Monday, February 15, 2010

Design Wall Monday::President's Day

 

It's President's Day today.  Originally this was a holiday to celebrate GeorgeWashington's birthday, but since it got moved to the third Tuesday in February and its name got changed, I'm not sure most people are even aware of  why we have the day off.  George Washington was, of course, the commander of our forces in the Revolutionary War and also our first president, one of the U.S.'s most revered historical figures.

We have today off from school because of the holiday, but we would have had today off anyway because we are having yet another snow storm.  So far we've picked up another 6-8 inches of snow and the weather service is expecting even more tonight.  It's not looking good for school tomorrow either, with more snow expected over night and tomorrow morning.

It seemed like a good day to stay inside and sew.

I had all the fabrics cut out for the doll quilt, so this morning I sewed the blocks together.  I love this little thing!  The blocks are small, only 6 inches, and they went together very easily.  It's hard to tell since they are set on-point, but they are an old block pattern called Prairie Queen, one of my favorites.  I had actually planned several years ago to make a bigger quilt with this block, in fact I think I still have most of the fabric I bought for it in my stash somewhere.  

 

I wasn't sure what fabrics to use for the setting triangles, so I auditioned several of them.  The pictures above show the two I like the best.  I would like to use that striped fabric for the top and bottom borders and I think it looks best with the brown, but we'll see. (And yes, I see now that the bottom right block is turned sideways.  Whoops!)

While making up my mind I tried some liberated stars from Gwen Marston. 



These are really fun to do and they work up really quickly.  I'd like to make a few more with some of my Kaffe Fassett scraps. 

You can check out what others have on their design wall this week by reading Judy L.'s blog Patchwork Times.  Thank you once again, Judy, for hosting!

8 comments:

Diane said...

Really liking the blocks you have there

Patty said...

Nice blocks glad you could get another sewing day in on yet another snowing day.

Melinda said...

I really like the liberated stars. I made one last week for the center of a feathered star. Great use of your scraps.

Ali Honey said...

I like the fabric in the liberated stars. I look forward to seeing how you use them.
Stay warm and safe.

Miriam said...

I like your liberated stars.

Those blocks look great!

Lynn said...

Aren't liberated stars addicting? I love making them myself.

nicolette said...

Your liberated stars are gorgeous!

Take care with all the snow!

Shasta said...

Your doll quilt looks great - I like either setting, but I think I like the blue better. I am hoping to make more doll quilts this year.