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
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.
"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:
Calm down. Calm down! That's just some fancy photo work.
Or, should it be this?
OR should I just stick to the original?
Your thoughts? I'd love to hear...