Wednesday, 19 February 2014

884 bottles of beer on the wall, 884 bottles of beeer...

I've had my head down, feverishly piecing my scrappy plus quilt. Squares became rows, rows became panels, and finally panels turned into a finished top.

Much as I love this quilt, there were moments when I was sick of looking at yet another stack of squares, yet another row to sew.

I was counting down, and the "bottles of beer" song was stuck on repeat in my brain.

Vertical rows are sewn, but not joined.
Pincushions are bristling again.
Since the design wall was holding my fabric hostage by blocking access to the cupboard, I decided to concentrate all my efforts on finishing this project so the design wall could be moved back into the hall where it belongs.

I could hardly stand the tedium of the piecing.

It would have been a relief to intersperse it with other, more interesting pursuits as I prefer to juggle several projects rather than soldier through one at a time.

Next time I will leave the design wall in the hallway where it blocks nothing!

Just when I thought the piecing marathon was over...
(cue the music from "Jaws") 


My stash did NOT offer a suitable backing fabric so... I'm piecing one.


Three large plus signs will "float" on the back.
I felt somewhat annoyed by this turn of events, but only because I was tired. After a night's sleep I awoke with giant plus signs dancing in my head, and now I'm rather pleased with the whole idea!

The Fabriholics Anonymous pledge motivates me to explore creative solutions that also please my sense of design.

It's a challenge, to be sure, but I am sticking with it!

A sense of scale.
 Next time you see this quilt, it will be under the needle! YAY!!!

Linking up with Rebecca Lynne, for a Fabriholics Anonymous February Check In; Lorna, for Let's Bee Social; Lee, for WIP Wednesday;and now...Fort Worth Fabric Studio's Fabric Frenzy Friday

Try, Learn, Grow!

Carole

Comments are welcome. Thanks so much for looking around!

17 comments:

  1. Your creativity shines thru Carole. Always ready to share ideas for us all.

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    1. Aw, thanks Ruth. Happy to share what I can. :)

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  2. You get an A Plus for keeping at it and getting that top pieced, Carole. And for using stash to come up with such a gorgeous backing! Great job!

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    1. Lorna, your comments always make me smile. Thanks again for your generous support. :)

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  3. It is an A+ quilt that is for sure! I have always wanted to make one! Beautiful colors!

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  4. I was reading about you and my husband said you have a sidekick! So we are taking over the world! So now I follow you!

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    1. Ha ha! I love it! We will take over the world, one room at a time, Lisa!! :)

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  5. I don't usually think of putting purple and green together, but this is really pretty. Congrats on conquering it! I like that pink and gold plus on the back too.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. This combination seems very rich to me, and I like it a lot. I like how the brown backing makes the giant plus signs pop.

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  6. The pieced back will be fantastic. But I agree with the tedium it's why I have so many wip.

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    1. Ah, yes, me too! But I thrive on variety, it seems. No harm in that, I guess! :)

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  7. I love your creative response to not finding the backing you need, and it'll look great! I, too, find it hard to work solidly on one project, I'm a flitter

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. My backing STILL needs to grow, so now I'm adding a funky pieced strip to the mix. Yeesh...the never-ending project!

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  8. I love plus quilts! Your quilt looks lovely and I can't wait to see it all done! :) I agree with you about things getting tedious! I think that's why all my quilts are on the smallish side--because I get tired of doing the same thing! :)

    Would love for you to stop by and link this up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    -Lindsey
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

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    1. I love plus quilts, too. Maybe next time I'll use bigger pieces so the piecing will go faster! Thanks for dropping in again, Lindsey. :)

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  9. Your quilt looks great! I saw this on the magazine cover you mentioned before, but it looks so tedious, I wasn't sure I could handle it. Congrats on your progress. The pieced backing will be terrific!

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  10. You were right...It was tedious! I'm happy to say that I think it was worth the effort, though. There's something appealing about plus quilts. :)

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