I made this
over the past two days.
I swear I followed the directions. The finished results were supposed to be 27 inches by 27 inches. Mine turned out to be 4 inches shorter all around. WHAT? I don't get it. I think it has to do with the 10 triangle squares required. I must have somehow made them a little shorter so for each row, I had to shave a bit off the bottom to keep them square. Those little shavings sure added up.
After the heart was all done, I decided we needed a light, summery quilt, so I wanted to turn this into a queen sized quilt somehow.
I found the quilt I made with Happy Zombie last year. Determined to make a mash up of both quilts to make one mega queen sized quilt, I just started cutting and cutting it.
Okay. Now it's in pieces. And I'm stuck. I have no idea how to bring these two quilts together. I think I'm going to have to make that big border around the heart smaller and bring in some more of the tan coloured fabric. Thankfully I found some more of that fabric and I've got more light grey. I think I'm good as far as colours go.
Where do I go from here? No idea. Hopefully this won't just sit in my craft room for another year until I figure out what to do next.
UPDATE: This is what I'm going to do
! This quilter calls it the "Kitchen Sink" quilt. She puts together all her "orphan blocks" (That's a sad name. I think I'll call mine something else like leftover blocks.) to make huge quilts! I want that! This is a perfect solution for me because I get bored making the same block time over and over. I lack quilting discipline.
I JUST REMEMBERED! I have about 3 Union Jack pieces I could add to this.
Whoa. I have to go through my leftovers! This is going to be a gigantic quilt. And I'm going to have to make a big design wall to match these all up.
Recognize this fabric? It's Cynthia
's from about 2 Christmases ago. DREAMY. I am SO happy to be making cobblestone blocks with these fabrics. They're being used! And the blocks worked out (super easy) and this is going to be a very happy and bright Christmas quilt when I'm finished with it. It will be like Christmas exploded on the bed when I'm through with this quilt. I can't WAIT. I've been day dreaming at work about sewing it. Just finding myself sighing and wishing I was home sewing and sewing and sewing. Oh well. I've got this weekend. I can fit in some time to sew. I sewed 2 hours tonight and got all 24 blocks done. Now I have to sew some other squares together, cut them into triangles, and then somehow attach them to these.
I'm sure I can do this. The trick is NOT to rush. Not get impatient trying to finish too quickly. I've done that before and the results are not good. Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!
I also want to add a band or some squares of gray. I think every quilt I make from now on will have some component of gray in it. Like the Amish.
This week has flown by and this the first weekend in a couple weeks I'm not going to any events.
Other than Faturday. I will be celebrating HARD on Saturday. We've got such plans.
Just you wait and see!
I spent the evening and afternoon with the electric stapler? Is that what it's called? I also found a powerful, hand stapler that did not depend on electricity. In any event, I pulled out a pile of fabric today that Cynthia and I picked up at the Goodwill in Bellingham last year and covered up an unused bulletin board and made a kitty bed out of a dirty old stool we had in our living room for ages.
This is part of our dining room. This room is sadly neglected. We just never use it for anything except putting mail on the too big dining room table we have in here. One day we'll get a smaller dining table or even a cool old kitchen table and give this room an upgrade. Maybe one day we'll even eat dinner in there - well, besides Christmas dinner.
I'll hang up the Bigfoot poster this week. I couldn't do it tonight because I didn't think the neighbours would appreciate me hammering the wall at 11:30 pm.
My other stapler project included this cat space:
I didn't get the fabric as tight as I wanted because I ran out of staples - even the heavy duty ones! I need to stock up and pull the fabric tight around the edges. The rest of the stool is covered, so if someone wants to use it to rest his or her feet, it just looks like a regular stool from the back. I learned out how to sew a cube today - I feel accomplished! I had a spare pillow insert, so I covered that as well.
Oscar would NOT stay out of the stool as I was trying to cover it. But once it was all finished, neither cats would go inside. I even put some catnip in it. I wonder if that pillow is too puffy? I could try to flatten it down some.
The closest either got was Donner doing the slow walk toward it. But he didn't go in.
I still have a ton of this fabric left. I could cover more things with it or make a great backdrop for photos with it.
There's something to be said about having a driver take you around the Lower Mainland to shop and eat. If this is how the rich and famous live, I am envious. The only thing I had to think about today was what we were going to do next. And when I could get a coffee.
We started out the day in Chilliwack at a pretty great quilt shop called, Hamel's
. There were 2 floors of wall to wall fabrics. So lovely. AND, there was a quilt all made up with Monica's fabric designs!
This was quite the coincidence.
Next door to the fabric store was the Dutch Cheese store. I stocked up on some delicious cheese and some sausage. I don't think I've ever had such creamy cheese. So tasty. This is going to be on the list of places to visit whenever we have houseguests in the near future.
Also for sale in Chilliwack? Baby goats. Oh man. I didn't buy one, but I sure did want to.
After that we headed over to the Daiso in Richmond, then hopped back on the bus to go to Vancouver to a shop near Main Street.
By this time, I had hit my saturation point with fabric shopping. Which was a surprise to me. I have a saturation point? I guess so. So I took a coffee & photo break.
We all had a little break at this point and I enjoyed some coffee from this shop. It tasted like caramel.
After this we went out to Maple Ridge and then to dinner.
Phew. This was quite the day off.
Sewing tomorrow. Cannot wait!