Thursday, 11 January 2018

No turning back

I spent the first couple of hours I had mentally allocated for sewing this week learning how to replace the battery in a wired smoke alarm: one of those tasks that is straightforward once you've done it, but less so when you hadn't even given serious thought to the fact that there was a battery in there in the first place.  

Yesterday I had much better luck, thanks mostly to being stuck in while I waited for my car to be serviced and MOT'd, and then for them to replace the brake pads.  
 I still like how this looks, but am getting a bit bored of the making - not much variety in line after line of triangles really - so I'm going to knuckle down and try to get done before the end of the month when the next AHIQ challenge will get going.   It's nearly long enough now, but I need to add width (currently measures roughly 80" x 57").
I pondered the idea of adding the extra printing around the edges as a thin border.  On balance I tend to think that while it would be satisfying to get every last word onto the front, it wouldn't add anything visually, so will probably just stick with HSTs.  The huge pile I made early on is shrinking rapidly and I have reached the point where I am making the tiny ones as I need them, but I've come this far, so there's nothing for it but to keep going.

12 comments:

  1. You may be getting tired but the repetition of HSTs is a wonderful imitation of the ocean. The shipping news you printed between those rows makes the waves work - by highlighting the wave motion with space between swells and as the news. I like the small strips of printed fabric you added, too.

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  2. I have really been entranced in watching your creation come to life!! All those triangles add motion...so much fun!

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  3. Gosh, Kaya, those tiny triangles really are TINY! I don’t think I’d manage to keep triangles that small triangular! The sea gets rougher every time!

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  4. I know when I start to get bored with a project I try to find a way to make a game out of it so I have a goal. Maybe figure out a rough estimate of how much bigger you want to make it, figure the area that still needs to be made, and then calculate how much you accomplish with each addition. This may seem like a lot of extra work, but you may say if I work and add just one more section I will have X amount more done toward the finish. Or you could reward yourself with a chocolate treat!

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  5. You are very close to a finished top! I hope that the motivation of a deadline will help offset the repetitive nature of the triangles at this point.

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  6. Yes, you've come this far!
    I understand how life can 'get in the way'. Over the holidays our car broke down 150 miles from home; my husband drove to visit his brother. So it stayed there to get repaired at the local Dodge dealer for several days. That was a mess.
    I didn't blog about it because that event had nothing to do with quilts but it sure ate up a lot of time and energy.
    Your quilt will get finished and you'll be happy with it!

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  7. It's looking great! I understand the lack of drive after making the same block over and over again. Push through You can do this!

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  8. One seam at a time --.it really is magnificent you know.

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  9. Beautiful quilt--oceans of hst's for sure..hang in you'll be so happy you did...hugs, Julierose

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  10. I can see how it might get monotonous making triangles, but I think these are fascinating to see--so, worth it in my opinion. The variations in size and all the different blues with a sprinkling of mustardy/tan is so lively and keeps my eyes moving. Just curious, how tiny are the tiniest triangles?

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  11. It looks awesome! And I think it is a good plan to get as much as possible done before the challenge. I am feeling challenged to stick with the old projects before the new shiny ones really start!

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  12. Wow, that is the coolest quilt! I think you are right to stick with the HSTs. It will be finished before you know it!

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