Saturday, December 28, 2013

I Love My Design Wall

I decided to make another Christmas quilt to add to my quilty Christmas decorations.  It is patterned after a Disappearing 9-Patch.  I started with eight inch squares, because I could get 10 for each half yard of fabric.  Instead of sewing the nine patches and then cutting them in half, I cut the dark squares in half and quarters.  I figured that would be more accurate than trying to cut an almost 24 inch square in half twice.  After cutting it all out, I put it all up on my design wall to balance out the colors. 

This layout was inspired by these quilt blocks made by Deb at A Simple Life Quilts.  She used a crossroads block, but it reminded me a lot of the D9P.  I love how there are four patches in the corners. 

One of the reasons why I love my design wall (which is a queen size flannel sheet) is because if it is a large quilt, I can use the floor too. 

Another thing I do when using my design wall is piecing the blocks in columns instead of rows.  That way I can put a pin at the top, and not have to fight gravity. 

Here is my completed top up on the design wall.  I am hoping I can get this quilt finished before the end of the year.  :) 

This quilt top finishes at 66.5 x 88.5 inches.  About a twin size. 

Here is a sneak peek at the pieced backing and binding ready to go!  My husband is taking the big boys inner tubing, and I am hoping to get a lot of the quilting done now.  It is all basted and ready to go.  I am planning on quilting it with a golden (but not metallic) thread. 

Any ideas for a good name for this quilt? 


P.S.  I am linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Check out the quilt that Sarah made in a week and a half before Christmas while her husband was home.  The amazing thing is that she was able to keep it a surprise. 


  1. Boxing Day? Maybe?
    Happy New Year!
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  2. What a perfect Christmas quilt. The backing you selected and the binding fit perfectly. The quilt itself makes me think of lots of packages under the Christmas tree. It is sososo pretty. genie

  3. I love the design the cut squares created. Your design wall is awesome, too. Don't you just love playing with squares to see what kinds of different designs you can come up with?

  4. This looks great! I just love that secondary chain pattern and I'm trying to decide what fabrics to use for one to keep (mine are going to Project Linus). Thanks for sharing!


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