Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quilt Along ~ Episodes 3 and 4

I had to make a decision this weekend on what to do with my quilt along quilt.  I was toying with a particular edging (that is not binding) and in order to do it, I would have had to let go of the machine quilting.  Like any good quilting partners, Carmen and Nancy were very supportive of whatever I chose to do.  I guess you'll know what I decided when I'm totally done! 
After washing cutting, I had a bit of a snag.  Namely?  My sewing machine is my bedroom, and I like to be with my family, not holed up in the corner!  I stalled by pinning one rectangle to one square, but I finally had to breakdown and zip through all those.  I love how they made this little flag!  I thought I was being so clever when I figured this out...I was quite pleased that I had figured out how to do this part without cutting the thread and repositioning everything between all of them.  But then, right when I finished this, I saw on the I Have to Say blog that she had done the same thing, on some other project.  Harumph!
Then I put the little patches into a paper bag, and I randomly grabbed one at a time, and sewed them together (alternating square to rectangle and rectangle to square) into rows.  Each row needed five patches.   I had to force myself to not look at the bag at all, or it really wouldn't have been random at all.  I was undeniably attracted to certain scraps of fabric over others, even though everyone of them is beautiful on its own! 
When my bag was empty, I took a moment to admire my beautiful mess.  I'm sure I've mentioned that I am a) a klutz and b) a slob.  So, in addition to this growing pile, I cracked my leg on that open drawer four different times.  Awesome.
 This was before I sewed the strips together, but you can get the general idea.  It's a lot harder than it looks to lay it out so there are no rectangles that are the same touching each other!  I worked on this for half an hour, before calling in Erik so I could point out to him all the places where, even though they weren't touching, they were clearly making a pattern, and it was obviously unseemly, and he managed to be both supportive and insulting by rolling his eyes and telling me I was "thinking too hard".   Of course, he's right...I reminded myself of what my friend Monica always tells me when I'm sweating details.  She says, "Are you entering this project into a juried competition?  No?  Well, then, do you like the way it looks?  Alright then."

That's very sound advice, I don't mind telling you! 


  1. Very sound advice! I agonized over mine for close to an hour. I finally had to accept it and let it go, especially b/c Hubby kept saying "It looks great". Yes, I know it looks great, but I need more specific help!

  2. Silly girls. I knew better than to ask my husband. :D
    Mia, your quilt looks awesome! I can't wait to see what you've decided to do with the edges and quilting!
    I think I've decided to man up and go for the free-motion quilting. We'll see what happens.

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  4. @Carmen and @Nancy ~ haha! Our poor, long-suffering husbands! I'm getting closer now, and the closer I get, the more I love it!!! I can't wait to see everybody's all done. :)

    @"Pedro" ~ This spam was so far into CRAZY TOWN that I *almost* left it. In its own way, it was a bit of art. In the end, though, I had to admit that it just bugged me. So....sorry. *shrug*

  5. That is so beautiful. My goodness!