Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Later is Better than Never

Later is better than never, so I'm posting this WIP a little later this evening.

Also in keeping with later is better than never, my brother got engaged this week! You know that movie the 40-year Old Virgin... well, he's 37. And up until this point has also been living with my parents. Really, he's every terrible cliche that has gone into every confirmed-bachelor-finds-love movie. So listen folks, MIRACLES HAPPEN! (That was a quote from my grandma concerning the whole affair). Or maybe happy endings really do come true.

So needless to say, I decided I should make a quilt for their wedding. A Double Wedding Ring one, you know, because that won't be hard, and like, I have nothing else going on at the moment (can you feel the sarcasm running off that one?)

Ha, but like I'm going to pass up an opportunity to make a quilt! And a DWR is traditional.

Look, honey, I have to make a quilt for their wedding! I can just hear the justification in my voice as I say that to my ever-supportive husband.

Meanwhile, I signed up for the Mini Quilt Swap over at Schnitzel and Boo. I've been stalking my victim and changing my design everyday. In terms of colour, so far I've got some greens, purple and oranges. A secondary colour scheme I suppose. I'm still waiting for some more material I ordered to arrive.  Then I need to get to work! I can do it right? We have to have the quilt gone and in the post by the 25th of this month!

And hogging the design wall is the bargello that I've been working on. I've been slowly sewing the rows together. I finished one piece. The strips to go in-between each row are 3/4", which means they are 1/4" finished. Um, they're skinny, but I'm hoping the effect will be worth it.

Somewhere in the middle of it all, I used the scraps to piece together a musical themed Sew Together bag for our music teacher, who is moving. (Yes, another one)

Of course, I didn't get a picture of the whole thing. Just the treble clef. The whole thing is about 5" tall. I found the pattern here and reduced the whole thing by 50% so it would fit on the side of the bag. So holy super small pieces Batman!

So, better late than never?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced


  1. I really, really love your bargello. And also your treble clef, but much as I love paper piecing those pieces might be too small for me! :)

  2. WOW that's a tiny paper pieced treble clef- amazing!

  3. Oh my gosh, I'm glad I stumbled across your blog. Your writing style is so fun and personable, and I love your quilts! The bargello quilt (I don't know if that's what you're calling it. That name reminds me of a museum in Italy with the same moniker.) is gorgeous! The color play is so beautiful, and I love the contrasting horizontal and vertical stripes with the movement side to side. Love it. I really want to tackle a double wedding ring quilt too, but I need a sibling to get engaged I guess. That sounds like a completely valid reason to me :) Only problem is my sister is nineteen...oh well. I have lots of time to plan.

  4. The projects you have going are fantastic! The fabric pull is gorgeous. I like the modern take on a bargello, and I've downloaded the treble clef pattern to my Craftsy library. That's going to be one lucky music teacher.

  5. Wow - gorgeous fabrics, and love those little 1/4" strips!!!!

  6. Im totally in love with your writing. After seeing your fabric stack for the swap and your idea, I really hope it could be me lol

  7. Oh my goodness you are doing some tiny work on the 1/4" finished stripes and treble clef! But they are so crisp and clean! You have amazing patience. And a DWR quilt for your brother? You rock!

  8. That treble clef is brilliant. Put those amazing foundation piecing skills to work on the double wedding ring quilt and the arcs will be far, far easier. I made mine that way, and I have no regrets.

  9. Gorgeous treble clef! Love the rainbow effect.

  10. Love the way the 1/4" strips spice up the simple strip quilt - nice twist on the bargello design :)

  11. I really never liked Bargello quilt but yours is just stunning. Suddenly, I'll might do one someday.

  12. I never would have chosen that pattern based on the cover of the book, but your color selections are stunning.


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