Time to Say Good-bye…

14 06 2009

…to a project.

I’ve had the pieces cut for a Double Wedding Ring quilt for eons. I loved it when I started. I still like the basic idea: bright orange wedges surrounding melons and centers of a lovely teal, marbled batik. Machine pieced, accuracy was not a problem at all.

The problem?

I’ve had it for eons. Okay, four years. Not really that long in the life cycle of a quilt top, at least according to my history.

It’s been in storage for nearly all of its life cycle. I cut the pieces and had to put it away shortly after doing so – I don’t remember why at this point. In that time, one of my cats got to the ziploc baggies and pieces got scattered about, especially during the moves. So, now I’m not even sure I’ve got all the pieces I cut. And, I’m not so thrilled about some of the oranges. I remembered some of the selections being so much brighter, more flame-orange. Instead, I’ve got some distinctly fall-like oranges in there, and it just throws the whole quilt off in my head.

Sure, I could take it all apart and start over. I just don’t care to.

And yet, I feel guilty for abandoning this quilt. I’ve only ever given up on one other quilt, and that one I took the time to re-make (the Grandmother’s Fan). I don’t have the desire to do that with this one. Maybe further into the future…

But for now, this project is going to go far, far away. I’ll probably donate it to the Salvation Army annual fabric sale.

On the other hand, this means that it’s time for me to decide on a new project. My Grandmother’s Fan top is completely pieced. The nine patches for my quilt-along are done, and I’ve purchased the sashing fabric. In just a few days, that top will be done.

I’ve got most of the fabric I need for my crane panel quilt. I found a steal on eBay the fabrics, and got another yard of the cream and one of the border fabric for $2.99 each.

I’m not sure what I’m in the mood to make at the moment.. I’d like to spread my wings a little, what direction? I have the sheets printed for a paper-piecing project – New York Beauty patches. Maybe I’ll start that. Otherwise, the desire to make a Lone Star quilt has been rattling around for about six years. Maybe I’ll finally I’ll do that. We’ll see.

Of course, I did splurge on eBay this week – besides those two fabrics for the crane panel, I purchased three yards of King’s Road Belle fabric in rust. I wish it had been the red… That colorway makes me drool, but the rust is pretty too.

I also ordered the Sewline mechanical pencil. Of all my purchases, this looks to be the most promising! The leads are made of ceramic, erasable ceramic! If they work without leaving permanent marks, I’ll be so happy!!! I got the separate eraser, extra erasers and white and black leads. If they’re good, I’m ordering lead in all of the colors available. I know for sure green, yellow and pink are up for ordering.

I’m always on the search for a good, removable way to mark my tops for quilting. If these work, I’ll be sure to spread the word.

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