Indigo Blocks Done

Having the blocks on the floor is not easy!  It’s so much easier to have them on the wall.  From the emails back and forth with the relocation company yesterday, it looks like I’m here til about August 10.  I’m so tempted to figure out a way to get myself a design wall up but it would be something I’d just have to take down on a moment’s notice if we have to show the house.  Who would ever have thought I’d miss my design wall so much?

Anyway, the indigo blocks are done.

Some of the blocks are sewn into rows, some are not.  They start looking kinda wonky at rows 4 – 6 because those are the rows where the blocks aren’t sewn together yet.  I don’t have enough of the dot fabric to continue it out to the border so I’m going to go ahead with plain ecru for the pieced border.

Today, I may spend more time knitting than sewing!  It’s so nice to have choices each day . . knit or sew?  Sew or knit?  That’s about all I’m doing these days!   🙂


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    Love everything about your blocks so far!
    As for a quick-n-easy design wall: a quick Walmart run could be the idea… Find one of those vinyl table clothes with the “fuzzy” backing. Hang up with a few push pins. V’iola! Works perfectly fine for an inexpensive design wall.
    I hope it goes without saying, but …All you do is AMAZING! YOU are amazing! ;0)

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    too bad the realtors always want a house not to look lived in to show – I guess people get a better idea of what a house is like for them to put their own stuff in that way. The quilt looks great, it is hard to work off of the floor – I know!

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    Peggy in Virginia says

    A sheets works wonders. Thumb tack a sheet on the top of
    a door frame. About 4 tacks is all it takes. Pin blocks to it and in a moment’s notice you can pull the tacks out and fold it to
    go in a drawer. You have what you need and house hunters don’t have to see your clutter. Love the quilt!

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    Karen says

    For a quick desgn wall. Use clear Command hooks and put safety pins in a flannel backed tablecloth to hook onto the hooks . All you have to do is un-hook table cloth for a house showing. no holes in the walls either. Re hook when the coast is clear.

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    Several years ago I bought a super cheap large piece of white flannel and use that as my design wall. It’s light enough that I can tack it to the wall with straight pins and the holes are so tiny they don’t show.

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    Marla says

    I have been using a flannel sheet from a set I don’t use anymore and it does the trick for me. You probably don’t want to use push pins in your walls though if you are showing the house.

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    You say that like it’s a BAD thing! I wish I could get back to sewing, but summers are too crazy. I am getting in bits and pieces, and maybe I will actually get in some at Scamp Camp this weekend (we all have Scamp campers) but there is always stuff going on, so maybe not. Not that this isn’t fun too, but I am REALLY missing my sewing!
    I love both those patterns. If I can’t/don’t sew, I can’t get to all those free projects you keep giving us! I am WAY behind, and want to make them ALL.

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    Whether you use the back of a vinyl table cloth, a piece of felt or flannel you can put grommets in the corners and then hang it using some of the small clear Command Performance hangers. Nobody will notice them up high and they will hold the weight of the design wall better than pins would – I have plaster walls that are like cement so pins will never work for me

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    Judy —

    What about those portable design walls? There are some that use poles like dome tents (w/ shock cords).

    Or, you could always do the ‘insulation and felt’ method of design wall. Inexpensive, and you could throw it away when you’re moving. [Insulation panels, duct tape, and flannel to cover boards.]

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    I use a 4×6 piece of particle board (it’s like bulletin board weight) and cover it with batting. You can then just lift it into a closet and shut the door and put it behind a door or cover the project or put it in the garage. I couldn’t live without mine–I have three. It’s really light weight too. Two of mine are attached, the third I move around all the time wherever I am working. The board cost under $10 several years ago and then there is the covering. I stretch and attach it with a power staple.

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    lw says

    Wow! I love these blocks. If I won the red cross raffle, I’d settle for these blocks.

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    Linda H says

    Working off the floor is bad back business! Could you hang a batting with pants hangers from a curtain rod? Easy to grab off and roll/fold up. Well, August will soon be here. First week of June is *already* gone. Frankly, if it were me looking at houses, I would be charmed to find a small bit of evidence of the homeowners craft work. But that’s me.

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    Kim Webb says

    I went to a retreat last fall and the woman who hosted it used flannen backed table cloths to hang just for that purpose.
    Worked beautifully and no pinning either.

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    Karen B says

    Just to add to the idea of flannel backed tablecloths. The great thing is, you can take the tablecloth down, roll it up with the blocks on it and then unroll and you are back in business.

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    Kat says

    If you are really desperate and your quilt is not too big, you can hang a piece of flannel or a sheet on several skirt hangers. You can hang this over the shower curtain rod or if you have a long window you can hang it over the curtain rod. Then you can pin your blocks to it. Not ideal, but it helps to be able to stand back and look and it work in a pinch.

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    Heather says

    Judy I love this quilt!! I can’t wait to see it finished. Will you think about making this pattern available to the masses? I would love to purchase a copy of this pattern!