Monday, November 2, 2009

Back to the drawing board.

Remember this old thing I was working on? Well it's been calling my name, so out it came from the lucky dip box. I've been distracted with my many other projects but it's time to do another panel I thought to myself. It is of course, my humble version of the famous Susan McCord vine quilt. The original quilt can be pictured here.

I'm drawing each vine out individually because I'm just not clever enough to randomly place stems and leaves to achieve what I want. That Susan sure was the quilting genius she has come to be known as.



Apart from a bit of drawing and hand quilting, I have managed to complete the nine patches in the swap Christine organised and posted those off.

Also, last week I recieved a win on a giveaway, lucky me! Check out the cherry pie pincushion, it's made so beautifully and it's just adorable with it's special pins. Cori from Creativety Amongst Chaos makes all sorts of delicious pie pincushions and now sells the pattern on her website Chitter Chatter Designs for a very reasonable price.

Since my last few posts have been all about things curvey, I dragged out this unfinished quilt to show you what has become one of my (not so secret now)  ufo's. The thing is that I now don't like the fabrics in it, its been so long in the finishing that my tastes have completely changed. I bought every yellow and purple fabric that was on sale that I could, and put what I thought was the right border on it. Now I think the leafy dark border is one of my yucky, ugly, eeeww, what was I thinking fabric choices.

I quite like the middle part and I like the big stitch quilting on it so maybe, and I say just maybe, I will remove the borders which aren't quilted down yet and turn it into a finished smaller quilt. This one is a monster. Maybe it can go back into the cupboard too.

45 comments:

wishes, true and kind said...

I'm so impressed by that vine quilt! What a project! It's going to be stunning :).

Deb said...

Janet, your vine quilt is stunning, its so interesting how you are doing, its must be a bit easier working with just a panel like that is it.
Love your Cherry Pie pincushion, congratulations on your win, its nice that I lost to someone I know!!-lol
hugs Deb

Nedra said...

wow. That Susan McCord vine quilt is wonderful. Looks like so much work, and you are doing a great job. I love the cherry pie pincushion. Almost good enough to eat!

Barb said...

That is awesome....and alot of work....you are amazing.

Christine said...

Hi Janet

I have received your blocks in the mail today, they are beautiful thank you for playing.
You know everytime I read your blog I see another quilt I would like to make and a lot of them I have the pattern adn even the fabric, just need to make a start.

cheers
Christine

PatchworkRose said...

What a tribute to Susan McCord! Your quilt is going to look stunning. Just love Cheery Pie pincushion too. Your Purple and yellow quilt is definately a touch of spring. A happy Quilt. See what you mean about the border though
Cheers
Lynne

LeKaQuilt said...

Congrat on your win! The cherry pie pincushion is so sweet. And your Vine quilt is going to be a stunning quilt - and I LOVE IT !!!
And I love your ufo, too..... this is so beutiful, and i like the quilting you have done. I do agree with you - if you remove the border you will still have a wounderful quilt :o)

Stephanie said...

Wowzer on the vines! That's alotta applique. That is the sweetest cherry pie I've seen and no calories either. I have had problems going back to a quilt I didn't "love" any more. Hard to finish...but that is a purple and yellow beauty.

Fiesta said...

you vine blocks look so good. I started this but gave up. I like the colors of your UFO, you have a great eye for color

Quilt Hollow said...

Vine Quilt - STUNNING!
Big Stitch Quilt - LOVE THOSE STITCHES!!!
....and gosh that little pin cushion is just darling!!!

Terry said...

Love the vines! And the pin cushion! I say remove the borders and finish the purple quilt! It's beautiful! :0)

ranette said...

Oh yeah...you've got the vine's out again...love them and can't wait to see your progress.

I love the quilting on the purple quilt as well. I think I would remove the borders and finish it up.

Cute little pie pincushion!

Anne D said...

The vines are gorgeous! I really like the purple and yellow quilt. I love purple but I really don't like yellow and I still love it. I think you should remove the borders and finish. It is great.

Jackie said...

I would hardly call your vine quilt "this old thing", it is just gorgeous! I am in awe of your applique skills. Just perfect. And the wheel of mystery quilt is divine!

Lori said...

Hi Janet, The SUsan McCord quilt is coming along nicely. I'm sure you will be more happy with it with your stems and leaves laid out nicely. The extra work will be worth is.
As far as the purple and yellow....well, it doesn't quite look like you, and I think you are onto something as far as removing the border.
Cute, cute pincushion!!!

alobsiger said...

I cracked up when I read "this old thing" too! What a beauty you're working on, Janet. I'm glad to see it again! So much to look at on your vines! Beautiful! Your winding ways quilt is a stunner too! The quilting is really working for that block. Yes, whack off that border and finish off that beauty!

Meredith said...

cute pin cushion, your vine quilt is coming along nicely!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

What fabulous things! your applique leaves ... sigh. love it. love it love it.!!!!!

Crispy said...

Yep, the border has to go IMHO but the rest of the quilt is wonderful. I'm sure you will find the right fabric for it. Love the little pin cushion!!

Crispy

Ann Champion said...

I was so happy to see you're working on the vines quilt again. It's one of my absolute favorites! It's just stunning.
I can't see enough of the border fabric on your purple and yellow to judge how it's looking, but if YOU don't like it..that's what matters. The center portion is just beautiful and the quilting suits the piecing so well. I say...remove that border if it's putting you off. It will be wonderful. :)

Terrie Sandelin said...

The vine applique is stunning. What a job to recreate the original! And the cherry pie pincushion is one of the cutest pincushions I've ever seen!

Karen said...

The pin cushion is adorable!
I can't imagine me making the leaf quilt you are working on. That's a ton of leaves to applique.

wordmama said...

Love the vine quilt, of course. But I like the purple and yellow one, especially the circular quilting pattern you chose. I hope you find peace with the border because the center is too good to miss. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

I love your susan M vine quilt. I'm happy to be watching someone recreate that masterpiece and you are doing a masterly job.
The pin cushion is just tooo sweet!
barb

Cardygirl said...

Love the vine quilt...cute pincushion!

Deb said...

Susan McCord quilt is just gorgeous. I love her designs with the strippy fabrics - hoe much time do you think these took her - amazing. Your version is stunning - keep at it I'm enjoying watching.

Now the purple and yellow - I've done this too - left something too long and then wondering why I liked it - bit I like yours and Big stitching is a bit of a chuckle for these tiny stitches! Once you've pulled off the border if you still don't like it - you could donate to a local good cause as a raffle quilt. Someone else would absolutely love it.

Janet said...

My goodness you have such marvelous pictures on your post today! I love your vines so far - they are wonderful. What a fun pincushin! It's a shame to have come so far with the purple and yellow quilt and not finish it - it is really lovely - get rid of the part you don't like and move forward with the part you do like. Easier said than done :0)

*karendianne. said...

Well since I've yet to see ANYTHING as amazing as this vine quilt I'm speechless and can hardly move on. I knew you were talented and a real treat to "know" but now, well now I'm feeling utterly fortunate to call myself a "bleader" of your "blog." hee... The cherry pie pincushion is too, too cute and I think some day I'll have to learn to make myself a cute pincushion. I love this! And oh my but don't you just loveeee your nine patches that you send off? I do. There's just not much as lovely as cute nine patches. Well, except for Vines! You made my quilty day, *karendianne.

Julia said...

Wow Janet!
You are amazing with your quilts..
That vine quilt is so much work..good for you for sticking with it..
I love the pincushion..
Yes, take that border off and have another quilt finished..it's nearly there!
Julia ♥

You can just call me...dotty... said...

Wow.....that vine quilt makes mine look like a kindergarten drawing ! Awesome !
I admire you for sticking with it.....what a testimonial to your patience , not to mention skill !

I love the center of the purple quilt. I can't tell what the border fabric looks like, but if you have any doubt, remove it now ! I once bought a 'bargain fabric' for the back of a favorite quilt top, and have not wanted to SEE the backside of that quilt since it was finished......yuk ! I knew at the time that it wasn't right, but tried to save money...big mistake !

Congrats on the pincushion....how adorable !

Beth Karese said...

Goody, another vine panel! I like the surprises like blue and yellow in the leaves.

Yesterday I ordered a little pattern and told myself that was it for awhile. Then I saw that pie pincushion. So much for restraint! (Ordered while I was posting this comment.) Next time can you try showing something less tempting? lol.

Amelia said...

Sorry I have to laugh we all have things that we look at now and wonder... its funny I remember when that style of fabric was around ala Hoffman. The quilt should be called 'don't hassle the hoff'

The vines are looking spectacular! It is amazing what you can draft and translate in to a quilt!

Eileen said...

I still gasp in awe at the sight of that vine, I think my first visits to you were about this.. and I have been coming back ever since. :-)

That is the cutest little pie pincushion I have ever seen.

And I so know what you mean about ufo quilts from several years back. Good idea about removing the border if you hate it. The middle really is good.. and I love that quilting! You shouldn't let that go to waste.

sewpam63 said...

DIVINE VINES!!! : ) LOVE them AND your fabric choices!!!

The curvy quilt at the bottom of your post has awesome quilting!

Mama Spark said...

I'm with you on the Susan McCord quilts. She was amazing. I was fortunate enough to see that quilt at a museum near my home a few years ago along with some of her other works and they are even more impressive in person. Can you believe she had 8 kids and ran a farm too?? Yous will be just as impressive.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Well the quilt is very sweet. The pie pincushion is darling! And those vines - holy cow. I can't do that. That takes real skill.

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- that vine quilt makes my heart go pitterpat. Mostly over the TON of work involved -- you're amazing!!! I like the yellow and purple quilt - you never know, in a few years, your tastes may change again and you'll love that border!

Carrie P. said...

Your vines are looking so good.
And the purple quilt is just stunning to me. It is funny how our tastes change.
Congrats on winning that little pie. Too cute.

Cathy said...

Oh Janet your vines are looking fabulous, and the whole quilt will be a work of art when you finished. Great little pincushion. Isn't it interesting going back to see the quilts you made earlier, and how our tastes change. It's still lovely you know xo

Anonymous said...

I have an LSU girl who would love that purple and yellow UFO...interested in letting me procure it for her??

bbean33@bellsouth.net

MARCIE said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry about your "big stitch" quilt. It is a beauty. Wonderful quilting design, and your big stitches....hahaha. Ok, I'll laugh!

KathieB said...

Oh my gosh, your work is gorgeous--fabulous fabric choices and so many of my favorite designs. Love, LOVE.

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