Sunday, March 1, 2015

Oh Dear (God) ... Jane

Last weekend, facing the task of adding the borders to the Grand Illusion mystery quilt (yep, I meticulously pieced in 3/4" white sashing throughout all 90 some inches of it), therefore rendering it ready for the arduous task of sandwiching and quilting under my domestic (with no extra space) sewing machine, I sidetracked myself and picked up on Dear Jane.

The bad news is that I am 57 (yes, fifty-seven) blocks behind on my original goal of 10 blocks a month that I set for myself back in March 2014. The good news is that I've finished 63 blocks.

When you haven't paper-pieced for a while it takes a bit of time to get back in the rhythm of the process, as well as a lot of concentration as to which fabric faces which way.  At the end of Saturday I had finished 4 blocks, and had a new favorite block for Jane:

On Sunday I was able to piece more blocks, and before moving the design wall (which was making me claustrophobic in my studio, having been blocking off the closet for nearly a month), just for fun, I threw all 63 blocks up to get an overall idea of how my 'Dear Kaffe' is going to look:

Not too shabby.

Since I've managed to sideline the project I had planned for today (another roadblock I threw in the mix to avoid working on sandwiching Grand Illusion--more on that tomorrow), maybe I'll see if I can knock out half of this months' 10 blocks so I don't fall even further behind.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Decision Has Been Made

I'm gong to go with the white sashing on this one. I posted my choices on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville FB Group and got 189 comments to my post...most favored the white.

The hubs preferred no sashing, but understood that without it I'd likely suffer seizures every time I walked into the bedroom, which would result in his having to make the bed each day, and dust and vacuum as I would only be able to function with the lights turned off, so he quickly got on board with the white sashing.

I've spent some time calculating (with actual calculator, pen, paper, tape measure). I've unfolded and measured 8 yards of backing fabric, which (Praise the Lord!) contained an extra 15 inches, which means if I play my cards right I won't have to piece something else into my back, though no long arm quilter in the country would touch this quilt, so I'm now going to have to quilt this monster on my domestic machine with 7" throat space (whoops!).

And soon I shall begin to cut 1.25" strips to begin the process.

Ah'll be bach (spoken in best Ah-nold voice I can muster).

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Obsess much? (To Sash Or Not To Sash, That Is The Question)

The Grand Illusion mystery quilt has been on the design wall all week. I can't seem to decide on a setting for it. 

First we have the actual design. 
It just seems soooo very busy to me. And the blocks I think are the stars of the show...
 seem to get lost in the overall scheme of things.

So then I tried out black sashing:
I can see where all that black might be overwhelming. 

So I stripped it off to see what white sashing might look like:

Now this quilt was 88" without sashing. I'm thinking whichever color I use I'd drop the sash width from 1" to half an inch. That might address the "in your face"black. 

What do you think?

Oh, and I found the perfect backing for this one:
it almost requires the black sashing, or does it not? What would you do?