Monday, July 27, 2009

What Did I Do When Computer-less?

Eat?  More than I wanted to.

Sleep?  Did that.

Read?  A little but found it very hard to concentrate.

Eat?  Yep.

Garden?  Nope…it rained the entire week.

Call AOL?  At least 6 times asking where my modem was.

Eat?  Oh yeah.

Fidget?  Lots.

Sew?  I did indeed!

berrydividerx A couple of weeks ago when reading the Blackbird Designs blog, Barbara and Alma offered a free quilt pattern which I just fell in with and promptly added it to my ‘to do’ list.  I stand to be corrected but I think the block is the Lemoyne Star. 

When my modem died, I knew that I would be without my computer for at least a week.  It was then that I decided to proceed with the quilt top.

The design had a vintage feel to it and that’s what probably attracted me to it initially.  I wanted to maintain that look in my version.

The Blackbird quilt is made from a jelly roll and since I didn’t have one, I decided to use some Thimbleberries fabric from my stash.  I adjusted the individual square size from 2 1/2” to 3” and proceeded from there.

DSCN0795It took me three days to cut and piece the quilt and the completed top measures approximately 70” X 70”.

DSCN0794I also took the liberty to venture from the Blackbird gals rendition by adding a Seminole border but realized afterward that I probably should have added a smaller 1 1/2” border between it and the pieced quilt top first.  My inexperience reared it’s ugly head here.  Sigh.

DSCN0796But having said that, I’m really pleased with the way it turned out.  All my points were spot on and not one block needed to be squared up.  That’s a first for me!

I am going to have it machine quilted and I can envision feather wreaths in each of the connecting blocks.  Can you offer any quilting suggestions for the pieced blocks?

Some day I’d like to make another quilt like this one using only two colors…a variety of turkey reds and white.

berrydividerx In conclusion…

The positive side to not having my computer was the making of this quilt top which probably would not have happened til a much later date.

The negative side to not having my computer is I probably gained a couple of pounds simply by eating out of frustration.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren  ♥


RG said...

What a wonderful use of your time!!
Absolutely wonderful and food??
ehh.. it's always there... love it or hate it...
Enjoy your beautiful quilt. What a fantastic achievement.
Will look forward to your finished result.
Robyn xx

Abby and Stephanie said...

Look what you can accomplish without a computer! Wow, what a beautiful quilt. You were one very productive lady.

My word verification is spree

Does that mean you should now go on a shopping spree?

Julie said...

oooh, you've done good kaaren! this particular quilt is also on my to-do-list, although i have no intention of doing the frilly border.
at least you accomplished something while you were 'net-less'. just imagine how much you would get done if you didn't have a pc? LOL
big hugs
julie xxx

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Well except for the pounds, you certsinly got a something good done! Isn't it nice when you finish something you set out to do - even if you would re-do a few areas!

I hope you are having a great Monday! hugs, Linda

Janet said...

I love the borders and I don't think it's suffered at all from not having a narrow one first. It's a great top, I do love the Lemoyne star. I think if you ask the machine quilter for suggestions for the stars, she's probably got the best ideas.

Darlene said...

Incredible use of your time! I love it, it's beautiful.

Jocelyn said...

Great quilt Kaaren. It's such fun when I find a pattern that I love and it motivates me to get sewing!

Sew Useful Designs said...

Kaaren, the quilt top you made is stunning. I love the colours. And I like how you didn't add a border... I love the way the triangles play together! And they wouldn't have played the same way with a fence between them!!! :-)

You accomplished so much! But I know... how dependent we all are on technology!!! I'm sure you've said this before - can't live with it and can't live without it!

Vikki xoxo :-)

Susannah said...

Beautiful work, Kaaren. Non-computer time well spent!

Pat said...

It's beautiful!

The Rabbit Factory said...

Pound for pound I know what you talking about! Lovely quilt top and yes, I want to make that one too!
Glad you are back...we missed you!

Rumi said...

I think your quilt is lovely just the way it is. You were speed sewing to get it done in 3 days!

Tom H said...

Great looking quilt top! Even in the photo the lines are clean and crisp. You got some talent there.

Stina Blomgren said...

See... that was a good thing.. and we are all here when you got
Just love your quilt and it was very well spended days!!! Thanks for showing us.. so we might turn off the computers and start!!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh,what is a few pounds, look at the quilt you made, it is wonderful, maybe my computer should "die" for a while too!!

Loris said...

Your quilt is lovely and you are right, it has a nice vintage look to it. Excellent way to mark your time while waiting.

Cathi said...

Great way to make use of the time without your computer!!! I love LeMoyne Star blocks -- stitching them is so much fun!

Francien said...

What a lovely fresh looking quilt Kaaren...and you made it so lookes the Timbleberries fabric ...and i am computer hooked too..what is the point in making beautyful creations if you can,t show it off like we do in our blogs...i live here in a small village where no-one is patching or quilting...the first thing i do when i get home from work is relaxing at the computer and bloghop to see al those lovely gives me your quilt now...i have saved the pattern from bb designs..glad you are "online"again..your blog is one of my favorites..
greetings Francien

Candace said...

Wow - it's gorgeous, Kaaren! I'm sure you worked off those couple of pounds while you made the quilt - right?!!

Anne said...

Wow, so that's what can be done when there's not computer calling out to you? Hmmm, maybe I should try venturing away from it. Like NOW! LOL

Behind My Picket Fence said...

I am so impressed. You started & finished a whole quilt top! It's a great pattern and it will just come to life when it's quilted.

Jilly's Space said...

I Love it!!!
I have gained a few pounds too and I don't have any excuse :o(

Anonymous said...

I too would accomplish so much more without this computer but I'd miss my friend!

Heidi said...

How pretty! I don't think it needed a small border first. Having the triangles right on the pattern gives it a much more vintage look I think. Had you added a small border first, it would have looked very 2009 instead. Great job! Now can you zap my computer so I can get something! I bet I should not have said that right? I might have jinxed myself. :-)

Hugs ~
Heidi (...who should be in bed as I type this...good night...)

Carrie P. said...

Good and bad not having a computer. The quilt is very good. Eating not so good. I have a tendency to do that too when I am frustrated.
So glad you are back on line.

Karen said...

When you don't have the computer it's amazing what gets done. Your quilt is just yummy - love it. Maybe I should have hubby take the laptop to work with him, oops that still leaves the desktop upstairs - oh well, lol.

Hugs - karen

Sherri said...

Looks like you accomplished a lot! I love that quilt and also have plans to make it! I love the vintage feel it has as well!

Nanette Merrill said...

Well we are glad you are back. And this quilt is so lovely we all forgive you.

Anonymous said...

Isn't funny how we are so attached to our computers/internet?
I love the quilt you made while you had your down time!! It turned out quite beautiful.

Susan said...

What a great quilt to accomplish during "computer down-time"!!
You can be proud of yourself.

Micki said...

I couldn't live without my computer, as I am connected to friends that way . Love your quilt!

Chookyblue...... said...

geez I better keep this computer going cause I don't need to add some weight...........trying to loose for commenting too........

Unknown said...

Great looking quilt top! Sounds like you definitely used your time wisely...even the eating part. :)