WIP Wednesday #5

I’ve got a finish.  Finally.

Temple Doors fabric with amy butler patternAnd the back.

Amy Butler raincoat pattern xs by SewfrenchIt’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’m back at quilting now.  Sort of.

I spotted a quilt I was fascinated with, in this year’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival spring 2011.

I love houndstooth and I’d never seen a quilt done in this pattern.  I also love Kona Cotton Solids, so I thought this is my next, just for fun personal challenge.  Looks fun, right?

Looks easy enough, too.  I can figure that out….  You’ve said it, you know you have.

Well, it wasn’t as easy as it appeared.  Once I got the cutting part figured out, lots of cutting to do, the individual pieces were easy enough to put together.  Easy Peasy.

Houndstooth quilt pin bastedThen once I got the grandchildren safely returned to their parents, I got my quilt all pin basted, feet propped up, movie started, a glass of wine to sip on, and sat down to hand quilt it.

As I was sitting there planning my quilting strategy was when I realized how spatially blind I am…….

The problem came into play when I went to lay out the pattern. The first chunk, the above section, no problem, then that must be about the time I figured out a short cut. See the problem???

Houndstooth quilt layoutI’m pretty sure that’s some kind of flower pattern.  The kind of quilts your great grandma may have made and I don’t do those……

Now the only short cut there is has to do with cutting out lots and lots of short rows of stitching……

Some wondered why I just wouldn’t leave it be and quilt it as it was.  Well, it wouldn’t be a houndstooth, then where would I be?  Sitting around drinking wine trying to figure out a clever name for a new pattern and that isn’t my strong point…..  The clever naming, that is….

Seam ripping while drinking wine, I’m good at.  Or I will be by the time this think is put back together in a herringbone pattern….

By the time this quilt is put back together, I’ll be at the expert level.  On all things…

Be sure and go check out all the other WIP Wednesday links.  They may actually be getting something interesting accomplished…..

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9 Responses to WIP Wednesday #5

  1. mary jo says:

    Loooooooove the jacket!!! Wonderful work!


  2. Tara says:

    OMGoodness! I can’t believe you made the jacket too! You are full of surprises!!

    As for the quilt, nope sorry, you lost me. I can’t see what the problem is, looks great to me! Maybe I need some wine to fully comprehend the exact problem…….now where’s that bottle?!


  3. l says:

    oof! That’s a fair bit of picking. But it would drive me NUTS to not have my houndstoothing, so I completely understand. It’ll be marvelous when you get it spun around. 😀

    The raincoat is adorable, and she’d sure get a lot of use out of it here this week!


  4. Melinda says:

    Lovely jacket! I’d love to do one like that for my daughter. I understand pulling out work to redo. My husband always thinks I’m insane, especially if it’s usable the way I did it. But I just can’t leave it, ya know?


  5. Katie B says:

    Love the raincoat! I made the houndstooth quilt too. Such a fun pattern. I sewed a few blocks on the wrong way and didn’t go back and fix them. But I’m pretty lazy. 🙂


  6. Rachel says:

    So sorry you had so much trouble with your houndstooth quilt. It will be extra special once you’re done!


  7. Lee says:

    That jacket is so so so SO cute!!! Love it! I wish I could sew something like that. Sorry about the issues with the houndstooth quilt, but I think we’ve all been there – I know I have! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )


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