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Design Wall Monday (on Tuesday!)

Design Wall Monday (on Tuesday!)

30 vintage blocks


Last night, my quilting buddy and I deconstructed one of my vintage UFO flea market finds.

flea market ufo





I decided to trim each block to 10″.

Once we started laying them out on the design wall, the light and dark pattern became obvious.  With some rearranging, here’s the final offset layout.  I love the solid fabric framing the shirting fabric.  We’re guessing the fabric is from the 70’s, looks pretty “modern”, right?!

We’ll be going to a quilting retreat soon, hopefully, I can sew these blocks together!

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I’ve deconstructed two old quilts, are we seeing a pattern here?

Thanks!  Linda 🙂


Design Wall Monday – a dilemma

Design Wall Monday – a dilemma

vintage flea market blocks


I have a dilemma.   I love this partially sewn quilt.  This is the second appearance for this vintage UFO on Design Wall Monday!   My dilemma is how to construct these pieces and parts into a quilt.  I am tempted to re-cut each block into a uniform shape and then sew it together.  Some of the seams have slight tears and this would solve that issue.  I like the randomness of the blocks, but I don’t want to find holes when I go to quilt it.

Any suggestions?  How much work would you put into “vintage” blocks from a flea market?

I know it’s Tuesday but check out other Design Wall Monday projects here!

Thanks for looking and would love your comments about my dilemma!  🙂 Linda

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 5

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 5


Here’s my 5th block for the BlockBase Sew Along.  Like Block 4, it finishes at 9 inches.  The units are 3 1/2″ squares with 2″ squares in the corners (sew and flip method).  The fabrics are from the vintage stash recovered from my sister’s house!  I love it!  This would be a great block to design a quilt around.

Here’s the link to check out how others completed their block.






My boss at Rainbows and Calico Things quilt shop, hosted the most fabulous Christmas party!  She drove us around Iowa for our own shop hop!  And yes, I did increase my stash a little.  I was most excited about the stores that had scrap bags for sale!   I love getting those bags of remnants, I might need some medication for that sickness!

Thanks for looking.  I’m behind on posting customer quilts and when I get a break from Christmas quilts, I’ll catch up!

🙂 Linda

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 3

BlockBase Sew Along – Block 3


Here’s my 3rd block for the BlockBase Sew Along.  It’s #2448.  A big thank you to Candace for making the paper pieced templates with EQ7 and sharing them with me!!

I’m still using mostly vintage fabrics from the flea market.  Following the coloring in BlockBase, I used 9 fabrics.  I like how it turned out, especially with the red squares.


Here’s a link to see more blocks in the sew along.


Design Wall Monday and Freedom Reveal!

Design Wall Monday and Freedom Reveal!

I just spent a fabulous weekend with my sisters and came home with some awesome vintage blocks, fabrics and quilt tops!  We shopped Galena, IL, but these great items came from my sister’s closet.

On my design wall is four of nineteen embroidered blocks.  My sister has a quilt finished by her mother in law with the same blocks.  That quilt is completed with wide solid sashing and is hand quilted.  It’s pretty awesome!  I’m not sure how to finish this.  Nineteen is an odd number for setting so I’ll need to adjust that.

The blocks have blue lines which I believe are for quilting designs.  Does anyone know if they will wash out?

I’d love any fabric suggestions for finishing it.

One thing I know for sure, I will be machine quilting it on my new APQS Freedom!

Last week, I made the decision to trade my 2004 APQS Millennium for a 2012 APQS Freedom with Quilt Glide.  Along with my Bliss Drive System,  I have a sweet new ride!  APQS has great technicians and Jim was here to switch my machines yesterday, and today I’m back in business quilting!!

I’m pretty excited and will offer more reviews as I use it.

Check out Judy at Patchwork Times for other Design Wall Monday projects.

According to an antique shop in Galena, the definition of vintage is anything 20 years old!  What do you think of that?

Thanks for looking!


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