Monday, December 9, 2013

Design Wall 12/9/13 and Celtic Solstice Part 2

These were the blocks on my design wall last week.  Actually they are on my dining room table in this picture.  They are blocks for the block exchange group I'm in. This time the fabrics were provided and we put them together as instructed.  Everone got 2 different florals and center colors. The pattern is called Radiance.

The other block is one I made for our Christmas party tomorrow night.  Each participant bought a square of fabric for $1 and was to make a 12.5" block.  It could be any pattern or technique. I went simple because of time contraints, but the red will be the common thread that makes all the blocks go together with each other.  We should have several lucky winners because lots of packets were purchased.  Hope I'm one of the winners, but I won't hold my breath.  I've done this for 20+ years and haven't won any yet. lol
Christmas block
Celtic Solstice blocks would be up on my design wall if there are not so many. After taking so long to finish Clue #1, I decided to get better organized so I could keep up this week. Here's  where I am on Clue#2 - ALL 600 pieces cut, marked and sewing.. I have about half of the cute little Chevrons put together and will easily finish the rest before the next clue releases. 

Here how I set up my work space for Clue #2.  I sew 10 pairs together then get up to iron.  This keeps me from sitting too long and helps with the repetition.
You can see my greens, yellow/golds and neutrals that I'm using.  I also have a 200 fine grit sandpaper to put under the 2" blocks for marking diagonal lines, scissors for trimming off the triangles and do you see that little red bobbin holder above the instruction sheet? That is a section of  plastic from a spiral bound notebook that someone showed on Pinterest for carrying extra filled bobbins to retreats or classes. Isn't that a clever idea?

Here are some of the chevrons put together.  I'm clipping 10 with red binder clips. 
When I was searching for greens in my stash, I came upon a piece that was way back in the closet. It must have fallen off the crowded shelves. I know it's at least 10 years old.  But look, it was meant to be found and put into this scrap quilt. It has horseshoes, shamrocks and pots of gold.  If this does say Ireland, nothing does.

I am linking up with Patchwork Times and Celtic Solstice Linky#2. Take some time and have a look at both places for lots of eye candy.


  1. Wonderful colors, you are so will be a gorgeous quilt. Love the chevrons.

  2. Hope you win a set of the blocks, probability is on your side.

    Your chevron blocks are looking great. I am just hoping to at least make a few blocks for each clue while I catch up on previous clues.

  3. The chevron blocks are looking good. I also mark diagonal lines on sandpaper. Years ago I glued a piece of sandpaper on 18" posterboard... then flipped it over and glued a felt square on opposite side (to arrange the quilt block at the sewing machine). Still using the raggedly old thing LOL.

  4. Wow, you are so organized! Love your Celtic Solstice - and the green fabric is fabulous & meant to be!

  5. Bonnie always says 'any fabric will work if you cut it small enough' That fabric will be great in that quilt.

  6. You are amazingly organised! Your fabrics look great, and that Irish one was obviously just waiting to be included in this quilt.

  7. All together toooooo organized! Love your found fabric and what a lovely addition to CS it will make.

  8. Those are some cool blocks Dar! I can't believe how organized you are? Yes, actually I can! LOL That "bit o' Irish" fabric is absolutely PERFECT for Celtic Solstice! We may have to get together and sew one of the clues soon!

  9. Wow, you are very organized girlfriend!!! And your blocks are looking mighty fine :*) And what a "lucky" find in that Irish fabric - it's perfect!!!


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