LoL! I adore Finding Nemo and this is what’s been stuck in my head all night. As I mentioned at the beginning of this year, I am focusing on finishing UFOs that have been stacked in my cupboard in the studio. Well, I finished another one 2 days ago and made tons of progress on a 3rd one just today. What gets me is this, I pull out a project that was shelved, lay everything out so I can get a good look at it and then… I just sit there, having absolutely no clue what in the hell I was thinking when I started it! Grrr! So, I end up going the opposite direction with it and make it into something truly “new”. Take the rag quilt I just finished, originally it was inspired by Leah Day’s Free-Motion Project, and was to finish at 63 blocks set 7X9. Yeah, I don’t think so. I redid a few of the blocks due to them being unbelievably horrible! Finally set it 5X7 and it will now go in the car for a utility/emergency quilt. Here is the finished pic, minus the final washing,:
So, that’s another one down. The extra blocks I had originally cut will go into the 10″ square bin for later use in something else.
This is what I pulled out last night, and then proceeded to obsess over. What on earth was I thinking?? I do remember buying the Jelly Roll these bricks were cut from, I thought it was gorgeous and couldn’t wait to use it! Well, I’m sorry, but last night all I could think was ”this is just gonna be too horrid to finish!” Here is what I’m on about:
Do ya see? No, well then look at what else was with this pile…:
I was just not impressed with this and think that may have been exactly why it was shelved. So, I slept on the issue. Then I thought about it some more today while I did the dishes, swept/mopped the entire house(1600 sq. ft., no carpet, just hardwoods), and deep cleaned the bathroom. AHA! I think I may have a solution… maybe. After dinner, I head to the studio and put it to fabric. This is the progress made in a few hours:
It’s really hard to tell here but there are now 3 braids made. I thought there may be enough bricks to make 7 braids but, I am one braid short so will just do 6 across. But, it still needs … something… it’s just way too busy and, quite frankly, a bit u-g-l-y for my taste. Although, the pics of it look much better than what I see in person. Hmm, so… this is where it is now:
Now I do have a reason for doing the sashing the way it is. The next 3 braids will be done in the same setting but mirrored(2 then 1). The black polka dots will be set on the bottom of those 3 to help even out the immediate draw they have on the eye. I am hoping the black will really help break up this “mess” I got going. I will say that once the braids are all together and sashed, I will be turning this so that the V’s point up instead of down. Also thinking of throwing some red into the border(s) to bring that out as well. Finishing with a piano key border or maybe a pieced square-in-a-square or flying geese using the leftover bricks set in black. I don’t know yet, I reckon I will just start with finishing the braids and then going from there, huh? LoL! I sure do hope all ya’ll had a better, less stressful, day of quilting than me.