Monday, July 16, 2012

Carnival Corn finish

I finished the corn and beans top today.  I also finally came up  with a name - Carnival Corn.  Do you remember the popcorn that was dyed different colors and sold at the summer carnivals?  Mainly I remember pink and blue...

So what did I learn from making this quilt?  First - Trust the math.  Making a pieced border is always a bit dicey.  Every time I do it I measure and calculate repeatedly but there is always the "Hogan's Heroes" (1970's American TV Show) moment when I tell myself I'm crazy...it will never work...what was I thinking?  Then I review the math and keep on going.  It pretty much always works...(this one just needs a good pressing!)

Second...I cut out way too many pieces for almost every quilt I make.  I have enough cut out to make almost another quilt!

Third, I would finish quicker if I didn't start two more (ok, maybe three) quilts while I am working on one.  (See step two and all those leftover bits....)

Fourth, I am much more likely to finish a quilt if it never gets boxed up as a UFO and stuck in the back of the closet.  Seems pretty obvious but there are some UFO's in my closet that I really do want to finish only it takes too long to get them back out and figure out where I left off....

Enough reflection for now...got to get back to cleaning up the mess this has left on my cutting table...or maybe go play with the cats...


29 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

Congratulations on your Carnival Corn finish! It is so bright and cheerful and makes me smile just to look at it!

Great name and YES! I do remember carnival corn!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous quilt, love the colours, the pattern and the mitred corners! xo

Vic in NH said...

Great name for an even better quilt top! You haven't said what size it came out, but it looks like a generous throw? Good job!

straythreads said...

looks great and so cheerful! definalty carnival corn
Ann

Kasey said...

Love your carnival corn quilt! It's so bright and cheery. Quilts like that simply make me happy (which is probably why all my quilts are so darn bright).
Great job!

Dolly said...

Great job ! It takes a stout heart to attempt a pieced border like that, and you even mitered the two inner borders to make them look similar !
This is a very cheery-looking quilt as well......what fun !

I just keep putting those extra pieces away, hoping they'll help me do something quick someday !

Elaine M said...

I remember that popcorn. What cheerful quilt, lovely finish. The cat looks too comfy in the scraps to play, so cute.

Patty ♣ said...

What a HAPPY Quilt! Love your name for it, your borders make it fabulous! Congratulations!
You are so right about putting UFO's away and then trying to figure out where you left off!!

Janet O. said...

Ah, play with the cats. Sounds like more fun!
Love your Carnival Corn--the quilt and the name. : )

OneOldGoat said...

Looks like your kitty appreciates the extras!! Very beautiful!

Merilyn said...

'Carnival Corn' looks just wonderful, what a great finish, it's such a happy quilt!!!! You did a great job with it!!! Love your kitty too!!!!

Betty Lou said...

Your Carnival Corn quilt is so lively and bright, love it. The border is outstanding. Great words to live by-----but so difficult to execute.

Purple Pam said...

I love your title, Carnival Corn. At our carnivals, I never saw any colored corn, but the thought makes me smile. Your quilt makes me smile, too. You can send me your leftovers if you are not up to making another Carnival Corn!

Loris said...

Love your new quilt! The colors look wonderful all together. And the feline is divine!

O'Quilts said...

Great job..I love it.

The Civil War Quilter said...

Love the quilt and love the name!

Janet said...

How fun and bright for summer! It turned out beautifully. I struggle with pieced borders - but I seem to be unable to stop making them :0) Fudging is usually involved.

Julie in the Barn said...

What a perfect name for a wonderful quilt. I'm forever starting something new with the leftover extra parts. But there are never enough so I then cut a bunch more and the cycle continues.....

June said...

Love the quilt! I think the kitty is claiming the leftover fabrics. With the look on his face, you'd better plan another project until he decides to move!

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Just doing a little blog hopping and found you. Love your quilts and color combinations - you are so talented!

I'm new to quilting [about a year] so I'm a real newbie to this. I joined our local guild [Bayside Quilters] and am learning a lot. The Guild has wonderful speakers at every meeting which is so informative.

Just wanted to introduce myself since I'm one of your new followers.
All the best, Katie
www.westiejulep.blogspot.com
and
www.katiesews4fun.blogspot.com
[all my American Girl doll clothing]

cityquilter grace said...

so pretty and summery, love the name too!

regan said...

Carnival Corn is fabulous! And the perfect name, too!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wonderful! Congratulations. You've got me thinking of making one of these too---someday.

diegoagogo said...

Oh this quilt just sparkles! I love it.

sewkalico said...

Boy do I ever rememeber that corn - wonder if it's still legal LOL. The quilt is FABULOUS!!!! Love it. Eyeing that lovely pile of pre-cuts and wondering if you're going to make another one? You really are quilting up a wonderful colourful storm! Well done Sio!!!

*karendianne. said...

Dang! I love it. Perfect name, great piecing and I enjoyed reading the entire post - what you learned and all that.

GREAT PIECED BORDER, SIO!!!

Tonya Ricucci said...

love love love this one. the colors and fabrics are so exuberant and wild. fabulous.

McIrish Annie said...

Like the name and the quilt. I'm with you on the UFO scene. I recently pulled one out and decided it would get finished. come to find out all i needed was the borders on (and they were cut and with the top!!). so simple.

i don't think you cut too much, i think that it breeds as it sits there.

Sarah said...

A very pretty finsih - just love the color combo. I agree it's hard to pick up on a UFO no matter how good our intentions are. I am trying to only finish UFOs or PIGs for the rest of the year (other than the 2 hexie projects started this month).

I hope you will consider joining my Feline Friday Linky Party with this or other cat posts! Thanks and I would play with the cats instead of picking up :)