Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Superbowl challenge


I hate to admit it but my super bowl challenge quilt became more of a super tuesday project...

When Bonnie said she was going to work on a scrappy bargello as her super bowl project and challenged others to do the same I jumped right in! Without thinking of course...first, the super bowl is on in the middle of the night here and second, New England was playing so most of Monday morning would taken up with my husband watching a tape of an already finished game....

I may have done Ok if I stuck with my original plan. (I hear internet chuckles at this point...) I had cut a basket of 2-1/2 inch strips when I cut the pieces for the Carolina Crossroads. When I raised my hand (digitally speaking) for the challenge I thought I was halfway there. Way too easy...by this point I was getting tired of pastels, 1930', and anything too cute.

So in the early hours of Sunday morning/Saturday evening I ransacked the batik cabinet. Some of these I have had longer than my husband! A lot longer! Anyway, I started cutting. It takes a long time to cut enough batik strips for the quilt. At this point I have worn out a rotary cutting blade, a sewing machine needle and my right arm.
So as of this morning I had three of the six long pieces done and the strips for the other three pieces sewn together but not cut and re-sewn (a process that fascinates my husband..."you're cutting stuff you've already sewn" he said with a really worried look on his face. Like I was so engrossed in the early returns from the voting that I wouldn't notice the yards of fabric I am struggling to keep on the cutting table! I may be spacey but please!)

Anyway, it will be done soon. I am amazed at how much fabric it has used...almost an entire shelf. I think this is destined for one of the nephews...though it is starting to grow on me. I am naming it Vale of Evesham because the colors remind me of driving around the orchards in that area last fall. The bits of black and white batik are for the black and white Tudor cottages there.

11 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh it looks so cool! Wait till you see what I did, for superbowl challenge on Wednesday!

Darcie said...

GORGEOUS!!! I cannot wait to see every inch of it! And I love your name for it. It sounds so GRAND!

lol Husbands are funny, aren't they! That was a good giggle.

atet said...

Super Bowl, Super Tuesday -- um, yeah, I can see the similarities actually. Love the batik fabrics you chose for your challenge -- can't wait to see how this one comes together.

Pam said...

The colors are great for your bargello. Can't wait to see the finished photo. Aren't husbands funny? They can be CEOs, engineers, or painters, but they are just fascinated with our sewing, cutting, and sewing. My husband is always coming in and picking fabric that he thinks would look good with my current project!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

woooh, beautiful. you used up a shelf of fabric? way to go! even with all the sewing I've been doing recently I haven't come close to making a dent. of course I did buy some additional fabric. d'oh.

Marilyn R said...

What a fantastic quilt this is going to be! Congrats too on using up some of your stash!

Jeanne said...

I think all of your time and effort was well spent. The bargello is looking terrific!

McIrish Annie said...

Your bargello looks great! Can't wait to see it complete!!

How could your hubby notice you were cutting fabric already sewn>? Wasn't he crying and wailing over the Pats losing?? It was a great game, just didn't like the ending!

Andrea said...

OOHH - I'm VERY tempted - lol ! This is lovely. I have a few batiks but I think they're all too 'samey' to work. Yours is gorgeous so far. Men - if they had brains they'd be dangerous - lol ! I can't believe the stuff my DH comes out with sometimes too.

anne bebbington said...

What a lovely title - can't wait to see it finished

country mouse said...

Your bargello is turning out beautifully! Love the batiks. I started one on Superbowl Sunday too, but still have a way to go yet. I can hardly wait to see yours all finished. I'm sure it will be stunning!