Friday, October 16, 2020

The Umbrellas Continue on Off the Wall Friday


Okay, I admit it.  This one got away from me.  And when I say away, I mean REALLY away.  Now I won't pretend that this is the first time a quilt has taken on a life of it's own...basically a life it was never meant to have.  Still, I'm a little shocked that this one did.  It was suppose to be quick little project that was to stir my creative juices and get me visiting my studio on a regular basis.  Next thing ya know, I'm spending hours and hours piecing bits and pieces of  Sue Daley's Abbie collection...over and over....and


I've been using my fitbit smart watch to keep track of the hours and they are slowly starting to add up.    (I'm quite sure that when I bought my fitbit, it wasn't to help motivate me to sit at my sewing machine, but what's a quilter to do?!?!)  You know I'm spending a lot of time in my studio when my family starts to visit me there to make sure I'm still alive.  The funny thing is that I think I'm only about 1/2 to 2/3rds done.  I really don't know since I just keep piecing away.  I figure sooner or later, I'll figure out when its done.  

So how did this happen?!  Well I started out with the 42 little Epp/Applique Umbrella blocks.  Then there was suppose to be the little Abbie blocks that were fussy cut from the signature fabric of the collection.   Fine easy, right?  Nope!  I needed some new blocks with half square pinwheels.  Oh they look good!  What if I added some cool scrappy blocks the same size.  But wait!!! I have all these strips left over, maybe I can make some them into really scrappy strips all different widths.  Wowwww this is getting tooo scrappy.  It needs some nice stripe strips and black strips to hold it all together.

See what I mean?  This quilt has taken a life on it's own.  One thing I did manage to come up with is that the "blocks" (and I use that term VERY loosely) are 11" wide.  They will be big strips the length of the quilt. I was going to hand quilt it but with all the seams, I changed my mind and am going to do it with my machine. I manage to watch a Marti Michelle class on Quilting in segments and I thought I would finally give that a soon as I finally finish piecing the quilt.....which might or might not get done this month.

I do love where this is going though.  This is the kind of quilt where a little girl will be able to see how the 21 different fabrics play with all the little Abbies that are scattered through out.  It really will be the kind of quilt that made me fall in love with quilts when I was a little girl.  Also, it makes me wonder when I got so tied up with the art side of quilting and forgot how much I loved the traditional end of it.  I'm sooooo a Gemini - never really happy with one side without the other!

Hopefully by the next check-in the piecing will be done and I'll be onto machine quilting it.  

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1 comment:

Susan said...

That is an adorable quilt - so soft and girly.