Monday, September 23, 2013

Plodding Along With the Learning Curves

So this weekend... I actually made it into the quilting room, over and over again. I had this idea of what I wanted to accomplish and somehow it never quite materialized (lovin' that pun right now) the way I envisioned through my rose colored glasses.
Working on Learning Curves
You might remember this project from earlier in the year? I was determined to learn how to master the drunkards path curve and got overly ambitious in my enthusiasm determination.
Where I got stuck with my Learning Curves....
I had this plan for a quilt that would include umm... yeah, thirty 16-patch drunkards path blocks. Yep, I do like big quilts and thought it would be funky and bold and etc. etc. Come to find out, it is a HUGE project and looked way more contemporary than I was prepared to even think about at the time. I might still be. I'll probably be getting back to you on that.

Now, I have decided to be done with dragging my feet over making a decision. Add that in with the fact that the leaves are doing their beautiful fall thing outside my window and all of a sudden I'm much more interested in working with these fabrics again. Anyway, long story short, I planned to finish up the curved piecing segments, trim each of those segments, sew all my blocks together and start working on a layout plan--all over the weekend. HA!

The sewing really wasn't too bad. I've finally got the curved piecing thing figured out. Turns out though, that the trimming alone took a million hours of my time and made my hand hurt and was just so incredibly tedious. Thus the broken up work time in the quilting room. I trimmed 288 curved segments this weekend and then just inexplicably quit. My work ethic clearly needs to be re-examined.
Only a small portion of the havoc I have wreaked
Honestly, I had the most fun brushing my trimmings off onto the floor, just letting them fly everywhere. Very juvenile of me for sure (I do have a trashcan), but it made me feel very good. And creative. Just look at all the color on my ugly carpet now? lol

16 comments:

  1. I think trimming 288 bits counts as hard work...

    If it helps you any - I love the idea of this quilt and it looks fantastic....slowly but surely will get you there in the end.

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  2. That is a considerable amount of work in one weekend! I imagine it feels very good finishing all that trimming!

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  3. Trimming that many blocks is really work to me. I find trimming blocks just so tedious. Good for you for doing it!

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  4. Gorgeous colors. I'd say all your hard work has paid off!

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  5. I usually download an audio book to listen to if I have trimming to do. You're doing well to get so many done. It'll be so worth it in the end.

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  6. Now it will take you forever & a day to pick up all those bits out of the carpet. LOL. Loving your creation.

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  7. Taking breaks is a good thing. Work ethic for quilt-making? Here's mine: If it's not fun, don't do it. Your curve blocks are wonderful!

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  8. Lovely project. I try to stay away from curved seams as much as I can (cannot always) so I admire you.

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  9. Beautiful! My own recent venture into curved piecing has made me much happier than I ever thought possible. I think you should try to work those trimmings into a smaller piece and hang it in your space as a reminder of all the fun you had. I truly cannot wait to see what you come up with . . . .Take care, Byrd

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  10. how large is your design wall - love the drunkards and have made several of them. I too love large quilts - my problem is design wall space! I have none! My hexie quilt which will need to be laid out somehow is already causing me to think on this situation - it is scrappy and I will need to lay it out at some time to do color design - only problem is it will take months to finish it.

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  11. love your blocks! I too relish throwing stuff on the SR floor, ha ha

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  12. Lots of persistence with that block! They look great!

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  13. As tedious as trimming is, it can make a big difference! Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt! And it's good to know someone else enjoys making a mess on their sewing room carpet... isn't that why vacuum cleaners were invented????

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  14. The look of the quilt is quite intriguing, I like it. Good for you, finishing up a previous project - good for you. My mother, who was the cleanest housekeeper ever, used to just drop her threads on the floor when she was at her sewing machine. Then she would vacuum up everything when she was done. She didn't have a sewing room and had to clean up every time she stopped sewing. Maybe there were errant threads that got on the floor and since she had to vacuum them up anyway. . .

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  15. Oh, trimming is such a hassle. Necessary, of course, but tedious. I think you accomplished a lot. How large are these blocks compared to the applique circles with the red/white center strips, Audrey? (I'm often wondering size when I see your blocks and quilts.) I like your color choices on the design wall and can't wait to see the other 21 blocks.

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  16. This look really is wonderful . Hope you get the energy to finish it. I know the trimming can be miserable.

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