What is the name of the law that says whenever you need a plumber in a hurry it will be on a Sunday or a holiday? *Sigh*
To distract myself from the more pressing and unpleasant issue above, I thought I'd post a photo of what I'm working on now. This is a quilt that is continuing on from the Square in a Square workshop I attended at the end of September. We made a couple of blocks in the workshop, and I liked them enough to complete the quilt.
It's a bit more traditional than the other quilts I've made this year. I do like the traditional blocks as well as the modern quilts. Although, generally, I don't like so much the fabric prints that go along with those traditional blocks; I seem to have made an exception in this case. I like the batik used for the block centres and the flying geese; the colour in that is mainly blue, red and purple, but it is so wild that each individual square looks quite different from its neighbour. I think the batik will keep the quilt from feeling too Little House on the Prairie. Fingers crossed!
I'm a bit stalled on it at the moment, though. Even though I thought I massively overbought, due to the poor description of what was required on the materials list from hell, it turns out that I need more background fabric. Benefits to Square in a Square method for flying geese: the method of constructing the square they are embedded in allows perfect squaring, even though the geese themselves can be untrue. Drawbacks: a fair amount of fabric wastage (this is true for the S-in-a-S method generally, I find), bloody tedium!
I was reading on someone's blog the other day about how each stage of a quilt is different and reminds them of raising children. The fabric is lovable and cuddly and can do no wrong, just like babies, and every stage from there brings its own challenges and joys, just like toddlers and teenagers. (I've forgotten whose blog this was, my apologies, so if it's yours, drop me a comment and I'll make the appropriate link.) I couldn't agree more. I spend a fair amount of time thinking about what kind of quilt I'm going to make, and I have big plans and high hopes before I can commit to using the cutter on my fabric. Almost immediately afterwards, I start to have buyer's remorse, and I look cross-eyed at the blocks as they come together, second-guessing myself like crazy. As more blocks come together, I start to thaw, and once the top is assembled and I start quilting, I'm in love again. What about you - do you love your projects the same way at every stage?