Sunday, 31 July 2016

One man's WBA Featherweight is another Woman's Behemoth

Last night a local boy Karl Frampton made boxing history. In NYC he beat Leo Santa Cruz to be the WBA world feather weight champion. It made history as apparently Karl is the first boxer to be world champion at two different weights. By all reports he is a nice guy, all I know he weighs much less than me. Boxing is a little, a lot, too brutal for me, but it is daunting to think he weighs substantially less than me.

Last night (well Friday night to be pedantic) I won my own personal heavy weight fight, I finished the flimsy of my #coulterweddingquilt or the #behemoth as I came to think of it.



For anybody new to me, I have been making a quilt for my son and future daughter in law, a wedding quilt. All I have to say is thank goodness it is only one quilt and not twelve as it was in Little Women. The wedding is very, very soon, days now and it was beginning to be a race against time. Yes, I know it is only the top, not the whole quilt. I had to readjust my timing a while ago. Quilt top for the wedding, quilt for the first time I see them post wedding. Luckily they live what we call "across the water" and it will give me a chance  before I see them.

They live near the sea and I wanted to have a sea feel about the quilt, but not too overtly nautical. I thought an  ombre look would have a nod in that direction.  Dr P loves blue and Ms C's favourite colour is greenish blue, turquoise. I went with half square triangle squares, thinking they would flow into each other. Most of the squares are repeated in the different ombre colours, the smaller squares are repeated more often. I started recording all the block names, and choosing blocks that seemed appropriately named. After a while I cut my losses and just sewed hell for leather. I will try to make as comprehensive list as I can.

I gave up counting the blocks after 70 odd. When is a block a block? Is it  still four blocks if you sew four blocks together? When do blocks become block? Who really cares?

At this stage I don't know how big the behemoth is. It is big enough to cover our own bed and then some. I thought I had finished at exactly 4pm Thursday and brought it in to show my husband. Then I noticed the bottom row was longer on the right side than the left, a whole 2 squares, that's 4". Back to put the pedal to the metal again, and by Saturday it was done.



I'm taking a break this week, and next from to draw breath. Then begins my favourite bit (NOT) , the quilt wrangling. I'm going to baste it myself and quilt it on my domestic machine. If my soon to be dil can make her own wedding dress with no pattern, then I can baste and quilt this sea monster.

Watch this space.

Helen x
linking up with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Main Crush Monday

15 comments:

  1. It looks amazing Helen! Goodness the wedding is getting close then! I hope you all have a fantastic day, best wishes to the bride and groom.
    V x
    P.S. Well done Karl, I agree boxing is brutal but good to see a local lad do well!

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  2. OMG! It turned out so awesome! You made me laugh, thinking of you chucking the best of plans and just sewing (as you put it) 'hell for leather'. I think our term might be 'balls to the wall'! lol.

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  3. Congratulations for the top finish. It looks really good. Enjoy quilting!!

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  4. Congratulations Helen! First of all, it is sooooooooooooo beautiful. Excellent job. Second, even Karl wouldn't be able to fight this sea monster and win. But you did! Yay you!! Enjoy the break. ;^)

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  5. It came together beautifully, Helen, and congratulations on finishing the top before the wedding. I think a break is wise, and I hope that getting it quilted goes smoothly. I will definitely be watching this space (and IG!) for more updates!

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  6. Congrats on finishing the top! It's so beautiful! Yes, you need a break before tackling the 'monster' as a you say.

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  7. Every time I see this I'm more impressed! Good luck with basting and quilting!

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  8. Sewing hell for leather or as I am want to call it by the seat of my pants, worked beautifully. A break will be good before the quilting.

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  9. It looks beautiful Helen. You have done a fabulous job and now you can RELAX ! Looking forward to updates on the wedding and the quilting😀 xx

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  11. It's beautiful! Good luck quilting.

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  12. This is sooo pretty! They are going to love it. I do not envy you any wrangling that thing on your domestic machine. Please tell me your machine is recessed into a table. Mine isn't so it's like I'm constantly getting bigger quilts snagged on the extension table, which may or may not result in a slur of profanities.

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  13. Fantastic! I'm delighted for your to be finished - it can stop feeling fun when there is a deadline but your plan sounds perfect! congrats on the flimsy finish and to the happy couple too!

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  14. This is just stunning - what an amazing wedding quilt!! Love the fact you had a 'little' breathing space between top and quilting - good luck.

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  15. It's a beautiful quilt Helen, those colors are so soothing and peaceful. Congrats on the wedding! After your break you'll be ready to tackle the quilting. I can't wait to see it!! Thanks for linking to MCM!

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