Monday, February 16, 2015

A glimmer....

I believe the "light at the end the tunnel" analogy is way over-used.  But there are times when it just makes a point better than anything else.
So, there is a glimmer of light with this quilt.  I still love it -- and I continue to aspire to have the top finished by November of this year.  That doesn't sound so hard - but this is not a quilt I can work on every day.  Or even every week.
I have five large blocks to applique (of the original 16) and have completed nine of the border blocks (only 37 or so to go -- really -- 37, I think!).

If you have somehow missed my many posts on this quilt, this is Kim McLean's Lollypop quilt pattern and is done primarily with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  My friend, mom22smartchix, finished her top as of this past weekend and it is fabulous.  We started together and chose different paths in our approach to applique and I hope mine is half as wonderful as hers when I get it done.  We've learned from each other - we've commiserated with each other - we have conspired with each other - but we never competed with each other. And I could look at hers for hours. She's a little wacky and is already planning her second one but that's another post for another day!

I hope you are working on a project that you love and are inspired to finish (eventually!).

Jan


23 comments:

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

Would you be happy with a smaller version of the quilt and then have more time to do the other things you want/need to do? I tend to like to try a lot of things but they don't all turn into big quilts. Your blocks are beautiful by the way.

Marly said...

Lovely block, but what a lot of work; I'm not surprised that some days you can't settle to it. Take your time with it; if you don't make November, so what? There's always December, or next November! Whenever you finish it's going to be WONDERFUL!

Ramona said...

I love Kim McLean's designs, but have not started one yet. Yours is beautiful and will be a masterpiece when you are finished. It's good to have a goal for you completion date. You can do it!

Debra said...

Finishing is so over rated!! LOL Love this quilt... and have started it.. but that was 2 years ago, and I haven't gotten very far. But every time I see it.. I swoon! Yours is fabulous!!!

Sue G Johnson said...

Jan, your blocks are lovely! Like your blog title says....we quilt for fun.

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

I can't even begin to imagine the patience that goes into such beautiful needle-turn applique...Your blocks are beautiful and I look forward to seeing the finished quilt one day!

cityquilter grace said...

very pretty blocks....what a gorgeous collection!

Anna said...

That's beautiful. I love the colours you've used.

Mary Huey said...

Whew!! Stitch on!!

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful. I have a quilt I'm working on for my son. I think I've been working on it for at least a year now. I hope I can finish it before he's ready to leave home. :)

Esther Aliu said...

It's always so nice to make a quilt 'along' with other people, it's a real motivation and support. You take as long as you need to get it done, it's already looking fabulous! Sometimes when you're as close to it as you are, you can't see just how great it looks.

It looks great ;)

Shelley Folkerts said...

Your applique blocks are quite lovely, Jan. Quilt tops are like fine wine and cheese, sometimes best aged?? Or that what I tell myself with some of my projects. Thanks for linking up to this week's TGIFF.

audrey said...

I can't even imagine the work that must go into these blocks. They're lovely! This will make for an awesome top, I'm sure.

Snowcatcher said...

I just finished appliqueing 130 snowflakes onto a quilt top, so I appreciate what you are doing here more than you will ever know. This is going to be truly stunning!

Dona said...

Oh My!! Looks like a ton of work. Looks so very fun and so very happy. I love it.

ipatchandquilt said...

I can see why you love it! It is a wonderful design and the fabrics are gorgeous.
Esther
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

Cynthia Landrie said...

Oh My Gosh! I can't quit looking at this block. The colors are just stunning and so is your handwork. I can't wait to see the finished product! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with the This Is How We Roll link party. I can't wait to see what you are going to share next week.

By the way, I love quilting!

Diana Hansen said...

So pretty!!

Ana Lopes said...

This is really beautiful! I love your block! Visiting from Sew Can Do Link Party! Thank you for sharing!
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

MaryEllen Stringham said...

Visiting from Sew Can Do Link Party. I love to see what other quilters do. Thank you for sharing your lovely block.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

It is truly beautiful and my gosh......a lot of work but it will be worth it when you are done!

kwiltnkats said...

Wow is this ever a fun looking project to work on. I am not a big fan of KF fabrics, but in little doses as you have used the fabrics I'm smiling. Sandi

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party. Look for the new party up tonight.
Have a great week.
Debi @ Adorned From Above