I quilted rainbows on Anna's Rainbow quilt, now that felt better :)  All in all not a bad quilty week.

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22 comments:

  1. Your diamond looks really great, but 6 hours? Wow, that makes for a tired hand!

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  2. Wow, you have been busy! I really love those soft colors in the Garden Party.

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  3. Such a sweet hexie block! They are deceptively time consuming aren't they? But so worth it :*) I just love your Garden Party quilt - simple but lots of eye candy! You've really gotten a lot done this week - good for you!

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  4. I second that "dreary day" comment. After I got home from church I didn't poke my nose outside the house for the rest of the day!

    I especially like your Venetian quilt.

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  5. Yeah, hexies take forever, but you can do them anywhere, once they're basted. That's going to be a lovely quilt. I really liked the quilting on Venetian Dream. Perfect for such a rectangular quilt pattern.

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  6. How lovely, all of them. I am partial to the Venetian Dream and the square panto. Lovely fans too. I take hours to hand piece and that is why I will never do a complete hexi quilt. :)

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  7. Congratulations on getting so much done. You are really getting lots of quilting done too. Ok, so please, please --- share your panto names with us when you are finished. Sometimes I like something so well I go buy it for myself!

    I'm still working on little hexi flowers -- I'm only making 12. And I've been working on this project since, oh, September or so. Maybe the word is not working on it since September. I've got one left to finish and two to sew on to the blocks. A finish is coming!

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  8. How productive of you. If being in Chicago make you that productive, maybe I should move back there......nah. Love the rainbow quilting and the Venetian Dreams. All your quilts are so different: I like that.

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  9. Your Venetian Dream is really pretty both front and back. Really like the colors.

    My U of Illinois son is coming home for a few days this weekend in time for Mother's Day.

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  10. I love the quilting! Are you using boards? What brand? are you tying off with each arc? Love the look of it.

    I'm doing a hexie project, and yes, it takes that long!!!

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  11. I think six hours while sewing in a moving vehicle is a great accomplishment! Your spring colors look very pretty and that's a good quick project for a jelly roll. The quilting looks wonderful that you have been doing--congrats.

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  12. Wow...you are so prolific! Love the venetian blinds quilting!

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  13. Great job on your quilts. I think that you got a lot done in 6 hours in the car - I usually last an hour then fall asleep LOL

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  14. I like all your quilts and the quilting looks great on them. I love hexies even if they take time. Not much else you can do while in the car for 6 hours. At least you have a block finished!

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  15. Your quilting is wonderful, as always!

    I am doing a hexie project now, too. I was so happy with how quickly I got them all basted to the papers but you're right... hand stitching them together is taking FOR.EV.ER. I'm finally almost done attaching them, but I'm just making a mug rug (35 total 1" hexies). My next dilemma is that I have *no* idea how to quilt it. After hand stitching them all together, hand quilting is not going to be an option for me. I suppose the traditional way is to echo the lines of the hexagons, but I'm still undecided.

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  16. That is a lot of time on a hexie! Sometimes it is better not to know. Still, looks like a very productive week. The rainbow would brighten anyone's day.

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  17. Lots of fun eye candy to see!

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  18. It always amazes me how long it takes to piece a single hexie block! Beautiful projects, all of them!

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  19. Love your Venetian Dream quilt and beautiful quilting! Your hexies are neat.....I don't do them :) Thanks for sharing Sue!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  20. Love your Venetian Dream quilt. I've done two both in greens. How many colors are in yours? I had thought of doing one in all different red, white and blues, but have not - it's on the to do list. Also have 2 GmFG's in progress, with 3 Dresden's plates going and several others. Wish there were more hours in a day. Should be at the machine right now, but love to read blogs. Take care, from northern Iowa - Robert.

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  21. I love the Venetian Dreams quilt--both the quilt top and the quilting!

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  22. I too just love the venetian dream!!! Will try myself i think! Did you construct the pattern yourself or buy it?

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