Sunday, September 27, 2009

around and around we go

I'm finally on the border of the QoV, got a picture taken of it (unfinished) and sent off with the registration form to enter it in the quilt show next month. Also got 100 QoV brochures printed off and have been folding them into thirds for people to pick up at the quilt show. I'm hoping every one of the brochures gets picked up and people get interested and want more information so we have a bazillion new quilts coming in for our soldiers .... we'll see!

I've been pondering for 5 years now what to hang above the fireplace. Ideally, I'd like a huge metal star, but those aren't exactly just hanging around all over the place, so I've been trying to come up with a good quilt to hang up there. Not just any quilt, I want something really nifty, eye-catching, and different.

I got this really great batik on one of my fabric runs to the states. It's a medium blue, really cool, I couldn't resist it but had no real plans of what I was going to do with it. Lately I've seen a few different variations of flying geese quilts that got my interest and decided to do something with that. Now, I am NOT a huge fan of paper-piecing ... anyone who knows me knows that I'm usually very much anti-paper-piecing, but once I got the general plan for this quilt in my head I knew there was no way around it, I would have to paper-piece it. arrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!

Anyhow, I have the background laid out, it's the mottled blue batik, and on it there will be various sized circles of flying geese like this one here, all in different batiks. I'm not hating the paper-piecing process as much as I thought I would, maybe I'm getting used to it, I don't know. It'll never be my preferred method of piecing, but I can manage it.
So far I have this yellow one done, a lime green, and a pinkish one. They'll be placed so that some of them overlap or link, with some batik circles (non-geese) randomly among them.

The way my sewing room is laid out and the floor space I have to work on things makes it so that I had to put the quilt near the doorway. I was working on the geese, laying a ring on the background where I felt it should go, but then I when I stood back and looked at it from my work area, it just didn't look right. Something didn't jive. Then I went out of the room to get a drink, and as I went back in I saw the quilt from the other direction, in the hall. Then it dawned on me -- I was looking at it upside-down!

Gord laughs at me, he can't figure how a quilt with no apparent top or bottom could possibly be upside-down and to him it looks the same from either direction. But it definitely looks better from the other side. I think I'll keep doing the work from the wrong direction as I have been, then go around and look at it from the other side and see how that works for me.

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