Design Wall Monday – Rocking Chairs and Small Ships

Design Wall Monday, hosted by Judy at The Patchwork Times is a fun way to share with other like-minded individuals just what’s going on in the sewing room. Today my sewing room is all neat and tidy with pretties displayed on the design wall instead of works in progress. That’s because my quilt guild had a sewing room tour last Thurs and my room was one of four featured so I had to doll things up a bit. Read about getting ready for the tour and see before and after photos of my sewing room by clicking here.

So here’s a peek at what’s on my design wall:

Synchronized Swimming

from a Marti Michell pattern.

(Made with curved templates for the Marti and Me Club that I lead at Quilting Bits and Pieces in Eudora, KS)

 turtles cropped

And Rocking Chair clip art ideas for a row quilt exchange I am participating in.


And since I’m ready to mess up my sewing room again, I’m on a new mission. Quilters have been asking me about using back basting applique’ on different types of projects such as Baltimore Album quilts with tiny pieces and many layers, Mola quilts with many levels of reverse applique and other designs with many complicated shapes or tiny pieces. I am usually attracted to simpler designs, and don’t often work in the more complicated styles, but I think back basting will work for all of them  – it just requires thinking ahead and working a layer at a time. I’m setting out to prove to myself that it will work.

I went to the book shelf seeking the hardest applique’ patterns in my collection.   I selected three books containing patterns that I consider complicated applique’.

Here they are from Left to Right:

Wilflower Album, by Bea Oglesby; Little Brown Bird, by Margaret Docherty; and some of the designs in Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts, by Elly Sienkiewicz.


First up will be this lovely little sailing ship from Elly’s book. I’m going to stitch it on an 8″ finished block.


It can’t be any more challenging than cleaning my sewing room!