It’s almost time to say,”Goodbye September and Hello October.” Which means that getting ready for the big event in Houston is in full swing! I am keeping my toes and fingers crossed that I see many of you there; just in case you are wondering where we will be located this year I am here to share that we will be in booth # 1223!
And if necessary there’s always 24 other options available according to the alphabet! Does the below photograph look familiar to you? My mind has immediate horrifying flashbacks when looking at it!
No too long ago, I had created a post regarding my 4 year forever quilt….. , and the lovely bleeding that graced it’s presence on my fabric. Bear with me readers… I had an orphan block for this piece and had decided that after applying some beaded piping and a border on this project I would then quilt it.
My goal was to finally have this completed for the Houston International Quilt Festival’s auction. I’m sad to report that Houston isn’t going to happen. Now, although the process did not meet the Houston deadline I DID finish quilting it! I’m currently waiting for my friend Liz Haskell to provide me with the fabric needed which will allow me to bind this piece. Having had the unfortunate experience of the “4 year quilt bled bath” I am thinking that this scenario could repeat itself with the piece displayed below. This time I am going to be proactive instead of reactive! When it is time to block the needed area, I will implement the same process (dawn dish detergent) for this piece. Typically I wouldn’t block such a small piece but I figure I might be about to learn another huge life lesson in regarding my quilting so better to be safe than sorry!
Below is a picture of the almost finished piece.
After much consideration I have also decided to hold off and reserve this for next years auction piece. Hopefully I will FINALLY have the 4 year quilt finished in its entirety and entered into the Houston show.
Stay tuned for results on how the blocking of this piece turns out!
Is anyone else gearing up for Houston? Whether you’re vending, teaching or planning on visiting please share your plans!
I have no problem encouraging my students to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to experience something new but sometimes I don’t always like to practice what I preach. Yes, I am admitting yet another “Lisa flaw”. Anyone that read a recent post will recall that I did sew a bag, which is not my thing, and I had a great time. But I am ultimately a creature of habit and feel very uncomfortable taking steps into “newness” and that includes welcoming new things into my studio easily. And here’s what I mean:
My beloved BERNINA longarm has a friend now. Heavens no, not another machine, although that thought is very tempting. LOL I have the QMatic which is the computer component for the BERNINA. Now, I’m not a total dinosaur, in the past I did “computerized” quilting but this was back in the day (many moons ago) when I was quilting daily for customers and could not fathom completing projects without computerizing. Since I currently quilt for myself, I now find it hard to jump in and bring myself up to speed with technology. Yes, I need to come face reality, and with this incredible addition I’ll be in feeling like a more modern quilting girl in no time. BUT it will take some practice!
Learning the software is obviously my first goal, however, I also need to become familiar with the new weight of the machine while doing freehand. Ah, major learning curve! This is extremely important because although the machine doesn’t necessarily feel much different, the swing is a little different. Therefore, in order to apply those nice backtracking feathers, it requires me to practice, practice and practice some more. To aid in my training I’ve placed practice fabric (fabric I care less about) to make sure I’m comfortable with the new weight of the machine. After gaining confidence in the adjusted swing of my machine I plan on tackling a small piece that will hopefully be an auction piece at Houston. Fingers crossed.
Below you can see an orphan block from my four-year, never-ending quilt. This will be my Houston Quilt Festival Auction piece if I can get my rear in gear and get it on the machine. Yes, I realize there is a seam ripper in the picture. Remember I’m a WIP, need I say more?!
This quilt is more like the four-year and some odd month, never-ending, quilt…lol Goal 450 billion is to get that finished by the end of 2017. I refuse to let it become,”The 5 Year Quilt”.
So I’m off to practice what I preach and throw myself full force into learning, and understanding this new software. Big girl pants are pulled up, zipped and belted tightly!
What changes have you recently encountered that has you hesitant to step into the new, and unknown?
Nope, I am not happy; and I really am not happy to be writing this post. Those that saw my post on Friday read about my 48 month project. The infamous quilt that has been in the making for way too long. After my post I was inspired to do some marking and wanted to remove them to see what the design would look like. The result has me in tears.
Did I prewash the fabric? Of course. Am I sick to my stomach? The thought of fabric is making me nausea. Have I cursed myself inside and out? A million times over. Were tears shed? Let’s just say I do need to re-stock on tissues.
Just the other day while I was finally motivated to tackle this quilt a friend of mine imparted this thought. She said that maybe this quilt has already provided me with its lesson; she continued by stating that maybe it’s time to let it go and give the top away which would allow me to move on. Her words held some truth to them, as I now believe that this quilt has something unique in store for me.
I have learned many lessons from this quilting disaster. Here are just a couple:
Hand dyed fabric wash repeat, wash, repeat UNTIL the color catchers come out the same color they went in as. What color is that? White!
The ability to salvage this quilt remains uncertain. But rather than allowing my feelings of regret and frustration take over which would normally have me tossing this project aside indefinitely; I have chosen to go move forward and finish what I have started. This UFO is taking me into uncharted territory. Will it ever be show worthy? Again, only time will tell.
If you are interested in joining me on this journey, then stay tuned. I plan on keeping my readers abreast of where this new road takes me. It will definitely include the good, the bad and the ugly. But I have a strange feeling that this quilt will be providing me with several quilting and life lessons that I will be more than happy to share with my fellow quilters. And in the end together we will all see where this project ends up, maybe it’s in a show, or maybe we will find it in the classroom.