You know what I never thought I’d do in my lifetime? Finish piecing the top for Squee City.
But WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I did it! Will wonders never cease?
I started this project last summer because I fell in love with Sheri Berry’s “Trick Or Treat Street”, quite possibly the cutest Halloween fabric ever designed.
I bought up a bunch of it, and then decided instead of trying to match it to some pattern we owned, I’d just “design” my own quilt — a nine-patch with black sashing. I don’t think that actually qualifies as designing something yourself, but I did draw the concept on graph paper, using colored pencils, so it at least felt like I was self-designing.
I thought this would be the perfect project for me, because there’s nothing I love more than piecing together 2.5-inch squares, but what I quickly learned from this project is that I hate, hate, hate making nine-patches. 16-patches? Rawk. Units of 24-square strips? Awesome. But nine-patches? Yawn. They’re so small and monotonous. They’re adorable and they look great, but man, they just drive me nuts. So when my fit of “it’s summertime and I want to be thinking of Halloween!” quilting energy passed last summer, I stuffed this away in a closet and intended to forget about it forever.
So fast forward to this summer, and Boomer’s return to her own supposedly-forgotten Halloween quilt project. When she started working on her quilt in earnest in June, I started to feel that seasonlonging pull, the desperate need to be working on a holiday-specific project. A girl can’t really justify buying a whole new Halloween quilt when she’s got one already substantially under way in a closet up her guest room, can she? Well, the shocking discovery I made in returning to Squee City was that it was A) closer to being half-finished than I thought, and B) exactly what I wanted to be working on. No, I didn’t find I liked nine-patches any more than I used to, but for whatever reason, it was right in my wheelhouse. In just about no time at all, the squares were all finished. Then I took a big stack of squares and sashing pieces to The Netherlands with me, and in just about no further time at all, there were long strips ready to be assembled into a quilt top. A few weekends back at home watching “Walker, Texas Ranger” DVDs later, the whole thing was coming together. I expected it to take forever, especially the little outer border of 2.5-inch squares, but with some assistance from Pookie (and a shift from “Walker” to “Simon & Simon” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”), a finished quilt top quickly appeared.
I am insanely pleased with this. I think “Trick or Treat Street” is just the cutest fabric ever, and the Halloween jewel-tone colors — the hot pink and teal and sherbert orange — delight me. It’s far, far awesomer than I imagined it would be; I daresay my colored-pencil concept drawing didn’t do it justice at all. My plan now is to piece a backing for it, and then I’m going to — GASP! — hand quilt it. We’re taking a class at PQW at the end of September, and Squee City is so going to be my sacrificial lamb.
[Posted by Schnookie]