Monday, March 14, 2016

Design Wall Monday: Little House Mystery

I'm a sucker for mystery quilts. I love stitching a little bit at a time -- and Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios is a talented mystery designer!

Ebony's most recent mystery celebrates a favorite book series from my childhood, the "Little House on the Prairie" series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The story of Laura, her Pa and Ma, sister Mary and baby Carrie -- I loved them all!

Ruth's Stitchery carries the entire line of Andover's "Little House" fabrics. So I was delighted when my boss agreed I could stitch this quilt as a shop sample. I chose the "Dear Ma" colorway, because it's a bit brighter than the "Dear Pa" choice. (Thanks for cutting all the yardage, Yvonne!)  The best part about it being a sample is, I didn't dare fall behind! In fact, I was eagerly waiting the "quilt layout" clue yesterday morning. I had this much finished yesterday afternoon:

And this much before bedtime:

When I arranged the "orange peel" blocks and flying birds, I realized the center four flying bird blocks should have been those with the off-white backgrounds. But I wasn't about to take it apart! So I placed two white-background-flying birds on the top and bottom rows, and I'm satisfied with this layout.

This morning, Ebony sent a frantic "correction" email. The center four flying birds blocks should be those with the solid background.  Too late for me, I'm not changing it now!

Here is the layout of all the block sewn so far. There must be some borders, because so far the quilt top is 71½" square, and the pattern calls for the completed quilt to be 99" square.

Almost too big for my design wall!

I'm on the list for Cornelia to quilt it. I asked her to use the "Baptist Fan quilting design. I think that will be appropriate for this "prairie style" fabric, don't you?

What's on your design wall today?

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