Sunday, April 24, 2011

save me! (from myself)

Astute readers will have figured out by now that I didn't finish my Friday Night Brights quilt as planned. I have two excuses reasons:
1) 168 2.5-inch squares take a hella long time to sew together when you have to keep them in perfect order and orientation. oy.
2) i have an idea to make this even more complicated better!

For reals, though. It took longer than I thought to sew the squares together, so I didn't get it basted and quilted on Sunday as planned. Instead, I finished piecing (and seam-ripping, and re-piecing) the top. There was much swearing.

With that done, I packed the quilt top and headed off to my weekly sewing circle on Wednesday night. We start each gathering with show & tell before beginning work, and the girls were on pins and needles to see my rainbow. There was much suspense.

And then it was my turn. I slowly reached into my bag, caught hold of a corner, and whipped it onto the table with a flourish! The initial squeal of delight that always accompanies our reveals was lackluster and stunted. "What?!" I demanded. There was an awkward silence.

"I dunno...I guess I just thought it would be bigger," said Val.
"Yeah, from your photo it looked like it took up the whole design wall, " said Dayna.
"What's it going to be?" asked Barb.

Harrumph.

"It WAS big," I explained. "It took up the whole design wall! But I lost a half inch from each square when i pieced it! And it's a quilt! A baby quilt....I guess. I'll add a border!"

They were ruthless. RUTHLESS. So we hung it on Dayna's design wall and threw out ideas all night for how to make it a "real quilt."

The next thing I knew, this is what i'd committed to:

Option 1: pink middle

Calm down. Calm down! That's just some fancy photo work.

Or, should it be this?
Option 2: blue middle

OR should I just stick to the original?
Friday Night Brights

Your thoughts? I'd love to hear...

7 comments:

  1. I'd go with the small quilt size, unless you have specific plans for it. Save yourself from the headache. If you go bigger, I think I like the pink in the middle, but they all look fun!

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  2. Oh yum! I like all the versions - I love the first one but if you dont want to go bigger make the third and it is still lovely!

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  3. I like the original the best....

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  4. I love the first layout but that's a lot of work! Your original layout is beautiful. I agree that unless you have a specific plan for the larger size I would stick with what you have. The other layouts mean making 3x the amount of squares you have now, right?

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  5. Wowza, Linds. You know I love ya and this itty bitty quilt! J.K. It it gorgeous and those two examples of what it could become are amazing as well. I don't know which of the three I like best, I love them all. I also love the idea of floating the small #3 in the middle of a large white quilt. Good work, young lady!

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  6. Ah hem. First. I was misquoted. I expressed pure awe at the reveal.
    Now that my mind is blown I'll happily accept option A of the above choices for my loyalty and appropriate reaction to what is now "the sample" of the rainbow wonderfullness.

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  7. You are a superstar! Given your time constraints, and that I believe that keeping your sanity intact is of utmost importance, go with your first option. It's gorgeous!

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