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May 27, 2010

My creative space



I am joining in with Thursday's My Creative Space at Kootoyoo.

During the week I made a start on my first quilt top. Under the watchful eye of a craft buddy I learnt to how cut my squares properly. I duly noted the exacting methods - the right angles, the straight lines and the precise measurements.

Of course as soon as she had left the premises, I started taking liberties. (Warning: real quilters are advised to turn away now.) I stacked piles of fabric up and frantically sawed through their ample layers with my rotary cutter.

Predictably there were casualties. But it was all for the greater good. More squares; less time. See? All good.

So, this week I am going to begin piecing together the quilt top (with a selection of less-than-squared squares).

Oh hang on, it appears I already have. It seems there has been a bit of sewing prior to the finish of the cutting. Just a teensy bit (... but I think I got away with it). OK, I admit I did get a tad impatient with all those squares and wandered off to the sewing machine in the middle of it all. Talk about attention deficit craft.

So today its back to the cutting board and the squares. Maybe ...

Thank you very much Kirsty for hosting My Creative Space. Its great fun seeing what everyone is doing. To see who else is showing their creative space today (or to join in), head over here.

32 comments:

  1. Lovely fabrics Liesl, I think your quilt will be beautiful.
    I am, however, a teensy bit concerned that the tone of your post may give people the (very wrong!) impression that I am a 'real quilter'. Just so you know, NOTHING could be further from the truth!!
    I see another quilting crafternoon in our future...

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  2. Hooray for crafty skill share I say. What fun.

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  3. Looking good..I am a very impatient sewer too.

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  4. I'm a little scared to start mine. The pile is sitting there, but I'm sure I will do so many things a true quilty pro would tut tut. Ah well. Yours will look just lovely.

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  5. Those fabrics are very pretty!

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  6. Ha Ha!! I'm with you on the impatience thing!! Good luck with it all!

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  7. Your such a great student. I like all those squares though, thats my favourite pattern for a quilt, that and hexagons.

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  8. as a fellow sufferer of ADCD i am totally with you. i wonder why i have so many wonky quilts. love your colours. enjoy cutting corners

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  9. Oooo nice to see you're not being too precious about it all. You might be a good contender for crazy quilting? Look forward to seeing your finished quilt. Have fun ;-)

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  10. I loved your little warning to serious quilters...my mum would be squealing if she read it but I think my mehtod and yours must be very similar.

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  11. Cutting out projects is the most tedious part. I find that you can get away with a little bit of wonk:)

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  12. I'm totally with you on taking liberties with cutting and not always doing things the right way. Why not change it up and cut a bit here, sew a bit there, much more fun
    PS I didn't know there was a right way and wrong way to cut quilt squares...xo

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  13. Who has time to cut stuff out properly anyway. I'm with you! All adds to the charm of the thing I think!

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  14. Cutting, zzzz. Piecing, zzzz. Basting, ZZZZZZZZ!!! Quilting, ok. Finished product - worth it!

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  15. You sound just like me. I'm sure all my real quilting friends cringe when they see what I do

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  16. That would be how I would make a quilt too! Bravo for being a good girl cutting one at a time as long as you did :)

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  17. I take my hat off to you that you are having a crack which looks quite difficult and something I would avoid (as I have no sewing talent...yet!). Love the colours - it looks like its coming along nicely and with the pictures you have shown, you can't see the casualties!

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  18. hee hee short cuts are great!!

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  19. I'm certainly no quilter but I would hazard a guess that its important to stay interested in the project and get through the tedious bits any way you can.

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  20. ha =D I am so so so wanting to make one of my own and I just think I am going to take your idea =D
    it looks great lined up like that!

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  21. Seriously, why cut one when you can hack through six? It just doesn't make sense....

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  22. Sounds like fun. You sound like my kind of crafter- straight to the point and a little loose around the edges. I have never been one for straight lines... no patience. Wish I had a little more though. xo m.

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  23. very pretty fabric :D I always start sewing before all the squares are cut,hmm might be why thinks end up a little uneven lol

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  24. Ha ha you've crossed over to the dark side!

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  25. way too funny ... i think that's what's putting me off. i'm bad enough wanting things to be just so without having to have everything perfect. it's beyond obsessive.

    My Creative Space

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  26. You are my kind of crafter!!! Totally relate to the cutting of squares. I have such little time to craft I'm constantly looking for shortcuts (with varying degrees of success!)

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  27. I love people who think outside the square :-)

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  28. Haha...I totally understand getting impatient and wanting to cut through too many layers at a time, although for me it's usually paper! I find that in the end I just can never cut straight! I've learned to love the imperfections, because if you look closely everything is like that...it's life! Lovely start of quilt...I totally wish I knew how to sew!

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  29. Oh and DO let us seethe FINISHED sample very soon - yes yes...

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  30. Very pretty!!
    Keep going so we can see it in all its glory!!!

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  31. Nice work! I am hearing you loud and clear over here- bend the rules, and just do it is my sewing/ craft philosophy, if you don't try it on your own where is the fun, rules were meant to be broken and all that...

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