Monday, September 26, 2011

Design Wall Monday -- 09/26/2011

I was very distracted last week dealing with a loved ones's serious and urgent medical issues.  The resolution appears to be everything we prayed for, and is hopefully something that will stave off a future crisis.  So, given my emotional state, I put what time I had for quilting into projects that did not require much concentration. 

My collection of bits and pieces for the Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Along is growing.  I am doing this as a leader/ender project using Bonnie Hunter’s color scheme and piecing instructions for her Blue Ridge Beauty quilt which was originally published in Quiltmaker Magazine in the 2008 January/February issue.    However, I have a different layout and border treatment in mind based on the Charlotte Angotti’s Up the Ladder quilt published in the June 2008 issue of McCall’s Quilting.  I will be using the 2 inch strips specified by Bonnie rather than the 1 ½ inch strips Charlotte used.

The design calls for 336 four-patches, of which 96 will be used in the border.  I will have to make a fabric purchase for the borders, but the rest of the top will be totally from my stash.  If I stick with this plan, I think the finished quilt top will be just under 60 X 80 inches and will require 48 Jacob's Ladder blocks.  The QAL officially begins October 1, so there is still time to join.  A link on my side bar will take you to the host blog and you can find details at

I also did some work on my Plaid Obsession quilt.  Each sashing strip for Plaid Obsession yields 14 leader/ender units, hence all the leader/ender pieces for the Jacob’s Ladder QAL.  Plaid Obsession is spread across my design wall, guest bed and sewing table, so it’s not exactly what I would call a good photo op. 

Judy Laquidara always shares links to design wall projects on Mondays, so be sure and visit
Patchwork Times today.

Oh, yes.  Yesterday, September 25, was our 86th day of 100 degree weather this year.  Almost 32% of 2011 has had highs of 100 degrees or more.  Depending on which source you use, the forecasted high today is 99-101.


AnnieO said...

Mary--hope your loved one's health issues are ever-improving.

Great going on your leader-ender and main projects. Lots of great color play for you!

Impera_Magna said...

Hope the medical crises are a thing of the past and that your loved one continues on the road to health and happiness!

Love those blues and lights... gonna be one beautiful quilt!

marcella said...

Love that plaid quilt! It is just wonderful with the sashing. Hope your loved ones health continues to improve and that cooler weather (and maybe a little rain) is headed your way soon.

Diane said...

i love your plaid obsession top-just love it! and of course love hearing about L/Enders-blue and white are so classic! I saw on the Weather Channel a few nights ago about the crazy heat in TX. Gosh I know it's suppose to be hot down there but that is just ridiculous I'd be a puddle of cranky. I hope you get some relief soon.

Gail said...

That plaid obsession is aptly named, I could easily become obsessed with it, just love it.

Debbie said...

Looking good! You have a great start on the 4 patches and I do like the plaid one too.
Our temps are finally in the 80' I better not complain.

Jan said...

Sounds like you are a very organized quilter! These are both beautiful projects, and you have put your own twist on the blue and white. Always fun. Good luck to you and your loved one.

Rabid Quilter from CA said...

What a lot of work! But as we all know, it's all the work that makes the most beautiful quilts and yours will be magnificent.

Glad your probably scary emergency ended up OK.

Debbie said...

Mary, Congratulations....I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award..
I enjoy your blog and quilts. Others will too.