Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Obsessed

Do you have weeks where you are doing so much sewing that there is no time to blog about it? That's what happened to me last week, and I blame Lizzy House. Seriously. She is a terrible influence.
and this is my hair *after* it's been brushed
For my birthday, I treated myself to her Meadow quilt workshop at the Village Haberdashery. When the builders are finished (HAHAHAHAHAAAAA!) we will be moving into a new bedroom with a totally new colour scheme, and our old quilt won't look right (and I wanted an excuse to make a new one). The Meadow as designed has 20 blocks and finishes at 72 x 84", clearly not big enough for our massive-enough-to-hold-a-giant-American king-size bed. There was nothing for it but to increase the number of blocks to 36 and add slightly bigger borders so that it will end up at 100 x 112". I'm not looking forward to basting the bugger, I can tell you.
I'm going for a grey and yellow combination to go with the grey paint we chose (I say "we" but I'm not being entirely honest. It was more like "I think we should use this one"). I do love me some grey and yellow. It has also given me the chance to dig into my sizeable low volume hoard. The solids are Kona Ash and Charcoal, and the backing is (going to be) Wasabi which matches the yellow in the Chicopee print perfectly.
that's Chicopee in the middle. I've been hoarding that too.
I've spent the last week cutting and sewing and pressing (and unpicking a little, I'll be honest - there are curves involved you know) and have made 20 complete blocks. The other 16 are still in bits, but I'm working on it. Just as soon as I get over the rotary-cutter induced RSI.
And why is it Lizzy's fault? Well, she said that of all the Meadow workshops she had taught there were no finished quilts yet. You can't say things like that to me - it's like a red rag to a bull. Challenge accepted!

26 comments:

  1. Oh blimey that looks challenging! Love your fabric picks though, it'll be gorgeous!

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  2. Hehe I think it's more possessed sometimes! I am thinking the same thing regarding a new quilt for our bedroom, I think I have one more kingsize in me....but American kingsize?? Looking good so far, finishing it for Christmas then?

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  3. Love that you rose to the challenge, the pattern is worthy of a finish for sure! I also don't envy you in the basting process, I don't like basting ones half that size!

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  4. This is a lovely pattern - I am glad I get to watch you do it rather than doing it myself because I think those curves would make me cry (or at least the amount of times I would need my seam ripper would). Love the competitive streak coming out - better get sewing in case someone else has accepted the Meadow workshop challenge too!

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  5. That is a big quilt - are you going to quilt it yourself? Love your low volume prints, perfect with the charcoal and chicopee yellow. It's going to be a stunner!

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  6. Oh this is cool. And those curves! And I like the look of those fabrics. #quiltenvy

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  7. Oh, this is going to be fabulous! Lizzy House is an inspiration and I can't think of a better birthday gift than taking her class. Glad to hear you are rising to the challenge!!

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  8. Bloody hell woman, it's going to be a stunner! And you met Lizzy! Very, very cool.

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  9. I WANNA MAKE ONE TOO!!!! and now you need my bedroom wallpaper on your walls... http://www.flickr.com/photos/15866934@N00/4403728576/in/photolist-7H9g5L-7Nki2Q-7NneFa-7H5kMv-7Nkhrd-9W6RM9-9W6RoE-7EAzo6-7EAzy4-7EEqDw-7FgvuW-7FcCug-7FcBA2-9g9Hhv-9g9FLV-9gcPeU-91riAy-99XSRo-8UnFaL-8UnFaC-9THCgS-bkSBtS-8XiWvD-8LNREP-8UnFaJ-88FuwP-88Ft3M-88Fu6e-88JH29-dp7nhA-99XSRE-e4vYDU-dMpooG-8XmYeY-8XiW18-8XiX6z-8XmZQd-8XiXog-8XiTWx-8XiVtP-95obRu-95k8qF-95ocFu-8VBDoa-8VBDnR-8VBDnH-7S4BFi-7WqKTc-7FJwes-7FJweq-7FJweo

    ps sorry...that was an extremely long web address!

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  10. Your quilt is going to be wonderful, as is this pattern. How much fun to take the workshop!

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  11. Any old excuse to make the quilt to match the room not yet done! I like your logic ;). Di x

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  12. I'm pretty sure I was at least vaguely aware of the colour scheme.

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  13. Lovely quilt and even lovelier nordika top you're wearing.

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  14. Hope she gives you a big reward when it is done too! Keep going as you are in a roll. Woohoo!

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  15. Oh, I know you. You're going to totally be The One to finish first. Yep. Now if only your builders had that kind of attitude.... I think builders (web-builders too) work in some other time warp.

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful! She left the UK to come straight to Boston to see us folk and I am so looking forward to the talk she's due to give on Saturday. I know you will finish this right up! It's coming along so beautifully. I agree, you should win a prize when you finish first :)

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  17. Heehee, go Charlotte, you WILL be the first! It's completely gorgeous by the way, love all those greys with the yellow.

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  18. Talk about throwing down the gauntlet! Love love love your version :D

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  19. It is going to be awesome! Great class to have attended!

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  20. wowsers, that's going to be a beautiful quilt. Maybe get Emily to baste it for you?

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  21. I cannot believe you are going to quilt something that big yourself. However, you CAN save yourself the PITA of basting by taking it to a longarm quilter - they will do the basting for you. Nice lookin' quilt, btw.

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  22. Looking good. Don't forget to show us pics of it on the bed in the newly completed bedroom once those builders finish

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thanks for making my day!