Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In a Gridlock

Ok, let me show you what I have been working on the last couple of days.  As I have stated previously, I am really trying to work on my New Year's resolution to finish old projects this year.  This one has been a LONG time in the making.  You can read my first blog post about it here.  Can you believe how long it has been?  I must say that I am absolutely STRUGGLING with getting this top finished.  I had finished all the checker blocks back when I started this quilt and then decided to put the project away for awhile.  There were 60 blocks that I made and maybe I was just overwhelmed.  I can't remember.  Now, I have pulled them out again and am trying to make the other half of the blocks.  The non-checkerboard ones.  Wow, is it ever getting to me though.  First of all, I am not happy with the quality of my piecing back from 2006--I didn't even have a quarter inch foot on my machine back then!  Second, while I love the look of shot cottons, these do feel quite flimsy.  I'm not sure now if I would ever recommend someone to use Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  The quality, even of the printed fabrics, does not seem up to the standard of other quilting cottons.  Third, I'm just struggling with liking what I am doing with these fabrics.  Maybe once they are all together I will like the quilt more.  In the meantime I will make a couple, take a break, make some more, take a break...  I will finish it though!!!

Oh, I did want to explain about the apples since a couple of people asked me what I meant about by wrapping up them up for winter.  Sometimes I forget that even though I've only been on the farm for five years now that many of the things we do were not always so familiar to me before I arrived and so it probably is not familiar with some of you as well!  We store the apples by wrapping them in newspaper individually.  Then we can put them into the cold storage and have apples for a long time--at least through the winter.  When they are wrapped they keep from touching each other and therefore one bad apple will not spoil the whole lot.  We get a lot of apples from just one tree and we have a couple that produced this year.  I will be making a lot of apple pie:)

5 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

shott cotton is iffy...

& to think, I thougth you were going to be wrapping the trees.

Metanoia said...

Interesting on the quality of the fabric. I don't think I've had a Kaffe Fassett fabric before so I can't comment on that. It can vary so greatly though between manufacturers. I do like the colours though. It is a gorgeous bright mash of colours which somehow works to me for some reason.

BaileyGirl5 said...

I usually encourage people to let go of old projects that no longer appeal to them. BUT ... this quilt is just stunning and you've done so much work on it. I bet you will love it when it's done. Can you just go with what you've got done, finish it and donate the rest of the fabric?

Jenny said...

That quilt is going to be great! Just a suggestion....When deciding on your quilting design if you stay with a repeat design it will pull all your block together and look fantastic! Keep it up!

leslie said...

I, like you, had a kaffe project that I had on hold for over a year. It was the perfect quilt for my father so I completed it last Christmas. I loved it when it came together and I also hand quilted it which made it more daunting. The finished product was well worth it. You can see it finished on my blog or on flickr and see what you think (the pictures were not very good) they did not capture the shot cotton correctly. I should have picked a better spot but you will get the idea. Good luck, I know how you feel!

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