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Liar! Liar! Quilt’s on Fire!

Posted on: July 27th, 2013 by Lorna McMahon

As tired as you may be of hearing about this scrappy quilt, you can’t be as tired as I am, working on it….. There was an annoyingly slight problem with a puffiness of the large squares in every one of the 9 star blocks.  So, I thought long and hard about it and came up with a solution.  I did what any one of you would surely have done….

I got out a pack of matches and I burned it!

How do you make that report in your Lovely Year of Finishes for July?

It has been difficult to keep myself motivated to work on this HUGE scrappy quilt.  I started working on it May 23rd.  More than two months spent on one project???  This certainly has been an exercise in futility patience.  I don’t think I will be doing any more of that for a good long time.

I brought the variegated thread on July 17th.  But put off doing any more quilting until the 21st.

I quilted the 36 warm coloured portions, first using the yellow, then the red thread.
Then I quilted the 36 cool coloured portions, first using the green, then the blue thread.

Today I began quilting the beige sections.  I was dreading this last and final step in the finishing of this quilt.

It is difficult to see the quilting in this pic, but I knew the puffiness had to be squashed.  I went with a design by Leah Day called Pebble Ripples.

When the fabric rippled on the left, I quilted pebbles all along the edge of that ripple.

The backing part is NOT puffy, just the quilt top.  I have one square completed…. 8 more to go.   No, I did not burn the quilt in real life, just in my imagination, and in the design of the quilting in the warm coloured sections.

Haven’t hidden the matches yet though.

Four more days till August!
Keep on quilting on!

18 Responses

  1. You're on fire girl!It is a fabulous FMQ design! Love it!Estheresthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot comipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

  2. Haha…it took me five years to finish a strips and curves top! So yiu are in great shape. Once it is washed and dried..the crinkling may hide the puffy! ; )

  3. I agree with Kathy – I'm sure you'll hardly notice the puff when it's washed. Looks great!

  4. Vicki says:

    I think that YOU notice the puffiness more then anyone else! It is absolutely lovely.

  5. Beautiful and it looks like you are taking care of the puffiness!

  6. lol, I feel your pain. I often start to hate my projects too. Sluffing through them with sheer willpower and determination. I've found that when I really start to hate it. Like bon-a-fide tired of it, it's time to walk away. Even if just for a few days. Get my juices flowing and my brain working on something that engages it. When I come back to the hated project, I don't hate so much anymore. 🙂

  7. Unknown says:

    Oh thank heavens you didn't actually burn it!Mind you, Leah day did that once with a depression quilt if my memory serves me correctly.

  8. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness! I about peed my pants when I read the first sentence that involved matches! LOL I'm so glad you didn't burn it – the quilting looks amazing!

  9. Karin says:

    Your posts are always so entertaining.

  10. jan says:

    I am getting too old for things like burning quilts – Don't ever say that again! lol Now that you have been disciplined – your quilt is gorgeous! your quilting of it is gorgeous! And I can't wait to see the finale!! xo jan

  11. Celine says:

    Love your story! Visiting from Let's Get Acquainted Monday

  12. Glinda ♥ says:

    You are far too funny, Lorna! What a lot of work … it'll be worth it in the end – you know so! Or I couldn't wave my wand for you 🙂

  13. Glinda ♥ says:

    Could not couldn't … darned iPad ;D

  14. Ann says:

    What a great quilting design to get rid of the puffiness. Good idea.

  15. I'm so glad you didn't burn your hard work, Lorna. I just love the pebble ripples!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    You and I are totally on the same page with the solid colored squares – love this!

  17. PUT AWAY THE MATCHES! It looks great Lorna. I did a big quilt a while back and that was it for me too. Maybe later:) Looks fabulous though and it is nice to have one that actually covers the bed.