Friday was spent making these. Can you guess what they are? I'll just tell you because I suspect only children between the ages of five and nine would know. And maybe even they might not get it because I had to take some artistic license. They are Beyblade cakes for my seven year old's birthday party. He loved them (Phew!) and thankfully, these were easier to make than a Star Wars cake, which was the original request.
I didn't get any sewing done this past weekend, but I did get my studio cleaned up. Yay! In getting my room cleaned up, I pulled out some of my WIPs and took some photos. I thought I'd share some of them with you periodically.
This is the Red and Tan Bargello in the Round 2 project from my On Hold list. I was actually surprised at how far along this one was when I pulled it out. That ever happen to you? I thought the wedges still had to be pieced together into the round, but no. What a great surprise!
Doesn't it look super complicated and hard? That's what I love about bargello. The strip piecing is boring as hell, but once you start cutting the wedges (you do need a 10 degree ruler) and sewing them together, it comes together quite quickly and looks intricate (it's not).
Where this one stalled is that I didn't have a purpose for it so I didn't feel much motivation to finish it. Seems a shame, eh? I do love it and want to keep it, but I already have the one for my wall.
The other factor is that I've found that the best way to hang one of these round bargellos is to sew a half circle hanging slip as you bind it, which means I'd need to know whether or not this is going to be a wallhanging before I finish it. Then you need some MDF cut in a half circle and a mirror hanging kit. Hanging this quilt more complicated than making it.
I'm contemplating converting it into a Christmas tree skirt. Or using it as one side of a Lego bag for my son (this just seems too nice for that). Or finish it as a wallhanging like the first? Or use it as a medallion in a larger quilt? Gift it? Donate it? My only hesitation in gifting or donating it is that it then requires the receiver to figure out how to hang it and what if they don't want to hang it? Then they've got a big half circle hanging slip on the back.