Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter Tabletop...


I saw pictures of this piece before I even had the magazine. I knew I was going to make it the minute I pulled the Winter 2012 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects out of the mailbox..  When it came, I was immediately pulling fabrics from my fabric cabinet to put the quilt together.  Yes, I could have waited until I went to the Quilt shop and purchased similar fabrics from the magazine pictures, but no--- I was completely too impatient for that. I pulled and started cutting.

As usual, --life-- got in the way. Work, laundry, vacuuming--- all those things we'd like to pretend that don't have to be done.

In the mean time, Quilters started posting their finished projects--- the one.... that had gotten on the back burner due to 'life'.  Wow--- my fabrics were way off  from the Magazine photos, and just as far from  the internet quilters as well.  I started second guessing my choices.

They were cut out and wasted.  In my head, I thought it would all come together, but now I was having my doubts.

I decided to put it together anyway.  The more I sewed, the more stressed I got.  My quilting time is sacred and to be working on "a dud" was not O.K.

Then there was a turning point.  I took some snapshots and things didn't seem so bad.



Last night, I finished the project and I love it.  It doesn't look like everyone else's pieces and I'm kind of O.K. with that. Not everyone has a house in the Northwoods of Michigan.

I left off the moon and stars.  I didn't want to introduce another color into the piece. My appliques are wool scraps that I'm always talking about saving....and the binding is cut on the bias.

It looks like Winter without screaming, "Christmas", so I can used it a lot longer that 4 weeks a year.

14 comments:

Kindred Quilts said...

Lots to love about this project! Love the colors, and you are right... this can hang out after Christmas and into January, February... Love the wool applique, and the stippling! I can see a snowman quilt/wallhanging in the background on the third picture, and I think the one you just made is the perfect companion to it!

Sue said...

It's just perfect, Melanie. It's your very own and that's the way it should be. You did great on it and it makes a fantastic table runner. I love that it can be used longer than Christmas decorations allow.

Quilting Babcia said...

It's perfect - and why would you want to make something just like everyone else's anyway?! This one is yours, it fits your home and your lifestyle, and you love it - how much better can it get?

Muddling Through said...

I love it! It is perfect for you and that's all that matters. I think we all spend far too much time thinking about what someone else will think of our efforts. The main thing is - YOU like it and you are pleased with it in your home.

Karen said...

I rather like that big check you used for the outer part. The snowman looks very good on it. And it rests nicely on your table. A keeper and uniquely yours. I like that you used what was available in stash. It gives me a good feeling when I do that.

Shakerwood said...

Glad you stuck with it. It turned out great!

McIrish Annie said...

Lesson learned, trust your gut! and why would you want yours to look like everybody else??? I've never seen a ugly thing on your blog so go with your instincts. good job finishing before Christmas! Lord knows I have several Christmas UFOS hanging around! :(

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...

It's winter wonderful!! =)So glad you kicked those doubts to the curb!

Gypsy Quilter said...

It looks just like Mel's house. AND you got it done. I love your salt glazed crock. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

I think it's just wonderful! LOVE it! It's YOU!

Carrie P. said...

I like it a lot and yes, you can keep it out all winter. That pattern is one I want to do too.

Val said...

This is absolutely beautiful!!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love it; I love all your projects.

Sometimes I put a project aside because I don't like something about it. And when I pull it back out later - like a few years - I wonder what in the heck I thought was so bad about it! I think we are our own worst critics.

Frankly, I wouldn't change a thing you've done with this one. It's just adorable.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Super cute!!