6/17/09

What was I thinking???

I had lunch with my mentor yesterday. I showed her my patchwork panache quilt and we discussed things I could to to make it look better. She helped me identify what I didn't like about it and we talked about things I can do differently. The quilt top is fantastic, but the quilting just didn't fit it and I've never been able to look it in the eye (pun intended because there's a face quilted into the center of it).

And, everything I had planned for the class quilt (sometimes known as Haiku) turned out to be a bad idea and she showed me why. I was too disjointed and trying to put too many themes into quilting it. She helped me scale that back, but it means I'm back to the drawing board...literally...to decide how to quilt it. Many of the ideas I had will stay, they'll just be in different places so they don't compete with the piecing. That's my biggest quilting mistake. I try to do some fancy quilting over my piecing and I just haven't mastered how to do that without the two elements competing with one another. So, I need to steer away from it until I can see it in some more quilts and get an idea of how to balance the two.

Okay, so let's check the list. That's two tops to quilt that I have a plan for. Two tops to quilt that only have a concept, not an actual plan. Two tops where are the blocks are made, but they aren't assembled yet. There's also a Cmas applique quilt and 5 BOM's. And, I took on another challenge! What WAS I thinking?

She is going to make this quilt.


And, in cutting the strips for it, she cut twice as many as she needed. So, she offered to let me copy the foundation pattern and make one using her extra cut strips. How could I turn that down??? I even ordered the pattern with all the foundations yesterday afternoon so I don't have to copy. My only requirement was that she meet with me a couple of Saturdays and help me get started because I haven't done much foundation piecing. She agreed. I agreed. I'm committed. I'm too busy to blog. Gotta go, gotta go...oh, wait, I'm at the office. I can't quilt anyway. I may as well stay here all day long. Hmmm, that could be a dual blessing. Blog all day, get fired, have plenty of time to quilt...at least until we run out of food and money.
Take care. My responsible side is kicking in and I better get back to work. See ya on the web. Lane

11 comments:

kwiltmakr said...

Wow, talk about biting off more than you can chew, LOL......just chew slower and you will manage it all. I love that quilt and I do like to foundation piece, once you get the hang of it you will find it easy. Stay busy! Not something I need to say to you is it.

Auntie Em said...

Looks like a Karen Stone pattern to me, and it sure is a beauty! It sounds like it will be an enjoyable process to get to make a quilt side by side with your mentor. She was so generous to give you the extra fabrics. What colors are you using?

Becky said...

Hi Lane! It is 9:15 p.m.EDT (Wed) and they are saying there is a big tornado on the ground in Austin. Are you OK?!!!!! Let us know soon~!!

Vesuviusmama said...

I found you!!! Two weeks without a peek into the life of Lane is TORTURE! How great that you have a mentor who can help you work through your design issues. And what a stunning quilt you've decided to make - but really, who cuts twice as much as they need!?! I never seem to cut enough. And I am loving the "blog at work, get fired, have time to quilt" idea...

Shirleymac said...

Hi Lane! We're finally all finding you. It's great to see your work again. That quilt looks a bit like the New York Beauty. Very nice. I'm on holiday right now but will be home and blogging after July 2. Great to see you again.

Moondancer said...

Hey Lane, I am also over here and have been for a long time. I never really got into this site because I had trouble getting around and finding quilters. But now that I see all the people that are here I can stop in to see the projects and read the blogs. Thanks for answering me on the MQB. MaryMM

MaryMM said...

PS.....I was here as Moondancer but changed to MaryMM.

lisaperlick said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
oldbatt said...

Hey Lane, it's so good to catch up with you again, I was going through Lane withdrawls! I haven't blogged since MQB went down - still deciding what to do. Glad to see you are keeping busy and glad I was able to find you again! Take care, Lisa

Riet said...

Hi Lane. I was glad to hear from you and see that you are a follower. How did you all know my blog I asked myself. LOL I am following your blog from now on too so I won't miss your great stories and quilts. I missed those when we were away. How is the kid? Doing well I hope.
Riet

Nancy said...

That quilt is exquisite ebut the one time I tried paper piecing I was SO confused. Everything was upside down and backwards. Did you ever complete this? Do you have a Flickr site or another site where all your quilt photos are posted?