Friday, July 24, 2009

The (S)Crappy Christmas Quilt

Ever have a project with a pattern that you loved, fabrics that you loved, a process that you loved and then you started putting the blocks together and stopped to say "Holy crap!" That's the way we're feeling right about now with this quilt.

Meet the (S)Crappy Christmas Quilt AKA Christmas Ribbons.

Momcat Linda took it to the shop's design wall for some help. A committee developed to look at it and compare it to the pattern. Everything was done according to plan, the fabrics are adorable, but it's just not coming together.

Linda: I'm not feeling it. I can't even see it anymore. I don't know how to fix it.

Jan: You did everything right, and the pattern in the book is very scrappy with all different colors.

Jessica: Maybe it will look better with the border.

Linda: You really think so?

Jan: I don't see the ribbon. In fact, I don't see a ribbon design in the book either.

Linda: I think it must be just after the kids have destroyed all the presents that Santa left them. This is the mess under the tree waiting for Mommy to clean it up.

Jessica: Maybe it will look better with the border.

Linda: I hope so. But I'm not sure.

Jan: It's a big quilt.

Linda: I don't think we should call it Christmas Ribbons. Maybe Figgy Pudding Explosion.

Jessica: I think it will look better with the border.

Jan: Use two borders. Use a thin solid black or navy inner border. And then your print outer border. And you have to miter your borders. I think it will look very cheerful when it's completed (grimacing in pain as these words come out of her mouth).

Linda: Aarrgh!!!

Today I've avoided the sewing room. Momcat is not to be trifled with. She just finished sewing all the rows together and realized that one block is turned the wrong way. Let the unsewing begin!

Maggie is doing her best to hold Momcat's place in the book. Maybe it's her fault for covering up the directions. Yeah, let's go with that.

Hiding under the bed until the storm passes,


jillquilts said...

What are you talking about? It looks ... ahem... Great! :)

Maybe it's too many yellows and bright greens and not enough Christmas-y colors?

What's it they say? I'm sure the quilting will make all the difference! :)

QuiltingB29 said...

I'm thinking that pattern would look great monochromatic....I may have to steal that book, lol. Maggie might need to hold it down real good.

Anonymous said...

Tell Momcat there is nothing wrong with the quilt, the colours are great., but I have spent an hour trying to 'see' the ribbons with the aid of Elelctric Quilt, and there doesn't appear to be any ribbons!
Judy B

Quiltluver said...

Pi, do you wonder if you'd been on the job, Momcat wouldn't have have to unsew those blocks? On second thought, perhaps it was wiser to take a leave of absence. Although, I don't know why Momcat is complaining about the quilt. Looks fine to me. Red.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I love the way you think Pi! Poor Momcat! I think it is the colors that are not right. The pattern is good. It could be Christmasy if red and green. I would leave as is and rename it.
I put so pictures that Pi might like on my blog tonight.
Hugs Fern

Michele said...

I can see the ribbons, no problem.
The colors, though, I think are the problem. Even if the patterns on them are "Christmasy", that turquoise and the mustard yellow are not. Overall, I don't think it's *that* awful, and agree that a border will help - either fix it to some degree or push it over the edge!

Poppy Q said...

Good luck with your quilt. Your mom sure has been busy with the shop and home. We hope she gets a chance to rest up soon.