Monday, February 12, 2007

Patchwork of Hearts

This is an important day.

I have finally rested upon a decision for the Bai Jia Bei pattern!!

Hearts*.


I like this pattern because it allows me to play with color as well as use a whole lot of varied fabric while I am at it! Perfect for this 100+ Good Wishes Project.

I was a little concerned about having to do some "applique" with this project. In spite of my fretting, I decided that it was time to give the pattern a test run. My wise grandmother always warned me regarding sewing patterns: "Don't Read Ahead" and that helped out a lot today. I took it step by step - and it really wasn't that bad.


The fussiest part about the pattern is getting the heart "cleft" all nice and curvy. This is done with a cardboard template thingy and the "gathering stitch". Very cool sewing skill...but a little too difficult for me to explain. I still can't believe that I got it right.



Today I used fabrics that I actually sent as exchanges & I like how they paired up. This quilt will be comprised of Seventy Seven 4 1/2 inch blocks. Small, but I think that I could do a bunch at a time while I watch Oprah or something.

This is TOO cool. I am really-truly on the road with the Bai Jia Bei. Finally.




*I think that this qualifies me for the "Get Your Craft On" challenge because this month is all about the Heart.

31 comments:

Irena said...

Impressivo.

Jen and Lionel said...

Dig it! I love the pattern. It suits you and will be so beautiful. Hope to see you soon!

atomic mama said...

Wow. Speechless. That's going to be beautiful!

walternatives said...

My oh my. It's going to be stunning! I'm so proud of you for testing yourself and for not reading ahead.

jk said...

Is this your first quilt? Please say "no". . . .feeling inadequate.
Can't wait to see it come together!

Mamacita said...

I like the hearts. Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

a&mg said...

Super cool.

Michele and Chuck said...

You are way ahead of me. All I have is a box chock full of beautiful fabrics and a plan. After the nursery is pretty much done, it will be the next thing on the To Do list. Can't wait to see it finished. Have fun!

Doris & Dan said...

Good for you!

I have to pick a pattern too.

Keep smilin!

Melissa O said...

That is going to be one incredible quilt. Will you be giving us sneak peeks as you work? Please?

Natalee said...

Buttercup is going to love her beautiful quilt!

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

new girl said...

That is going to be gorgeous. I am muy impressed by the perfectly cut out hearts! Oh yes, please show us your progress along the way.

Stephanie said...

Wow, that is going to look awesome when it's finished!
Stephanie
www.forksandchopsticks.wordpress.com

Jessi said...

Very beautiful.

Mark & Michelle said...

Wow - great! I am still collecting squares and have not even THOUGHT about a pattern!!

Kathy and Joel said...

I love it!!! I would so totally do the hearts pattern in a "heart"beat!
Your quilt will be fantastic.

Stacy said...

That is going to be an amazing quilt!

Mariah said...

Ooohh, ahhh!! That is so fun!!

Joannah said...

Very cool! I love it!

Wicked Witch said...

hearts- no small feat. cool

Drea said...

Gorgeous! Can I fly you here and have you do that pattern on mine? SERIOUSLY! Thats going to be amazing! I'm jealous over here. Thanks again for the tip on the wee wonderfuls stuff! I have a bunch of partly made cats lying around my bedroom!

Maggie said...

That's going to be beautiful! I'm impressed. I'm going to have someone else do our daughter's quilt.

rubyiscoming said...

I HEART THE HEARTS! Great look :)

Beth said...

I cannot wait to see the end result. I bet it is going to be great!

SBird said...

You are very smart! Love that pattern, with its multiple layers of color.

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Great choice. Keep us posted.
Happy Valentines Day

kris said...

Loving it!
Kris

Debra Sue said...

You are so damn crafty, you got some skillz sistah!
That's going to be so cute my teeth will hurt. I love it!

Just a wee bit jealous,

lisa said...

Wow-so excited to have stumbled on your blog. I am also doing a very similar applique heart pattern for my Bai Jia Bei, and struggling with the cleft. My directions don't mention a cardboard template-could you tell me what book you are using?
Feeling re inspired, but needing to finish the quilt quickly, as I am LID 12/05...
~lisa

Barb said...

I love that pattern. It's beautiful. Go Wzgrl!

Kelli said...

Oh I can't Wait!!! What a beautiful pattern!!!