Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Rest of the Story

Last week I shared that I had the honor of making a Big Schnibble - "Imagine" quilt for Carrie's (Miss Rosie's Quilt Co) new book "Schnibbles Times Two". You're saying to yourself "yes, we know, enough already" LOL Bear with me while I share my story (with Carrie's blessing, btw)


I was really excited to be a part of this venture and couldn't wait to complete my mission. I finished the blocks, started laying them out on my design floor and instantly struggled - it was too blendy, too muddy, too matchy-matchy. UGH! I did the best I could - finished the flimsy and called Carrie.

Darlene "Oh Carrie, the Big Schnibble is ugly! You're going to hate it, Martingale is going to hate it so I think we need to rethink this and move to plan B. It's blendy, muddy, etc."

Carrie "Oh no, Darlene. Surely it can't be that bad?"

Darlene "I'll send you a picture and then we can decide whether or not you want me to quilt it"

After picture was sent via e-mail

Carrie "I see what you mean but I like it. It has a soft vintage look. I think it will be just fine. Quilt it, I bet it'll look great"

Darlene "OK but I don't think you're going to like it"

I quilted it, sent it to Carrie, she liked it and Martingale liked it, too because it's in the book. And, me - I still don't like it. LOL

Thank you for letting me share the story about my Big Schnibble "Imagine" quilt.

I appreciate your visit - come again soon!

In Friendship!

48 comments:

Monica said...

I'm with Carrie. I like the softness of it too. I think it's really cool that she asked you to help her out. Congrats.

Ginger Patches said...

You have got to quit being so hard on yourself big sis! It's beautiful! You did a wonderful job!!

Susan said...

Looks great to me!

Sasha said...

I had a similar problem recently- although mine wasn't going in a book!!!! I grew to love it! I loved yours straight away- maybe you'll get there! If you don't- my god woman- you made a quilt for Carrie's book- that's beyond cool!!!

SoozeM said...

I love it! I am such a matchy-matchy girl and the colors are gorgeous! What range of fabric is it from?

Deb said...

Darlene ~ I think the quilt is wonderful! I saw it first over on A Quilting Life's blog, and it showed up wonderfully! I think you should be proud of yourself (in a good way). Congratulations on being in the new book!

Janet said...

congratulations for having the quilt in the book. I think the green saved it from being too blendy, it looks great. I happen to like softter looking quilts.

sewprimitive karen said...

Congratulations on being in the book!

Terry said...

I think it looks absolutely fabulous! Just my opinion! :0)

Carol said...

It's soft and vintagy...is that a word? I like it...but I'd struggle with it initially...it's out of my comfort area. It will be a nice snuggly quilt.

Diane said...

I like it too-a lot. And so glad you shared your story-how great to have a quilt you made in a real live book! Talk about it as much as you want, I for one love to hear about such things and it is your blog-:)
****wehn I get the book, can I mark the page with the picture of your quilt and say to all my non-cyber friends "I KNOW the quilt maker"....?**** :) cuz frankly, I think it is just way too cool!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Darlene I just saw your quilt on Sherri's blog and it is beautiful!

Screen Door said...

OK-- What fabric line? I'm in love with this. I think the colors are soft....I'm off to the quilt store today. I hope you write back asap;)

Strlady said...

I honestly don't see the muddy, blendy thing but I know we are our most critical judges. I recently made one with some fabric from Red Rooster's Whimsical line and it turned out VERY muddy and stretchy too! Everyone that saw it on the design wall loved it. I folded it up and put it away without quilting. I get you. This piece might look gorgeous to everyone but will need time to grow on you. If it hasn't grown on you by the time Carrie gives it back You can send it to me and I can give it some serious loving! LOL!
I,like everyone else, loves it! It looks very soft and spring like. I think the colors just make it... wonderful!

Thelma said...

Oh Darlene, I LOVE your quilt.

What an interesting experience, to have a quilt in a book by a popular designer and to not like the quilt, isn't life funny sometimes..... I hope you do grow to love that quilt as much as the rest of us!

Kaaren said...

You're too hard on yourself, Darlene.

First instincts are always the best and 99.9% of the time are always the right choices and this just proves it.

I love the soft, vintage-y look. It's perfect in my eyes.

wendysquilting said...

We can be so hard on ourselves! That is one one the quilts that I esp like from what I've seen so far! Darlene I've tried to figure out how to change the no reply setting for my blog with no luck? If there is someone who knows how to make that change in wordpress I'd sure appreciate the help? wendysquilting@shaw.ca

Karen said...

I don't see it as too blendy. And it does have that vintage look. Nothing wrong in my eyes.

Quilt Hollow said...

I have to disagree with you....I like it! (just my two cents worth)

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Debi said...

I love it Darlene, it is soft and oh so pretty.

Laura said...

It is a bit blendy, but the fabrics you chose are perfect for that look so it looks great!

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny! I think it looks great and you did a fabulous job!

Kim said...

I agree with Kaaren and Mary. There is plenty of contrast and the lighter fabrics pop just right.

Dresden Quilter said...

I like it! It is so soft and beautiful.

Karen said...

LOL! Thank-you for sharing your story. It really isn't that bad. Some people like the more blended look of a quilt. This was a good challenge for you! It got you out of your normal zone. Even though you didn't like doing it, I think you did a great job and deserve an A+! Besides you can now claim to have a quilt in a book!! Congratulations on a great job well done! :0)

Sherri said...

Everyone at Carrie's trunk show liked it too! We all agreed it was soft and vintagey!

Quiltersal said...

I generally don't care for muted, muddy quilts...but I have to agree with Carrie. It grows on you. It has a soft vintage look that would be perfect in a guest room, or a little girl's room, or draped along the back of a chair or loveseat on a shady sunporch. Good job, Darlene!

Karen said...

Darlene,
Not sure what you don't like about it. From looking at the picture, it does look vintage. Maybe it will grow on you in time.

Michelle said...

I like it!

Loris said...

I like it too :-)
I had a similar issue with the small Imagine. I used the Peace on Earth fabrics but couldn't quite see any pattern at all. I turned the blocks into a rows and fields variation and it showed more of a design that way. Yours does have a nice soft look to it though and I can see the design. Nice work and published too!

call me crazy said...

I think it is so cool that you got to make a quilt for Carrie's book! I like the quilt too~ although in my mind, I'm 'imagining' other fabric combination's too. ;-) Thanks for tell the rest of the story! :-)

Carrie P. said...

It is funny how we can think something we made is ugly but others will love it and I do too. It is very pretty.

Cheryl said...

Oh boy Darlene....I LOVE IT!!! How fun to be in the book too. You get a big old thata girl!!!

Carol said...

You don't like it? I love it, the colors are great for this pattern. We are always more critical of our own quilts. It's just so awesome that a quilt you made is in Carrie's book.

Pokey said...

It's really lovely, and I have the fabric line, I liked it when I saw it on her blog, then read that it was yours, Darlene! Not surprised, it's great.

Nancy in WI said...

I like it it...I love muddy! Nancy in WI

AnnieO said...

Oh, I loved the colors and sweetness of your version immediately! I don't know what kind of glasses you were viewing the quilt through but maybe you need to increase the strength :) We all saw it as the beauty it is.

Amy said...

I didn't think I cared for this fabric until I saw this quilt. Now I think I need it. LOL. I guess that is why there are so many fabrics. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

Sandra said...

The fact that this quilt is not "perfect" looking gives it an instant "aged" look. I like it!

Rose Marie said...

The quilt has a lovely soft antiquey look .... sorry, but I like it! :o)

Millie said...

Darlene, I think your quilt is gorgeous! Love the soft colors.

Caryn said...

I like it - but that doesn't mean you have to! I've made quilts that I didn't like but others loved. If we all had the same tastes this would be very boring, wouldn't it? Congrats on being in the book - how exciting!!!!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Darlene! It's such a beautiful quilt! Blendy is a really good thing sometimes, and with this quilt, it's an amazing thing! Love the fabrics, love the design, and I think you did a wonderful job!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I like it too! It is a soft looking quilt. Your being too hard on yourself.

Quilter Kathy said...

What did you buy with your gift certificate? Enquiring minds need to know LOL!
I think this quilt is lovely...soft, feminine and romantic looking. But not the bright colours I seem to always buy. Hmmm...I'll try to be softer....

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Okay - so I was waiting for the picture of the original that you chucked - because I thought the quilt in the picture looked great - and that was it! Darlene - I so wish that you could see the beauty in you and in your work that all of the rest of us can see!!! You're awesome - and you should just embrace it (smile)!!!

Candace said...

It's all in the eye of the beholder, Darlene, and I "behold" that I really like it! I'm so happy that Martingale and Carrie did as well - and we'll all know how much great work and determination you put into it!
Cheers!

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