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Ice and Does It Really Matter

So what have I been doing the last few days?

  • Saturday: I emptied half of the spare room so we could fit in another large shelving unit. Now most of the boxes of fabric, sewing supplies, and drafting notebooks are off the floor.
  • Sunday: Super Bowl, I moved 2 more laundry baskets of fabric off the futon so we could watch the game. Bad move; I pulled something in my back. My sewing project changed to studying a new quilt book for a class I’m taking next week while I iced my back.
  • Monday I worked some more on my Fortune Cookie Fortune series and iced my back again. I’ll post a tutorial next Tuesday about my challenges printing on fabric.
  • Tuesday I worked on the design wall with my Bow Ties and iced my back some more. Here’s where I’m at:

I’m trying something I learned from Alex Anderson on http://www.thequiltshow.com about creating an implied boarder. I think my “white/black” triangle insets are losing the zig zag pattern. It needs more sameness to create the flow I’m looking for as the triangles zig and zag between the bow tie blocks.

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Okay, It’s starting to look better. The best things I’ve done so far are to put everything on the design wall and take pictures. All of the areas that glare at me from the small photos look just fine on the wall.  I think my biggest challenge is my small pile of “white/black” fabrics. I guess its back to the quilt stores to buy some more fat quarters.

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  • Wednesday was my guild meeting. As program chair, I invited Bill Volckening www.billvolckening.com  to come speak about his New York Beauties. Wow! Check out his website. He brought several tubs of quilts covering the last 150 plus years and everyone was stunning. One of the things Bill pointed out that I found surprising had to do with the skilled execution of each quilt. All of the older quilts were not perfect in their piecing. The points weren’t pointy, and seams didn’t match. The newest quilts were pieced with precision. While both sets of quilts were beautiful, he noted that the newer perfectly pieced quilts looked flat next to the older less perfect quilts. This got me thinking about all of the time and effort I put into my piecing, quilting and finishing. I struggle at times to create the design in my head so every seam is straight and true, every fabric is perfectly placed (note the photos above) and then fear the quilting will ruin the top. In the end my quilts have a story to tell beyond the perfect and not so perfect sewing. I just need to remember when I’m at the sewing machine deciding if I need to rip out that last seam or not, will it really matter to the story if the points don’t match.