Monday, September 30, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Wow, what a busy weekend.  Left home Friday morning to drive to the Quad Cities and ran an errand.  Then travelled across the Mississippi River to LeClaire, IA to visit Expressions in Threads Quilt Store.  Pam Hughes is the store owner and is going to be the teacher at the Covered Bridge Quilt Guild's Autumn Quiltaway in November.  The store was loaded with beautiful quilt displays and excited shoppers.  There was a bus trip going on and one load of shoppers was in the store.  I enjoyed listening to their banter with each other.  They were headed across the street to sit on the benches and enjoy their box lunches while watching the Mississippi River flow by.  It was a beautiful fall day on the river and the temperature was perfect.  I picked up half dozen fat quarters for my Bonnie Hunter class on Thursday. 

I headed north up the Mississippi River to Fulton, IL, for a retreat at Susan's Calico Creations.  I worked on quite a few projects during the retreat. Below is my three tier tub, purchased at Wal Mart, that I took all my projects in.  I was so proud that I controlled the amount of stuff I hauled to the retreat.  I am bad about packing everything but the kitchen sink.  So I did much better this time and I pre-cut most of my projects so I could just sit and sew.  This pre-cutting helps make my retreat much more productive.
My first project was working on this barn block designed by Bee in My Bonnet.  The first tutorial of blocks start on July 28, 2013, on her blog.  Click on the above link to find the block patterns and tutorials.
Below is a wall hanging I have made with two other blocks.  Lori Holt is the name of the designer on Bee in My Bonnet.   She also has an adorable tractor block to go with the two different barn blocks.
I worked on another Pocket Prayer Quilt.  This one was blue.
Then I moved on to make 33 log cabin style blocks for my friend's quilt.  My friend, Kelly, raises Shetland Sheep.  We are going to use wool batting made from her sheep's wool.  Isn't that cool!
This is what I am getting ready to work on today.  I will be loading it on the longarm for quilting.
Notice I have been puddling threads to decide which one to use.  I texted pictures of the thread choices to my customer and she has picked a bright variegated thread.  Whoop, Whoop, quilt on!

Have a motivating Monday.

Yours in quilting,


  1. Glad I inspired you to precut your projects for retreating! Feels like you can get soooo much more done. Go Terry GO! You made such good progress! love ya sister

  2. so glad I gave you the inspiration to get things cut before retreating! Looks like you got lots done, Im proud of you! Cant wait til Wed when we have a cutn party. Love ya sis!

  3. I'm loving that quilt!!! Who am I kidding, I love everything you do........because you made it and your are one talented lady. Love ya Ter.