Thursday, May 28, 2009

I'm Stuck!!!!

Hello All

I only have until July 17th to get this quilt done and I have struck a wall.
I don't know what to do next. I have this piece pictured in my mind as one continuous piece. BUT that doesn't necessarily translate into Crazy Quilting, unless you plan VERY carefully beforehand as you piece and embellish your blocks
As we have discussed before I am not much of a planner for my CQ. I like to go with the flow
After a discussion with the hubby, we have decided that I should treat each block on its own and then let it go where it wants
So ok I think I can do that

But first I have to do this. The sandcastle sent straight from you know where!!

First of all it took me a least 3 rough drafts before I got a drawing that I liked that wasn't too complicated. Then I had to dye the thread as I wanted some color to it. Not just plain sand colored, so I dyed white perle cotton with persian gold, blush, seamist and saffron
Next I decided to do it all in small bullion knots so it would look more sand like. BIG MISTAKE!!! I have already put almost 15 hours into this and this is as far as I have gotten. Of course I didn't dye enough thread so I had to try to match it to the first batch ARRRGGGHHH!!!
Can I set this down and work on another block? NO I can't . That's how I am. I like to do my CQ in a logical manner ( oxymoron I know) (See above about going with the flow)

So maybe I will get this done in time but I don't think I will have time to get the border done I want on it. We shall see

Then as if thousands and thousands of knots weren't enough I decided to bead this for Lyn's UTS block. I call it a dolphin but everyone else sees it as a whale. So I guess we will leave it at that

On another topic.
Is it just me or am I a poor writer? When I was in school taking writing classes we were told not to use the same noun or pronoun repeatedly
BUT as a blogger, it is very difficult not to keep saying," I did this, I did that, I made this"
I ( see here it is again) find it very annoying myself especially when I ( again!!) keep doing it.
It is just difficult not to do when describing your own work
Any suggestions would be appreciated and please forgive me for atrocious writing style. Mr Kirch would be hitting me over the head if saw what I have been writing!!!!
Maybe I (!!!) will refer to myself in the third person. Lauri, Mrs Burgesser, Dennis' wife, Sam's Mom, Zac's Mom, Caleb's Mom, Molly's Mom, Katrina's Mom ..........Etc .
Lauri could go on forever with this, as she has lots of kids, pets ,nieces and nephews.

Back to the knot factory



Susan/CqLily said...

It looks like a dolphin to me! But go easy on yourself! I think Lyn's block is beautiful and your sandcastle will be too! It will be worth it, I am sure!

gocrazywithme said...

So does this make you a knot-head?

It's not looking like I'm going to finish my fair quilt, even though I decided to do a smaller project. I pieced the darn thing as one big (28") block and it's a wrestling match whenever I work on it.

I (see I do it too) think that blogging is just prone to the I, I, I, I thing. It's personal writing, and you just can't get away from I...or me.

Sharkeysday said...

Wow! You are being totally hard on yourself, even with some variation in the color of that castle it's AMAZING! And I totally "get" the dolphin! Both are lovely.
Oh, and I completely blather on my blog and take pride in it - I guess blogs are supposed to be "speech" on the internet! :D Anyway, all looks fabu from here!

pineapple_ing said...

Dear Mrs. Burgesser, :)
Please don't be so hard on yourself. Using *I* (isn't it a lovely letter! LOL!)... using it in blogging is expected... since it *is* all about *you*, LOL! At least you blog, *I* on the other hand... Well, never mind! I know what you mean about all them french or colonial knots. I found that they are easier to do by using a thick foam padding on my lap to stick the needle into, to hold it in place so that you can manipulate and hold the thread close to the fabric. Once you have the thread in place, hold it down with your thumb & index finger while lifting up the fabric away from the foam cushion... the needle stays in place and slides through the fabric. Then you can grab onto the needle, which will still be in the foam cushion, grab the needle and pull the thread all the way through the fabric. I hope that makes sense! Call me if it doesn't. It's my own little invention and worked for me, LOL!IMHO, I think your Dolphin looks just fine, but maybe if you add one more bead length to the nose part, it might make it look more so? What do you think? Just tell me to shut-up already. Okay, this is now a book. TTFN ~ Ing

Veleta (Sammy) said...

Your work just amazes me and inspires me to keep going! I am in awe of your work!