Friday, April 22, 2011

Indian Orange Peel (IOP) Update

It's Good Friday here and everyone has a long weekend (well, not me, but most people!) so I thought I'd tackle the dreaded IOP!
At the Indian Orange Peel class in March,  I finished 1 block, which I worked on all afternoon. I re-sewed the corners so many times that the fabric was fraying, and it's all batik! Since then, my blocks have been sitting on my design wall....just sitting, taunting me.
I have changed the arc placements a thousand times and am not feeling any more settled with the arrangement than when I started. I have spent more time with the layout on this quilt than any other in 20 years of quiltmaking!
Last week I got some great tips from other quilters about how to stop procrastinating my Indian Orange Peel project. I could feel it inching closer to the very crowded UFO closet!
In her comment on that blog post, Judy said she really wanted me to make 1 block just to show her, so I did! It didn't make me cry like the first one did and my 28 points on the curves turned out okay!  I only resewed 2 of the corners, and 1 of the corners still has a little pleat/pocket (at the place where my stork scissors are pointing) but I'm not doing it over again, because that is when the crying might start :)
2 blocks done, 23 to go!

16 comments:

  1. Your blocks are lovely. Who cares if there's a little pleat here or there. The blocks are so pretty, no one will even notice.

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  2. I think that is a great way to tackle it. Sew it one block at a time and it won't feel quite so overwhelming. You will end up with such a lovely quilt and a deserved sense of accomplishment.

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  3. I'm so glad you got the first two done. They look awesome.

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  4. Your blocks will look great when they are all done. Just think, you already have 8% done. Keep on peeling!!!

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  5. Stunning your work is beautiful

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  6. I so hope your other 23 blocks don't cause any tears Kathy. You've put so much time and effort into this already ( not to mention all that scrumptious fabric ). It would be horrible to see it become a UFO . The best of British to you - lol xxxx

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  7. 3 cheers for you! I got back to work on my IOP this week too. I hope to have something to post on my blog later today.

    Your blocks are lovely!

    Gail

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  8. Well, look at you. :) I'm glad I was able to help you out.

    Seriously, I cannot wait to see how this quilt looks. No more tears!

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  9. I just love this!! Sorry about the shredded fabric...it doesn't have to perfect, it is gorgeous!!!

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  10. It looks wonderful. Remember that anything can be tackled one step at a time, or maybe in this case one block at a time :)

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  11. Oh I hope you keep at this, your second block looks great, and not a single soul would have noticed that little pleat! Each time I sit down to sew, my goal is to make "that perfect block". It's a nice goal to be sure, but I've never done it, NEVER. But it doesn't bother me when I "fail", I move on to the next one with the same attitude. When all the blocks are done, each little imperfection disappears into a wonderful finished quilt.

    I'll let you know if i EVER make that perfect block!

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  12. This one is definitely too special to be relegated to the UFO pile. How many hours of work have gone into each of those wedges. Hopefully the piecing will be smoother when you get into the flow of it. It will be worth it to have a stunning finished quilt.

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  13. You know you are not alone. Where is your sidekick in the IOP and how far has she gone...Barbie....???
    Northern Blog Stalker!

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  14. Keep going! Once you get a few done, the rest are easy.......honest! It was a pleasure to have you in my IOP workshop. Don't forget to send me a picture of the finished top. Again......KEEP GOING!

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  15. This looks amazing! Can't wait to see more.

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