Tuesday, August 24, 2010

If the Hat Fits

If the Hat Fits, A Buggy Barn Quilt is finished.
 I still have to quilt it, but I need to piece backing fabric and complete the wool applique. I am going to machine quilt it myself. I have a good friend that whipped this same quilt up and carted it to the long arm quilter. I’ve seen it—the quilter did a beautiful job. Honestly, I’m completely envious, but I’m battling. There were pumpkins, acorns, leaves, bats…. The free hand motion work was just perfect. I’m not whining—please don’t think that. I think the real reason I’m posting about it is to show others out there I have “those” moments just like everyone else. I want THAT quilting--- my machine quilting is pretty much the meandering stitch. I do one heck of a meandering stitch, but that’s about it. I’m kicking around stars and a little meandering and maybe some Moons stitched with echoes. The witches are going to have their dresses with details stitched either scallops or stars or even just squiggly lines. The brooms will have zigzags on them. I’m going to give it a shot. I can tell you all the song and dances about “Making it my own”, still truthfully I can’t justify the bucks for such a short seasonal quilt. It’s not even about the funds---the designs are worth every dollar But hey- I’m not throwing in the towel--- I’ll let you know how it comes out.


The days are getting shorter.
 I saw this butterfly---has to be a movie star butterfly because he loved getting his picture taken.

Gratitudes:
Gospel Group last night
Coffee with friends
The Ironing board is empty---All caught up.

17 comments:

Carol said...

OMG Mel that is just wonderful! Cute as it can be!

Deb said...

Melanie it looks amazing. Good on you for doing your own quilting.

Darlene said...

Melanie it's adorable! Just quilt it your way and enjoy it.

Melinda said...

It looks great! You did such a good job.

Loris said...

Adorable!

Sue said...

Oh now there it is! And it's sooooo adorable! I love it and all those colors are just great!!!

I would do the quilting yourself too. I have issues with making the whole quilt mine too, so I totally get that. You'll do a great job with it I know :)

Is this going in your house?

Love the butterfly. Aren't they beautiful this year? They are everywhere!!

Julie said...

I LOVE IT!!! Was it hard to make? I would love to give it a whirl...I think. Yours is darling and good luck with the quilting :)!!
Hey, if you want to see a really cute Raggedy Ann and Andy quilt pattern for free, click on the picture on my sidebar. This lady is doing a BOM, and the entire thing is free. The pattern is really easy to follow, and I have started some of the stitchery.
Have a great evening. Julie

Karen said...

Know what you mean about wanting the quilting design you have already seen. Been there, done that. It is a lot of money to put out for a quilt that probably only be on display during October.

The Calico Cat said...

1. I am not a Halloween quilt girl & I still find this one to be adorable. (I only own a few halloween fabrics because of those darn cats. & I made a Halloween quilt to "use up" those dar halloween cat prints. I still have some so there goes the "use up" theory.)
2. Have you thought about adding small details - scallops, etc. as embroidery now or as hand quilted elements later?

Yvonne Cormier said...

The finish top is gorgeous!! So much character! Can't wait to see the quilted finish... you go girl! Yvonne :-)

Libby said...

Love it! And just remember . . . it doesn't matter how you quilt it, but when you are done it will be completely yours *s*

Journeying said...

Hey - I'm with it being totally yours....and....if you really want some of those acorn, etc. motifs, why not consider Calico Cat's suggestion and embroider a few? You're good at that and you could get in the ones that are important to you and then do the rest with your machine. Whatever you do, it will be wonderful and a Melanie Creation.

Colleen said...

That is one CUTE quilt! I know how you feel.. all I can do is meander and loop-de-loo. Maybe some cross-hatching. I really need to take a class!

Sue said...

Good job Melanie. I love this quaint quilt. Good luck with the quilting. I'm sure it will be fine whatever you decide to do. I love butterflies too and this one is very handsome. xx Sue

Journeying said...

just hit me when looking at this again - this is a version of Sunbonnet Sue!(Witchbonnet Wanda?)

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt! I cannot wait to see what you do with it on the machine quilting front! I'm sure it will be stunning! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt! I cannot wait to see what you do with it on the machine quilting front! I'm sure it will be stunning! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!