Monday, May 6, 2013

Dithering with Kaffe on Design Wall Monday

Remember last Monday when I said the week was filling up fast - well -  I totally underestimated how much there was to do. I ran around like the proverbial polka dot chicken with its head cut off - doctor's appointments, meetings with contractors, scouting trips to look at kitchen designs, shopping at IKEA, breakfast with friends, drop off quilts to Terry, drop Nick off at birthday party, pick Nick back up, etc, etc etc.  My first chance to do anything stitchy didn't happen until Saturday evening and I made the most of my time.

Here is my design wall for this Monday -

Design Wall 5/6/13

and you can see that I totally dithered around with Kaffe fabrics and had a hard time deciding which quilt I want to work on next.

First off are these 4 Scrappy Trip blocks -

Scrappy Trips

I'm thinking that this would benefit from more color order. I was able to get a ring of yellow fabrics, which was a total accident. But I think it would look better if I can get rings of the other colors too. I need to play with some graph paper to see if I can get this to work. I think it will because I'm doing a 7 x 7 square block, so I have 3 rows of fabric on each side of the dominant center row. Tune in later this week on this project.

And then there are these blocks -

Hourglass blocks

another version of the Hourglass quilt from Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Beauties book. This time I've paired the Kaffee/Westminster fabrics with a lime green Basic Grey Grunge fabric from Moda. I'm really liking this one.

And then there is BIG block -

Niner by Thimbleblossoms

this is a new pattern from Thimbleblossoms called Niner.

I downloaded this pdf Saturday night and jumped right in. You can purchase the pattern by clicking here. I'm very happy with the hot and cool colors of the fabrics. And that dotty yellow as the background makes my heart sing! It has orange dots and is a clear mottled yellow -- perfect! Here's a close-up -

I decided that since it needs 108 blocks, I would go ahead and cut out nine 2 1/2" squares from 108 different Kaffe Fassett/Brandon Mably/Phillip Jacobs fabrics - 54 hot fabrics and 54 cool fabrics.

Approximately 972 squares!

I used my June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler and the cutting went quickly - much more quickly than folding the fabric and returning it to its plastic containment vessel!

So now I can sew together 9 patch blocks whenever I get a minute or two - here's hoping I get some minutes! LOL

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Well, you've been busy being scrappy. Those fabrics are so fun, but sometimes I think those Scrappy Trips are too scrappy and your eyes don't have a place to land. I want to make one, but haven't started it yet - but I think that mine is going to be controlled.

    Did you have to remind me that those Thimble Blossoms patterns can be downloaded! UGH! But I love that instant gratification - shopping in your pj's and the pattern appears on your door step. Gotta love it.

  2. That's a lot of cutting! You always use such bright cheerful fabrics.

  3. You always have the prettiest blocks (quilts) on your blog. I like that you used yellow for your background.

  4. Love it all. You've been a busy, busy girl.

  5. Oh, wow!!!! They are all three just fantastic!! I'm not 100% sure but I think my fav is the niner!! And you are right, the yellow dot is a perfect compliment to your Kaffes!!

  6. I love them all. The bright colors just make me happy. Yep, having lots cut does make it easier to grab a few minutes here and there to piece a block or two.

  7. Wow. That niner block is fantastic! Well, so are the others...
    Looks like I'm buying a new pattern.

  8. Love all your sassy looking blocks. Do you have one of those red plastic thingys that you look through to find color value? It's really great for scrapy quilts since they are mostly regulated by value.


  9. I hope you do find time to work on those amazing projects!

  10. Holy cow you have been busy! I love all your bright fabrics!

  11. I can always count on your posts to cheer me up with your designs and colors!!

  12. amaze me! I just saw this new pattern available and you already have all the fabric cut and lots of pieces sewn!


Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading your comments. They make my day!