I've got a bee in my bonnet that been buzzing around for over a year now and today, I've finally had it and it's got to come out! I am a very heavy browser of quilt patterns. I love them, love buying them, love how they inspire me and make me dream how to use my stash with them, love the fabric shopping needed sometimes....you get the picture. Doesn't matter to me who the designer is or if it is in a book, magazine or single pattern, if I like it then I will get it. That is until the past year or so.
Now, this is not a critical attack on quilt designers, so please don't all email me hate mail. These are just my observations and my OWN frustrations...again, that bee..
I love finding a new quilt that I just WANT to make. What I hate and find so frustrating is the sizes that quilt patterns are being made in these days. Just today, I was checking out some new patterns, was really excited about two of them but when I checked the quilt sizes, one was 56 x 86 and the other was 76 x 76. I mean, what's up with that!!! Who the heck has a bed in those sizes. I don't know about you guys, but I have a normal, regular sized bed. It came from one of those stores that carries alot of regular sized beds. I guess the 56 x 86 could be a lap quilt for a really tall man and the 76 x76 would fit a double with a nice overhang but that pattern didn't even offer the information needed to make it queen size or any other size. It's just so frustrating these odd size quilts that are being designed. I guess my point is, I don't mind if it's designed an odd size but for what I pay for the pattern/book, couldn't they at least offer the info needed to make it fit regular beds or more bed size options. I don't want to have to sit and figure out all the calculations needed to make it fit my bed. I don't want to "throw" on some extra borders to make it fit. As a result, I find myself being very choosy about the patterns I buy. It's too bad, because there are alot of nice patterns on the market that I would buy, if only. I know you can't please everyone but am I the only one who has noticed all these weird sized quilts!??? I'm just saying "what's up with that?"
There! The bee's out and I know it won't be making any honey but at least the buzzing is gone lol!
Last week, I whipped up this little mini with KT fabrics. It was a kit from the shop. It always amazes me that small doesn't mean faster! LOL! I spend a whole day piecing the little thing :)
This quilt is from an old magazine that I don't even have the cover for anymore. It looks totally different with the color choices I made. I'm not particularly happy that I can't see the stars. I think I should have placed the beige to make the stars instead of the darks. It just needs the borders then it's another "top in waiting"...like I needed another of those ;) lol!Happy stitching, hope I didn't ruffle too many feathers, and God Bless!