Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quilt Guilt

Oh boy, I have started two quilts in a row that just did not work out. The Spiderweb is my favorite quilt pattern out there, but I just could not get into it. Four squares was my limit. I have this rule about crafting see, if it is not fun for me, I let it go. I have another rule though. I have to either give my unfinished project away to someone who will use the materials, or I have to make it something else.

I could not give those squares away because I loved them so, and there were not quick and easy to make. I now have a Spiderweb pillow that I am quite happy with.

I used linen and a big scrap of the yellow chicken print I used on the front, for the back.


Then I had the bright idea to make a zig-zag quilt. I cut up a bunch of squares started sewing and found my self in the same situation. It just was not fun for me to make. Another pillow it was. This one looks great in Jack's room.

This piece was just big enough to wrap around the back.



On to my next quilt. Something a little different, but hopefully it will not turn into a pillow!




37 comments:

Ashley said...

Your pillows look great! It was funny to read your post, as I'm about to do the same thing... I have the start of a cathedral window quilt which I think is destined to finish as a pillow! At least it ends up as something useful!

MichelleB said...

Love your pillows! I love your rule and need to use that rule more.

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

I especially love how the spiderweb pillow came out. I agree, making those blocks are tedious!

QuiltedSimple said...

Both of these made lovely pillows! I think I need to use this rule.....
Kris

Katie Jean said...

They look great! At least you turned them into something else. I have a whole bunch of half finished projects that are just sitting around!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Fantastic idea with the pillows! Too cute. I totally agree with your crafting rule!

Carolyn said...

Aw well at least you have a finished project out if it, even if it wasn't the idea you started out with! Very cute too!

craftoholic said...

Those pillows are beautiful, good for you to turn something you were not happy about into useful pieces!

Jessica said...

That spider quilt turned into a great pillow. I've turned quite a few started quilts into table runners and coasters and pillows as well.

crochetgurl said...

I love the zig-zag pillow. A couple weeks ago, I went to a baby shower and the mother showed us the nursery where she had hand-sewn pink curtains and matching quilts for the baby. They were so cute! It reminded me of the things I've seen on your blog. :-)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Some things are just meant to be pillows! Love the spider web style - very effective in the cream/yellow colourway.

amandajean said...

what a great idea to rescue your quilt blocks and make pillows. it's the PERFECT solution!!! the spiderweb one looks really cool with the one center block! i should learn that rule for myself.

MLE said...

What a great idea! I just took my spiderweb quilt to the quilter...I'm way too much of a newbie quilter to attempt to quilt that thing on my own! Had I seen your pillows mid-project, I would have probably stopped and done the same thing!

lucky knitter said...

Beauiful pillows. What a great idea. Can't wait to see what you do with those doilies.

Kate said...

Great idea - love the spiderweb blocks as a pillow.

mary said...

First time to your site and In His Time was playing and I am waiting of God for some things in my life about work and finance's

Journeying Five said...

how are you going to work in the doilies and lace?

jo said...

Your next quilt look interesting, cant wait for the photos to arrive.

Jo xx

APA said...

I like your creative thinking, very much. The pillows are perfect, beautiful art from your hands. Be happy in time and space!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

The Pillows Look great, but I know what you mean about a project not turning out exactly the way that you had hoped. good for you, turning them into something beautiful and useful.

Anonymous said...

i have never quilted. while i am quite patient, i think that would test me too much. but seeing your work reminds me that there are things that are worth the effort! i love the colors in your home! beautiful!

karen detarjag aol

Shannon said...

I adore the pillows! That spider web is fantastic.

I love your philosophy on your projects. I tend to force myself to push through but, come to think of it, I'm not sure why. Crafting is my hobby and hobbies are supposed to be fun, right? I may just give myself permission to quit a couple. Thanks for the inspiration!

cathleen said...

Loving your pillows. Geesh, I think I love all your projects! Is there anything you can't do?

La MaƱosa said...

Those are some fantastic pillowcases--I love them!

I like your rules about quilting. I've been trying to focus more on having fun myself and letting go of certain quilts if I really believe I won't finish them.

Hilary said...

I love them both as pillows! And as far as I can tell they look just perfect in the places where you've put them. I'm intrigued by the photo of your next project-to-be. Anything with that lace is sure to be gorgeous!

misschris said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who loses steam with some projects! The pillows turned out lovely, though. Great save. xo

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Its really smart to let it go when it isn't fun. Too often I've tried to finish something I didn't enjoy or knew would never be worn. It isn't worth it. Your pillows look great! Much better to make pillows and feel good about them than to have a bunch of ufo's hang around!

melissa s. said...

i really admire that you're able to let go of projects and repurpose them. i need to get over my stubbornness on some of my unloved wip's and re-wip them, too! the pillows are great!!!

kim said...

Those pillows are fantastic. I can't wait to see the last one especially. I know, I know, you said "quilt."

tiennie said...

Those are great pillows! I love that you think that the quilts were a fail but then you made them into something wonderful!

tammiemarie said...

Both of those pillows are perfect! Very clever.

AlewivesGirl said...

I am SOOO stealing the phrase "Quilt Guilt," I LOVE it!

Renee said...

Pillows are a good thing, yours are lovely!

I'm with you on that rule ~ if I'm not feeling the love the work that's done if morphed into something else.

Ariel said...

ooooh! The spiderweb quilt is my favorite pattern too....but I haven't attempted it yet. I LOVE the pillow that it became! The linen looks so fresh with the yellow.

Gretchen said...

the pillows look great! I have the same rules...though I will admit I have many half done projects because I can't make a decision on what to do once I scrap it.

elliebelle said...

The pillows are great!

Alia said...

Hi there! I have a horror story with my spiderweb! I started and made 10 blocks or 2 rows an then went and printed more and made like 68 and then they did not fit! So, now I want to pilfer your idea and make two pillow out of these original ones. Trick is.....I don't know HOW!! Can you help???