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Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's a Quilt Emergency!

So, if you read my last post, you'll know that I've been scrambling trying to get another hand work project together, because *tada* My flight leaves for Kansas at 6:25am Eastern time...TOMORROW (Sunday) ACCCKK!

AND. I've been having fun since my son and his significant other showed up last night..around 11pm!

I looked through what tops I had....all too big....or boring. :c|

I was going to give it up and just take the hexagon thing, until I woke at precisely 4:15am this morning in a tangle of sweaty sheets and hot flashes...bleehhhh. My tummy was also hungry, I was thirsty, and in the midst of taking care of everything,I found that I was fully awake. So what's a girl to do...but go down to the basement studio!

Remember these blocks? You all sent them to me after we did Orange Crush mystery I think....all these 6" blocks with orange in them, do they ring a bell to you? Look closely! You just might find your block!

I had this all set aside as a PIG. Project In Grocery Sack! I was going to sash them, I was thinking of alternate blocks, put them on point, something..and nothing would jell!

This is an inspiration from sleep deprivation! A little voice told me to stitch them block to block to block as is....and put a border of strings around them from the bin of leftover 3.5" string blocks...because that would help unify the different shades, and pull in REASONING for why some of the blocks had other really-not-orange colors in them!

I had the whole top done by 9am...just in time to join the family for french toast!

It just seemed to come together SO QUICKLY. So this is maybe why some projects need to "percolate" a while before we know what to do with them.

After sewing the center together, I chose a yellow inner border fabric from my stash.

The little string blocks have anything and everything in them, and you know what? I have decided that there is NO COLOR ON EARTH that does NOT go with ORANGE!

I pieced together a backing, loaded it in the machine with a wool batting, and basted it all together, it is ready to travel!

Does anyone recognize the corners of the border as 9 patches from their Carolina Crossroads quilt? They fit perfect there too, and I was happy to have a place to use up goodies you've sent me over the past couple years!

I'm going to quilt it with red thread....it just seems like a good compliment, plus the red thread was already in my travel bag from the crumb sampler that I'm still finishing up....I'll finish that first, 1/2 of the inner border left to quilt...and sew the binding down (which I also put on today)and I'll have plenty of projects to keep my hands busy during the next week.

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go *singing John Denver*....The alarm is going to go off stinking early at 4:00am, so I better get to bed.

Kansas, Here I come!

41 comments:

Sherrill said...

I LOVE the orange print and the string block border is FABULOUS!! DANG you are good to come up with something on such short notice (and with company to boot! WOWEE!)

O'Quilts said...

I like the orange...

asheridan said...

Love it! Many ideas come together when you're not looking...

Paula Lynn said...

...things that make you go hmmm...

Any color may go with orange, but...orange doesn't have a word to rhyme with it.

I can't remember who I let borrow our hedge trimmers, but I can remember useless info. Go figure!

4 a.m. and quilting. That's dedication. You go girl!

Safe travels till next time.

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Holy cow! Maybe *I* should try getting up at 4:15 am to see if I can accomplish as much as you!

{{and yes, I see the two blocks I sent}}
;0)

powell said...

Bonnie, You are amazing. I love all the orange blocks and the border is awesome! Have fun in Kansas.
LeAnn

powell said...

Bonnie, You are amazing! I love all those orange blocks. The border is great with it. Have fun in Kansas.
LeAnn

Claudia said...

Ok, so you've got red thread all rady to sew with...but HAVE YOU PACKED YOUR 1/4 INCH FOOT? I'm just sayin'...:c)

And isn't it funny how orange goes with everything and rhymes with nothing! Safe travels.

cindyquiltsOR said...

I had no idea there were so many shades of orange!

ALMOST reminds me of orange creme sicles! (or how ever it is spelled.)

Sandra Henderson said...

I LOVE IT!~ When I was new to quilting, I did a Secret Santa. My lady loved orange. I thought, ORANGE?!!!? Well, now I see why...Yes, it does go with everything, and what a happy color! This looks fantastic! Great job! So inspirational for all of us to go under our sewing tables and begin to dig... XO

Leeanne said...

Wow good on you, you just went for it when you thought you had nothing! Love the finished look, it has come together beautifully.Happy traveling and quilting.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Somehow that works. Don't ask me how, but it does. You have your own unique way of doing things.

Robyn said...

Wooohoo! Go Bonnie go!!
Love the oranges and all of it...Phew!!
You da quilter!

Tricia said...

Can not wait to see this finished! I love what you can do with a hodgepodge of blocks! You are such a talented quilter and we are so lucky to have you! Thank you for all your inspiration. I have been making a quilt strickly from my "bonnie strips"... It is amazing how much you can do with stuff that is quite often tossed!
Have a great trip!

Tazzie said...

My goodness Bonnie hon, you utterly amaze me! You not only put a project together so quickly, but you manage to make it utterly fabulous too.
Way to go girlfriend!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Quilts and Cats said...

I totally believe in percolating! You're so right about how an idea just pops into your head at the most unexpected time! The quilt is beautiful and the red thread is going to be spectacular. I can't wait to see it quilted. Have a safe trip. Lynne

Potpourri said...

Orange you just the smartest quilter around. That quilt is going to be sensational and the string border is magnifique.

Trish said...

This is the reason you are my quilting idol!!!! Love the way your mind works.

Tonya R said...

oh wow, that border is amazing, how it just pulled it all together. woohoo!

Dresden Quilter said...

What a beautiful quilt! You are so amazing. I need to have some more of those kind of flashes.

YankeeQuilter said...

When I took a year long Baltimore Album quilt class I sat next to a quilter who swore orange was a neutral and so she put some in each of her applique blocks. Darn it if by the 10th month I wasn't using orange too! Love the quilt...have fun in Kansas...

Shasta said...

Those orange blocks are beautiful and look so good together. Your border ties it up together so nicely. I can't believe you got them together so quickly!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

How fun. Love the string border. I've just recently ventured into scrappy borders, sashing, and binding.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Well, all I can say is that you continue to amaze me when it comes to productivity! Holy cow, you're speedy!! My daughter (who is an Auburn alum.) would agree with your comment regarding all things going with orange!

beth said...

no sleep=a happy quilt!

quiltfool said...

Bonnie, I'm a big believer that quilts often need to percolate. Glad this one came together for you. Isn't it funny how something that's sat there can suddenly take on a life and be both fast and exciting? Lane

quiltlover said...

What a wonderful quilt! These blocks are going so well together! I always have a lot of trouble when it comes to decide of which fabric goes with which...
Have a safe trip!
Val

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

LOVE LOVE the orange! and the string border is sooo fun!

gamawinkie said...

beautiful quilt top! have fun in Kansas.

Kathy in FL said...

Love the quilt! And, yes, I do see my block! (It's the Snail's Trail.)

Michelle said...

Looks great -- now I want an orange quilt!

Nancy quiltin' momma said...

I think what you did with these orange blocks is fantastic! I love it! Way to go Bonnie!!

Jean said...

Good for you! You make me tired girl!

I've been working on of all things.... a mermaid costum ( sorry my inner spell check is gone... and I just can't spell!)for a friends great neice! seems a weird time of year to be working on such a thing...

Mary-Kay said...

Wow! That turned out amazing for a quickie. It must feel good to have something come together so quickly and get it out of the stash too or should I say PIG.

qltmom9 said...

Oooo...I *DO* recognize my "creamsicle" block. We tried to send you blocks that reminded us of "creamsicles". That block that would make a pattern if lined up with similar blocks. LOL, I made one for me too because I liked mine so well...mine is the lone orange block I have. That is pretty and you are AMAZING!
Lucy~

Ray said...

Bonnie,
This is THE BEST quilt. I love it!!

Smiley Quilter said...

That is amazing and gorgeous. i need to get up earlier I guess and maybe I would get something finished. Love the border.

Enga said...

wou einfach wunderschön
lg Enga

Beth said...

If you hadn't posted pictures I would have thought ORANGE??? The blocks look amazing and I love your string border. What a fantastic quilt. Your are just so talented!

Mama Pea said...

You are amazing! I can't believe you could whip that up in one morning and have it look so amazing! Even though the blocks were already together, that is really a feat and a half! Great job. Beautiful. I love the idea of the red thread.
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quiltygal said...

Well there you go and they say that menopause is no good for anything!! Why does mine not wake me at 4 I sleep like a log all the time anywhere !! Love that Orange amazing what you would never of thought of using till you see it