Saturday, October 2, 2010

Gone walkabout, AWOL, French leave.................

Whatever you call it, I have been secluded, licking my wounds. Finally, I talked myself in off the ledge, pulled up my big girl panties, and decided that life will go on. I am sorry for being silent for so long, and delighted that so many of you enjoyed my way of expressing my dismay at the spectacular failure of my clamshell efforts. I have NOT given up. I WILL lick the damn things. That said, though, I am working on my Kaffe project (Glorious Applique blog) and deciding what repro venture is next. 

A picture of said disaster is coming up, and some of you lovely people may be tempted to tell me it isn't "that bad"..........but it is, and here is why: 

If you look closely, starting at the center of each side of the square, you will note that my clams gradually move inward from the center to the corner. This is not right. Properly sewn, I should be able to lay a yardstick along the entire side of the square and have each clamshell just touch it in a straight line. It might not matter if I had been sewing them in straight rows of repeating lines. For the quilt I was planning, this just will not do. They must be straight.

So. Do I disassemble, and save the clamshells, as they are some of my favorite fussy cut ones, or scrap 'em? Do I salvage the feathered star? I think so, because I like it. How do I create a grid that will avoid my doing the exact same thing all over again? I plan to put in some time studying the blogs of those of you smart enough to have used a grid in the first place. If you have any words of wisdom for me, bring 'em on. If I had the sense not to wing it in the beginning, I might not have had to deal with the aftermath you see here.

On a completely different subject................I will be attending the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the first week in November. If any of you will be attending, I would really love to meet you in person. This is my first year of blogging, and it would be wonderful to be able to put faces together with blogs and emails. I'll be at the Crown Plaza, which is on the shuttle route. Please let me know if you'd like to meet to say "hello". 

Bye for now, but not for long, Michele


  1. You were right...not only is it "not that bad" but it really is pretty darn spectacular!! But if YOU (it IS your quilt, after all!) can't stand it, by all means, conquer it so you can love it! :-) If you have fussy cuts that you are attached to, I'd at least try to salvage those! Can't wait to see the even more amazing results when you've overcome this setback!
    And Glorious Applique!! :-) I'm about to begin that journey myself! I'll probably see you there! But not at Huston (Sad!). This KYian don't venture out that far! LOL
    Mary Lou

  2. The knitter/non quilter chiming in here. I know first hand how the eye will be unable to avoid looking at the offending area(s) and howsometimes the only solution is to rip. HOWEVER! I am sure that ripping is a whole lot easier done in knitting than it is in quilting. Teh Clam Shell quilt may not be up to your high standards of excellence, but I think the whole thing is amazing.

  3. Hi Michele, I must be very blind as I can't see the problem . Your quilt is stunning.

  4. Even if they all say it is great, I know that mistakes can haunt you forever. Maybe it is painful, but you are right to correct it. The feathered star should be salvaged, I agree.

  5. It does look concept....but the clam shells to twist. I say take 'er apart and try again. I'm trying to think which blog I saw a grid being used....I know it was Karen...but which Karen LOL. Awww I found it, here is the link:

    She also has a link to another blog where she got the method.


  6. You finally put it on the blog. Again, looking
    at the picture it is not that bad but I know you, you want it perfect.

  7. I think you are being overly critical of your self. I don't see any problems. If you didn't tell us, we might not be able to see it and even knowing it I can't see it. But if you can't be happy with it, scrap it and start over. But I love it just the way it is!

  8. I also must be blind and/or very easily pleased because it looks fine. However, you are the one who has to live with it so do what you will! I have unpicked many stitches in my life thus far so I do understand. BUT I still think it 's a lovely quilt!

  9. I can see what you mean Michele. I would not be satisfied with it. I will ennoy you every time you look at it. Unsew the clamshells (I took the first three row apart) and try again with a grid.
    I'll be flying to Houston with some friends. Would be nice to meet you there.

  10. Dear Michele, I love it. But then I chose not to use a grid from the beginning because I wanted a more 'organic' look. I am only making a small dolly-quilt after all. Now I am halfway, I can totally understand why a grid is important, and you the quilt you have in mind, I understand you need this perfect. I still admire your amazing talent and for me this quilt, even after you unpick it, will always stay with me as WOW!!!


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