Fun in my fabric world....

Monday, June 14, 2010

Philosophizing...

Hmmm...some blocks that we create really make us pause & contemplate...why do we do this?
For several months now I have been making a BOM with Material Obsession. Designed by Sue Ross, it has been an interesting lesson in colour & technique. Some blocks have been technically challenging...no quick whip it together & on to the next project...no sirree!
As we do, I was 2 blocks behind, so a long weekend ( full up with a cold...great!) was a perfect time to catch up....Friday night tracing templates...Saturday all systems go! But...so many set in corners...a bit of reverse stitching...a surprise & very welcome visit from some friends...a bit more reverse stitching & Sunday it was done...huge sigh of relief...I tamed the beast! Not altogether perfection, but I can live with it. I think patchwork can either make you patient or unleash your inner banshee...fortunately this time the patient unpicker was on duty...the other one is a bit scary!
Looking at it reminded me that I had done this block before...as a novice in the 1980's...a hand pieced sampler...and it was a beast then too!I like the fresh fun look of the new version...puts the "fashionable" mauve & blue (what was I thinking???) to shame...oh how our tastes change!
How are all you BOM participants going...are you on or off the wagon? Banshee or calm stitching goddess?
Cardygirl xx

13 comments:

Cathy said...

Definately off the wagon at the moment, sigh! Your block is awesome though, I'm a little nervous about this one. Isn't it fabulous to see our colour choices changing over the years? Sorry to hear you have a cold, hope it clears up quickly xo

Fiesta said...

Oh you are brave. I do not dare tackle such a complicated block Alison. Your's is spectacular! Congratulations!

Deb said...

That block looks fabulous Alison but boy it does look like it could be extremely tricky and you would certainly need to have your patience ready on hand (which isn't often around when I am sewing)-lol
hugs Deb

Adele said...

I am 2 blocks behind on this one oh and the applique centre just thought of that one but i leave my favourite things to last so needle turn applique is my absolute favourite. I am a hand piecer the sewing machine and I aren't best friends, so putting these blocks together has had it moments but can't wait to finish it as it is so cold here in bris vegas and ready to get stuck into the handquilting with perle thread a technique i haven't done before.

Adele xx

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Looks fantastic Cardy (both of them) I like the mauve one but then I am a "purple girl". Now for some de-stressing for the rest of the weekend (I hope)

Kylie said...

Wow Cardy that block is amazing - love it. I have had a few banshee moments in my time lol. xxx

Jackie said...

Totally off the wagon. Other projects need to be finished first. But I love the compare and contrast between the two blocks, past and present. Really shows us how far we have come.

sissyjane said...

It does look like a challenge, and I love the new fabric. Doesn't it just make a huge difference?

Anonymous said...

what doesn't kill us makes us stronger! Good work getting it done. kathy

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh, dear! I haven't even looked at any of the blocks since the second month. Yikes! I keep thinking that I will hole up in the beach house for a week this summer and get them done. Or -- maybe a week for each block -- LOL. This was harder than I thought it would be.

clare's craftroom said...

Love your new block ! I can't even imagine trying something like that.

Bec said...

My preference is for the newer block you did, looks great. How many blocks till the BOM is finished???
Yep, there is definately a banshee here at times. Tuesday was the last visit and dh had to come and check the machine tension and wind my bobbins......
have a great time away this weekend.

Robyn said...

Gorgeous work!!
Nice job on taming the block and the banshee.....mwah ha ha ha