This is a quilt I didn't think I would EVER make.
Wasn't ever a fan of the pattern, thought it was too
Haha. Boy was I wrong.
After Victoria's DWR win at Quiltcon 2 years ago,
and then her DWR Challenge, I got the bug.
I only did a single ring because I was a judge and couldn't win,
so I was a slacker. Haha.
And I still wasn't sold on this pattern.
Then I saw so many wonderful DWR quilts coming out of
Victoria's inspiration, I decided to give it a whirl
I had been hoarding Kaffe Fassett stripes and plaids for a while.
Couldn't cut them up. Haha.
Then I found some rich peppered cotton solids
and started a "Plan" so to speak.
Actually I just started cutting everything up.
No counting how many I need of this or that.
Put it away for a while, dragged it back out and cut some more.
Then I started sewing the melons together. Still no real plan.
I didn't even lay it all out first,
just made each melon as I liked them.
I started with all the deep blues, purples and greens on one side,
and worked my way across the design wall.
More sewing and slapping up.
But I had all these bright yellows, pinks and greens too.
I put them on the end.
This pattern does take awhile to put together.
Patience is the word!
I sewed all the melons first.
It was coming together.
I liked it but . . . . Didn't love it.
So off the wall it went for a while.
I had other quilts calling my name.
It is such a great book! You have to get it!
I had most of the pieces cut and put together,
so I played around with the layout.
I wanted it scrappy, and it surely is!
I added in a few other Kaffe prints
where I had run out of what I was using.
I sewed the rings into rows,
and slowly put the rows together.
Because everything was overlapping on my design wall,
I had no idea how big this was going to be!
Below is on a third of it!
It was a slow sewing process
and I tend to pin the hell out of everything
curvy! But that's just me.
It was definitely worth taking my time on.
See here, I sewed the it together wrong!
Jack the Ripper makes an appearance.
It's not perfect, there are some puckers and tucks.
I'm hoping the quilting will take that out.
I am so pleased with this top.
I am also pleased that I tried something
I didn't think I ever would.
Good lesson don't you think?
What are you afraid of?
Or not interested in?
Take a chance, you might be inspired.