Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Beeutiful week of quilting ahead

It's going to be a fun week!

It's the beginning of the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along.

I've never participated in one of Lori Holt's famous sew alongs on her blog A Bee In My Bonnet and I'm excited to be starting my first.

The month of April was spent debating which fabrics to use and pondering different background choices.

Pre-made bundles or totally scrappy?  That cool, new Gardenvale line? Low volume backgrounds or solids? The choices were endless.  

So endless that I almost gave up!

You see, my experience with sew alongs hasn't been the best in the past.

Once a long, long, long time ago I was stuck close to the end of a sew along, a few blocks away from the finish with only fabrics left that I didn't like.  

All the blocks I had made were from a line that wasn't available anymore, so I was at my wits end. What to do?? 

I never did finish that one. Those blocks and that extra fabric went into a box never to be seen again.  

Well I take that back, I have seen them again, only out of the corner of my eye.

I just glance in the other direction and quickly close that box.  I'm determined not to let it happen again.  Thus, the stressing about picking out the fabrics for this whole thing.  

Last week finally I thought, "Good grief, get it together! If everyone else can do this, you can too!"

Part of my trouble was that my time spent cutting up so many charm squares, you know I love them, has left me with very few scraps appropriate for this sort of thing. 

You don't get too many scraps leftover after using charm packs, so some fabric purchasing was in order and I had to get the book too.  Can't complain about that!


In the end I went with a bunch of brighter scrappy bundles, some from single lines, and some that are a mix that I plan to going to combine, so I don't back myself up into a corner at the end.  

I figure this will allow me to easily add new fabrics to the mix if I need to, instead of being locked into one fabric line, that may or may not be readily available by the time I finish.

Now I'm excited about it!

I wasn't planning on dragging you through my whole thought process on this.

It was just going to be a cute little, "I hope you are doing this sew along too" post, but that's not how it turned out.

Sometimes I put more thought into picking out the fabrics for a quilt than maybe I need to. That's just how I do it!

See you at the sew along on Farm Girl Friday!



JoAnne said...

I know the frustration of choosing the wrong fabric for a project. I think you chose well, though!

Needled Mom said...

I can soooo relate to the process. I think the "backing into a corner" is the reason that I do so many scrap quilts. Your choices are going to make a wonderful finish this time.

Shannon said...

I am going to jump on this bandwagon as well and have struggled with fabric selection. I like what you have decided to do. I think I will do something like that a well.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Yay! I saw lori's post today and think I will make a 6 inch block and turn it into a pincushion. Can't wait to see your fabric choices. We're you able to get that bundle from fqs?

Izzy said...

I love the fabric you picked! I've tried signing up for QALs in the past and most were a huge failure for me... I usually end up getting so far behind I don't even bother trying to catch up and the whole thing ends up in a pile never to be finished. So I will be following this one from the sidelines... Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Thelma said...

I think you've thought this through well, you'll have no trouble finishing this one. Plus, we'll all be stopping by on Fridays to make sure you're keeping up! I fuss and fret over my fabric choices too. That's the hardest part for me, the piecing is a breeze!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

I love the scrappy brights you chose. It is going to be a great looking quilt!

Jody M said...

I've started this sew along too and have spent WAY too many hours trying to choose the fabrics. Thanks for your good comments - they helped a lot.

Helen L said...

Just came to your blog today from Sherri McConnell's blog. Love the blocks I've seen that you've made. Your chick is extra cute!! And Hand stitching isn't hard at all: it's just a little pair of legs! :-D What is that fabric bundle you show? it looks great and I'd love to go check it out! Thanks! Hugs, H in Healdsburg