Monday, September 5, 2011

Five Hundred and Sixty Squares



On Friday afternoon, I sent the last of the jobs off to the printer, threw a few Craft Camp essentials into a bag, grabbed a large pile of the scrappiest scrappy fabric, blew the dust off the sewing machine and HIT. THE. ROAD.

WOOHOOOOOOOO!

Please note: The honest-to-goodness truth, is that when this soiree was originally organised, none of us innocent campers had considered Father’s Day on the Sunday.



Craft camp was a breath of fresh country air. Fabulous company, conversational hilarity, too much wonderful food and a suspected Repetitive Strain Injury incurred from cutting 560 squares from the scrappiest scrappy fabric.

Please note: The honest-to-goodness truth is that way back when last year’s camp was originally organised, none of us innocent campers had considered Father’s Day on that Sunday either.



Originally inspired by the perfection that is Rita’s quilted gloriousness I had an uncharacteristic desire to try to do things proper-like – at least in a beginner, not-quite-sure-what-the-rules-are fashion. It worked! Albeit randomly and somewhat wonkily but excellently, there are lots of matchy up ‘perfect’ bits too.

Sewn up, the ‘big’ squares are three inches and the tiny squares are 1.5 inches and 560 of them pieced together is plenty big enough for a destiny involving snuggling on the sofa.



As usual, I like the ‘wrong’ side, possibly as much as the ‘right’ side.



So chuffed was I for sticking with it, I eyed the teensy, inch and a bit offcuts and contemplated a quilt-let of fairy-sized piecings. Another case in point of never knowing when to stop, I packed ’em all up and brought them home.



(Though I’m not holding my breath either).

Please note: Next weekend it is Father’s Day in our household. I am planning a scrumptious breakfast in bed for the starlet Mr. There will be three cups of kid-made lukewarm tea (using the hot water tap), with which to wash it all down.

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S, J, G, K, K, S, J, E, C...thank you for a weekend of Exactly What I Needed.

49 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

Wow didn't know a place like sewjourn existed. It's like craft heaven!
That quilt is inspiring. Have been threatening for some time to make one for my son.

librarygirl said...

Mwah to you!
Don't forget the quilt top has to MARINATE before you sew the back on it!

Cas said...

Aah, envy-inspiring and plain-old-inspiring at the same time :)

Naturally Carol said...

Oh I love a really scrappy quilt, the more random the better. Next week will be Dad's Day in our household too as this week mr w had to stay up north and work. He got phone calls but that was all..this week he gets pressies!

teddybearswednesday said...

five hundred and sixty squares of brilliance. Absolutely LOVE it right down to the last square.
you're a freak that's for of the most inspired kind xo

One Flew Over said...

Patchwork at it's best - fantastic Tan!

mel @ loved said...

It's fabulous!! I bet the kids & and dad had a pretty great day anyway & now they get the benefit of a snugly quilt to boot!

Kirsty said...

You know I'm always a backside fan!

This is gorgoues T.

bec said...

Gorgeous! Gotta love scrappy! And squares of different sizes too! Craft Camp does amazing things to you, doesn't it? Oh, and on the Father's Day thing- SUUURRREEEE you didn't know!

Di said...

Gosh it's GORGEOUS Tania! Rita's work is truly inspiring isn't it? I love me a good scrap quilt. Also love the weekends away... looking forward to getting back into some craft weekend action next year..

Suse said...

After you picked up the teeny scraps I picked up the even teenier scraps. God knows what I'll do with them (greeting cards?) but I could NOT leave them on the floor.

Mwah to you too, thanks for adding your particular brand of hilarity to the proceedings.

quirky granola girl said...

your quilt is gorgeous!! i love every square inch!

Stomper Girl said...

I know you said it was wonky but such little wonk as there was still looked highly professional and fantastic. It was really good to watch that quilt take shape and to be aprt of such a lovely weekend Cx

Kylie said...

What a wonderful quilt! Love it so much Mrs :)
Know how you feel about putting all those squares together - I'm planning another crochet pixel number ;) Glad to hear the Mr will have his day next Sunday.
Kx

Jo James said...

I want a weekend like that!
And what brilliant use of it you made too.
About the itty bitty leftover bits, have you seen this? http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/03/all-about-ticker-tape.html
Chock full of OCD fabulousness!

Linda said...

This is a gorgeous quilt!! I have been wanting to make one for ever and have never taken the plunge. It has always seemed like a sewing mystery to me, but now I am inspired and I think it best to just jump right in and start a quilt!
Take care
Linda

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

What buoyancy a scrap quilt has, however you obviously have some great scraps.Thankyou for the link to Rits also

Eleanor said...

Gosh it was bloody marvellous to meet you and watch your quilt take shape.

And I do believe none of us will ever look at a daisy in the same way again.

E x

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Well leaving Father in sole charge of all 3 kids for the weekend - that's Father's Day Plus, isn't it?

Your patchy goodness is fab.

What this about a daisy?

Tas said...

So purty, my dear. Would you like another couple of kilos of fabric scraps...just in case? ;)

riotyarn said...

Wow! I love quilts.

Wendy said...

Wow, your quilt looks fab!! I can't believe how many little tiny squares you've sewn together! I made my first quilt this weekend - a doll's quilt. It had 81 tiny squares and that was nearly enough to send me over the edge!

CurlyPops said...

Thinking about cutting and sewing 560 teeny tiny squares of fabric has me in a cold sweat., which is why I'm completely in AWE of that quilt top!

mrs smith said...

WHAT a beautiful thing!

Sandrine said...

Looking fabulous I love that you can still make the quilt visually appealiing even mixing so many pieces of fabric!You are very clever Mrs T!and the amount of work?!Very brave as well :) But that crafty retreat sound so therapeutic!!
"Bonne semaine" xx S

Squiggly Rainbow said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend! xx

Andi said...

Absolutely LOVE your patchworky work!!! It is seriously fabulous.
xx

PS You have a whole lot of bloggy friends I've never heard of. Must go check out some of those blogs!!!

tea with lucy said...

oh yes. a quilt-let is mandatory. my mum, the go-to family patchworker, always does a mini version of the real deal.

june at noon said...

Sounds like a great getaway! If you need more teensy squares for the quiltlet, I'll send you mine, since I have been saving them yet not doing a blessed thing with them. :) I love all the colors you chose, the scrappy look, and the variation in square sizes. Perfect!

nikkishell said...

Oh it's like a stained glass window from the backside! Wonderful.
I really should do something like this with my hoard of scraps.

Sally said...

Fantastic quilt top. I love it. You're inspiring me big time!!!

Hope the Mr. enjoys his lukewarm cup of tea. In our house father's day meant that the Mr. could trump the rest of us for the last piece of cake!

suzanne said...

Yowza what a quilt~! I have just started making my first one...King size special! Killed me when I had to cut up all that gorgeous fabric...See I hord beautiful pieces just to look at..so, 120 8" squares later and I am on my way to having my first heirloom. Hope the girls will want it then..

Love coming here when I have the chance.

Suzanne
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Magic Bean said...

Love the wrong side. Love the right side. Am curious in a slightly worried way about the daisy comment. Ax

Tammi said...

What a fantastic quilt...I'm not sure I have the patience to make something like that.
x

Michelle said...

great story and great quilt! you made me have a good giggle which nevers goes astray. thankyou!
Michellexx

Cass said...

I love the quilt Tania. I think it is ok your missed Fathers Day because isn't it all about the dads spending time with the kids and without you there he had that perfect opportunity!

Fer said...

Aww gorgeous!! ♥

yardage girl said...

I love it and may well "borrow" the design!! Lucky you - craft camp sounds amazing! Have fun quilting!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i would much have preferred Craft Camp to sitting outside Tournament of the Minds for my middle 2 children for much of Father's Day. Especially as my husband was actually home!! Oh well, there was a victorious Maths & Engineering child, so it was time well spent. Love Posie

Banaghaisge said...

A wonderful quilt top!!! It looks lovely - you can't imagine how great it is to snuggle on a couch under a quilt you have made. Not yet anyways...
I discovered you cos someone pinned one of your pics to Pinterest - the toilet roll Christmas sculpture thingie (http://pinterest.com/pin/168901905/). Lovely, lovely writings, thank you! Hugs Jasmine (Newstead) PS Your w/e at Lancefield sounds great, Sewjourn is a ripper looking place.

Nikki said...

That "HIT. THE. ROAD" had me all envious.... and that quilt top has me all impressed and inspired.

Sarah said...

YAY lucky you - a crafty weekend!

Love the quilt. Perfect me thinks

Shannon said...

Love all the scrappy bits (and the quilt itself)I have a bag of scrappy bits too for exactly the same purpose (and they are still waiting too)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

What a beautiful Little Women quilt that is !!
Now you can unwind , making the mini version ....

silverpebble said...

I must be in in a mustardy frame of mind because I love the squares of yellow in this. They're such good friends with the red and the turquoise. The whole thing is sound as a pound. Plus you made good memories.

Taps said...

Gorgeous Quilt! I love the pick of it blowing in the wind. Sewjourn is the best!

motherwho said...

I L.O.V.E this quilt. I think I'm gunna try it!!

sewjourn said...

That first photo of your quilt on the line is amazing!!

Janet said...

Thank you for being part of an awesome weekend - I will never think about the contents of a freezer in quite the same way ever again.

Your quilt is truly magnificent and is making me think that maybe I should have a go...