February 18, 2011

The Spiral

Just a small break today from the Dresden Plates, while I wait for the blue silk thread I ordered to arrive.  I took this free time as an opportunity to finish the back of the "What would you look like if you were a Quilt", aka Snake Quilt, aka more recently The Meerkat Quilt.

The back of this quilt is entirely blue and red blender snuggle flannel.  This is a single huge quilt block that I scaled up called "Monkey Wrench" and even as I type that I know it has been known by many other names, none of which come to mind right this moment.

I selected the royal blue because that represents my heart, my soul, and my inner calm.  The red is the pain, the hurt.  Note no matter how twisted up and turned around I get I'm still me.  No matter how far you go down the spiral - the me that is me is always there.  It's just hard to hear in the whirl wind sometimes.

Monkey Wrench Spiral Quilt Back
These pictures would have come out better had I not found a cat sleeping where I wanted to take my images.  Of course she only wanted to play in the quilt for a little bit and now she's at my elbow as if to say it wasn't me she was running from.

This project has taken three trips to the store for fabric.  The first time and then two oh cruds I don't have enough.  This most recent time had me so filled with dread I wouldn't even prewash the fabric to match what I'd already sewn until last week.  I actually bought fabric from the 3rd I don't have enough fabric issue back in November!  I was certain I'd only purchased 18" and I was afraid it would shrink to much.  Well come to find out I'd purchased 2/3rd of yard so that was a bunch of worry over nothing.

The Front of the Me Quilt Pre-Quilting
Then when I was cutting the pieces I was missing I had trouble with the pattern as you know, and thought I'd have to purchase 45" more inches of red and blue.  But I dug in anyway, I told myself I'd sew the middle and see.  Lucky me this time, hard to believe I know what I'm doing even when I'm second guessing myself!  When I finished sewing together all the pieces I had I started to reach for the tape measure but I reached for the quilt top instead.  After all who remembers a the dimensions of a quilt top they haven't worked on in months. Okay me, but that's not what we're talking about. So there's a nice amount of extra, just right for quilting and basting.

The last time I took a picture of this top it read a lot of yellow, but of course that's just the lights so I retook the image for you.  See no yellow.  Funny now I need to order thread and batting.  Gotta love quilts there's always something to shop for!


Heather Landry said...

I think it's coming along wonderfully! I can't wait to see the finished quilt. The colors are just awesome.

Vicki said...

Glad to hear that everything is back on track and the quilt looks great.

QuiltSue said...

I'm looking forward to seeing this finished. I've enjoyed reading about "you" as you've been making it. I must say I could never make something like it - just no good at "imagination", me.

stitchinpenny said...

I usually finish each quilt before I start th next on, but right now I have 3 going and don't know the exact size of any of them. Approximately 108 x106, 42x 42 and 40 x40. close enough. yes 2 are baby quilts.