A True Look at My “Design Wall”

Yesterday our daughter came home for a sewing day….I have worked hard all week to get the dining room table cleaned up so that Kelli would have a place to sew when she came home.  All the projects that I have been working on were EVERYWHERE.  I stayed up late Friday night and finished TWO quilt tops that were just needing borders.  I finished my recycled fabrics crumb quilt top too.  The table was looking really good.

Then  in comes Kelli and she brought along a HUGE bag chuck full of 1.5″ strips.  She dumped them out in the middle of that table and said, “Mom…you know we’ve both been wanting to make Bonnie Hunter’s Perki0men Daydreams quilt…Well today’s the day.”  Then she went and got my 1.5″ bucket of scraps and dumped them along with her scraps in the middle of the table….and the fun began.


We were both busy sewing yellows, reds, lights and darks in strip sets….LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of strip sets.


Neither of us has made an uncontrolled scrap quilt that anything goes…lights…darks…brights…novelty…Civil War scraps.  It was a little out of our comfort zone to put Bob the Builder fabrics with Civil War scraps…but we did it and I think it’s going to work.  We are short neutral fabrics so one by one I took out a couple more Civil War fat quarters…and then a couple more…and then a couple more.  I’m getting to the end of what I can pull out…so Kelli was going to go home and check with what she wanted to part with.  We might have to purchase a few more ugly neutrals to get this to work.  Right now all we can think about is that there are 10,000 1.5″ squares in each quilt and if we are making TWO…that’s 20,000!!   WOW….

The dogs were hanging out with us…Here’s Puppy Cat guarding all the scraps that have somehow made their way to the floor.


Both of us are trying really hard to only sew on these quilts when we are together….Hopefully we can stick to that.   At this point I don’t trust Kelli to stick with that….she’s a sneaker.

Kelli dates a farmer and like my farmer husband, the guys will be in the field so we’re planning another day of the same next weekend.  I’m looking forward to it.  This weekend we only sewed strips together…next week we might even get a couple blocks sewn…can’t wait to see how they are going to look.  This is great motivation for me to sew on some “projects with deadlines” this week.  If I can get some of that done…then Perkiomen Daydreams on the weekend!

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16 thoughts on “A True Look at My “Design Wall””

  1. What a great quilt that is going to be. Light colors always do seem to run out first, but I’m sure you will find something that you can use. If not, sounds like a good reason to shop! Hope you manage to get everything done, you have lots of beautiful quilts in the works.

  2. 10,000 squares! What is this Perkiomen Daydreams about? Not on Bonnies’ website, so I presume it is in one of her books. Which I don’t have. Don’t tell though – keep it a mystery and keep us guessing! (Kelli – don’t work ahead of your mom – not fair! )

  3. Jo…I’m looking for the date that you appeared at Stash Manicure doing the weaving of rugs. I was at the Des Moines Quilt Expo last week and Country Threads was there “demo”ing rugs from rags. Could you give me the date so I can go back and read your tut? By the way, do you just use wovens or do you use “regular” cottons from your stash? If using the non-wovens, is there anything special you do with the “regular” cottons so that the white backing of the fabric doesn’t intrude? TIA

  4. Jo and Kelli… you’re in real trouble now. Perkiomen Dreams is as addictive as crumb quilts. I’m at the “point of no return” with mine — 220 blocks finished. I’m not using strips, piecing each 1.5″ square separately. Call me crazy!!

  5. What a fun post! Haha — like a candid camera capture. LOL! It looks like you all get along great together; it’s nice when mom and daughter can work on stuff like that! Hope you have a fun week — and thanks for sharing an “honest” look with us! :)

  6. I really like that quilt and I bet it would go faster having someone else working on theirs while you are working on yours. Enjoy your time sewing together, sounds like great fun.

  7. I’m in envy. No daughter to share such an experience with. Can’t wait to see it when blocks come together. Neutrals are always the first to go! Have fun. Sandi

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