Saturday, July 19, 2014

I don't know what I am doing

Do you ever realize that you don't have a clue how to proceed with a project??

I am trying something new for me.  And feeling a little lost and frustrated.

My daughter's boyfriend is a big San Jose Sharks (hockey team) fan, so when I offered to make them a quilt, they asked if I could do it in San Jose colours. problem.

I didn't really think that sleeping under a "shark" would be a good idea, although boyfriend would probably like it LOL

Anyway, I sketched out some stylized versions, and they seemed to think that was a good idea. They want a duvet cover, not a quilt, so I thought I would sew the design onto a sheet, and then add another one for the backing.  Which was my first mistake! The sheet wasn't big enough, so I will sew the design onto a sheet, then add a border to make it large enough, and then piece a back from fabric.

OK??...well , maybe not so much.  
I laid out some fabric in roughly the design...

Then I wasn't sure how to proceed. I thought I would do the pieces in applique style, which means that I should start with the background, but because I dont really have a pattern, I am not sure how big things will be, so how big to make my background pieces. I dont really want to have several layers stacked up so wanted to cut them to size.....what ever that is!

So I finally got brave and cut a shape for the teal coloured shark "body".  Then sunk into a confused state again.  So I tackled the stripes...

They turned out ok....the second time around!! The first time I mitered the corners at 90 degrees, then wondered why they didn't look correct.

I will try to lay it out again today, and see if I can look at it again with a fresh eye, and figure it out.

Good thing I dont make a living doing this!! 


  1. WOW! You do have a challenge there. I'm sorry I can't help you with it.

  2. You couldn't convince him to be a Calgary Flames fan, and make them a nice red and white quilt?

  3. you'll do fine Flo,,,,when I made the .bluenose quilt, I had no pattern. I got a picture on line...printed it up and took it to Staples to get it enlarged. that way I could cut template type pieces to get a better idea.

  4. Good luck! That looks like it could be tough, but I'm sure that you'll make it through one way or another!


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