Monday, August 20, 2012

Done piecing again

Yesterday afternoon I finished piecing my third top intended for Quilt National.  In the last two weeks of serious daily sewing I went through the usual cycle of emotions: exhilaration when a module was finished or when I cut strips to start a new area of piecing, frustration and fatigue during the seemingly interminable stretches of sewing, sewing, sewing.

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But now it's done.  I took a rest for the remainder of the afternoon; cleaned up my sewing area and my big work table, folded up the orange fabrics and put them in their drawer, hung the top on the design wall for a bit of satisfaction before I start quilting.

I have worked on this top for 19 days, more slowly than it probably took to make an equivalent area of piecing in previous quilts because I deliberately made my pieces a lot smaller than I have in the past.  There were moments when I despaired -- would I ever finish?  There were moments of disappointment when I visited a fabric store to buy more of a fabric I had run out of and found none, moments of triumph when I found it at another store, and moments of delight when I found new fabrics to add to the mix.


The last seam!





















Today I will sandwich the top and start quilting.


UPDATE:  I've also linked this in to a new feature on Nina-Marie Sayre's blog in which every week artists are invited to show what they're working on.  Check it out to see what a lot of others are up to, with pictures, of course!

13 comments:

  1. congrats on getting through the marathon of sewing. I know that most people don't look at quilting as something that take endurance - but we both know that it sure is!

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  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing your process. When I enlarged your last photo, to view the seaming, it was only then I realized that Between each of the tiny squares, you also had skinny outline strips. Holy Toledo, SewGirl - you are amazing. Loving the look.

    Chimo,
    Jennifer

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  3. I am in awe of your work ethic. Hard to believe that you've done all this piecing in so little time. It is fabulous!

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  4. Your work is amazing. Tenacity has it's rewards!

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  5. Congratulations on getting it done. You will also manage the quilting now, in no time at all. (Let's just hope no little piece of those white-and-black ones suddenly pops up in the wrong place! You still have three weeks, that is such a lot of time.

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  6. I just wanted to say the little bright bits of white/dark stripe make me happy. Not sure how else to describe the little leap of joy when you see something.
    I think this looks like a glad piece (to me). I am looking forward to seeing what the whole thing looks like when the silence is up.
    Sandy in the UK

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  7. It's always a surprise to me which of the many fabrics in a quilt like this ends up standing out. Here the orange-white-black stripes maintained their own character rather than blending into the whole. I didn't exactly plan where to put them, but as the quilt took shape I did try to place them for a pleasing overall effect.

    I had used some of this fabric in a previous quilt, and ended up using EVERY SQUARE INCH of it before I finished. Would have liked a bit more at the final stages, but not to be.

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  8. Beautiful! So small! Thanks for showing the back so that I could see how you were pressing your seams. I'm always curious about that on other people's work.

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  9. The back is really beautiful. I'm in awe of your seams!

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  10. I really love this one, can't wait till it's OK for public viewing - hope you will share!

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  11. Wow! -- is there any more to say?

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  12. This is terrific! I, too, find the piecing is a bit repetitive, but the results are so satisfying. I love it when I can start to add the quilted designs.

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  13. This is so beautiful. I can appreciate how much work went into it, and all worth it.

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