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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Four Leaf Clovers?

A funny thing happened on the way to Pillow #4.
It didn't become a pillow.  It was too big.  I don't want any pillows that are larger than 18".  But that isn't the funny thing. 

You see that "Rocket" fabric outside the twisted pinwheels?...when I bought that fabric I saw black and white and I saw that luscious green and I saw numbers and not a once did I see a rocket!  Not a one!  There's a rocket every 2" all over this fabric piece!  <~~That's the funny thing.  What?...you were expecting hilarious?

Well, now what am I going to do with this stupid piece of fabric that I'm now mad at for having stupid rockets on it!  And it's been in my way and laughing at me and haunting me ever since!

Noticing it, I pulled it out thinking, oh, what a fun piece to border these pinwheels with...that I decided I would call four leaf clovers for a March, St. Patrick's Day theme.  Then I saw the stupid rockets and was reminded all over again how I hate this piece of fabric!


Then I took another look at it.  This design made with the Little Twister tool is called twisted pinwheels.  I see them as whirligigs.  And I visualise them spinning around in the air.  Which is where a rocket goes...up in the air.  I decided the rockets, the count-down numbers and the green words "blast off" all fits nicely with whirligigs.  See how nicely I forced this hated fabric to go with my twisted design...it's how my twisted mind works.  I'm awfully determined sometimes.  Yep, the four leaf clovers don't work into this scenario any more.

Now, yay!...I'm using this fabric...getting it out of my stash.  this project is still a pillow at this stage, so I'm already planning ahead for the back of the pillow.  I'll make an extra whirligig and I'll fussy cut the words "blast off".......you guessed it...I didn't have enough fabric left to get those large "blast off" words for the pillow back!!!  I hate this fabric again

In the end, the piece was too large for a pillow so it's a table mat.  I just couldn't know what size it would come out to once it was chopped up and resewn.  And I did my best to use up the rest of the rocket fabric on the back...I kind of like how the back looks.  That hated fabric makes an interesting design pattern.  I just keep shaking my head...rockets...


The whirligig centers needed a little something I thought, and these tiny buttons worked out the best of everything I tried.
There are only 25 buttons.  A mere sampling compared to Carol..*snicker*
They don't really seem to be the answer now that they're on, but I haven't had anything else come to mind yet.  I'll just wait.

I'm not calling this one a success but I'm so glad I finally got to play with the Little Twister tool I bought ages ago.  I love this twisted design but I didn't think it was fun cutting out the twisted blocks so I'll most likely never make anything larger than a pillow or table mat in this design.  But I'm glad I've made it at least once...so far.
Have a fun blogging day!
Annie

23 comments:

Barb said...

I love that green with the black and white and love what you have done with it...

carol said...

I don't see the rockets either! 'Course I'm looking at this on a teeny tiny screen (which my sil screwed up last night somehow and made even smaller....grrrrrr!!!) PS. LOVE the buttons!

Pamela Nees said...

Didn't see the rockets at all, until you mentioned them! The table mat came out very cute!
I know what you mean about the Lil Twister tool-it is a pain cutting them out...I've made a baby quilt and a dolly quilt-that's about all I can manage! But they look so nice all finished up! And your green is just lovely!

Michele said...

Nice job making something great out of something not so great. I'm betting that you will look closer at the print when you buy fabric from now on.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Despite the fact that you aren't happy with the fabric I LOVE this table topper. I don't have the Twister ruler but wish I did. I can't make myself buy it knowing I'd probably only make one quilt with it. That being said, this gives me a great idea for a March table topper for my daughter, who needs 5 more table toppers from me to have one for every month. blessings, marlene

Cindy said...

Way to make lemonaide out of rockets, err lemons.

piece peace said...

I really like this quilt. I would not have noticed the rockets if you had not mentioned it. Of course, sometimes it i hard to see details on the computer screen. I would call it a success.

Rachel said...

OH Gosh, I am laughing SO hard. You see I am on a use your stash trend...I have seen this fabric (At the Road To CA quilt show, so I had a full view of it, in person) and seriously wanted to buy it. Being super good, I did not.Until you pointed them out (yes, here, today.) I did not see the rockets. Wow. At any rate, I LOVE what you did with it and I love the buttons. I just think it is fabulous!!

evelyn said...

Your little quilt looks great. I love it. (ok, I can't see the rockets yet) I took a course with the little twister. It is not for making big quilts in my opinion, but I would like to try the big twister.

Mrs.Pickles said...

it looks great rockets and all!

Karen said...

That is so funny, I love it really. :-)

Gill said...

I keep looking and I still can't see any rockets!
I love it anyway!

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm a twister fan and love your choice of colors. So from the moon and back via rockets job well done.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Now here is something funny!! I have never seen that fabric and to be honest I LOVE it!! What you made is great!! and because you really do not like it that much you can be happy it will only be out for March! See!!

Madame Samm said...

WElllllll what I see are propellers..they go on rockets...lol
I don't see shamrocks or 4 leaf clovers but I see green like spring and buds like centers of flowers...and funny enough I love it...pillow or not..rocket or not...countdown to spring 1.2.3.

Snoodles said...

I must need new glasses...I didn't know the rockets were there at first. Heehee! I love the Twister table mat! So cute! Blast those little rockets, anyway. :)

Nancy said...

I love the little rockets and the twister. And especially the way you made something you like out of something you were disappointed with. I'm enjoying you blog!

Ramona said...

Yeah, I added you to my google readers list. Now to take you off my email so I can keep all my quilters in a row. I may use the left handed monkey wrench way of navigating around cyberspace but whatever work!!! Ramona the technically challenged NERD! (Maybe that stands for Needs Educated - Really Dumb!)

Lapplisor said...

Hi Annie
I am glad to have found your beautiful blog.
you show so many wonderful things, I'm happy .
Thank you also for your nice comment
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Happy stitching
♥☼♥Barbara♥☼♥

Sue said...

This is lovely, I must get one of those little tools and see how they work, thanks for sharing!
Sue

edyB said...

Just like most of the comments ~ I didn't notice the rockets until I blew up the pic. I love the piece ~ rockets and all ~ front and back! Oh yeah, I have the tiny twister but haven't tried it ... soon! You've inspired me.

Jennifer Gail said...

I love this. I got married on St Patricks Day.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I love your "whirlygigs"! I am just finished piecing my fabric to try the lil twister. I hope it turns out as nice as yours.