Thursday, 22 March 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes

Two girls in school. One mother sewing. Oh joy of joys! Last night I delved into the girls sewing box and looked for anything that I could use for piecing. Imagine my surprise when I found out that they had acquired this out of my sewing supplies!


I didn't mean to sound like a thread snob yesterday, but the girls have some thread that came in one of those sewing kits you can buy. I tried to use some once in a cheap and desperate attempt as it was the colour I desired and I didn't feel like going out to buy some. It broke, and tangled, and generally was a complete nightmare. But this Gutermann polyester - well, if I had only known they had it days ago I probably would have been much nicer to them because I would have had a distraction while housebound.

Needless to say I have been sewing today. We will skip through the unpleasant bits like the huge grocery shop, or the washing of bins (yuck!). No, all that is immaterial because I finished my Stained Pink Colourful quilt top today and I love it!!


I went for a wider sashing around the perimeter just because I wanted to. Now I will have to piece a backing but I just don't care. Have I mentioned that I love this quilt top?

Can you tell what I used to pin this to while taking the photos? Here's a wider shot.


It worked remarkably well and I must remember it for future reference. The wind was less cooperative than the swing set.


I am so glad I joined Sarah's QAL because when I envisioned this quilt in all different fabrics I never thought that it would be such a 'me' quilt. But it is and this one is for me, no one else but me.


So many of my favourite fabrics are in this quilt. Not all of them because I would not use ones with a white background for this pattern. But I squeezed in as many that made me smile as I could.


Well, I'll have to think about the pieced backing now. And I can because I have plenty of this now.


I suppose I had best go and get the girls from school as they were so kind as to oblige me and stay for the whole day. Bless them, I do like them again. Absence does make the heart grow fonder.

Susan

56 comments:

  1. Wow - it's fantastic. Give yourself some applause - lol. Really, really beautiful xxx

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  2. Awesome quilt. Glad the girls are back at school, and feeling better.

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  3. Your quilt is beautiful...I really love the colors you picked. It just looks so fresh...with the narrow sashing and wider border; perfect! you and the girls must have a great time...lol.

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  4. Congrats on another awesome quilt, it's really pretty and I love the little fussy cut yoga lady and dogs! :-)

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  5. I think the backing would be a grand place to use those white background fabrics that you adore. I would make the back just as lovely as the front. I do love the front and all this time I thought you were making it for me...LOL just teasing. Phew....I can quit holding my breath for the girls. I guess they are safe again now that you have had some sewing time.

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  6. Ok, so all I could think about through this whole post is Jamie Cullum's song "What a Difference a Day Makes", or at least I think that's he name. It's the chorus. It should be the name. Great music, btw, in case you don't already listen to it.

    And I use Guterrman for all my projects. Glad to see someone else does too. I was beginning to second guess myself when I see all my friends using other brands!

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  7. Your quilt is wonderful. So clever using the swing set, too.

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  8. the quilt is fantastic glad all are well again.......and back at school ,well done for the quilt !!

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  9. Oh wow, I really do love your stained colourful!! There's so much to look at, and all of it so pretty.... really is a beautiful top :-)

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  10. Ah you sound much more like yourself again! Your stained quilt top looks amazing - so fresh and colourful! You certainly made up for lost time! Jxo

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  11. So pretty Susan and so you! Great top finish...glad the girls are well!

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  12. Fantastic Quilt top...I can see why you love it...it is bright and cheery!

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  13. That is SO, SO pretty! I can absolutely understand why you love it!!!

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  14. your quilt top looks fabulous, they do look amazing when made up don't they! glad your thread turned up - no stopping you now!

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  15. Your quilt top looks fantastic, love all the different fabrics. What a joy it must have been to find that spool of thread.

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  16. glad you are back on course ... and obviously happy xx

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  17. Three cheers for everything!!
    Love your Stained top! I pieced half mine last night, the skinny strips were doing in my sleep deprived head in, so more tomorrow xxx

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  18. That looks gorgeous! I'm going to have make me one of these :)

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  19. Your Stained Colourful top is gorgeous!
    Hurray for sewing and thread and children who don't vomit :)

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  20. Oooh, this quilt turned out great. And how fun to have so many different fabric memories in one super quilt!

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  21. I think your quilt turned out great! I like the wider border, too.

    Cindy

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  22. Clearly you need an emergency sewing kit for such emergencies in the future. Your quilt is wonderful, no wonder you like it.

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  23. I love it Susan - such a different look to Sarah's design! It is a Wow! quilt and I am glad you are keeping it!

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  24. Gosh, so I go AWOL for a few days and when I get back you've made THIS, and that's despite a thread shortage! I love it Susan, I really do, great fabric picks x

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  25. From someone who normally doesn't love scrappy. This looks awesome, I really really like it. It would be lovely to pore over all the gorgeous scraps you've used in this fabulous top.

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  26. I love your quilt top (and Guterman thread).

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  27. Wow! Can I just say WOW! Your quilt is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  28. Oh my word that quilt is amazing!! so beautiful. I will def be trying one of those I reckon. Glad to see your thread has arrived. Can I be nosey and ask where you get yours as I get my Aurifil from Cotton patch who do take a wee while in posting but are reasonable. x

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  29. Susan-- It is beautiful. I love pink & yellow together, it is so cheerful. You will love sitting under this sunny, happy quilt on dark winter days.

    I think it needed a wide border. It is just right.

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  30. Love the photo of the quilt flying in the wind.

    Girls will be girls!

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  31. Yay for sewing time! Glad the girls are feeling better and that you found some thread whilst waiting for your order too.
    I hope my stained quilt comes out as lovely as yours!

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  32. That quilt top is just beautiful. I was saving having a go at that for an all-solids piece later in the year, but having seen it in your multi-pattern layout, I might be changing my mind!

    Oh, and my old machine was a thread snob too! My new one's not so bad, but I'm waiting till they've had a good gossip in the sewing room and the old one leads the new one astray!

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  33. Stained glass looks great! Hats off to you.

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  34. Beautiful! It's so pretty and it looks like just the quilt for spring/summer :-)
    My husband used to work away all week too, it's lovely to have him here every night now. I still retain control of the tv remote though ;-)
    very glad to hear that the girls are feeling better too xx

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  35. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this quilt and I want one for myself. If I promise to visit more often will you make me one? Or if I promise NOT to visit more often, whatever works. Tell the girls I'm glad they are feeling better and thank you for waiting until I went home to get sick.

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  36. I also want to say my next cake might borrow(steal) some of the color combos from this quilt. Very spring like.

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  37. Your quilt is breathtaking so be very proud, I love it!

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  38. this quilt came together so beautifully. Love it for sure.

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  39. I love it too, it's beautiful

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  40. I love it too, it's beautiful

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  41. This looks great Susan, well done!

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  42. Phew, glad you're re-threaded again, and the top looks absolutely fab!

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  43. Score! Great find, your thread.
    Susan, your quilt is just simply spectacular. Fab job! I can't stop staring at it :)

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  44. So pretty! I love ticker tape quilts always, but your colors are particularly nice.

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  45. This is so fresh and fun! And congrats on getting a sew day...mine a still too young for all day school but I can see it on the horizon!

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  46. REALLY love this style and have been wanting to make one. Found you on the Festival of Scrapiness. Lovely! Lily.

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  47. I am very interested in how your put this top together. It is so effective and jumps out from the thumbnails on the Festival of Scrapiness. Best of luck for the competition. I am at #264 if you are interested in stopping by.

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  48. Beautiful quilt. I'm fairly new to quilting, but would love to give this design a try. Can you tell me where I could find this pattern in Canada?

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    1. Sorry, you are a non-reply blogger so I couldn't email you directly. Hope you get this message.

      The pattern is online with http://narcolepticinacupboard.blogspot.co.uk/ If you go to her blog you will find a tab at the top of her home page that leads to all the instructions from cutting to piecing. The pattern is designed to use 11 FQs but I chose to use 144 different fabrics. The choice is yours.

      Best of luck with the quilting and let myself (or Sarah - Narcoleptic) know if you have any questions.

      Susan

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    2. Thank you for the reply Susan, I've never commented on a blog before, so please excuse me if I have violated any protocols or procedures. I came across your blog while I was doing some research on purchasing a new sewing machine (what an undertaking that is!!), so I will check out the above website for the pattern. It looks like it will be a lot of fun to make, and I will keep your comment about the 144 fabrics in mind when I am choosing my fabrics (always the hardest part in my opinion), and hope it turns out as beautiful as yours.
      Thanks again from a fellow Canuck in Ottawa.

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    3. No worries about protocol at all. Most bloggers, me included, love to get comments. It is just if you are a no-reply blogger you can't be replied to directly. But I am so pleased you got my above information and then best of luck with the quilting. Please let me know how you get on with the Stained pattern and I would love to see your finished result.

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  49. Just downloaded/printed the instructions - this is going to be a challenge for me! Looking forward to choosing the fabrics and may enlist my "artistic" sister's help with this. I'll certainly let you see the final result, but it may take a while since I have several other projects already on the go. Perhaps this will be my "winter" project. Thanks again ... and by the way, my name is Margaret - sorry I didn't include it earlier.

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