Monday, July 9, 2012

Remember Orca Bay?

Remember the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter from last fall?  This is what I have on my design wall today.  I have been sewing some of the star blocks together this past weekend in hopes of getting the quilt top together soon. 


I am feeling a bit overwhelmed lately by the number of pieces of fabric in my sewing room. I don't mean pieces of fabric like fat quarters but pieces of fabrics that are cut into different width strips and others that could/should be sewn into quilt tops.  It seems the strips that I have cut are never the right size, and if they are then they are the wrong color.  I also have several bags of blocks that just need to be sewn into tops.  Does this happen to any of you?
This Orca Bay quilt has lots of pieces so I think it will seem like less in my sewing room if it is all sewn together in one piece.  I really love all the string blocks in this quilt.


My camera is one of my favorite quilting tools.  I didn't notice the mistake in the one star block until I started looking at the photos to put in this blog post. 
 
Thanks to Judy L. at Patchwork Times for hosting Design Wall Monday.

 I hope you are finding some time to stitch today! 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

23 comments:

My Life and Quilting on the Cape said...

Hi LuAnn.. The quilt is stunning... You are right about the camera being your second pair of eyes... It happened to me as well... Hugs :)

QuiltSwissy said...

Oh the quilt is beautiful! And I, too, use the camera more than any other tool. I just never thought of it that way!

I have also made your mistake innumerable times. You really don't see it until it is too late!

glen

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh this quilt is so beautiful!! It really is exquisite. Yep, those camera's are great tools for us. I had someone else tell me about my block being sewn wrong. So nice to be able to fix it now, isn't it?

Janet O. said...

How can I forget Orca Bay. Mine is still unfinished, too. Since I did mine from shirts, I was stopped because I ran out of solid cream and black. They haven't been easy to find in 100% cotton at the local thrift store. Recently acquired the needed shirts and last week I finished cutting the required parts. I'm headed back to the bay soon, as well It seems so easy to get parts switched around on this quilt. I've redone a few myself.
I love your blue and yellow colors. Very pretty!

Julierose said...

H LuAnn--I totally agree with the pre-cut-up strips and sq's etc--I can never really find a use for them somehow and always start from scratch it seems. I no longer cut up scraps--(shhh, I just shove them all in bags) I Love your Orca Bay--very pretty Julierose

Sue said...

Your Orca Bay is really striking. Makes me want to dig mine out and work on it. My scraps are a big mess at the moment. I'm waiting for the rotary cutter fairy to come along and fix them all.

AnnieO said...

Love the yellows you've used in your version. I'm with you on the scraps and strips thing--really wanting to use them but not finding the right place to do so! Lately I've been thinking about placemats and table runners...

Maria said...

I really like the colour combination of this quilt. Yes the camera often picks up things our own eyes miss.

Cathy Tomm said...

I too have Orca bay to finish. I have blocks and pieces in a box at this time. maybe next month. Your Orca bay is looking great. Glad you caught the flipped one.

sunny said...

Yep, me too. THe camera fins things that I miss. Your Orca Bay is nice, but what I really want to see is the little quilt under your basket!

soscrappy said...

Orca Bay is coming along nicely. I have that same overwhelmed feeling from time to time. I think you arevcorrectbin thinking it will get better when you big top is together. It is always such a good feeling to finish a flimsy and neatly file away all the extra bits.

Karen said...

Your Orca Bay looks wonderful. I did one too and changed the colors from the original too. Haven't quite figured out what to do in the border though - so it's not done yet.

Cyn ;-) said...

Your OrcaBay sure is a stunner! Like you, I love my camera, too. it is a great tool.
Too much fabric? Well... YES, although I hesitate to actually admit it - especially in print! lol. my sewing room is a disaster and the only solution I have come up with is to give a lot of it away. If you discover something better... please share with us.

Vivian said...

Your Orca Bay is looking great. Your color version is going to be outstanding.
Same problem with my house -- scraps, strips, chunks and leftovers; bags, stacks, and boxes, and more stacks. All over -- unused, unappreciated, and it's all usable.
I need to sit down some day, start sorting and make some plans. But I always seem to be in a hurry to finish something else. Those leftovers and scraps will just have to sit and wait.

Terry said...

It looks great! I love using my camera to find problems in my quilts too! :0)

Hanne said...

I love your stars LuAnn :-)

KatieQ said...

Your Orca Bay quilt is stunning. I love the color combination. I definitely understand what you mean about having lots of strips cut, but never the right size. It sounds like the story of my life.
Glad the camera helped you see the mistake before it was too late to make it an easy fix.

Sue said...

Absolutely beautiful LuAnn. Cameras are great for showing up mistakes.:-)

Kris said...

Your Orca Bay is beautiful. I really like your color choice.

I have lots of blocks and strips and odd pieces. They just seem to collect. I have all my strips organized, but find the same problem of wrong size or color. Guess I just need to find the right pattern.

Ellen said...

Your version of Orca Bay is going to be stunning - I really like your colour selection.

I have the same problem with all of the bits and pieces that are hanging around in my sewing room. I find I am just shifting them around to work on other projects instead of using them and getting them into a quilt and out of my room. I have been on a bit of mission lately to try to clear things up. It's all so overwhelming at times!

Stephanie said...

Hi LuAnn!
Good for you!! It feels so good, doesn't it, to get out a project that's been hibernating and get it moving again.
I like your color combination. I need to work on my Orca Bay too; it's turn will come sooner or later. Did you see Bonnie's new book? It's really cool.

ytsmom said...

I really like your color combination on your Orca Bay. I wish I was as far as you! I am going to have to get back to it, one of these days.

Staci said...

Oh so stunning! You are such a skilled quilter, I just love seeing your work!

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