Sunday, May 15, 2011

Unpicking!

One skill I have honed to perfection in my quilting repertoire is using the quick unpick!!! I had chosen green to be the next round for my Star Quilt (Kaffe Fassett Wheel of Fortune quilt), however it was only when I had sewn about half of the green squares onto the quilt that I realised that no, that was not the correct colour to go next!


So out came the trusty quick unpick, never far from my side...


And off came the green squares, quickly to be replaced by brown...


Ahh, much better!! I loved using the edge border pattern on Amy Butler's Sari fabric...


...it fitted perfectly over the squares.


I can see now that I am going to be repeating the colour pattern that is already done...the next rounds will be: orange, green, pink, aqua blue then brown to finish. On the last brown round I will again use that gorgeous dark brown shot cotton. I love how well Kaffe's shot cottons have complimented Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms.


Which means there are now 5 more rounds to go before I square it up. Getting there slowly.

39 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is so pretty Cathy! I would love to this with my Soul Blossom.....someday!

Prof. S said...

This is looking so beautiful. I have the paper templates to make this one --inspired by you! I just need to get some other projects completed first. Your quilt is going to be a real beauty.

dragonfly gypsy said...

Hi Cathy, The quilt looks great. I must say I love my unpick as well. I even have stitch unpick envy I saw a lady on a blog with a Matryoska stitch unpick but have never been able to find one!!! Cheers Sharron

Jo-anne "Blossy" said...

That looks amazing! You've done a fantastic job with it :)

Coach Tina said...

I love this quilt-the concept, the pattern and especially the fabric

Annie said...

Looks fantastic - quick unpick is one of my friends too.

meli B said...

Every time I look at this quilt I think maybe I will try the paper piecing. It just seems like such a huge job but it's too delicious to not make! Still thinking. I agree the brown works well.

Amanda said...

Right decision, looks yummy, I am planning my next one though I have stalled on my french general one, because of a lot of hand sewing that has to be done soon, but I will get there.

Karin said...

this is going to be such an amazing quilt, I love love love love it! Are you following a pattern, or just winging it? I'd love to put the pattern in my 'to do' folder!

Maree: said...

I Have said Before how much I Love this Quilt and am really enjoying watching it progress...can see why you went with the colour change....
cheers

Pieces of Sunshine said...

It's looking great Cathy. Well worth getting it right.

Helen said...

This is looking fantastic Cathy!!!!

LynCC said...

Ok - what's a "quick unpick"? It seems I'm missing out on something! ;D

Deb said...

I agree - your second choice is better, very dedicated to unpick all that hard work!

Maria Teresa said...

It's looking greater every time I see it again. I've tried to do the paper templates and try do make one for me.I don't know if I can but I'll give it a try.

anne said...

Wow wow wow love this quilt, would you, could you please please please give a tutorial on how to make this one. I really really need a portable project. Any hints or tips would be great. Can you advise were to get the template.

Kathie said...

oh my this is just sooooo beautiful!
keep going! can't wait to see your next choices.
Kathie

Quilting Corner said...

This is lovely. How often you you mix the squares with your diamonds?
Etty Robinson

Jackie said...

I agree about the green. Even though the fabric is so pretty, the round itself didn't seem to stand out. The brown was the perfect choice. I love how it is turning out! Just perfect!!

Neicee said...

This is stunning! It is going to be amazing finished..How do you choose what colors go next or is it random choice? Cant wait to see whats next!

Crispy said...

The brown was a MUCH better choice....I'm happy you are so skilled with the seam ripper :0)

Crispy

Nedra said...

This is turning out sooooo beautiful!

Nifty Quilts said...

I love seeing your progress on this beautiful quilt!

Ann Champion said...

Sometimes a quilt just "tells" you what it wants? I'm glad you listened...the quilt is just getting better and better! :)

Janet said...

I think you made a great decision there, unpicking keeps us humble, lol. It looks more and more yummy each time you add a round.

Adele said...

My heart jumps when I see this quilt progress. It is the combo of Amy Butler and this technique. How about a tutorial on your blog on this process like your 'Needleturn Applique Tutorials'? - pretty pretty please.....

wishes, true and kind said...

Love, love, love watching every bit of progress! So gorgeous!!!

Anna said...

oh man, this project has intrigued me from the beginning. maybe I will take the plung in the fall. Will you instructions still be available on the blog...will you still be here for my whining???

Editfolt said...

I really like it. I give it a try.

Megan O said...

Hi Cathy! Thanks for answering my question. I LOVE my Brother and fortunately my model does have adjustable foot pressure. Thanks again!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

All that work!!! But the brown is perfect. :)

Sarah said...

Divine Cathy! The blues positively GLOW. All the colours are gorgeous though. Just lovely.

Belinda said...

This is amazing! I've only been quilting for a year and I'm not very proficient yet. Your expertise is something to behold. Love your blog!!

Barb said...

Simply beautiful....

I am the worlds best picker!!

Talin's Corner said...

Wow only 5 more to go...you have so much patience. It looks great.

alobsiger said...

I love the brown round, Cathy! I seem to be using the unpick more and more instead of less and less. Seems backward. I love seeing this project!

Anonymous said...

I love, love this quilt. I had to go online and purchase the book in hopes of making it someday. I have a question. Where do you get your English paper pieces from. BTW I am Ranette's sister.

Thanks,
Pamela.Adams62@gmail.com

Michelle said...

That is *SO* pretty!

*karendianne. said...

Whew. This is amazing! Love it. Reminds me of the center of my Carpenters Wheel that i'm doing.