Friday, July 9, 2010

Going around in circles...

Oh my.  Is anyone else doing this fabulous Joseph's Coat Quilt-Along from Kellie at  Don't Look Now???  I have been at this for a while as a baby quilt for my new nephew (now 6 months old...oh my...).

I have to admit it has not been an easy project for me.  First of all, I broke my rule and let my sister see it in progress in February.  Sometimes it takes all the wind out of my sails when I do a partial reveal.  Then the cat turned over my tea cup and I ended up having to re-make a few circles (since I glue my edges under, I couldn't plunge the pieces under the water to get the tea stain out of the bright white background).  Then I bled on one and didn't realize it until it was too late for my spit to remove the stain...had to re-do that one too.

Somehow I managed to finish all the little whole and half circle blocks...now to put them together so that the pattern is continuous.  I don't have a picture of that for you yet as it looks like A COMPLETE MESS!!!  I'm following the tutorials, but it is awkward folding the excess background out of the way in order to connect the circles in a continuous pattern...bulky, bulky, bulky. 

I think it is going to work eventually, but I am very clumsy trying to do the hand applique with the weight of all that excess, folded-out-of-the-way background fabric...especially when trying to get those 6 little points to meet PERFECTLY.  I may need to do some pre-mature trimming...

I got really spoiled by the ease of hand-appliqueing all the little circle blocks...la-tee-da!  Then I hit the wall, which I will push over...at some point.  I'm feeling the pressure of Asa possibly being in second grade before he gets this quilt!!

I will show progress on how it is going together next time...until then, off to work at the quilt shop!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


8 comments:

  1. what a great little boys quilt, oh keep going and just finish it, its really beautiful., ok handsome!
    Kathie

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  2. It's delightful and will be a treasure...worth every persnickety moment! Hope you have only smooth sailing ahead!

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  3. Oooo Teresa it is beautiful!! I can imagine how hard it is to maneuver all that fabric!!

    Crispy

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  4. You certainly have had some mishaps making your Joseph's Coat. Good, though, that you can keep going on it.

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  5. I'm not doing this one, but yours is beautiful and worth it! Sometimes I set a time and do just a little a day until I get back in the right mood. Keeps it moving forward :)

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  6. A very challenging quilt, but it looks wonderful!!

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  7. I started to do it, then backed out. I realized I was in over my head. Yours is beautiful. Winona

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  8. are you piecing the Joseph's Coat quilt by hand? Would love to see a picture of it when it's done ... nice job, pretty colors.

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