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Monday, May 2, 2011

Design Wall Monday~May 2

Good Morning!

I feel pretty perky this morning! I mean this is Oregon and we have had the third ever wettest April since they've been keeping records, but we did have a nice day yesterday. It lifts everyones spirits. I am managing to keep myself busy. With QUILTING! I am going to try to get more knitting and embroidery done this month. Maybe it will be nice and I can sit outside and do it.

Look at the beginning of this Spiderweb!  I often say "my stash is old, my stash isn't very inspiring" but going through my cut, left over strips, old and new I am able to find bright colors. My last Spiderweb, which was my first full size quilt, was done in muslin and all colors were from the green family.  Wait, I must have a picture!

But this new Spiderweb will include many colors. Each "web" will be a different color.The spiderweb pattern is made by starting with a triangle base (paper or foundation) and you don't make the octagons, you make blocks which as a secondary pattern form the octagons. Thus planning is required. Not my strong suit. Here is the beginning on my design wall.

Pretty, Isn't it?

The other blocks on my design wall are for Block Lotto. Don't know about Block Lotto? Check it out. It's  perfect for someone who a)likes to gamble (it is lotto, remember!) b)doesn't have time for a formal swap or bee every month (you only participate in the months for which you have time) and c)Like the block? Make the maximum and up your chances or winning. Don't like the block? Make one or a few and donate your chances/blocks.  These are simpler blocks but fun and fast to do. Visit here

The Pineapple Blossom is the May block. Yes, I already have mine done! Visit Bonnies website for a finished version or get directions on how to use up those scraps.

Last months Block Lotto pattern was this.

I donated these blocks, but I am keeping my chances for the Pineapple Blossom. My husband ...who seldom comments on things on the design wall said "I like that one!"

So to see more "Design Wall" and be inspired go see Judy!

Now I'm off to build a fire in the woodstove. It may be sunnier but it's still a little cool.


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