Sunday, May 30, 2010

The ultimate quilter's validation

Fabric added this week: 0 yards
Fabric added YTD: 131 yards
Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used YTD: 56 1/2 yards
Net used for 2010: -75 1/2 yards

In my opinion, the image below is the ultimate validation for my quilting efforts. Seeing how well loved and used one of my quilts is makes me extremely happy, in fact, I couldn't be any happier. This quilt was featured on my first blog post and has been living with my little sister since 2008. This is what a little less than two years of constant use has done to it. Well, my sister's new puppy helped some. When she told me what the little rascal did, I offered to repair it for her. After all I still have some of the left over blocks and scraps. I had no idea how worn the quilt was!The block on top right corner I had saved along with the left over fabric, the patch below shows how much faded and worn the quilt is. This quilt is also an example of how not using the right materials can affect the life of a quilt. the entire center is worn and torn at the seams. I'm pretty sure that it was caused by my using a polyester thread instead of 100% cotton. I always thought the "rule" that polyester thread would cut cotton fabric was a wife's tale. I'm proved wrong. The damage is too much to repair, for one I don't have enough scraps to replace all the worn patches, I wouldn't know how to even begin repair them, certainly not by hand appliqueing and lastly; it would be more fun to start a new quilt. My sister agrees. She asked for red, white and black, but not too much white. Here are some of the fabrics I'm auditing for her new quilt. I will be using nine patch & stripe pattern from Quilt in a day. Since my stash is all over the house and I had to systematically search every single room, closet, bed and box for the right fabric, I decided to also pull fabrics for a patriotic quilt. Judy over at patchworktimes is hosting a Memorial Day quilt along. I obviously won't finish the top this week but I thought I can still make it and donate it at a later time.

The coming week promises to be busy and fun. I don't have to babysit until Wednesday so I'll take advantage and get these two projects started. My stash report should show some activity next week, I just don't know which way the scale will lean; I'm going shopping sometimes in the next two days.... For today, I'll keep myself busy entertaining company and working on my knitting and crocheting.

1 comment:

Charlene S said...

Puppies tend to wear a quilt quickly. I like the fabrics you are picking for both quilts. Your sister is lucky...two quilts made just for her. WoW!