Monday, February 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.  I've been working this weekend on a commission quilt.  I was asked to do an Amish Roman Stripe in a double bed size.  After reviewing a lot of my books, I actually got into EQ7 and was able to come up with a design and coloration that my client approved.

Here's where I am so far.  I've got three more rows to piece, and then decide on layout and assemble my rows and borders. 

I'm using Moda Bella Solids, and boy, do I like working with them.  They have such a nice hand.  The "neutral" fabric is a deep wine, and while I have a five-color gradation in the stripe, I'm making a few subtle substitutions in the colors as I piece them.

This is one of those projects where I'm glad I made several sample blocks, because I had a choice of about three different piecing options, and the one I chose gives me the least fabric waste, and also does a great job of controlling the bias edging on the solid triangle.

Once I'm finished with this top, I'll try and get back to this:

This design is called "Sparkle" and it's in the Fons & Porter Easy Quilts Spring 2013 issue.  It's by Lee over at Freshly Pieced.  Her version is in solids and white, but I'm doing mine in Batiks and a tone-on-tone white.  It's a fun and rather easy block, just a variation on a Rail Fence.

It's a beautiful day here today, but cold.  Perfect for a day in the sewing room.  Have a wonderful week.