Thursday, 8 April 2010

How To Successfully Procrastinate!

Oh yeah! I'm the QUEEN of PROCRASTINATION! :0) And what am I procrastinating about? The usual ... writing pattern instructions! Tee! Hee! Hee! It really is my LEAST favourite part of the designing process, even though I know it's kind of the most IMPORTANT part! :0) I'd just rather be DOING than WRITING about it! Mind you ... I've yet to hear ANY designer confess to a secret love of instruction writing. Tee! Hee! Hee! I will be making myself sit down tomorrow to at least get started on the instructions ... I'm almost certain! :0) But in the meantime ... I've been PROCRASTINATING!

And what form did that take, I hear you ask?? Well, I decided to put all of the mini blocks together to form Block 2 of Leanne Beasley's Butterfly Garden ... which I did, and it looked fabulous ... UNTIL ... I had a bit CLOSER look at it when finishing a small bit of embroidery and discovered ... I'd sewn one row on UPSIDE DOWN!! Aaaaaaaarrrrrrrghhh!!! So, I started to unpick - or 'reverse stitch' if you want a more 'positive' term! - only to discover half way along one border that ... I was 'reverse stitching' the WRONG BIT! $#%&%$#$%!! SIGH!!

So ... after taking a deep breath, having a soothing cup of tea and sleeping on it ... I headed back to the sewing room this afternoon and put everything back together where it SHOULD be. Now, the finished Block 2 looks like this ...

I've changed a couple of the mini blocks that had a lot of stitching to simulate patchwork and I've put the four-patches instead and done a bit of extra embroidery ... love hand stitching! :0) I'm pretty happy with how it's coming up, though. And so my two blocks look like this ...


I'm using fabrics that are quite a bit brighter than Leanne's original quilt, but I'm enjoying how they're coming together - and all from my existing stash! :0)

Speaking of my stash ... I added a bit to it this week - but it's for a specific quilt and it's not for me ... so that doesn't count ... right?!?! :0) You see, Tiffany, my Clayton's sister (you know, like the Clayton's drink slogan used to say, "the drink you have when you're not having a drink" ... Tiffy is "the sister I have when I don't really have a sister!" Tee! Hee! Hee!) turns 21 in November and she has asked if I'd make her a quilt for the bottom of her bed. I told her that if she stopped calling my quilts "blankets", I'd make her one. :0) So when she was visiting for my birthday party, she had a look at my QUILTS and at my patterns and decided she's like me to make this one ...


My "Fairy Bears & Butterflies" design (the original of which can be seen on the wall of my home-away-from-home Quilters Angel, where you can also buy the pattern!) And after showing her a range of fabrics on-line, she decided she'd like it made with these ..


These charm squares are "Frolic" from Moda and they are bright, fun and funky, so I'm sure they'll look great with fairy bears flitting across them when I'm done with the quilt! :0) I bought them from the lovely Sarah at Patchworks Plus and as always, they arrived lickety-split - thanks Sarah!!

OK ... I'm now off to indulge in a cup of lavender tea and some stitching. Hope your week is going well and that you're managing to find some time to play. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!
CHEERS!
KRIS

13 comments:

Grethe said...
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Grethe said...

Glad to be the first! Really like your choice of sparkling fabrics, lovely colors :-) What a change to mine! I`ll soon startworking on block 2 and 8 as I do the two together.
Happy Quilting.

Debbie Lane said...

Hello hon...nice fabrics for Tiff! We are on our way up on Saturday/Sunday...if we have time can we call u (mobile) on the way thru and call in to say hello? Don't stress if you have other things to do, just an idea...

Kerryanne English said...

The butterfly garden quilt is coming along nicely Kris and I like your bright choice of fabrics. Even more impressed that they are from your stash. I think you'll need to replenish your stash now - LOL.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Janice said...

Looking good! Walking away seems to be the best when things start to go wrong. It is always better after a break. It will be fun making your Fairy Bears quilt in bright colours.

Mistea said...

Love what you are doing with Leanne's butterfly quilt pattern - good to see you use your procrastination time on something so pretty.

The brights will look fab in your fairy bears quilt.

Almost the weekend - don't spend too much of it writing.

May Britt said...

Love your colours in Butterfly Garden. I have promised Hanne to start working on mine again. Really ought to do that, but there is always so many other tempations. Maybe you manage to finish it before me :)

Sandi said...

Oh, I have done that......sewed it wrong, then had to rip/undo and found I was undoing the wrong place. Makes me wonder where my mind is sometimes but it is usually wandering off to a new project. LOL!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kris,
Oh, I really dislike unstitching and re-sewing.
Gosh, so much work in this latest quilt. I'm sure Tiffany will just adore her new Quilt.
Happy pattern writing.
Hugs,
Anna

Bec said...

Frolic is going to make an awesome FairyBears and Butterflys quilt! The vibrant colours look fantastic!
In spite of the upsidedown stitching that you fixed, Butterfly Garden is coming along very nicely.... as you know I am doing all the hand stitching and am working on block 4 at present - a slow project for sure, but enjoyable! Your colours for the quilt are coming together really well, you must be so chuffed with how it looks AND because it all came from your stash! Can't get much better than that!
(I am rather slow on the emails lately as you would know!)

Crafty Chookie said...

Your quilt is looking fantastic...Great colour choice...Nothing more fustrating, than unstitching....Grrrrr...Definately time to take a break when that happens... Cheers :-)

Sarah said...

Hey Kris!
Your Butterfly Garden looks SO pretty! I have a FQ Bundle of Northern Solitude to make mine in!
Glad the charms arrived safely.... I know how your postie handles them LOL
x Sarah
PS: I hope you got some pattern writing done :+p

Elizabeth said...

I'm in love with Frolic! Moda is my favorite. I got the jelly roll and some yardage and plan to make a fun lap quilt with it. I can't wait to see how the one you do for Tiffany turns out. Also, love your Butterfly blocks! Such pretty work!

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