September 27, 2011

Bella and Edward Wedding Quilt (Version 1): Make it Work!

Now I'm borrowing from Tim Gunn....shameless!

There a lot of things people know about me:

1) I always try to do my best.

2) I get annoyed with crappy quilting when people don't care as the reason or bother to ask for help.

3) I'm not very organized.

4) I'm impatient.

5) I lose focus and start too many projects before finishing many.

.....I could go on and on.

I decided mid-stream to make my version of the quilt larger.  Making three more blocks wasn't that big a deal.  Fabric is the issue.  I don't have enough as mentioned.  I had to go back to the drawing board.  I can't go back to the shop and buy more because I bought all they had to begin with--a little over two yards.  I would have been short even if I had been more careful and organized in my cutting.  I could have gone back to the shop and had them look in their fabric book to tell me the manufacturer and item number, but I wasn't going to get there this week since its across town and I'm tied up with kids' activities all week.  Even if I did, I would have had to try to find it online, order it if I found it, and wait for it to come.  (I looked for it briefly online without any information, but quickly gave up on that.)

I have a huge stash, but I usually don't buy large cuts of fabric unless it's for a planned project.  I didn't think I had anything suitable because I don't have a lot of batiks, but I did have some large yardage for another quilt I had planned.  Because I'm impatient and cheap, I decided to to use some of the fabric.

The fabric takes this quilt in another direction design-wise.  I'm not sure I'm happy with it, but I'm talking myself into it because of the aforementioned reasons.....

Make it work!

I actually came home and took the Ribbon block apart because the triangle point didn't match up as well as I would have liked.  I sewed the block with a regular 1/4" seam the second time.

I'm telling myself that Isle Esme is being represented.  The white blue of the sky, the blues of the ocean, and the sand of the beach.  Since Bella comments that their bedroom color scheme in the cottage reminds her of Isle Esme, in my imagination the quilt would fit right in.

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