Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Quilt (top) in a day

So much for visiting all the blogs on my bloglines today. Instead I decided to play. Figured just because I would be stupid to drive a car while taking my meds didn't mean I couldn't use a sewing machine. I mean falling asleep while sewing never killed anyone!

Remember the row swap I was working on a few months ago. The one where the rows are due like now. Well I still have 3 rows to finish! So I went to clear off the sewing table so I could work on them. I mean they're even all cut out just haven't been motivated to work on them - or anything else for that matter - lately. But did I work on them? NOPE! I'm such a slug but I have a perfect excuse! Really I do.

Now let me set the scene just a bit. A while back Shelina was working on a 4-patch stack-n-whack. And then someone else did one (Judy maybe?) Now I've always loved the look of the SNW but didn't want to do the fiddly stuff needed to make the blocks. But I figured I could do a 4 patch so filed the idea away in my mind for one day. Okay now fast forward to today when I was cleaning off the sewing table. Among the fabrics waiting to be put away was this really great butterfly fabric I bought on clearance at an online shop back in late Dec or early January. It was an end-of-bolt sale and this piece had about 54" left. I had no idea what I would do with it but is sure was purty so I bought it. Yep - hopeless I am! Anyway so I was putting away fabric (and doing a fair amount of stoking and petting too as I'm sure you do when you handle your fabric. :-) And as I was petting this piece telling it how pretty it was and not to be afraid of the dark stash closet because one day I'd find the perfect pattern for it and it would be made into a beautiful quilt and that the cabinet was the best place for it to be in the meantime to protect it from the dangers of light and cat hair. And all of a sudden I looked at the print and thought how cool it would look made into the 4patch SNW. So I checked it out good and determined that I had almost 5 repeats of the print. Hhhhmmmmm just need 4! Also on the table - with 2 totally different groups of fabric that had been put aside for other projects were the prefect green for sashing and purple for setting squares. Since I had plenty of the green for this project and the other one it was set aside for I felt okay in stealing enough for the sashing and first border. The purple was with a group of fabrics pulled for a project that stalled before being cut so was being put back in stash. And I have just enough for the backing and binding after cutting what I needed for the setting squares. At this point I'm thinking this quilt was meant to be with everything falling in place like it was. So what else could I do besides stop everything else and make this quilt!



Ironic isn't it that on the day I decide to drop the stash quits and stashbuster rings I decide to make a quilt totally from stash. This will bust all of the butterfly fabric except a few largish scraps, all of the purple and about 1/2 yard of the green. Not sure what I'll do with it. A wall-hanging, table topper, baby quilt for a little girl or maybe a lap quilt for a lady in a nursing home. Doesn't really matter where it ends up but that I had fun in the making of it.

13 comments:

Sweet P said...

Isn't it amazing how our creativity will take us somewhere when we have plans to go somewhere else? Your quilt is adorable. Sounds like you had a good day despite the medication.

The Calico Cat said...

NICE! (I wanna do one of those too...)

tami said...

Great job busting the stash. Maybe you just needed to have no pressure. :-D The quilt is BEAUTIFUL and it sounds like you had so much fun. Don't ya just love it when a plan comes together?

Darlene said...

Beautiful, Nancy!

Jeanne said...

I sort of get tangled up when I'm making a qult that I don't have a destination for. I just fizzle out. This turned out so nicely, and you had a great time doing it!
Jeanne

QuiltingFitzy said...

...a girl after my own heart!

Lovely quilt!

dot said...

Great quilt. The colors and wonderful. Amazing how the butterflies turned into such lovely looking flowers. Gotta-go.
Work calls.

Onnie said...

I love the new quilt. So pretty! Is this pattern on line somewhere or do I have to pay real money? *g*

Lois

computerpeach said...

great job - i really like it.

Susan H. said...

I LOVE the way this turned out. How fun. I'm proud of you taking control of your life and happiness. You are right - there are enough demands on our time and life, why should WE place more. That's why my house is a wreck - I decided to sew all weekend and it was GREAT.

Shelina said...

Ooh how pretty! I think this shedding of rules is working for you! I found a good setting for my stack and whack, and will be loading your software and figuring out how to resize the pattern when the graduation whirlwill is over.

cher said...

want to send me a scrap of that butterfly fabric? I collect it and that would add nicely- way to go to bust the stash, have fun making a pattern you have wanted and finding the perfect combination of fabrics.
turned out great! I hear you on the less computer and more quilting thing-it sure is a balancing act to stay in touch with online friends and get stuff done OFF the computer.

atet said...

It's lovely! What a great way to spend an afternoon. Love those colors!