Sunday, 21 January 2018

Problems of my own making

The second Trip Around the World quilt is quilted - thank Crunchy.  It has been an absolute pain and not remotely enjoyable, and it was all my own fault.


After the success of Friday's quilting I was raring to go yesterday to complete number two but overnight I'd had a STUPID idea, only it seemed like a great idea at the time - use another pattern so that there were more subtle differences between the two quilts.   I won't name the pattern or its designer but lets just say the pantograph was Terminated. With. Extreme. Prejudice.  the minute I'd sewn the last row.  I do not ever want to be tempted to use it again so it has been given a Viking Immolation on the compost heap (Management's idea, and a very satisfying one).



The pattern is pretty and suits the quilt but the spacing was a nightmare and I had a problem with every row trying to overlap back into the previous one.  There are a couple of spots on one row where that has happened, only by ¼" but it shouldn't happen at all.  I'm not going to photograph the boo hoo, far better to concentrate on the 98% of it which is quite lovely.  Both during quilting and afterwards Management and I reviewed everything I was doing and couldn't see a fault (and the day before I had used Meredith's "Featheration" all day without a single problem).  So the pattern has gone and we move swiftly on . . .



The quilts look amazing, the quilting thread unifies and pulls together all those separate pieces of fabric and everything becomes a cohesive whole.



I love the texture that the quilting and batting produce, Daisy can't be bothered!



One minute she was tolerating having quilts draped over her, the next she'd buried her head under the folds :)









When things have been this awkward, quilting can be quite stressful and my brain hurt, so I took the rest of the day off, took up the usual position in front of the woodburner and watched Portrait Artist of the Year.  I always assume I cannot draw (although I never try, so who knows?) but it is a programme I thoroughly enjoy and with David Tennant as one of the sitters  . . . All Hail the 10th Doctor,  and now it's time for Dancing on Ice  😊





16 comments:

  1. The quilt is beautiful and all those colours so fabulous. I don't know how you do it Jayne. X

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    1. Jules, it's not that difficult - really. But don't forget I have been doing this for 20 years - and my first attempts at quilting were absolute RUBBISH!

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  2. I love the first shot of Daisy with her head poking out from under the quilt :) I missed most of Dancing On Ice this time as Michael and I have been out for a meal but I'll catch up with it before next Sunday :)

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    1. I have DoI on record, and then watch it later. That way I can whizz through the adverts and the banal time-filling bits. Finding this season very difficult- I don't watch soaps or reality TV so I have no idea who most of the contestants are.

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  3. They look sumptuous in those colours & should perk up Bill's interior no end. I'd love to know which pattern you ceremoniously assigned to the compost. Even our digital patterns can be a bit hit & miss, as I've had two that seem to wander down on the right hand side, or maybe it's me at times, not quite setting my points of reference correctly, but one has done it every time I've used it. I think it may be just the actual digitising of it. Dancing on Ice? I've not seen one of those here in Oz for years & as you know I was an avid ice skater, even in the chorus line of two small ice show productions. Oh for being younger, energy & no sore feet, though I've still got my skates.(giggle). Have a good week & take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan. I will write to you privately about the Patern.From.Hell.

      I envy you being able to skate, I tried a few times but was always too worried about falling (which is utterly stupid when you think I happily used to ski as fast as possible down red runs that were frozen solid!)

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  4. Your quilts look lovely, and kudos for soldiering on with a difficult pattern. I know I've been halfway through a quilt sometimes and wished I chose a different pattern! (Pre Statler...)

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    1. Thank you so much Keryn. I have been somewhat relieved to find it's not just me who has pattern problems at times.

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  5. Your quilts are absolutely beautiful Jayne, well done on all your hard work. Daisy is going to love them too :)

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    1. Cheers Eileen. These may not end up Daisy's favourites - like Ollie she has a definite preference for fleece or brushed cotton and as these are 'regular cotton' both sides she probably won't find them soft and snuggly enough for her very particular tastes!

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  6. I have said it before, but your quilts are stunning!!

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  7. Your quilts are beautiful. I'm rather green with envy at your abilities: sewing is definitely NOT one of my skills.
    DT was indeed a very wonderful Doctor (I enjoyed your link to the Iconic 10th Doctor quotations) and definitely my favourite - although CEccleston comes close - What do you think of the idea of Jodie Whittaker? You might like this little article: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-01-21/doctor-who-jodie-whittaker-female-doctor-david-tennant-same-person/

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    1. Dormouse - welcome to Bag End and thank you for taking the time to comment. Glad you liked the 10th Doctor video :)

      My personal jury is out on Jodie Whittaker. I am all for a female taking the role (would have liked Alex Kingston, which would have presented all sorts of deliciously twisted story lines), my problem is that I don’t care for JW as an actress. Never found her believeable in Broadchurch . . .

      Agree with you about Eccleston, he did a mighty fine job of resurrecting the Doctor after such a long break.

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  8. Luscious. There's no other word to describe those quilts. Love them.

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    1. Mmm, that's a word which rolls deliciously off the tongue! Thank you, x

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