Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Finish --- Almost----

Every quilt starts with a vision….. at least for me it does. My famous line is that “ I read more about quilting than I actually get to accomplish.” Well, my Harvest home quilt started with this vision. It’s a four year old picture torn out of a Sundance Catalog.
I must have stared at this clipping for hours. I had it taped to the wall in front of my desk. The quilt looked “labor intensive” to say the least to me. Short of cutting out the individual squares ---I never could figure out the pattern to make the assembly easy. That, coupled with the two color combination that I loved but figured I would get bored with before completing the project --made it seem impossible --- no matter how I drooled over the quilt. I even emailed a friend with EQ software thinking I could maneuver a short cut or too. I still just kept it as a quilt “wish”.

Then I ran across a Pattern Basket Pattern called Confetti Cake. It uses Strip Piecing and a layer cake to create this: I used muslin as a background fabric. It still needs a 7 inch border around it. I haven’t decided on muslin or some yardage from the Blackbird Designs Harvest Home line. It was a fun quilt to cut out. I loved mixing and match the fabric strips. I can’t wait to stretch and quilt it.

I’m a complete NFL junkie. Tonight is the first game of the season, so I’m completely psyched.

Confession ---my television has four remotes. Don is a ‘Teckno-geek’ and we have every high-def gadget hooked to it possible. I have always refused to learn anything about it. It was just easier to yell for Don or the kids– or throw a fit when it came to using it or when it didn’t work. I simply chose to place no effort in learning about the TV or the remotes. Well – spending considerable time alone, last night I popped in a DVD for sewing and the DVD remote didn’t work. Without a sigh – I rationalized I hadn’t dropped it… no one else had touched it….it must be the batteries. And without hesitation I changed them and was back in business…No fit required….

I may just be growing up………

22 comments:

Sue said...

That's funny about the remote.
Your quilt is just lovely! I too find myself sometimes drooling over a quilt and not finding myself getting around to making it. Right now, in fact, I am in limbo state for some reason. I keep telling myself it's because I am busy canning...which is true...but then again....

Lynda said...

Love your quilt top - absolutely beautiful colours.

Ariane said...

I love your quilt top. It look great. Your remote story was very cute. Definitely put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing.

CJ said...

I;ve been seeing the Confetti Cake Quilt made up on a few different blogs and I WANT ONE!!! :D Yours is lovely. I can totally see now how that one in the catalog IS that pattern! Wonder if you could recreate it in fabric and not use the layer cake. Is that possible??

Lindah said...

I can totally relate to you and the TV gadgetry. It drives me bonkers. Ah well, for the most part there is nothing on TV that I want to watch. I got a neighbor geek to set up my computer so I can play dvd's on it, so I can at least watch the quilting instructional ones. I get a lot more quilting done without the TV. :-)

I really like your quilt. I especially like the white used as the accent and the color as the background.

anne bebbington said...

The original quilt was beautiful in a cool gentle quiet refined sort of way - your adaptation on it is also beautiful but with so much more life and joy in it - can't wait to see it finished ps I'm also the technophobe in our house so just don't watch DVDs etc in our house unless the kids are in to figure it out!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Mel, Your quilt is beautiful. I love it. Wow you are on a roll. Remember to do something fun this weekend! You gave me that advice and I took it. Now your turn. Blessing, Karen

Muddling Through said...

I love it! It is the same and yet totally different. Can't wait to see it quilted and scrunchy. And I have so many quilts in my head waiting to get out - I'm pretty sure I'm set for years to come. :)

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Just wonderful! I say get some Harvest Home for the border, but that's just my humble opinion.

Hope you are set for a good weekend. I'm thinking of you.

Carol said...

Mel that quilt is absolutely gorgeous. That pattern is out of this world. You did a beautiful job. Great remote story!

Carolyn said...

Mel, your quilt is gorgeous! I love the colors you used, it's perfect for fall!

And I don't know how to use the remote for the DVD either....

The Calico Cat said...

Both of those quilts are so pretty.

Claudia said...

The quilt is beautiful. I am just catching up on your blog. I am so sorry to hear about your husband's job loss. I hope things are looking up a bit for you? Both my husband and I are freelancers and right now there is nothing on the horizon. It is very stressful. Hang in there!

Tazzie said...

Ohhh my, I am just loving that quilt top. It is truly adorable.
I understand completely about your dilemma with the remotes for the TV, I had the very same problem tonite. It can be complex for us technophobes.
Be sure to have the very best weekend.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Stina said...

Congrats Melanie... you just made a wonderful top...and a version of a dream you once had... Fantastic!!! I do have a lot of those too.. and still none have been made... I think..lol...

Juliann said...

The colors in this top area wonderful! Well done.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I love this pattern too. I believe there's a speedy version in a Trudie Hughes book. The leaves add a nice touch.

Angela said...

Love the quilt! And welcome to adulthood. hahahaha

Kim said...

OMGosh! I love that blue and white quilt! I can see how you would be drawn to that design and I like where you went with it. You ended up with a lovely lovely quilt. I was struck by the blue and white and drawn to it because I have four yards of a blue that looks much like the blue in that quilt. I have been wondering which block design to use...now I know, lol. Thanks for sharing this!

Quilts And Pieces said...

It looks wonderful! And too funny, I just started this pattern at quilt camp too last weekend!

Millie said...

What a neat quilt and I like it very much...will have to go and sheck the link out too.

MARCIE said...

Hi Mel, catching up on your blog and all the great stuff you are doing. Love the pinwheels and the confetti quilt! Your fall decor around the yard is wonderful, including the trees!