3/21/10

Another UFO together

I got this little UFO together over the spring break. I also got the machine part of a binding on the blue and white baby quilt and am halfway around with the finger work. There wasn't much time for quilting, tho. We had the carnival on Wednesday and on Thursday, Sydney and I worked in the yard for several hours and we did that again on Friday. When we weren't in the yard, she was alternating between a science project and video games (move your project forward one step and you can play video games for an hour.) It was wonderful. No arguing, just work. And, me making the trees and shrubs for this. Saturday was stormy and cold and I made the cushions I showed yesterday. Sunday you've already heard about and I hardly sat down all day.



I found this pattern last year at Forever Green Quilts and got really excited. But, now that it's done, it's left me feeling a little flat. It lacks the pop that the drawing on the site has. I'm hoping that I can do some things with quilting that will give it a little umph! Otherwise, I'm afraid the blue skies overwhelm the houses. If you get a chance, go look at some of the others that are featured. Many people interpreted the pattern instead of trying to reproduce it and they got that umph I was hoping for.

I printed the last map for my shop hop tomorrow. The driving time is less than half of the time I have, which is good. I'm going to be able to spend 30-45 minutes in each shop. The plan is to try to find a pattern in the first shop, where they produce their own patterns, and in all the other shops, pick up the pieces of fabric to make it. Other than that, I'm only allowed to buy light colored batiks or 30's reproductions. And, that's all! That's it! I don't need any more non-specific stash. I don't. I really don't. And, I have limited luggage space to bring it home. (but I bet I end up with at least one beautiful piece that doesn't have a project yet ;-D. I always do.)

I wish I could take you all with me. Wouldn't we have a fine time racing around the Minneapolis area, buying fabric and frightening shop owners with an unexpected hop. My only worry is whether quilt shops have men's rooms. That could put a kink in my giddy-up.

Take care and have a great Monday. If you're sewing, put in a few stitches for me. Lane

5 comments:

lw said...

I took a look at the other little town quilts so I could comment intelligently. The only one I liked as much as your was Helle's. I think a quilt like this one can look overworked really quickly, the simpler sashing and literal interpretation make your quilt top really charming.

I wish I could go shopping for fabrics today-- sigh. And my 20 year old quilt that I'm machine quilting (after removing a lot of bad hand quilting) has more issues than I realized. It's the only one I've made (out of five) that has tucks because the borders were not measured correctly and I eased in too much fullness. But it's also the only old one I've tried this one. All of the other are getting tied instead. Well, back to work...

CC said...

Hi Lane,
First..I love your quilt,it's charming and sweet...and it reminds me of softer,more gentle times. I think it's beautiful.
And next..ooo,how I would love to go quilt shop hopping.Oooo my!!!!,the fabric I could see and dream of. You have a wonderful,safe trip..and enjoy for all of us that are not there to enjoy with you. Have a great trip.

lesthook said...

The first thing that caught my eye were the windows. They seem cheery and seem to welcome you. I like it. Have a great trip!

Cynthia L. said...

Lane, I really like your quilt. I think the blue skies make it look like it is dusk. I also think that the windows draw my eye to the quilt. I know how it is to work hard on something and then not be happy with it. Personally, I think it is great and would be proud to be the maker.

I wish that I were able to go on your shop hop. I am sure they will have a restroom for you, if not, sneak in the womens! I have used the mens room in cases of emergency!! Can't wait to hear about your trip! Photos please.

Shirleymac said...

I really like your quilt too. Have fun on the mini shop hop. I don't know about most quilt shops but ours has one washroom and anyone can use it.