Monday, August 8, 2011

cutting into my Katie Jump Rope

I finally did it. Those of you that sew will know what a big deal this is. Those of you that don't - well, it was ;]

complete collection

This is an old fabric line, it came out a few years ago. It has become somewhat of a collectors item, which stunk for me because it's probably my favorite fabric line ever, and some of the pieces were hard to hunt down. (Thank you to those of you that helped me out - you know who you are!)

I was lucky that I liked it right at the start and bought some right when it came out, just not all of the prints.

Getting one last photo shoot before it's hitting the chopping block! #fabric

Then when I decided I wanted to collect the whole thing, some pieces were getting expensive, and hard to find. Very expensive. I decided I'd better sew something with this all before Marc found out what it was worth and decided we should sell it all on Etsy and fund a Christmas cruise to somewhere exotic. It probably just about could!

my favorite - the greens.

But I was sick of having fabric sitting on my shelf that was "to pretty to use". I was sick of saying it was my favorite fabric ever but then being afraid to cut into it or use it. So I did this weekend! Finally got up the nerve (as lame as that sounds) to attack it with my rotary cutter and started a pattern for a beautiful quilt. A quilt that is going to be all mine, and so pretty, I just know it.

My first Katie Jump Rope Swoon block! Loving it!

I have one block done out of the 9 I need for the quilt top. They're big blocks, but I love that, I didn't want to use a pattern that chopped the fabric up into too tiny of bits.

Someone asked me to take a picture for scale. #sewing

Can you see the one mistake I made in this block?  I didn't do it on purpose - and debated on tearing it out - but I kind of like that there is a mistake in it, reminds me that nothing is perfect in life, but it still can be beautiful.  Can't wait for it to be done! I think this will be my Sewing Summit quilt ;]

33 comments:

  1. I totally understand being afraid to cut into fabric you love. After all, you want the quilt to be worth the fabric.

    Love this block.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have several bundles that are "too pretty to use" and it drives me crazy. I just need to remember, the perfect project will come along, no need to force it, nor ignore it.

    Also - dang you for mentioning a mistake... I had to stare at it like a puzzle until I found it haha. It blends in so well :)

    This is lovely - can't wait to see the rest!

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  3. I think you picked a fabulous block to showcase the fabric. It is beautiful! And I agree with Tiffany, I just HAD to keep staring until I figured it out!

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  4. Eeek! I gazed at it almost forever, til I finally found it...if it took us all that long, you have nothing to worry about!
    This is such a beautiful block - I know that you and your family will treasure this when it is completed.

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  5. I see the mistake, because I made the mistake twice while making my blocks! LOL - but I had to take mine out since it was a solid and a print. Your block looks great!

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  6. Your blocks look SO awesome so far, Erin!!!! Mistake, schm-mistake, it took me a long time to find it! I can absolutely relate to that "too pretty to cut" business, I've got a bin full of MoMo Wonderland that I can't bear to cut into yet because I can't commit to a plan!! I think you picked the perfect quilt for your KJR, it looks amazing :)

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  7. I'm sure you will be so glad to have this fabric in a beautiful quilt. Your first block is gorgeous and I love how you have adapted the pattern. :) I know I've been really happy with the quilts I've made from fabrics that I treasure. I think it makes them that much more precious when you can see them every day and use them in your home!

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  8. Yippeee! It's going to be so great! Props to you for cutting into your favorite line! I am too much of a chicken to do it! :)

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  9. OK-- I have no idea where you goofed. I am not a experienced quilter but I do have eyes and a brain. Of course I stink at those Where is Waldo scenes also.

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  10. I wouldn't consider that a mistake! And I wouldn't have noticed had you not mentioned it. Beautiful work!

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  11. The block is wonderful and the mistake adds to the character.

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  12. I totally relate to the fabric cutting thing. My husband just thinks I collect fabric....I'm not a real quilter. Ha! Ha! I want to make the Swoon quilt too, but that means I have to cut into some fabric.

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  13. I Iike to think of fabric like this as just waiting for the "right" project. It's not just stashing fabric. It's admiring and petting something that you love, waiting for it to speak to you!! It's perfect by the way. I would probably put the square in "wonky". In each of the other 8 blocks, just to be contrary!

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  14. I am so jealous! This fabric is amazing and came out before I started quilting and developed a fabric obsession of my own. I Have NO plans to look for your mistake!(ha!)The block is just too beautiful.

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  15. So true about nothing is perfect. I think it makes the quilt more interesting and real! I found it and love it just the way it is.

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  16. My very first quilt was made with the orange, reds and browns of Katie Jump Rope! I have a tiny little pack left of the whole collection that I had to buy to fix a problem in the quilt. I was just thinking I should cut it up for some mug rugs (for me and some gifts), and now I think I will! It is so lovely to see it out and about!

    Great job! It beautiful!

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  17. ok, i said this on flickr but i have to say it again here :) i LOVE this block! it is so fabulous scrappy and it is extra super fabulous in KJR! this is going to be a stunning quilt!

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  18. I'm working on this quilt at the moment too but man, I'm loving your scrappy one!!!! It's amazing!!! :)

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  19. My sweet grandmother taught me to quilt....and along with her many tips, she always embraced her mistakes, telling us that "mistakes make sure that the quilt gets used and loved. If is is perfect, people are scared to use it, love it and wash it". Wise words. Glad you kept it in there.

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  20. Oh wow, this is Swoon isn't it? I just love that pattern. And I love how you're making it - those fabrics are perfect. I know how you feel about having to get up the courage to cut into your stash. Well done for having the courage to do it, and make something even more beautiful for doing so.

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  21. I also have fabric I find to pretty to sew with.
    Well done for cutting into it, you've done a lovely job.

    I think I found the mistake... but I'm not sure, so if I was you I wouldn't worry about it.

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  22. Yay! Big step, indeed, Erin. Your first Swoon block is lovely. I just purchased the pattern yesterday. After seeing so many fun examples, I thought a little indulgence was in order. :)

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  23. Where is the mistake? I don't see it!!

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  24. I ascribe to "the galloping horse" theory when quilting: if you hold up your quilt on the front porch and someone riding by on a galloping horse can't see the mistake... it's just fine!

    I have some fabrics that are waiting for the perfect project... looking forward to seeing your Katie Jump Rope quilt take shape!

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  25. It's gorgeous! That fabric is wonderful. I would have never known there was a mistake unless you'd said something. :)

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  26. I took this as a challenge and, although it too me a long time, I eventually spotted it. (my husband thinks i'm bonkers!) Don't bother ripping it out!!!!

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  27. I can't find a flaw with it, but you're right, it is pretty fabric, it deserves to be used :o)

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  28. It's great! Can you fit all the prints into 1 block? It's going to be awesome :)

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  29. I love this swoon block ... I think I'm going to take the bull by the horns and crack open my echino for this ... I so understand the cutting thing ...

    lol at mistake, but as you say, I think quilts are supposed to have flaws. It's what makes them individual.

    Can't wait to see more, this is a lovely line, which completely passed me by until it was just a cruise ship on the horizon heh heh ...

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  30. This might be my favorite block of all time! Saaaaaad that this fabric isn't in my stash. LOVE!

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  31. I have loved this block from the moment I saw it & come back to look at it again from time to time! I tried to find a pic of your finished(?) quilt or the quilt in progress...can you update me? ;-)

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  32. New follower here. I am loving sittin reading through all your posts! I was about going insane trying to find this mistake lol! Adore the fabrics and the block.

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