the poky puppy quilt

October 29, 2009

the front

I finished this last week and gave it to my mom on Sunday.  She doesn’t like it.  I don’t really know what to think about that.  It’s not my most favorite thing I’ve made either, but I didn’t really use a pattern, and just tried to do what I thought would work with the print and the subject of the fabric she bought.  She picked out the poky puppy and golden books fabric, I just added in some other things to fill it out.  I asked her what she wanted me to do or how she wanted it to look, and she said to do whatever I wanted to, so that’s what I did.   She said she thought I’d be using smaller pieces…what?  I used a fabric panel in the poky puppy line and cut the 9 blocks from it, I thought the whole point of her wanting to use this fabric was the puppies…the puppies on the green fabric were large too.

I know the the fabric I used for the triangles doesn’t really look right with the other stuff once it was sewn together, even though it looked cute when the uncut fabrics were just laying together.  I know I could have done a better job on the quilting too.  So it’s not like I am in denial about this quilt having problems.

After I got over my initial indignation and hurt feeling, I thought about what she said about the smaller pieces and I think she wanted something along the lines of what I made for my goddaughter’s 1st birthday.  But a coin quilt with this fabric, and on a lap sized quilt just wouldn’t have worked, in my opinion.  The golden book fabric would have been fine, but all the puppy-related stuff – you’d never see a puppy in there.

The other idea I had before going with this more traditional juvenile looking thing I came up with was to use those panels ask the center of some wonky log cabins and then use the other stuff she picked out as  the strips and used the go-to white sashing.  In hindsight, I probably should have just done that and gone with my instincts, but I second guessed myself that she wouldn’t like it because when I showed her the first wonky log cabin block I made – which I loved how it turned out – she didn’t seem all that impressed.

She did like the back of the quilt.  I used the book cover that was printed on the panel as the label and put her name on it.  I also cut out some puppies from the panel and did my first applique.  It ended up being not as hard as I had thought it was going to be.  I was just intimidated by the satin stitch.

Oh, well; you can’t win ’em all.  Have you ever made something for someone who ended up not liking it?  I’d love to hear your stories.

I do think its looks cuter in the staged photo, the colors in the full view shot make it look worse

The colors in this photo and the one of the back are more accurate, and I think it actually looks cute here.

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October Bee Pieceful Blocks

October 23, 2009

Poinsettia Block

Poinsettia Block

Morning Star Block

Morning Star Block

I mailed these out on Monday to this month’s bee, Kim.  She sent us Christmas fabric and asked for “traditional” blocks.  I looked around online and settled on these two patterns, Morning Star and Poinsettia.   I think I have finally gotten over my mental block about this virtual quilting bee – I think you are able to see the  vast improvement I’ve made over August and September’s blocks.  The seams and points all line up (almost) :).  But where they don’t it is not that obvious.  I like how I arranged the fabrics, and for the first time in this bee, I was happy to send these out.  Hopefully I will be able to keep it up.  Next month’s fabric is going to be sent soon, and she wants string piecing, something else I have not tried yet.  I want to get it done as quickly as possible, so I can send it back before I move.

I am moving!  I finally found a new apartment that has almost everything I wanted, and its only about 1/4 mile from where I am living now!  I finally got lucky, I had almost given up because I had been looking since May. It is a duplex in a neat little neighborhood called Cottage Home, and has a really cool loft area that I am going to make my sewing room.  I can’t wait to move in and get settled.  Moving Day is only a few weeks away.  I’m moving on Friday the 13th!

After next month’s quilt block, I only have one more project I need to get done before the move.  It’s the Poky Puppy quilt my mom wanted me to make for her.   I will have to post about that later.

on point

October 16, 2009

I just wanted to share this.  Its one piece of a block I am doing for this month’s bee.  The points match!  I’m glad I am getting better at this.  Lets see if this block will be the one where all the seams line up for once.

Bee Pieceful October Block

October 6, 2009

I also managed to get my block done for my virtual quilting bee.  This month’s bee wanted stars, any way we wanted to do them, as long as they were stars.  I decided to do a maverick star, because after the disaster of trying to do triangles in last months block (which I still feel horrible about), I thought this would be the best way for me to do something that would turn out halfway decent.

my wonky star

my wonky star

As you can see I still messed up matching a seam in the upper left hand corner.  But it is still definitely better than my last one, so I will give myself credit for that.  It’s just so hard when everyone else can do these beautiful and complex blocks, and I’m struggling in the proverbial kiddie pool.  I had been watching the bees before I decided to join ones, and the blocks I saw in the pools made me feel like it was something I could do to improve my skills but within a group of people who were entry level to intermediate ability.  Somehow I ended up in a group of super-quilters.  I feel so bad, because even if this block is an improvement for me, and looks pretty ok, I go to add it in the pool and look at what everyone else has done…I hate being the weakest link.  Maybe next time around, I’ll find a group that makes me feel less inadequate.

woodland mixtape - finally complete

I am so glad I finally finished this quilt!  I will be relieved when it finally makes it to its new home on Sunday, when I attend my cousin’s wedding.  He and his fiance better like it!  I want to thank Joann at  Select Sewing Service for letting me come to the store the past two weekends to finish this thing. She taught me lots of helpful tricks and was so kind and understanding to allow me to come in and use their equipment when I was in a panic when my machine broke.   I am so glad I bought my machine at a brick and mortar store!

I’m happy with the decision to add the border, it was just a little too minimal for me without it.  I decided to name it woodland mixtape.  I even made sure I put a label on it, at my cousin’s request.  For a guy, my cousin had pretty exact specifications!  I always forget to add the label on most of my quilts.  I should make an effort to include them.  Maybe if I got that printable fabric, I wouldn’t be so lazy about making labels.

the whole front view

the whole front view

So now that’s done, I can move on to stuff that I WANT to do…

Oops, I remembered my mom’s Poky Little Puppy Golden books lap quilt request first. 😦 Hopefully it will be easier to make than this one was.  I’m just going to freestyle a design that I can use the fabric panel on.  It has each page of the book printed on it to make a soft book.  They are 8″ each, so I wanted to cut them out and use them in blocks for this quilt.  The rest I still need to figure out.  I’ll work on that now and get everything cut out before I get my machine back, so when I do I can start working on piecing right away.

Hope my sewing machine is fixed soon!  I’d like to get my Christmas project done before December 1!