Monday, March 22, 2010

Design Wall Monday--What a mess

Recently I snuck away for a long weekend of sewing. While there I finished my sample for an upcoming quilting class I am going to teach (my first class). After finishing the sample I could mess with my fun stuff. On my wall currently is the 3 compass' that were made prior to making the sample for the class. Here is the fun fabric made into compass' that I played with before I cut into the LQS fabric. I am hoping to make more of the compass' with the green stripes. The 9 patch diamonds are something that I put together last year. The pattern calls for all 2 1/2" strips. I would rather not use strips for the outer edges, so template making went into play. These blocks are now too big for the case they were carried to retreat in. I brought them back next to the cutting mat and plopped them on the wall until I have more time to work on them.

To get a break from the quilts--I made a pincushion out of a peanut butter container. I like to put sand in the cushion, it always feels better to me when sticking the pins in. Our family loves fresh lettuce. It is time to start the planting. My favorite way to grow lettuce is in a pot. This allows you to move it for a longer harvest. The pot is inside on the cold days, outside in the sun on the warm days (60's right now for us), and will let me move it to a shady spot as the temperatures rise into the 80's. Lettuce is a crop that gets very bitter when it is in full sun for the summer. This mix has parsley, spinach, beets (for greens only) and curly red lettuce. Nothing is better than a fresh salad straight from the garder. Others are always commenting how good it looks. This pot is about 6 days old. I start with plastic wrap over the top and remove it as the sprouts grow.

Still working on the hand quilting. I am getting ready to mark the borders.

See the other post for Design Wall Monday's at Judy's Blog

Hope you can get those fingers dirty & throw a few stitches in here and there. Just Another Quilter in the Midwest!


  1. What will those diamond 9-patches become? They look great and I bet will become something wonderful! And those little spouts look promising. I never thought you could grow a salad mix in a pot...maybe I'll try that (first I have to figure out how to keep little nibblers (aka cats) out of it).

  2. The things on your design wall are great. It will be fun to see how things come together! The little pin cushion is very cute, that would be a fun project to make. I have thouhght about growing lettuce in a pot but have never tried it. Sounds like a good idea!

  3. Your design wall looks great to me. Love those diamond blocks. The compasses are great too.
    I do not have a green thumb, but I wanted to have a garden this year so maybe I will try some greens in a pot.

  4. Your blog makes me want to get my design wall up again and get started! I went to that website, but had to close it! I could stay there forever!
    Your little plants makes me think of my Daddy, who always started garden plants in the house --- sweet memories --- tasty veggies! Good luck! ---"Love"

  5. yep, it's spring here too. Glad that my Dh planted some early crops in the back yard flower beds. He's the Gardener in my family. I get to quilt more that way. Have fun teaching your first class.

  6. Your nine point diamonds look great. I'm sure they'll be part of a wonderful quilt. I tried lettuce in a pot once. I had this little problem of forgetting to water regularly...but you've inspired me, perhaps I'll try again. -Joanne

  7. Plenty of inspiration on your design wall. Your compass are fabulous - such precise points. We are just starting to wind down with salads here. Once up[on a time I grew my whole vegie garden in pots. Worked a treat! Cheers, Ann :-)

  8. I love fresh lettuce!! My mom always grows it and it makes the best salads. I love those diamonds :) Christine

  9. You made me drool when I saw the picture of the greens and reading abou them;) My hubby and I had a WONDERFUL, HUGE garden going at our house before we had to move back into the city. I so miss going out the back door and coming back in with a basket full of awesome tasting produce!! One of these days it will happen again;)
    Love the greens you are working with;)
    Happy Quilting!!