I bought a bunch of hunter green fabric in 1992, when hunter green was really popular. I was going to make a quilt for my dorm room with it. I started the quilt. I was not very good at this at all, and all my blocks were very different sizes. I got discouraged, went back to school, packed up the pieces to the future quilt and put them in a Rubbermaid Tub.
The Rubbermaid Tub sat under the tables in my Mom’s work area for about a decade. Then she insisted that I take it. I didn’t forget about the quilt; I just procrastinated DOING anything about the quilt because I was intimidated.
In 2002, I decided, dammit, I’m going to finish the stupid quilt. So I made 12 Ohio Star blocks, totally abandoning my original design. I added white fabrics and some more greens (though the teals and hunters of 1992 were out of style ten years later, so I supplemented with more summer greens and knew I’d have to find a way to force them to go together — enter the log cabin blocks…). Then I made log cabin blocks with all the different greens, with purple triangles in the corners. I pieced the quilt into 5 22″ wide strips that I’ll quilt individually by machine, and then attach the strips together. It will be a king-sized bedquilt when I’m done.
It’s been ready to layer (meaning — fully pieced, and just waiting until I basted together the quilt sandwich [quilt top, batting, backing] so I can quilt it) for over a year.
Today my mom and I layered one of the five strips and hand-basted it together so I can quilt it. And we also layered and pin-basted the abstract quilt that I’ve been working on. I have another hand-basted quilt in the closet, ready to go.
I feel a Finishing Frenzy coming on. My biggest goal for the year is to finish the blasted Green Albatross that I started in 1992. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt when it’s done, but GOD. Thirteen years now?! What is my PROBLEM?!
I worked some more on the quilt that was started on Friday night… Rejected all the blocks that had any light-colored background fabrics in them and made new blocks just using mediums and darks. Here’s the latest iteration…
Trying to decide if I like the blocks with little squares in them or not (Row 2, Column 6 doesn’t jump out QUITE that much in real life, but it does pull some focus which changes its potential placements…), or the “Y” shaped ones (there’s one in Column 6 and three in Column 8 ). The “Y” ones are just very very hard to place, so I’m thinking I might make replacement blocks for them, too. Jerry’s not a fan of the ones with squares in them, but I almost wonder if the piece NEEDS those to anchor the rest of the chaos. We’ll see, though… Gotta live with it for a little while and see how I feel before I decide to sew them all together.
I went to a quilting class on Friday night, and started working on this:
I’ll admit, it’s strange.
I am in the process of making at least 12 more blocks for it (so that it’s 8 blocks by 5 blocks), so that with the right border, it might look nice on the wall over our bed. Gotta find the right border, though… It has been my experience that odd quilts like this really NEED a border to tame them. There’s one that I made (the one Jerry named “O, My Eyes Are Bleeding”) that was totally obnoxious until I got a border on it. Now it’s just mildly obnoxious, and I like it a lot better.
This is the same kind of a quilt. Once I get the top all put together, I’ll have to take it out and audition border fabrics to see if this one can also be tamed.
Tonight I went to a quilting class (Art Quilt Club) that will meet the first Friday of the month for the next three months. Our instructions were to bring “a variety of hand-dyes and tonal solids cut to 7-1/2″ squares, and graphic prints cut 1″ wide by the width of the fabric.” Most people brought squares of many, many colors. I tried to stick to greens and blues, which ended up keeping my quilt from being as erratic in color as most of the others. My 1″ strips are all cool colors (blues, greens, purples) — and of course, my signature orange. Because I can. And because I have quilts that Jerry has named the following: “O, My Eyes are Bleeding,” “Again with the Orange?” and “Not Enough Orange.”
I can only really think of two quilts I’ve made that have no orange. Interesting.
This one has some growing to do… Gotta finish the blocks (I have 19 made, 9 more in process, and I think I’ll need probably either 12 or 20 more), play with them on a design wall, sew them together, and then find The Perfect Border Fabric for them. If Jerry and I both like the way it turns out, it may end up hanging at the head of our bed in place of a headboard.
I’m excited about it. Laying the blocks out on the floor here, it all took a different color than it had at the quilt shop, and I didn’t like it as much. I look forward to being able to play with it in natural light, when I get my stuff moved up to Helen’s old room.
And then I’ll share pictures. Too early to share pictures now…