Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flimsy Finish

The strip quilt is DONE.  Well, the flimsy is done.  If you read my first post about this quilt on Monday, you know I did not like making this quilt.  I found it boring. I did follow some advice from Marly and sewed all of the panels together.  Forced myself to sit there and sew them together until they were done.  And then I cut them all. And then I arranged them.  And then I sewed them together.  And when I say forced, I mean tied myself to my sewing chair and fought off thoughts of "Oh, I should go file my nails" "Oh, I should go do laundry" "Oh, I should go pet the dogs" "Oh, I should go waterboard myself. . . it might be more interesting" LOL I'll talk a little more about the process in a minute, first the picture.

I know this picture is sideways. . . why is it that I flip the picture before I upload it, save the file and then it uploads sideways... Someday I will figure it out.   I think the picture shows the richness of these batiks well.
I used seven different fabrics in this quilt.  All of them from the Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks Falling Leaves collection.  I think this is an old fabric line, I got a great deal on it many months ago :) 

I cut strips at 1.5", 1.75" and 2" from all of the fabrics.  I had three fabrics that were more gold dominant and 4 that were more black dominant.  I alternated the strips gold/black/gold/black and on and on and on . . . haha Then I sewed the strips together WOF until I had a strip panel wide enough to cut three rows of squares.  I used this method.  My blocks were 6.5" x 6.5". 

I have A LOT of scrap pieces of sewn together strip panels.  Most are triangles and I am likely going to sew four triangles into a square and add them to the back.  

I have the back pretty much planned but I am going to put this top aside for a bit. I am going to go back to making flying geese blocks... I have an idea for a quilt and it must be made!  Does that ever happen to you?  I tried more flying geese yesterday.  It was a miserable failure. . . so bad, I couldn't even attempt to try my new BlocLoc flying geese ruler.  I'm going to post more on that in the next day or two though. 

Oh, and check out this totally cool tutorial over at my friend Preeti's blog.  She has come up with another very cool block that will leave you wondering which of the many many different ways it can be laid out to chose!

I'm linking up with Kelly over at My Quilt Infatuation for NTT and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.  

Until next time (when we will be flying high with the geese!) keep on quilting!

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  1. This quilt is so striking. It is hard to believe it is only seven fabrics, but that is the beauty of batiks. So funny that you didn't enjoy the process of sewing all the strings together, when I really enjoy the mindlessness of it. Looking forward to seeing the back.

  2. The colors are so rich and regal - fit for royalty. I am so glad you kept on even when you had so many distracting thoughts :-) I only have one complaint - not enough pictures.

  3. Goodness I understand when you start a project and then are not really inspired by the process. I have a WiP that has sat neglected because I (unlike you) have not had the willpower to power through it. I hope now that the top is done you can enjoy the rest of the quilting process with this one!


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