Saturday, December 12, 2009
Pink Refractions, the quilt that wasn't sure it wanted to be made! I had the desire to explore pink using prequilted and painted fabrics from the beginning of the challenge. Somehow important to dos kept popping up and delaying me from starting. That's fine, we had an extra 12 days this challenge. Then I had several custom orders for cards, notebooks, a journal and a mini quilt at the beginning of December. Not to mention field trips, concerts and office parties. Finally, early this week, the time came to get work. And what happened next, the sewing machine started acting up while free motion quilting. The thread was shredding and it was making a clunking sound. Not good, but I did my best to keep my frustrations at bay and kept going. I didn't have time to take it in for service. I made it through the quilting, painted the fabric, cut the strips and went to sew them together. The feed dogs didn't advance the fabric. No forward motion. The machine was down. Thankfully, we gave my daughter a little Brother from Costco for her birthday last month. Annaliese gracefully let me borrow her machine, "as long as you don't break it Mom!" I was able to finish shortly after dinner last night. Next challenge, I'll start earlier -- I promise!?
Despite all the headaches and tears, I like how the quilt turned out. I'm one of the few Twelves that likes pink. I have pink clothes and touches of pink in my decorating. Plus, three young girls, although they are now starting to outgrow the intense pink desire. I'm even planning on decorating for Christmas with pink and green. I love how the quilt dances and glows with the different shades of pink. The texture of the quilting further splits the light and adds to the appeal. Now that I have a bunch of pink painted and quilted fabric, I plan on further exploring the theme. In all of my free time of course.