Wednesday, September 3, 2014

the wrong side of Decorum

Purge Picnic quilt

I like to leave my work out.  The next day my flaunted works-in-progress will either tantalize or torment me, as the case may be.  They remind my multitasking brain of the opportunities for progress that await.  Ahem.

Purge Picnic quilt

To protect my works from the two most hairy cats in the world, I often put quilting rulers on top of my piles or some other hopeful deterrent.  In a case like this, the wrong side with all its glorious pressed-open seams tends to discourage the felines.  Apparently this is not up to their standards of softness.  Evil chuckle.  But the wrong side attracts me like a magnet.  Its underside is the secret territory of quilters, evidence of so much work, so much genuine care.  Those squares don't happen by accident.

Purge Picnic quilt

Today I finished joining my Purge blocks and added a bold 10" border.   Because I was darn tired of making 4-patch blocks!  Because a large cut of Kona Cyan had been languishing in my stash for years.  I ADORE how it completes this picnic quilt top.  It says, "Yes, I meant to make a very bright, almost nauseatingly crazy quilt.  Just smile, just laugh and go with it." 

Because there's no need for decorum at picnics.  Wink!

24 comments:

  1. That must be why I like picnics so much - I'm terrible with decorum. :D This is such a happy cheerful blanket. I definitely need to add a scrap blanket to my someday list.

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  2. LOVE it, Rachel! I love that that you described it as very bright, and nauseatingly crazy. Many of my quilts turn out that way as well, and those are often my very favorites!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  3. I bet this becomes an all time favorite of your family....and you make many memories with it.

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  4. I'm laughing that you added that big border b/c you were tired of 4-patch piecing. HaHa - I stopped at pillow size with my purge. I really like what you put together. Makes me almost sorry I didn't keep going ... almost. :D

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  5. I'm sure putting my quilts on the wrong size wouldn't bother them for a minute. The minute there is a quilt somewhere in the house, they are BOTH on it.

    I really like that big border. It makes the quilt even brighter, if that is possible !

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  6. I'm typically not wild about scrap quilts, but this is stunning. I am particularly fond of quilt backs, too. If I were a cat (and no jokes b/c of my name, please), I think seeing the backside of a gorgeously open-pressed seams quilt would encourage me to curl up on top!

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  7. I have four cats and I only leave stuff out if I put rulers, etc on top of it. Funny, I never heard anyone else ever talk about it! Pretty quilt!

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  8. That name is such a playful place to start loving that quilt! Here's to a speedy finish, and on to fun Fall picnics!

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  9. Awesome! That blue looks like a perfect fit!

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  10. Rosemary B here:
    this would not deter my cornish boys.
    I bought a huge piece of 6 mil clear plastic (at JA fabrics with a coupon)
    I put that on top of all of my work. I also have smaller pieces of plastic for other projects to be protected from my silly nosy noses
    I like this patchy creation!!

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  11. Great post title! And I love the crazy happiness of this quilt!

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  12. Love your "secret territory of quilters" thought!

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  13. Surprising how that border just works. This is quite lovely, I can't wait to see it all quilted up.

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  14. hahahahaha! I love how picky cats are about random stuff!

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  15. I also like my projects out and viewable. If I get a bit stuck with one, I move on to another. Seeing the original one out of the corner of my eye keeps my brain working madly and quietly in my subconscious for the solution. Works every time :)

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  16. I also try to deter my felines. Unfortunately they don't seem to mind the underside of a quilt and are perfectly happy to contribute all their spare fur to my project! I like this quilt, so fun!

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  17. I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt this one. One of my purge quilts has a thick Kona Cardinal border. I fear my not-perfect-enough quilting will be too exposed against all that red!

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  18. Beautiful! The blue Kona really pulls is it all together. Cats are so cute. I love they are always looking for a nice spot to nap on. Yours have good taste :) I bet if my two little dogs could reach the table they would be napping on my projects too.

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  19. Love the big bright blue border and the reason for it. :D
    I need more tips like this. My cat is so very attracted to anything I'm working on.

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  20. That big bright border is just want the quilt was asking for, lovely touch and congrats. I'm working on my The Purge project today :)

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  21. I absolutely love that bright blue border!

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