Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Assembly Line Patience

I've figured out how to visit blogland far more often. It's quite simple really, but took me a while to figure it out. I need to take lots of photos in the moments when I can and then not share them with you in one go like I usually do. It's about being less in a hurry to share all the news, save a wee bit back for later. 


This same trick to hold back and not just rush in is what I need to learn with the quilt I'm making. I love seeing all the patterns and colours starting to work together so I get impatient to see it happen. I just end up getting bored too easily with all the chopping and trimming.


This time I had a stiff word with myself and took it steady and slow. I measured carefully and drew lines where I should cut (I just can't seem to work a rotary cutter so I gave up on that a long time ago - impatient again you see). After all the cutting I had 120 triangles that needed to find a partner triangle.


I played about for a bit and then in the end I cosied up by the fire with a pile of them on my lap and started pairing them off.


Once that was all done I took a deep breath and pinned them carefully before stitching them all together. Slowly the unstitched pile became smaller than the stitched pile.


Finally they were all done and in need of a good press.


Ironed flat, corners and threads trimmed my triangles have become squares once more. Now it's the exciting part next where I'll juggle all the pieces around like a jigsaw puzzle until I've found their perfect space.


Once the quilt top is finished I'll definately be handquilting this one. Machine stitching is too tidy for my taste with quilts. I much prefer colourful stitches that stand out and soften the quilt sandwich perfectly.

25 comments:

  1. Such lovely colours.. cant wait to see the finished quilt :)

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful fabrics, they look so nice together! I haven't touched my quilt since Saturday! Must try and do some tomorrow! I've now started sewing up Pixie houses, or they might belong to fairies, I'll wait and see when I've finished!
    I for one would love to see more of your lovely posts, a little bit of Lisa, more often works for me! Ada :)

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    1. Pixie houses sound intriguing.

      Thanks for your sweet words Ada.

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  3. Oh this is looking so lovely! I haven't worked with triangles yet, but I love the look of them...definitely next on my patchwork list. And you're right, slow and steady works best, for quilting and blogging! Looking forward to more posts, and seeing the finished article. Rachel x

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    1. I reckon you should jump in and give the triangles a go. I fancied small squares in patterns and then decided that was a bot too advanced for now.

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  4. Sounds good to me!
    That's what I try and do, take lots of pics and split them up into separate posts, although I still manage to fall behind.
    The quilt looks great and I'm looking forward to seeing the tah dah!
    : )

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    1. Best laid plans and all that Mrs H. At least we give it a go hey.

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  5. Oh its gonna be a stunning quilt, I love the fabrics
    Karen x

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  6. Oh, I applaud your new plan, and covet your darling hunter/fox fabric. When you spell it all out, slow and steady, etc., it makes such sense, so could you please remind me of this from time to time? :)

    Your color sense is so unique and charming, I can hardly wait to see how this quilt turns out.

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  7. Beautiful Lisa, it's hard to believe you get bored easily as I would not have the patience to put all those squares together. I desperately want to but the anticipation of starting yet another project and not finishing it scares me somewhat and I MUST restrain myself...oooohhh but the temptation is very high :o) xox Penelope

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  8. Gorgeous fabrics and colours. It's going to look stunning. I've never had a go at using triangles but it does look lovely. Have you hand stitched them together? Fiona x

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  9. All those colours and patterns are just gorgeous! Don't think I'd have the patience for a big project like this!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  10. It's lovely, some beautiful fabrics :) x

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  11. It's like a Kaleidoscope! What beautiful colours!

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  12. What a lovely choice of fabrics, I have just finished one of my baby quilts and I definitely agree, hand quilting is the way to go. Sarah x

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  13. Beautiful fabrics ... can't wait to see the finished quilt .. Bee xx

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  14. I love, love those fabrics! They will look fantastic together as a quilt top...and hand stitching is the perfect choice! Can't wait to see it :)

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  15. Totally gorgeous fabrics Lisa!
    Victoria xx

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    http://inkpaintpaper.com/2012/10/02/ive-been-awarded-one-lovely-blog/

    it's Gabs btw! no longer have my blogger blog xx

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  17. Lisa, you have written just the right post at the right time for me. I've got myself right out of whack with my blog posts and I realise I write WAY too long a post, WAY too many photos, and then find myself totally in a sterile, piccie-less state and therefore have no words to put to the photos -I-haven't-got. (If you see what I mean)!

    So I am going to crack on today and galvanise myself into writing my long overdue post....on a smaller scale than usual. Thanks for the revelation!

    Lynne.x
    And am so with you on the hand quilting front. I've done some pretty complex machine quilting in my past but then went the other way and began stipple quilting quilts to within a fraction of an inch of their lives. Now I use the bigger-stitch-heavier-thread method and find myself enjoying quilting once again.

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  18. The quilt is going to be beautiful!

    Believe it or not I try to do the 'store pictures for the future thing' - clearly I fail haha - but I do have a single idea for each post rather than it just being news, and even where there are disparate items I try to find a thread that binds them. I think you'll find your new approach works really well :D

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  19. Looking forward to seeing the finished object.You are inspiring me to get quilting again.I have done loads in the past but not for a while.I like hand quilting.I think you get a better result and its very therapeutic too.

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  20. Definitely think you hit on the answer with the slow and steady approach. I tend to be impatient with both blogging and crafting but think there's a lot of value in slowing down and savoring!

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  21. I enjoyed stopping by and look forward to future visits!!
    Tammy

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