Monday, December 15, 2014

Feeling less grinchy on Design Wall Monday

Well again, I've disappeared from this blog for longer than I planned. Last week was filled with plumbers... a different problem from the As the Bathroom Turns saga... and I was working on Christmas presents that I can't show. The plumbers left me feeling kinda grinchy but I climbed out of my funk yesterday by going to the movies with a friend to see White Christmas. It is my FAVORITE movie of ALL time and it is just wonderful on the big screen. The singing and the dancing are fun and seeing all the details of the costumes is a feast for the eyes. Vera Ellen had such a tiny waist, and Rosemary Clooney was beautiful. I loved Edith Head's designs - such pretty fabrics and flattering styles. If you love this movie as much as I do here is a great article from the GlamAmor blog which talks about the costume and has great screen shots.  And here is another article I found on Vera Ellen's costumes... I particularly adore the daffodil yellow dance outfit she wears in the "Abraham" number.  I know every line of this movie and it never fails to make me smile! If you ever get a chance to see it in a theater I think you would enjoy it... I know I did!

My good mood continued when I got home and I went down to my sewing room to work on this quilt - my version of the Four Corners quilt from quirky granola girl.

It ended up being 58 inches square and I used a jelly roll of Deb Strain's Be Jolly collection. Now this quilt could easily be sewn up in an afternoon but I made it into project of EPIC proportions... something I am soooo GOOD at doing - LOL! If you go here and  look back at my design wall for December 1st you can see it was a scrappy quilt ,but it was too splotchy for me. I wanted busier, which isn't always better, but it was the destination I was headed for,  and I think I arrived. Here are some close ups of the fabrics.

Cute jolly snowmen and lots of polka dots...

Holly that looks jolly and snowflakes...

More dots and more snowflakes...

If I was going to do a quilt like this again...and I think I will... I would cut the jelly roll strips into random lengths before I started sewing them together.

I have some batik strips in my stash and I'm thinking I may play with this pattern...Birch Bark by Hunter's Designs.

You can purchase this as a digital download here on Craftsy.

I still have a couple of Christmas projects to work on, but this is awfully tempting...and then there are several WIPs that could benefit from a little attention.  So many choices, so little time... big sigh. I've even given some thought as to what I want to work on in 2015. I don't make New Years Resolutions as I never keep them, but I might put together a wish list of quilts I'd like to do. It could be interesting...

Hope the week is productive for you and for me!. Christmas is closing in and I know there is still lots of stuff we all have to do.

Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Plumbers can cause you to be a grinch. Actually not the plumbers themselves but the problem they are there to fix. As usual, a great quilt design!!


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