Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The next big thing

I've been champing at the bit to get back to the vine quilt. I looked back on my blog and I can't believe it was last February that I worked on it. I spent two afternoons drawing up the pattern for the fourth of thirteen panels. Maybe I'll get a few more done this year.
I have an old cardboard box of scraps that I put away for the quilt along with my patterns. I think I better get a better container for a couple of my ongoing projects to make life easier.
The best part is when I've done the prep and I can get onto the stitching. As I sat down to enjoy myself, a conversation arose with Mr Quiltsalott that I'll share with you. At this stage, the vines had been basted down ready to tuck the leaves under.

Mr Q:  That central vine looks a bit big in relation to everything else.
Me: Yes, I know, I think you're right but I only have a 1/2" bias tape maker and I think it came out a bit bigger than it should. Let me lay it out and have a look.
Mr Q: It definitely doesn't look right, it's too thick.
Me: Gee, thanks for pointing that out, now I'm going to have to take it off and make it smaller somehow. Here look at the book. The first panel has a thicker vine than the rest. It won't matter if they are different, they weren't perfectionists in those days you know. I really need it to be 3/8" wide but they don't make a bias tape maker that wide and I've got too lazy to use my bias bars and do it on the machine.

At this stage, I pull off that offending thick vine and press one side open, refold one edge in closer, baste it back on and call it done.

Mr Q: That looks better.
Me: You know too much I'm thinking but actually say, thanks, you were right, I really appreciate you pointing that out, it really needs a 3/8" vine. Now I'm happier with it.
MrQ: I've just been on the Internet and did you know that Clover now make a 3/8" bias tape maker, I think you should order one.
I got another block done for the Cherry Trees quilt over Christmas. Still loving the fabrics.

50 comments:

Nedra said...

He knows what bias tape is? And the sizes available to order from Clover? Keep that man! Better yet, hand him a needle and thread.

Dixie said...

The conversation you related is just hilarious - how to read it to my husband - he just grinned. I love my 1/4 inch clover bias tape maker - use it all the time. Your latest Cherry Tree block is fabulous - your fabrics are so perfect!

Janet said...

I was thinking just like your hubby. Yes,there is a 3/8". You will enjoy it.
Love your fabric choices for the
Cherry block. Very happy and bright.
Happy New Year.
Janet

Nifty Quilts said...

You are my hero! That vine quilt is my all-time favorite quilt! I admire your courage to take it on, along with all the other amazing applique you do!

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- gotta love a hubby who tells you to go buy a new quilting gadget! That quilt is gorgeous. And so is the Cherry Tree block -- those fabrics and colors are beautiful. I can see we're going to be in for another big year of Quiltsalott inspiration!

Meredith said...

My husband and your husband should be BFFs! You gotta love it. Mine reads my blog so I have not ever posted his "suggestions" on my blog. LOL. It looks great. Have fun with it. I do like having containers for my projects. It keeps everything together.

Oops-Lah said...

I'm glad you were able to fix that vine so easily! Your hubby really is tuned into the whole quilting lark, isn't he? Good for him (and you).

Ivory Spring said...

Love that exchange between you and your husband. Your husband and mine ought to get together to chat quilting. :)

You are an energizer bunny, Janet. Always love to see your work.

Erin in MI said...

That conversation is priceless! And exactly the kind of one I'd have with my DH...crazy men. It's a good thing we love them :)

I love your color choices for the Cherry Tree quilt - keep up the great work!!

Joan said...

Well done Mr Quiltsalot! It looks lovely :)

Janet said...

That Mr Quiltsalott is a smart guy! I have the 3/8 bias maker - you'll use it lots I bet.
I'm so excited to see you have the Susan McCord vine project out again - I LOVE it!
Your new cherry tree block is wonderful.

Terrie Sandelin said...

Oh, that made me laugh. My own true love offers helpful advice sometimes, too -- and he is almost always right. Now, how annoying is that? The vine quilt is a stunner!

Karen said...

Janet, thanks for making me smile :). Your work is amazing, can't wait to see both of these projects as they develop. Thanks for such great inspiration!

Pokey said...

You gotta LOVE that guy! He's gonna keep you at the top of your game! (and weren't you the sweet one to hold your tongue...)
:-}pokey

Linda said...

LOL!! Too funny! :-) I love the fabrics too! Can't go wrong with red and green.

Julia said...

So funny Janet...
Don't they love to put their 2 cents worth in...and most times they are right..
I think deep down you would not have been happy till it was perfect.

Munaiba said...

Beautiful quilt Janet. It's nice that Mr Q takes such a constructive interest..

Kathie said...

I need one of those bias tape makers too then!
LOL
so funny as I was cleaning out my closets I found my box of these fabrics too and decided I really need to work on this quilt again too along with the MM this year...
love your new block the colors are just so fun.
Isn't it wonderful that our DH support our hobbies???
Kathie

Shirley said...

How observant of Mr. T. If I fell of the planet mine probably wouldn't notice until tea time let alone that a bit of sewing was slightly off line. I wonder if you fancy swapping!!! The vines are just going to be amazing and I love the red and green block.
Love Shirley.x

Stephanie said...

At time I dare ask Mr. Creations "what do you think" and he offers his honest opinion. I hate it when he's right! All I know is this quilt, like all the others, is amazing. I LOVE the Cherry Tree block.

Shari said...

Can't go wrong when the DH wants you to order a gadget! It's only natural that they want to be a little involved in something that we are passionate about!

Love the Cherry Tree block!

Crispy said...

Ok, now I'm going to hang my quilty head in shame....a man actually knew that there was a 3/8th" bias maker before I did LOL. Now Clover needs to come out with a 1/8th" one. It is nice that he felt comfortable giving his opinion, it's just hard to take when they are right ROFL. The Cherry Tree block is wonderful and I'm excited that you have gone back to the vine project :0)

Crispy

Fiesta said...

Janet I too have the pattern for the leaf quilt and I have been trying to finish up projects so I can get it started. I received a ruler for Christmas that makes leaves so I am going to see if it will work for this quilt. Funny how we think our husbands don't pay attention to our quilting projects.

ranette said...

Oh Janet you had me chuckling this morning...lol...your hubby is a "keeper" for sure!!! I am thrilled that you have the Vines quilt out again. It's one of my all time favorites!!!

Love the new Cherry Trees block...I like the fresh and light approach you are taking with your reds and greens.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I love that! Your husband is very attentive! ;-) great story! it is looking so amazing.... and I love the Xmas block... your work is so lovely!

Lori said...

I think Mr Quiltalot is a keeper!!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your Cherry Tree Block looks great! You are the fastest appliquer I know! I love your leaf quilt as well, those striped leaves are great.

Nancy said...

You are so inspiring. I love to read your blog.
You must never sleep to get so much done.
I love your interpretation of Cherry Trees. What are you using for your background. I need to get mine so I can start but can't seem to make up my mind about what I want.

Ann Champion said...

I was just thinking about your vines quilt the other day. I'm so happy to see you're working on it again.
Isn't it funny how our men learn the terms and can hold an intellegent convo about quilts?
I didn't know there was a 3/8" bias maker either..but it will be on my shopping list.

I love your BTCT block. The fabrics you're using give it a fun feeling. :)

Juliann said...

Seems he might have redeemed himself with that you should order one comment :)

Terry said...

Wish my hubby was that intersted in my quilts! LOL

Sujata said...

Janet,
I bought that book with the intention of making that quilt! Looking at your project I am once again thinking of revisiting the idea. Oh.. I had some laugh reading Mr.Q's input and I might add, pretty impressive!
Love d the post! Thanks for the smiles!

Mary said...

Clover makes a 3/8 bias tape maker? How did I not know that and Mr. Q did? You'll need it for the Cherry Tree quilt, too. I'll have to go on a search today.

I love your block in the modern fabrics, especially the polka dots - I love polka dots. And your vine quilt is fabulous! I enjoy seeing what you're working on. Your work is always beautiful!!!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that conversation was so fun. Mark would never care how anything looks! And my first thought was "I thought I had a 3/8" tape maker - really? they don't make one?"

But then I read further and found out you found that out too! Let me know if you need one.

Mimi said...

Love your story about the bias tape stem. I think he is a keeper. Also, LOVE your Cherry Tree block. It is so fresh looking.

Carrie P. said...

It is so funny how some of our husbands will give their ideas about our quilts. Go get that clover maker. lol
I just love the new Cherry Tree block.

Kaaren said...

I have the perfect solution, Janet. Tell Mr. QAL that the only place where the 3/8" bias tape maker is available is in Hawaii and because he suggested that you need one...well, you know the rest of the story.

Be sure to post a picture of you, MR. QAL and your bias tape maker sitting on the beach in Waikiki! Tee hee!

Christine said...

What a wonderful post, isn't it great when your other half takes an interest in what you do. Love it.
Happy New Year

Christine

Kathi said...

Give Mr. Q a hug from me! My DH is ever supportive, but notices nothing. On showing a finished applique top to some friends who were over for a sewing day, he walked past and said, "I like that. Who made it?"

farmhousequilter8 said...

I love the Cherry Tree block and the fabrics, they call my name

Karen said...

LOL! At least you know your husband pays attention to what you are working on. I have all the sizes of Clover bias tape makers. I never had much luck using the bias bars.

Your Cherry Tree block is a good one. I like the red leaves.

Donna~~ said...

Wow--great husband (can he give mine lessons?!) Your cherry tree blocks are great--love the colors your using and the modern feel of it.

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love that Susan McCord quilt!! It's mindboggling that the leaves are all pieced. Love your conversation with Mr Q. I bought a bias maker recently, I was in Spotlight looking everywhere for them when GBF found it, so now he keeps asking if I've used it. He likes the gadgets that go with sewing.

imquilternity said...

LOL! You've got an "enabler" on your hands...not exactly a bad thing when you need (want) new fabrics, tools, notions, etc, for quilting! LOVE your block and the vine quilt.

Sonja♥ said...

Your vine quilt looks amazing!!!
What a patience...

Lisa said...

Janet, this looks great. Until I got to the end of the conversation, I was going to tell you the made a 3/8. :) Funny. I will love watching the progress you are making on this quilt, as it has long been on my 2-do list.

tracey said...

i've been dying to get back to mine vine quilt as well. unfortunately, it, and all of the fabric to make it, is in storage. oh my gosh, how am i going to make it until may?

love how yours is looking!

tracey

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It is amazing to see from start to finish what you have going on. Love love your block. Love the motion and color of it.

Barb said...

loved your exchange, glad to know he cares, truly. LOl I hope you ordered the new bias maker.
I love this quilt and was just thinking about it this morning. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.
Happy New Year Janet!

Notjustnat said...

Wow the vine quilt! Its gorgeous Janet. I have kept this pattern, but no way that I will do it. I love all your fabric in it. The second block of Cherry Tree is nice too. I am working on my first block and far from finish - Hugs Nat