Friday, October 12, 2007

Still here, just cleaning and quilting

I've been having such a good time piecing the blocks for my current quilt project! As of this evening I'm 3/4 of the way finished with the top.

Here's how it looked about three and a half weeks ago:

And here's how it looks now:

I'm roughly three-quarters of the way finished! The picture above is a sideways view, and it'll have a border all the way around it in a dark brown/black fabric. The blue Post-It note (in the bottom left of the picture) will be the top left corner of the quilt. It's 13 blocks across and 16 blocks down. It's going to be a very large queen, but that's the size we use on our bed so it's a good thing. Ever since we got a pillowtop mattress the smaller queen-size quilts I have just aren't quite big enough to cover the sides of the mattress. What, moi, picky?

I'm really pushing and trying to get this finished quickly because my parents (who are bringing my quilting machine) will be here on Tuesday! I'm so excited! I'd hoped to have this finished before they got here, with some insane idea that I could quilt it while they're here. I'm not really sure why I want to do such an insane thing, but the idea stuck in my head and there it is.

I might actually manage to have the top finished before they get here but there's no way I'll manage to get the back done, too. I also have a back to finish for my Checkerboard Chains quilt top, but that, too, is going to have to wait. Maybe I can strongarm my mom into helping me piece the backs (insert evil laugh here)....

I've never been able to be terribly realistic with my project planning, but then if you've been reading my blog for very long you already know that.

The other insane thing that we've got going (that's "the royal we" at this point) is that I'm trying to get things moved out of my incredibly messy yet somehow organized-to-me computer/craft/beading/sewing/quilting/scrapbooking sewing room so that we can move the closet to a different wall, strip the popcorn off the ceiling, paint the walls, and put in laminate flooring so that this room can become my "quilt studio" with the big quilting machine in it.

I'm so overwhelmed by all the crap I've accumulated.


Thank you so much Opal, Andrea, Romi, Louisa, Dipsy, ClaireEJ, and Marti for the compliments on my Mom's Swallowtail Shawl! I'm not sure she's checked my blog lately (they've been busy getting ready to come here for a visit) so I'm looking forward to showing her the post and wonderful comments.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Jane said...

Your Quilt looks fabulous and quite modern! I have a quilt in progress but it's just sitting in a bag somewhere unloved. Maybe later. Until then I will cheer you on!

Opal said...

I really love the way that quilt is coming along!

Romi said...

WOWZA! That quilt is completely amazing!

Kathy L. said...

You know, my husband has a big bunch of quilting family there in OK...not the same last name as ours, but they are there just the same. Must be something in the water. heeheehee

Like I should talk...I have so many quilts and quilting UFOs it isn't funny! Between shepherding, spinning, weaving, baskets, quilting, blah, blah, blah...I will NEVER get bored!

Can't wait to see this quilt when you're done, Cousin!

Monika said...

This Quilt is going to look fantastic! Seeing the small picture first, didn't prepare me for the big picture and how good is looks!

Theresa said...

Wow! I haven't been reading blogs the last few weeks. So I caught up on yours this morning and you have been busy! :o) Congratulations on your sweepstakes ribbons at the fair. Your quilt is looking lucky dog getting a quilting machine. I hope you will blog about it so we can all know what it is etc. Your Mom's first lace is awesome.

Knit - R - Done said...

Orderly chaos...I love it!

Miss Knotty said...
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Miss Knotty said...

Hi there! Ditto to the Quilting Kudos - the blocks are really cool!

Couple questions:
1) I can't find you on Ravelry (it shows Quilterkat as 'not found'. :( Please look me up! (My name is Regina on Ravelry) I got your blog addy from the Muir_along List.

2) What is the pattern for that doily you have in your title bar? I LOVE it. I would love to knit it if the pattern is available.

Thanks a heap,
Miss Knotty (from TX)