Saturday, January 28, 2012

Make It Work

so. many projects don't get finished. who the heck knows why. time is usually the problem. but not the only reason. so i thought i would try a new strategy. and imagine Tim Gunn stopping by. just to see me. a famous-crafty-person. hehe. and telling me. to. Make It Work.there wasn't anything particularly wrong with the pattern or what i did with it. i just don't like borders. and always choose to leave them off. but here i am going on and on about the awful border and because i didn't take a picture you can't really see what was wrong. or not wrong. trust me. it looked fine.at the time. i was eager and hesitant to make this. had doubt i could do it well and be happy. i like structure. and this seemed a bit carefree for me. these were my niece's jeans she didn't have very long. and she was growing out of. so perfect. if it didn't work i didn't ruin something important.fast forward to a few days ago. out came the pins. lots of them. and off came the border. i tied it. to flannel. and what had been on the back. i used for the binding. now i love it. i Made It Work. but. to tell the truth. i needed batting. not very much. and safety pins. you always need more than you have. and there they were. so i got what i wanted. and a long-over-due-finish. i like to call this. my 15 block version. a half-lap-size. it measures 36 in. x 60 in.Secondhand Comfort pattern.
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could it really have been that long ago!!

8 comments:

Shari said...

I don't have a clue who Tim Gunn is but I like the motto. And a finish is a finish no matter how long it took. I like your picnic rug...

Josie McRazie said...

I love Tim Gunn! And can I say I have a bajillion pairs of old jeans that my Mother had saved and cut most of them up and have the top of a quilt done and am baffled as to what to use for backing! That is a great way to use the pockets!!

Des said...

Karen, I love, love it!! Your very own 'make it work' moment!!
I remember the border being an issue for me as well. I also put little squares in all of my corners and ending taking them all out. crazy. I love the colors you put with your levi. Great job!

Annie said...

Good for you gettin' it done! I love the pockets blocks...very fun quilt indeed!

Nanette Merrill said...

That is really interesting and I've never seen anything like it! Great job.

Gari said...

what a great use of jeans.

Corrie said...

Super photos at the tennis court! The quilt looks great - half size, what a good idea.

Stephanie said...

I love Tim Gunn. Wish he'd stop by my house. I think this quilt is really eye catching. I also have a problem with things that aren't structured. I try to fix them. :o)