Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Last Bits

After procrastinating most of the morning and into the afternoon, I relented and started piecing the addendum to the quilt, a five inch border, including some pinwheels. Then I chose the hot pink cotton for the binding. Just right. It took 8 cuts to circumnavigate the edge.
I made up the bed and before I knew it the dawgs had jumped on it and took a nap. They were dry and only mildly dusty. This is going to be a functional quilt, no doubt about it. Very sturdily made, so no falling apart in the washing or drying. They always look so nice at first, before the pucker, and then ever so loved after the pucker ensues.
I must say that I am one of the few quilters who doesn't put love in every stitch. I just don't know how. It's a project to me, and now that it is done I am all ready to start on the next one.

The lovely mitered binding. Sewn on the back, turned and topstitched from the front. Now that I am 'allowed' to do it this way, I am never doing it from the front to back again. (see this post for binding tutorial ) Not a single pin was used in this binding, which is how I like it.
The finished product is 69x89ish" and that's good enough.
I have to admit I am not a fan of piecing. And the quilting is just OK to do, now that it is done in chunks with a walking foot. What used to excite me was the design, which never happened with this quilt. I am happy to have it as a blankie, but need to be more creative with my work...and the next one is not going to do the trick, the store sample,  as it must be simple enough for beginners, easily repeatable and nothing cuckoo about it.
I'm casting about for ideas on Flickr and Pinterest and hoping to strike gold soon. In the meantime I have to get in some knitting today or go nuts.
A few days ago I cleaned and rearranged my studio so I could do all things easily in it, which was wishful thinking. I thought I could paint in the morning, quilt in the afternoon, and knit at night. Turns out I left out my personality, which is to focus on one thing until it is finished. Once the fabric is out, it is only fabric projects and the rest just sit untouched. O well.

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  1. Всё идеально! Ярко и позитивно.

  2. Judy Morningstar9:02 AM

    Another really pretty functional piece. Your work is always so colourful and cheerful!
    The reason you are so productive lies in the fact you finish each project (most of the time) before starting another. Your brain is allowed to focus on one thing and not get distracted with other designs and processes. A lot of people could learn this from you too. You have closet -fulls of art, not UFO's.
    What's next?

  3. You are amazing! What you finished this morning likely would have taken the rest of us days!
    I love the colors. I'm always happy to see a post from you because I know I'll get that happy feeling from looking at all the yummy color.

  4. StudioGrotto11:22 AM

    So, I was stuck on something I started 3 years ago and on Saturday I decided that I had to machine quilt this thing myself so I went back and read the QAYG instructions. I was happy that you are also doing this!

    Unlike you, I am still getting started so I appreciate that you are showing the way, Melody. Thanks for all of your inspiration. I am not very productive but I like what I'm doing! Thanks!!!

  5. You are what you are, and you are perfect. The neat thing is that you understand yourself.
    I love your quilt, even if it was 'just a project' to you!

  6. Easily repeatable and nothing cuckoo...aw what fun is that. The quilt looks great by the way.

  7. Anonymous1:16 PM

    Your quilts are so pretty, wish I could afford to purchase even 1...lol.
    I had better get to work and copy one of yours.....in the near future.

  8. Well, designed or not , I think it's very pretty. Quilts are mostly projects for me. I like to use them and I'm usually much happier when I'm sleeping under one than I was putting it together. I start out all excited but lose it fast.
    I look forward to seeing what you're knitting now!

  9. I love this quilt and all the happy colors!

  10. Yes, I'm a fan of back-to-front binding so that I can finish it on the machine, too. The funny thing is that I always thought that was cheating so, on my last quilt, I hand-finished the binding on the back, just to see what it was like. Definitely over that now!!
    Love your colors. :-)

  11. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 3 post on Aug. 17, 2012. Thanks again.


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