Thursday, September 19, 2013

Summer Is Gone?

Woe, woe, woe.... Where did summer go!?!  Seriously I'm pretty sure I missed that memo.  But since it's gone I suppose it's time to get back into the groove.  I wasn't expecting summer to take over my quilting life (because we all become an amazing artist/crazy person when we are in our studios, and it feels like an alter ego to me sometimes).  But it did.  Most of my time has been spent on the ridiculously overwhelming renovations we have been doing in our house (Renovation 800 Blog).  Yet as per any committed (hardcore) quilter I have carved my self out some time this summer and here is what I did (that lead up may prove to be a little anit-climatic):

 I've been working on drafting a Joesph's Coat pattern.  I searched and searched the web for a tutorial on this pattern but I only found one.  It's an old pattern but darn I've had quite a bit of trouble with this quilt.

I decided the best way to go about it was to make my own templates and do some practice blocks... Well, that was a good idea.
The bits and pieces

The abomination

 Well as you can imagine it was quite a disappointment.  I found a great forum where I was able to get some advice on the the assembly, but to be honest I've taken a step back for a bit.

My new toy is a projector my husband found in the basement at work.  He traded a guy a case of beer for it.

Here is a photo of my girls and a part of an upcoming project... cool eh!  Last but certainly not least I finally made myself one of those thread catcher deallys. 

Well a fairly uneventful summer in my studio.  But perhaps if I ever finish the drywall in the house I'm bound to get sewing again.  I'm going to link up with the lovely people over at the Needle and Thread Network.  I have been quietly reading all the posts over the summer, I absolutely love the work these people do.

8 comments:

  1. yes, I have looked at those "joseph's coat" quilts too, and am quite sure that mine would end up looking just like yours !! Good job for giving it a try.

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    1. Hahaha, my fingers are crossed that my next attempt is a little better... it's going to be a long haul.

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  2. The Joseph's Coat pattern is in one of my books, drop me a line if I can help you out. Your girls are lovely!

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    1. Thanks Regina, could you tell me what book? Maybe I could order it in from the library. Yeah those girls are pretty great. :)

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  3. It looked like your idea would work. Such a bummer when things don't go as we envision, isn't it? Just don't give up, we've all experienced these kind of set backs from time to time. You'll get it sorted and it will be amazing!!!

    Hey, that next project is looking interesting! Awesome to have that projector - I can bet you'll use it tons for quilting - definitely worth that case of beer. ;o)

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  4. You'll be glad to be finished eating drywall dust. The Joseph's Coat pattern looks marvelous, good luck with it.

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  5. I don't have any advice on the Joseph's Coat, although I wonder...can you create a paper piecing pattern for it? Or do English Paper Piecing maybe? Good luck!

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