Monday, January 31, 2011

Design Wall Monday

This is the quilt that is on my design wall this morning.  The blocks are from the first Dear Jane Christmas Signature Swap in 2008.
I worked with the color arrangement of the blocks off and on for a month of more, and I finally sewed them together and put the borders on.  The red and green hourglass block border is made from blocks that I had planned to use as alternate blocks.  I decided against that setting and then decided to use the blocks for an inside border. 

The outside border is another story.  I have bordered a few quilts over the last few years.  I know the proper way to cut borders for a quilt is to measure both directions through the middle of the quilt.  On Friday I cut mitered borders and sewed them on the quilt.  I couldn't remember exactly how to do that so I did it from memory and just made it up as I went along.  When I brought it downstairs to lay it out I swear those borders were waving at me.  So yesterday I took those mitered borders off and reworked them using four of the leftover signature blocks in the corners. 
 Here are a few close ups of the blocks. I know some of the blocks in this quilt were made by blog friends. 

I've posted over at my other blog about this pattern that I'm working on for the Super Scarves project to donate a scarf to each of the 8,000 volunteers that will be helping out with the Superbowl when we host it here in Indianapolis in 2012. 

And, I've been given the Love Blog award by Brenda Kay over at   I'd like to give the award to all of the people that I have listed in my favorites on my side bar.  I get so much inspiration from all of these blogs. 
I hope you all find some time to do some stitching today.  Thanks for visiting! 


  1. Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!!! I see my block...exciting!

    Oh LuAnn your quilt is beautiful and now I want you to put my blocks together for me :)

  2. Dear LuAnn,
    great work, the quilt looks very very nice.
    At the time we haven't any snow and I hope it will be spring soon.
    Congratulation to the award. It's right to give these award to your blog.
    Have a nice day with all your unknown projects

  3. I love your quilt....just beautiful!

  4. Your top is really nice in this setting...I love the streak of light effect through the middle of it! Sometimes the "life gives you lemons, make lemonade" finishes give stunning results!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

  5. What a FABULOUS keepsake. I love it!

  6. Hi LuAnn
    You have done a brilliant job with the placement of the blocks in this quilt!
    I love the sort of 'colour wash' effect.
    I think block placement is a difficult task and you have aced it!!
    I'm with Ranette - can you place my blocks too??? LOL

  7. The quilt is stunning have done an awesome job..

  8. The quilt looks stunning. Great combination of colours.
    The knitting looks intriguing. I must hop over and have a look at your other blog.

  9. Another triumph! It looks so pretty against the snow!

  10. What a beautiful colorization on your quilt. It is just lovely how you worked in the red border too.

  11. hi LuAnn, your Christmas Siggy Quilt is just a beauty! Found my block ... my blocks are still in a box, but cutted to the right size.
    Greetings from Germany
    Brigitte Baierl


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