Monday, November 10, 2008

Sail Away Felix

What do you do when life gives you lemons? You make lemonade, right? But what if your Guild gives you a "Quilts from the Heart" kit that contains some really cute boat fabric and also some of the ugliest orange sky stuff you have ever seen? The pattern for the quilt was supposed to be a sort of "Puss in the Corner"block. The ugly sky fabric (turquoise with orange clouds) was intended to be the main fabric in the centre. And not only that, but the clouds would have been going up and down! Never, without a few margaritas, have I ever seen a sky like that! This called for some creative thinking on my part. Good thing I love that sort of thing. I cut that ugly sky fabric and used it in smaller portions throughout the quilt. And I drew sailboats on the back of some "Steam-a-Seam" and did some simple machine applique. This is the result. I am quite happy with it. I think a small child will love the bright colours! And Felix loves it too!

I put some star fabric on the back I used this quilt to practice some machine quilting. I'm not very good at it yet, but I am getting better. I'll just keep making these charity quilts and using them for practice!

Oops! OMG! What was that? Oh, my goodness! It's a UFO! An unfinished tree skirt just fell onto my machine! And, wonders of wonders, it talks too!

Pardon? What's that you say? You think I should stop with the charity quilts and the summertime themes and start catching up on the Christmas things? I still have time!

What? It's only how many days until Christmas? 45? That can't be! I still have so much to do! How will I ever get everything finished? Oh, well. There's always next year.

What's that? You're tired of sitting at the bottom of my UFO bin for how many years? Oh, come on now. It can't have been that long! Really? Oh, give me a break. No, I didn't mean to break anything! Oh, please spare my machine! Okay, okay. I'll do it. From now on I will only work on Christmas stuff. Except for that workshop I plan to go on at the end of the month. Can I please go to that? It's still three weeks away.

What? I have to finish three things before I can go? That's one per week. You drive a hard bargain, but okay. I guess it's for my own good. I am such a big procrastinator! Guess I'd better get off this computer and get started.

12 comments:

Rosaline said...

When your UFOs start talking to you - well, what can I say (wink,wink). Love the charity quilt. I think this one will definitely be valued by the new little owner.

Winny said...

I guess all UFO's talk to their maker. I have a few also, but they are still only whispering at me so I will wait till they actually start complaining like yours did. HA HA
The quilt is lovely. Any child will love it to pieces.

Opal said...

oh no!! not the dreaded "c" word!! :-o

Heleen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your quilts!

Quilt Pixie said...

your solution to the charity quilt worked wonderfully! looks much better than the picture i get in my mind while you were descrubing the original plan/cutting...

Eileen said...

Well you did a fabulous job with that funky orange stuff. Smart thing to practice on the charity quilts. Someone will love that quilt with all their heart.

Rachael Rabbit said...

I love Christmas tree skirts ;-) Is it really only 45 days away! So soon!

em's scrapbag said...

Way to use that ugly fabric. The quilt turned out so cute. Talking Christmas tree skirts. Been having a few margeritas? Ha Ha.

Oiyi said...

Very nice quilt! I can't believe Christmas is almost here!

Exuberant Color said...

I think you did a great job with that strange sky fabric.

Thanks for all of your comments on my blog. I can't reply directly to you because you don't have the email box checked on your profile (and that makes you a no reply-comment). I enjoy your comments.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

It is so funny what can happen to a fabric that you would never get. I just love that quilt and I know someone else will too. Let's see a week by week of your finished UFO's, That would be fun and may help me get mine done too!

Christine said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Still haven't made up my mind about which log cabin setting to use. Will do another post when I decide.
I see you have a feline quilt inspector too. oliver says 'hi'.
Christine