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Monday 14 September 2015

Trial Design Board Monday

A while ago, I regularly participated in a link party, posting about what was finding itself on my design wall for the week. After a while I stopped contributing because there was no interaction from the link host blog or other contributing blogs which sort of made me feel like a spare wheel. I am learning that I am the kind of  person that needs rountine and regular posting on Link Parties is helpful with that which is why I would like to start my own Linky for Design Board Monday.

This week I decided it was time to cut a fabric that I bought on my last trip up to Brisbane. This is actually secret sewing but I doubt the recipient reads my blog so I may be safe.

I had initially wanted to use a pattern which incorportated the rail fence block.....like this one I pinned.

Realising that the birdie fabric would be too difficult to cut into the required block sizes, I needed to rethink without excluding the complimentary fabrics I had bought for this project a few weeks ago.

 I have spent the past couple of weeks rehashing block sizes and tearing my hair out thinking how I could make that above pattern work...until...I came across another pictureof another pattern that I though might just work better.  It is a Moda Bakeshop  Jelly Roll pattern which I will have to resize slightly due to the width of the birds. Yes, it was time to cut!

I started with the square-in-a-square block...as you can't continue until these units are pieced.  I pieced my blocks a bit different to the pattern which is maybe why my blocks finished up at just under 6.5" so I cut the blocks back to 6".

After a couple of hours in the sewing room, I was really happy with the results

There is plenty for me to carry on with for the rest of the week.

And, with that, I will get to the Linky......now I am new at this, so bear with me. Link a post of whatever you are working on this week in your sewing room...no design board or wall necessary. It could be piecing, stitching, knitting, crochet......anything involving needle and thread.

Here goes! Come on over and be my guinea pigs!

When you have finished linking up here, head on over to Main Crush Mondays over at Cooking Up Quilts and Making Mondays at Love Laugh Quilt......that's where I am linking up as well.


  1. Hi Cath wow this is going to be awesome,i love the birds xx

  2. Hi i am a guinea pig,lol xx

  3. Not much sewing/craftwork going on here I'm afraid. We spent the week clearing the brambles in a new area of the garden/jungle! I did make use of a needle to remove some thorns from my hands:-) I shall enjoy looking at what everyone is doing though.

  4. your piecing is coming together beautifully. can't wait to see the finished design.
    will have to find something to link up with, might give me some enthusiasm for an older project.

  5. Nice idea Cath. So agree with your comments on some of the linkys I have connected to. Good luck with this one, I'm one of the guinea pigs :-)

  6. This is going to be an adorable quilt! Those birds are too cute. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  7. Lovely fabrics! It can be so hard to find the right pattern for certain fabrics. Some of the linky parties are so big, I think it becomes overwhelming to visit them all. Best of luck with yours.

  8. Oooo - I love the colors you chose to go with the birds, and that design is a great way to showcase them. :)

  9. Love the birds. I'm working on cross stitch right now. Need to get busy knitting.

  10. Lovely birds and colors with that design!! I love to see it finished.

  11. I wish you a lot of visitors and a fun party every week!

  12. So glad you found a pattern to showcase those cute birds! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your quilt. Congrats on your linky party!

  13. Love that bird fabric! Looks like you found the perfect setting for it! Thanks for linking up

  14. Love that lorikeet fabric - look forward to seeing your quilt develop. Thanks for sharing and the linky party.

  15. well done... I will join in at some stage ... I got some of that fabric last week... too sweet...

  16. Hi Cath
    I am enjoying your blogs especially as being a former Tasmanian the opposite, moved interstate on marrying but strong ties remain. I love your bird fabric used in your Sep 14 post from memory and am asking the design name and manufacturer of this fabric. Hope you can help. Thank you, Jude

  17. I tend to do better on getting something done if I have want a post for a linky party too. Love that parrot fabric. Looking forward to seeing what you make of it.


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