Design Wall Monday

June 21, 2010

Old Maid’s Puzzle is the only thing I have on the design wall this Monday. Over the weekend I decided to enlarge her. Some of the pieces were just too small to deal with. I also left the house out… for now. The size is now about 18” x 36”.

IMG_5350 I also decided to do a little experiment. I have 5 or 6 books that have methods for doing pictorial quilts. I am going to make a hat using each of those methods and then decide which method I want to use for the whole quilt.


For the first hat, I used the method Sharon Schamber details in her book Piec-lique. The method uses freezer paper for templates and all of the pieces are sewn with a 1/4” seam allowance. It was a little tricky because some of the pieces were so small and there were a lot of curves. But the hat came out OK.


For the second hat, I used the method Susan Carlson details in her book, Free-Style Quilts (Have you seen her Farmer’s Market series of quilts?). Ms Carlson has a very “no rules” approach to her method. Pieces are simply cut out and glued together in a layered manner. There are no seam allowances and the raw edges are left exposed. The hat above is held together only by glue. What will have to happen is when I quilt the whole thing I’ll have to be sure to stitch heavily enough to hold everything together. I don’t usually quilt so heavily, but I’m trying to keep an open mind because I really did enjoy the assembly method.  Easy-peasy!!

Next I’m going to work with Cynthia England’s method from her book, Picture Piecing.



  1. amazing how many different ways there are to make that hat.

  2. The hat looks great! I have the book Freestyle Quilts (whole lotta fish in there) but haven't seen the other one. I like the house; it's balancing, grounding.

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