Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A rambley post...


More rain today means I may not finish my mosaic by this weekend as planned. But it also means I had time to finish my May UFO....(loud thundering applause please....) Unfortunately it is so large I cannot get a photo of it indoors so its photo shoot will have to wait for clear skies.

Funny, I planned on finishing the king size log cabin made from repro fabrics. There I was digging through the bags in the back of the closet and a bag fell on my head from the shelf above. I tossed the bag back up onto the shelf and continued digging...wham. It hit me again (lucky I am a quilter and not a potter not!) So I open the bag and there was my Vale of Evesham trip around the world. This project was also on my list to finish this year and since it was elbowing its way to the front of the line I figured I should finish it before it got really aggressive!

So my TAW now has borders and is ready for quilting. I still may try and dig in the back of the closet and find that shy log cabin. There is no rule that I can't finish two in a month...just doesn't happen often (or ever?)As I was looking at some of the photos of the crazy quilts it hit me...the base of the crazy quilt is the same process as making a crumb block. The quilt above is a vintage "crazy" pieced quilt with no embroidery...basically a large crumb block! Sort of like the mosaic I am working on...it is all coming together!Thought I should include another of Dee's ornaments (can't believe I left a cat out of my post!)

Today I have to focus on getting the block finished for my guild's donation quilt. It is a piece of cake applique design which I like but we using batiks which I do not like. I have bent three needles already and am only halfway through the block! So I switched to stronger needles but now I am unhappy with the stitches...I just have to remind myself someone is going to win this quilt for $1...just finish it. I am so volunteering for the design committee for the next quilt.

10 comments:

BUMBLE BEANS said...

I love Crazy quilts.... love them.
You've been very busy!

Clare said...

The TAW had obviously decided its time had come to be finished.

Hope the rain stops.

belinda said...

Hey...love your table....did you notice the quilt looks like your mosaic blocks...hhhmmmm

Dionne said...

I do love crazy quilts as well. Your mosaics are looking wonderful, is that a bench? a table? I hope you have the chance to post a picture of your guild block. I do love batiks, and am no as fond of civil war prints, which you favor right? It would be interesting to see the same quilt made one with Batiks and the other with repros.
Cheers,
Dionne
PS - it's raining here as well, big bucket loads.

AnnieO said...

What fun things you are working on! I did a flower pot with some mosaic tile a loooong time ago. Your project tempts me to try again but I don't have a collection of china to break, lol!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

so fun to see the cotton crazy quilt there with your mosaics. marvelous. ooh, two finishes in one month? woohoo

Sunna Reyr said...

I started out as an crazy quilt fan when I started quilting and have accumulated loads of material, but aside from few small projects I'm still waiting for this overwhelming need to make one big, like a huge table topper for the dining room table. This need of mine is all pointed at scrappy quilts at the moment.

Funny about that determined TAW and I'm exited to see how the mosaic table will turn out.

Janet said...

I love this crazy quilt, I'll have to keep it in mind for when my scraps get too much. The log cabin quilt is pretty amazing too, what a lot of piecing in it.

*karendianne. said...

Boy, I love that sock. So amazing.

I'm having a hard time looking at my pretty dishes now that you're creating this. I want to smash them & send 'em to you.

TheQuiltedFrog said...

Sio--so glad to hear that you are also a fellow delinquent in the donation quilt block club! :-) I was beginning to feel like the rebel of the group. And since this is my first attempt at hand applique and I'm bending needles I thought it was just me--again--nice to know that I'm "doing it right." I've been disciplining myself to work on the block every day--even if it's only for 10 minutes. Slowly but surely it's coming along. My goal is to have it finished to turn in at next month's guild meeting. I want to start a new project and won't allow myself to do so until I finish this--it's KILLING me! :-)