Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LOL! i love me.

sometimes... i just crack myself up! i have been a bit (and by a bit.... i mean scary ass) obsessed with postage stamp quilts ever since seeing my girlfriend Brooke's!!

However, i know how impatient/ anal... i really am { what a strange combo }, so i thought i'd better try out a block first to see if i can really pull it off for an entire quilt! smart... right!?? i mean... i want to cut up my OOOohh... so precious Anna Maria Horner Bohemian stash... you gotta to be committed for that kind of project! period.

well... what i recognized very quickly, was the cutting of mini blocks, sewing them, and stripping them... was right up my alley! what wasn't, was the seems not matching up... damn it if i didn't try hard too!! eerrgGG! i instantly wanted to go all "badger on it" and then it hit me! like: poof!... so, i slashed that shiz up just to teach it a firm lesson!! so there! go tell your buddies what happens when you don't behave! hence... the badger pillow! ;P

on another note... have you all been buying stash builders as much as me lately?? with cotton prices on the rise, i am really being selective over my buck! here's my most recent... from Marmalade Fabrics

and the Fabric Quarter

{ and, yeah... she really did fold those FQ's into triangles!!... ;) } XO, Heather

26 comments:

  1. I LOVE the pillow. It is just perfect, Heather!

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  2. "i slashed that shiz up just to teach it a firm lesson!!"

    That really made me laugh! Great pillow.

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  3. From the looks of the background in the FQ triangles photo, your stash is not entirely in need of any building (who's is?), but I, too, am buying like crazy. It's got to stop. I'm out of shelf space.

    Badger. hehe.

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  4. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one out there that is both impatient and anal. Makes me good at what I do I suppose.

    I love how you taught those blocks to behave.

    Keep it up.

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  5. LOL, I love your badger pillow! (Why does that sound dirty??!)

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  6. You SHOWED that shiz, girl! Whew! LOL!!! I can so relate.

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  7. Oh, I have some tips for you! ;) I joined the postage stamp quilt along late in the game, so I just finished my top last night. But I took it slow and developed a great system for piecing that resulted in things lining up really well.

    You have to start by pressing the seams open on your strip piecing. My first block was pressed open but I didn't pin it and I was really disappointed in the outcome. That's when I came up with the method that I blogged about, and I'm ridiculously happy with the outcome. :)

    Here's my blog post:
    http://thegirlwhoquilts.blogspot.com/2011/02/methods-to-my-madness.html

    Pressing open takes longer but it keeps the blocks SOOO flat and everything is easier to line up. I used to lock my seams, and this method is so much better! (OMG, I'm starting to sound like an infomercial. LOL)

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  8. What a pretty design! I love the additional utility as a hider of imperfect corner matching.

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  9. I am writing YOUR IDEA/REMEDY
    in my journal IN INK ! ! ! !

    Striking Results ! ! !

    Hugs,
    Gerry

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  10. I love your badger pillow. Funny how I love tiny squares, but always use iron on interfacing to line them up before sewing... (tutorial from sewmamasew http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=1398)I guess this would be tedious/add thickness to a full size quilt... but you could always do it in 12" sections or something. Either way, I don't think mismatched corners are the end of the world. And... those triangle folded FQ's are adorable!

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  11. your pillow is freaking awesome.

    i'll be honest and fill you in a little secret - only about half of my seams match up on that quilt. i decided i had to let it go, otherwise i would have had a major freakout. so many tiny squares, no time for perfection! ;)

    try again, maybe, pressing open your seams. like the above poster, i heard that works better too. of course i heard this after i finished my blocks. ;)
    xoxo

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  12. You are too FUNNY!! Great fix with the pillow:)

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  13. I. love. that. pillow! That is so cute, you ought to tell people you started out with that in mind!! Brilliant!

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  14. OMG YOU CRACK ME UP!! THAT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST BLOGGY WRITING I HAVE SEEN...BTW THE PILLOW IS REALLY PRETTY. I GUESS YOU REALLY DID SHOW THEM.

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  15. Very clever idea for the pillow, Heather.:)
    lovely fabrics too, the marmalade ones are extra yummy!

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  16. well that pillow rocks. And I am glad to hear that I am not the only one who gets frustrated when seams don't match....lol

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  17. You are too funny! I like the "slashed the shiz right out of it" look. I love it when someone else can admit to wanting to destroy a project now and then! This works and is more interesting because of the slashing!

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  18. lovely! both the quilt and the pillow. I just made a small postage stamp thingy (first time for me) last night to make a mug rug and really enjoyed the process.
    enjoy the quilt and pillow!

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  19. Well here i thought those diagonal stripes were all part of the design - i think they look uber cool - so shhh on the rest ;) I heart Brooke's quilt too - it's so beautiful. Try using fusible interfacing to get those postage stamps lined up perfect - somewhere on SMS Elizabeth has a tute on that.

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  20. Girlfriend! So glad you like the Triangle FQs... they "hide" easy!
    Your pillow rocks. Anal & Impatient is like a Type-A on Caffeine! Wait - I know that disorder!
    xoxo, Wendy @ The Fabric Quarter

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  21. absolutely loving your pillow!

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  22. Oh My Goodness you are freakin hilarious!!!! In a totally platonic-kinda-way ... I love ya! LOL Badger, eh? I was thinking more Wolverine ... you know from that big blockbuster movie hit a few years ago {{grins}} Thank you so much for the laughs and your pillow is kick-butt awesome!!

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  23. Well the pillow looks great anyway. Maybe you could make a miniatyre postage stamp quilt for giants from a layer cake? Very impressive things those. ;-)

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  24. Loved this post! Pillow idea was brilliant! I found that method using fusibles for those little squares to get them to line up and it does the job so perfectly, but nobody would know you did it that way. It is a great method. My first try was a winner. I enjoy your blog.

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