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Liza Smith
Jan. 15th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
I may have to join that quilt along! I love the look of that quilt! I need a new quilt for my bed so maybe this one could be my solution. :-)
Jan. 15th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
It's about lap size -- 59″ x 68″ actually (had to look it up...) -- but it does have instructions for adding a pieced border that would add about 10" in each direction. (I never know what size a bed quilt should be, though. I mean, obviously it's going to depend on the bed in question, but yeah. It's relevant information, as it's a fairly costly pattern ($23 seems about standard - quite a lot of quilt patterns anymore are in the $10 range, so that's a pretty big jump -- lots of books cost less than that!), so you definitely don't want to buy the pattern and expend the effort if it's not going to be useful in the way you want it to be useful. (But it's so gorgeous, though! I love how crazy insane fun it is.)
Jan. 15th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful quilt, I can't wait to see it come together with those awesome bright fun fabrics.

I love that you call machine binding your "insurmountable thing". I may have to steal that phrase from you. Right now finishing anything is my insurmountable thing. But i'm hoping the motivation I have to do the gt well quilt will push me through when I start to want to run away from it. Binding is the bane of my existence, I swear.My hand sewing skills are for crap. But then my machine binding doesn't look a whole lot better. What's a wanna-be quilter to do?, right? Just keep doing I guess.
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:02 am (UTC)
Haha... over-dramatic much, eh? :D You'd think I were climbing Everest instead of walking up the hill to the corner store, or whatever makes an appropriate metaphor. I generally like binding (doing it by hand, I mean, though sometimes I find it frustrating because it is rather slow compared to anything done by machine), but it just seems ridiculous when you're talking about pot holders. (That said, I made 6 pot holders last year and hand-sewed all the bindings, so maybe I should just suck it up.)

Just keep doing is a good thing to remind myself of - everything gets better the more you do it.
Jan. 15th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Usually when I put on a binding I sew it to the front and hand stitch it to the back. For little things I bind ALL by machine: machine stitch to the back FIRST and then sew the front down second. AND I use a wide decorative stitch on the front (so that everything catches and the decorative part covers all sins). Potholders are fun - go for it!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I finally did and I kind of hate it! It looked fairly awful, so I went over it again with a zigzag that hid the original stitches - it blends well enough, but I don't really like that heavy line of stitching. Anyway, it's only two pot-holders, so I'll try again with another set. (And also, I think I'll just make my own binding - this store bought bias binding doesn't actually have any stretch/give, which is bizarre and made the corners really awkward, and also it's just way too wide, I like a narrower binding than that.)
Jan. 17th, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Haha yeah I'm great at making plans, too. It's the implementing that seems to be the problem for me. Anyway, you are going to make such a amazing Gypsy quilt with those fabrics. Can't wait to see the wip.

It looks like Project Organization is really coming along. *thumbs up*
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:34 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about the Gypsy Wife too. Those aren't colours I often use a lot of, I mean, I like bright and I like rainbow, but I generally don't use a lot of it anyway, so this one should be a fun stretch for me. I hope, anyway :)

It still needs a lot of work - this much time later I still haven't done anything more than what's visible in the video!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Organization seems to be the theme for January. Adding the extra cubes on top of your existing unit was super clever. I'm hearing from a lot of quilters that they are going to try to limit new projects to one or two. That's my goal as well. We'll just have to see where we are six months from now!!
Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:32 pm (UTC)
I guess it's a new year thing, isn't it? To want to organize and get on top of all the things that piled up from the year before. I know I'm like this every year, I just wish I could figure out a way to sustain the momentum :D

It's so hard not to start new things, because new things are always fun and exciting. We'll see how it goes, but so far I've managed to avoid joining up with anything big (other than the Gypsy Wife).
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
It's definitely a New Year's thing. I also had a WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING?! moment when I pulled out all the UFOs. I want to get back to making projects for a reason so that I don't end up with an epic pile of quilts that will never get used.
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