Sunday, 1 February 2015
A dilemma --
Don't you hate it when you get on a roll and keep sewing long past the point where you should have quit? I haven't worked on one of our quilts in several months but when I finally cleared the deck to finish the pattern and repetition quilt, I hauled out my work board (a piece of foam core that can stand next to my sewing machine so I don't have to get up and walk to the design wall) and found that it had a shape marked on it with yarn. Sure enough, it was 40 cm wide, so I figured it was left from the last time I worked on one of our series.
Then I started sewing, and figured I had to make enough to fill the space on the board. Got everything sewed together and decided I really liked the composition! Great! I can start quilting Monday morning!
At which point I went to the design wall, which also had a marked off space the right size for our project, but it had been hidden by a larger quilt pinned up. When I took down the big quilt to reveal the space, and went to pin the new top up, I realized that oops, I had made the quilt way too long. Notice the quilt pinned up at the left, which was our large/small challenge. Notice the space on the wall marked off with selvages.
I really like the bottom of the quilt, the way the small squarish pieces at the top elongated into much bigger rectangles, making it a lot airier. I hate to lose this part because that was my experiment -- the rest was the same design I have been making for several years.
So I guess my question is, how much variation in size can we get away with? How close have the rest of you been keeping to the 40 x 80 size?
What should I do?