01 September 2010


Thank you all for your support.  Losing my dog was rough, but it helps to know that people understand.  Also, it makes me happy to know that so many of you have pets that you love as much as I did my dear Buzz.  So many lucky little furry creatures!

I've been able to spend more time at home this week, adjusting to the silence without getting upset.  As such, I've was able to finish latest block for the Mid Mod Bee.  This is for Jess:

I made this block for a charity project for the Brighton Modern Quilt Guild:

And a few more kelp quilt strips came in the mail, making it more and more fun to look at the clothesline strung behind my bed.

I love having these out where I can see them.  It started as a way to keep them from being crushed, but now I think I'm going to set up a permanent design wall in my living room.  Also, I start a full time job next week and its going to necessitate me crafting in dribs and drabs, rather than in lengthy sessions.  I think having a design wall will keep the dribs and drabs coming quickly.

Can anyone comment on the relative effectiveness of flannel vs. quilt batting? I want the blocks/fabric to stick to that wall and not go floating off behind the couch.


  1. I love those kelp strips SO much. Love them!

  2. I'm with leigh - that kelp quilt is just amazing...love the orange strips too! Can't help you on the flannel vs. batting - sorry!

  3. Agreed, those kelps strips are seriously awesome! It's going to be a really beautiful quilt!

  4. Still need to get my kelp in the mail!
    Flannel versus batting? I'm asking the same question. I've used batting to great effect. I think depends on how permanent? Flannel is probably easier to take up and down. But batting is ideal if you can keep it up.

  5. the first picture looks like blue bacon! love it!

  6. Great kelp strips!

    I use a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth and it works perfectly - nothing falls off. If you decided to use flannel then you could give it a light spray with some basting spray - that would help.

  7. I use 100% cotton batting and it works like a charm. The only time anything comes off it is when I have my ceiling fan going at full tilt. One draw back? After time tt ends up covered in a ton of tiny threads... but I can't speak to if the flannel does that too.

    That kelp quilt is gonna be something else!

  8. I used a cheap vinyl tablecloth (the fuzzy-backed kind), and it works wonderfully. The only downside to that was getting the wrinkles out in the first place, since you can't really iron it. I'm willing to bet that batting, flannel, or felt would all work really well though.

  9. I use flannel backed vinyl for tablecloths too. I bought yardage on sale at Joanns. I like the extra body the backing gives the flannel. I have also been happy with how blocks stick to it. I can put a completed quilt top and it will stay. If is windy out, sometimes things do blow off.

  10. ...may I suggest not getting used to the silence? BC's are so mis-understood (is that a word?). If you understood, please go to BC rescue and give a 'giveaway' dog a new chance at love....at home...

  11. great idea & your room will always feel fresh & new!

  12. i love the idea of hanging those colorful strips on a line with clothespins behind your bed. they're so colorful too!

    i've used warm & natural (brand) batting for years in the various places i've lived as a design wall. i just cut out a portion to suit the size of the blank wall that is available and nail it up there. i dont have any problems of fabric every falling off, unless you have an air vent blowing directly on it, then it might be an issue.

    and when you're done with it, when you take it down you can still use it as batting for a quilt!!

  13. I have had a pale gray flannel wall up for 5 years. It is from ceiling to floor, and was made by sewing 2 widths of the flannel together, so basically covers a whole wall. I recently took it down and moved it to my new sewing room...son moved out. I use push pins on the top and flat thumb tacks on the sides and bottom. I use the push pins on the top so I can use the ring and clip type curtain hangers on the protruding push pins to hang finished quilts to photograph. Occasionally I need to put a straight pin in some blocks if they have many small pieces an seams that want to push them off the wall, or if I forget and turn the fan on high, duh, VBG. usually there is not a problem keeping blocks or even rows or tops up. I am a very slow quiltmaker and sometimes projects are up there for quite a while.
    I've just found your blog, so will have to spend some time looking around, but love the kelp project. good luck with your new job.


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