Sunday, September 13, 2009

Design Wall Monday

This lovely creation is on my design wall at the moment.

This was a round robin created with 3 of my Friday Night Quilter friends.

I created the center portion from a quilting design from

Hari Walner's quilting book and Sharon, Linda and Kerry

designed the remaining borders.

I'm trying to decide if this quilt is finished or it needs

another border.

I'm beginning to think that my huge pile of UFO's

has to do with the fact that I never seem to be quite finished

with a quilt. I always want to add something else,

or try a new technique.

Somehow I need to get over that and start getting some

projects done!!!!

Does anyone else have this problem?

I did, however, finally finish up my Anita Goodesign

Halloween quilt! Just last night I finished up the

quilting. (I put spider webs in 2 corners and little

black spiders in the orange border)

I used some glittery silver thread in small amounts

thru-out the sky and also added a few crystals just

to add a little gleam here and there.

I still have the hand sewing to do on the binding

and also the sleeve to sew down, but I've got a quilt

retreat coming up and that will be a perfect place

to sit and do some hand sewing.

I've recently encountered a problem in using

this yellow chaco marker made by Clover.

I used it on the white t-shirt quilt square below

with disasterous results.

When I was all finished quilting this quilt for a customer

I wanted to remove the yellow circles I had drawn on

this square to mark the lollipops that

Barbara wanted on this square.

I tried brushing it off

I tried rubbing it with a damp cloth

I tried rubbing it with a damp cloth with Carbona stain remover soap

Desparate now since the above methods had produced a

water-type stain

that had spread and discolored the area around the lollipops that

STILL had yellow marks on them..........

I turned to the Machine Quilting Professionals list for advice.

The advice I received there was to use a diluted mixture

of Oxyclean and a toothbrush.

That STILL produced a water stain.

One of the gals on the list had received this advice from


Yellow marks will come out with washing.

Since it was a customer quilt I did NOT want to wash it,

but I finally asked permission to dunk the offending square

into water and lay it flat to dry.

This removed most of the yellow and all of the water stains.

However you can see from the close-up of the square below

there is still yellow that remains.

I've since heard from the list-owner who contacted

Clover directly that 5 parts water and 1 part vinegar

will remove this marking.

So beware!

Click on the "Design Wall Monday" title to check out

Judy Laquidera's blog where you can take a peek at the

design wall of other quilters!

(More) The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)

In my last post I wrote about the Friday Night Quilters
and how for our birthdays we were doing something different
this year.

Mary asked that we make little art quilts for
the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
All of these quilts are 9" x 13" in size.

Here are some of the quilts she received:

This one is mine.....finally finished.......

Dolly used some of the leftover from the quilt
she made for her brother to make this mini quilt.
I love the turquoise binding inset.

Another quilt by Dolly

Kathy made this sweet quilt and
gave it some sparkle using crystals.

Joanne really went all out with this one.
You are looking at pieced triangles folks.......
NOT a printed piece of fabric!
and the writing around the border is beautiful!
Another Joanne masterpiece!

Our lady Linda made these lovely leaves.
The image came from a "Shaw" carpet ad in a magazine.It symbolizes the loving family tree-the leaves on the treerepresent healthy family members. The leaves that have fallen represent those who have fallen to Alzheimer's.

I finished quilting Judy's quilt this week.

And another t-shirt quilt for Barbara.
This one is for her grandson Jonathan.
There is a disturbing story that goes along with
this above quilt............tune in tomorrow to get the scoop!