Why I Love My Design Wall // Works In Progress

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Division Street Diamonds Quilt post. A big thank you to people who left me camping and road trip tips. I love crowdsourcing, and I appreciate the tips! 2,002 miles in 2 weeks. It should be… an adventure.

Pixelated Heart Quilt

I have been working on this pixelated heart quilt on and off for the last month, and I have a new found appreciation for my design wall. (The quilt is based on a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman site). I am still debating if I am going to add a border or not.  I really wanted to mix the pinks, blacks, orchids, and magentas with light volume prints, like the heart below. I put it on my design wall, and it looks great. Or at least, it would have, if I was using a gray background. I don’t know why I didn’t just do that!

Random Pixelated Heart

For whatever reason, I really wanted to use this cute little heart from Dear Stella for the background.

pixel quilt fail

Which as you can see, looks terrible. The heart just blends in. I have tried to force enough quilts that didn’t look great on the design wall.  Guess what? Quilts that don’t look quite right on the design wall look even worse when you sew them together. I made that mistake with my Division Street Diamonds quilt, and ended up remaking all of the blocks. Trust your instincts!

Moral of the story? Design wall to the rescue.  I love being able to change the design around as I go.

pixel heart with border

I’m lucky to have a dedicated sewing room right now–in our last house, my design wall was in my bedroom, in the house before that, it was in the living room. I’ve learned you can make it work, but it sure is easier when you can close the door and walk away!

I followed Katie’s tutorial when I (my husband) made my design wall, if you are interested in making your own. I wrote a post about it a few years ago (ironically, the quilt on the design wall in the post still isn’t done. So, a design wall will help you design better quilts but won’t help you finish them). I loved her tip to use flannel sheets, I also bought mine at Garnet Hill, and feel like the fabric sticks to it so much better than the flannel by the yard I had found.

Happy sewing.

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  1. Jen
    Posted February 18, 2016 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I actually like that darker grey, makes the heart pop out :)

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted February 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      me too! i didn’t realize i liked it until after I had sewn the heart together with the white background!

  2. Posted February 19, 2016 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    I have fallen in love with these little heart quilts his week. I am definitely a fan of the final version with the dark outline. Very sweet.

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