Monday, August 8, 2016

Something New: Design Wall Monday

I believe the word is "meh." 

According to Wikipedia, " meh" is defined as:
Meh /mɛ/ is an interjection used as an expression of indifference or boredom. It may also mean "be it as it may".[1] It is often regarded as a verbal shrug of the shoulders. The use of the term "meh" shows that the speaker is apathetic, uninterested, or indifferent to the question or subject at hand. It is occasionally used as an adjective, meaning something is mediocre or unremarkable.
And that's just how I felt when I put the first three blocks of this quilt up on the design wall. [The fabric license plates above are from my Row-by-Row trip to Idaho. Not part of the quilt!]


I've mentioned before that I make a quilt for each of my Mother's great-grandchildren when they turn 12. The last male great-nephew turned 12 this month. His Dad told me the celebrant likes "yellow and orange, but not prints. And he really likes lions."

So I pulled  out every yellow and orange in my solids stash. I originally planned to make a "Jelly Roll Race" quilt from them. But then I saw this tutorial from Rob Appell of Man Quilting. It looked like so much fun, I decided to give it a try.

Rob is right: sewing curves is really easy when you use the Man Sewing technique!

Now, I love quilts in which the colors, or shades, progress from light to dark. I made these three blocks from shades of yellow. When I hung them and asked the men in my house (DH and Elder Son) what they thought, both were -- to say the least -- not impressed.  Elder Son recommended mixing the colors rather than using shades of a single color.

And this is the result:

The DH suggested having all the block oriented in the same direction, rather than alternating as in Rob's sample. I think his idea was spot on!

I moved some of the blocks around to get a better color spread:

The carpeting in the Mexican restaurant where we had lunch yesterday has a curves-and-circles motif that I think will make a perfect quilting design. I ordered a Lion print fabric for the backing. Can't wait to put the blocks together and start the quilting!

So, what do you think? Will Luc like it?

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  1. Wow, what a beautiful quilt! I think he will love it.

  2. Great quilt, Marti. It's very different and Luc will love it Karen

  3. Love the colours and the way you have put the blocks together.

  4. I like it, and I'll be he will, too. I've used that curved sewing technique and like it as well :)

  5. definitely all yellow was a bit "meh" but the end result is great...Im sure he will love it

  6. My 11 1/2 year old son likes it, so we are sure Luc will too.


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