Technical Nightmare

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I had a nice idea.  Make a red and green quilt.  Make two large circles with lots of tiny pieces.  The complimentary red and green will visually help the circles to “vibrate”.  All’s well,and no, these are not Christmas Tree skirts.

Back in August I didn’t really know where the design was going….

The fabric inspiration was a Frida Kahlo print.  I thought that perhaps that circles would become flowers in an abstract Mexican garden.  The circles needed a background, so I added more radiating pieces in green.

These circles and background were created with a nine-degree wedge ruler, therefore there are 40 wedges in each circle.

The nightmare in just beginning.  The quilt is large –approximately 76″ by 100″.  It is being laid out on the living room floor, where it took up residence  for several months.

Every change I make in one area results in a change on the other side.

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By November the quilt top is together and I have started the quilting.  I will remind you that this quilt is HUGE, and I use an old Singer machine from 1945 to do all my quilting.  I quilt all the star bursts.  I start to break the rules by not quilting from the center out. As a result I am unhappy with my quilting and I spend weeks removing what I thought was done.

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Long story short, it was a technical nightmare.  Quilters like to have their quilts lay flat with an even amount of quilting. This quilt, though quite attractive will NOT be entered in any competitions……but it is a lovely and colorful addition to our living room.  It’s done, and so is six months of my life. (Smiley face inserted here!)

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7 Responses to “Technical Nightmare”
  1. donna 31 January 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you…and it is back on the living room floor being squared up again…..water, pins, stretching, and perhaps a steam iron to make this creation more presentable:)

  2. janet czarnecki 31 January 2010 at 10:23 am #

    seriously amazing!!!!!!

  3. allison 31 January 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    AMAZING. As always. <3 it!

  4. barbara 31 January 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Yeah, amazing…where shall we hang that-which museum?

  5. Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] 31 January 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Fun & whimsical :o )

  6. donna 31 January 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    The museum of home, Barbara:) our private collection is growing.
    And Hill, I think there would be true whimsy if I had added a splotch of yellow in it….

  7. lilmissjen 3 February 2010 at 10:03 am #

    The first picture is incredible. I have never seen a quilt brainstorm before!

    The other pictures are good, too :) Just loved that first one in particular.

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