Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I did it, I did it, I did it - HOORAY!

My scrappy trip around the world is DONE! I actually did it! Really done, sandwiched and ready to be quilted - not by me I'm thrilled to say. This thing is huge and while I do suffer from quilt guilt (that feeling that you should be quilting it yourself - tell me I'm not the only one who suffers from this) but it's just too big for my machine. And my patience ;-)
I mostly feel like I'm the world's slowest sew-er, it's just a fact. I'm a slow sew-er and an over-pinner. I'm thinking about starting a local support group - anybody else have these issues? So I sometimes get a bit down when I feel like I'm not finishing a project as fast as everyone else. But this time I tried to not listen to the critical voice, the doubt, the criticism and just keep working. I felt like I was sewing every free minute for the past few weeks and my dear husband kept saying "HOW many of these blocks are you making?!" and "how BIG is this quilt going to be?!" while he watched in disbelief. In reality it took me three weeks and three days, not forever. The other fact is that I LOVE it and it was worth every minute I spent sewing on it.
My opinionated child picked out this fabric for the backing from Pink Castle Fabrics - have you seen her sale section? Amazing. I bought 5 yards and had about a third of a yard extra. I was thinking a fun striped binding but with all this quilt has going on I think it really just wants a solid binding - probably blue if my child has any say.
What did I learn from this project?
- I sewed together all my strip sets and then tubes, then cut them all, ironed and pinned them into sets. This step-by-step process keep me organized and focused and I'll do it this way again.
- Next time I'll use a smaller stitch length as I'm sewing the strips together so that they don't come apart as they get unpicked and sewn together.
- I tried to use a light/dark pattern for my strips (roughly) and in the end I found the most important thing to me was having one really dark (or different) value strip to be the center of each block.
- Stop worrying about how fast or slow you're going - just keep working and it will get done.
- I will be making more of these! The feeling of exhilaration I got from seeing it all put together was amazing. Plus it really is so beautiful, not perfect but still gorgeous. A good life lesson, yes?

You can find the original tutorial here on Quiltville plus a gazillion pictures on Instagram under the hash tag #scrappytripalong :-) Thanks to Brenda of Pink Castle and Katy from I'm A Ginger Monkey for starting this wonderful madness.

Now I am going to go eat a brownie and put my feet up!

8 comments:

  1. oh wow!! I am so proud of you, and can't wait till I post a similar post! ;-) Very very fun!!

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  2. I think it looks wonderful! And you're not slow. I did some cutting but haven't even started to sew together!

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  3. YAY! Are you bringing it tomorrow night?

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  4. Congrats! It is fantastic. Thanks for the "lessons learned" too. I think your warm/cool plan gives it balance, while the contrasting center gives focus to your design. Just lovely!

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  5. That looks great and I love the back! It was fun following your progress.

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  6. Beautiful! Don't feel slow, I am still cutting strips.

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  7. It's absolutely gorgeous, Darcy! I love it! And that backing fabric... H has a good eye :) I definitely suffer from "quilt guilt"... that's why I've never sewn a quilt that's bigger than my 1600 quilt!

    P.S. I'm an over-pinner too :)

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  8. So beautiful and you are not slow at all! I think you work at a normal pace, lol. I'm going to send our bed quilt out to be quilted. I feel guilty too, but I think, who really cares who quilted it! I'd rather have it done then sitting in my to-do pile stressing me out! Anyone who would judge someone for that clearly has issues. ;)

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