Sunday, October 14, 2007

Cross-eyed with colors

When there's a project I really, really want to work on, I just do it. To the detriment of everything else. I'm sure many people can relate to what I'm talking about. So I give you...

My completed queen-sized quilt top version of the Color Wheel Quilt! Woo hoo!

I'm not just saying this because I work for purl, but this is such a great project. I think the quilt is one of the more easy quilts I've made. Why? One word - templates! There's a large fold-out paper with pattern pieces for the quilt, and all the pieces are included (which there are only three). The most fun part for me was creating the color wheel. I replaced around 8 fabrics with ones I've used in other projects or received as gifts. This is definitely a very do-able projects. The advice I would give is 1. Take your time and 2. Use lots of pins! Pins are our friends. :)

Of course, I had to make this into a queen size quilt, which is where I ran into problems. Namely, MATH!!! Once math comes into crafting, my brain kind of goes nuts. I was trying to figure out the most efficient way to use my remaining fabric, using equations and formulas and little diagrams. And I was just adding panels to the sides, top and bottom. What ended up happening? A mess! In the end, I mis-cut 3 yards of muslin that I'll just save for my next quilt.

When I finish the quilt (and I am DETERMINED to finish it!), I'll post all of my mods to the original pattern. The next step will be to baste the quilt sandwich, and I might have to lock myself up in a room by myself - Unki thinks he's helping, but, really, does laying on the exact spot I need to work on really count as helping?

15 comments:

MinaG said...

Amazing! And I thought this quilt looked impossible to make! Great job so far!

lexer said...

its beautiful! i wish i had a baby to make a baby sized version of this quilt

Nell said...

Great job! I looked at that pattern and thought, "there's no way I could make that." And yours is so lovely.

Heather said...

WOW!!!!! I just sent you an e-mail asking about appropriate yardage. In the meantime, what a fantastic and speedy job! It really does look amazing!

blossom said...

WOW! that looks so impressive! i need to check out purl's fabric bundles!

Liz Harvatine said...

It looks great! Nice work Mari!
Isn't that sweet how helpful cats become when there's a quilt on the floor? The last time I was basting one I put a finished quilt out thinking maybe our cat would lay one that instead. No go.

yaiAnn said...

Now I REALLY want one! What size is the pattern actually intended for?

loopylulu said...

That looks so cool. Now you got me wanting to quilt.

Tami W. said...

Dear Unki,

Great job helping your mom sew the quilt. Recently I helped my mom make silk flower faeries. We had great fun except when mom had to pull what she thought was a teeny piece of ribbon out of my mouth. Turned out that I had swallowed quite a long stretch of ribbon and when she pulled it out a clump of food came with it. Mom was grossed out. I simply re-ate the food.
Love,
Lorenzo Wyatt

earthchick said...

That does it. I HAVE to make one now. I'm so happy to hear it's not as complicated as I had imagined it would be.

And what is it with cats and their sixth sense - always sitting exactly where we are trying to knit/work/read/write/sit.

nicole said...

Egads! That is mighty impressive!!! I'm gob-smacked as the Brits would say :)

It's beautiful. No wonder you've been single-minded about it.

Meg McElwee said...

Where there is fabric, there is a cat. Or two. I recently did a post about this age-old adage, as I have two overly-enthusiastic helpers myself!

I just LOVE your color wheel, and I will be anxiously awaiting your queen-sized update. Thanks for all your crafty inspiration!

goodkarma said...

Mari! What a beautiful quilt! I love how modern and clean the design is. So clever.

SJ said...

Beautiful! Quilting is one of those things I so admire but can't get my head around -- especially when the sewing involves curves!

Oiyi said...

It's awesome!!!