Saturday, 18 February 2012

Thank you for guessing

Urban Block for Marianne by Lynne @ Lilys Quilts

Thank you all of you for the wonderful, sometimes accurate, sometimes kind, sometimes funny guesses.  The background to this block is that I am in a bee and this month Marianne has asked for urban inspired blocks.  Ethne made this very cool block.  
Titanic Belfast block

Inspired by this photo.

Titanic 

 Marianne made this very cool block.

Free Bee February 2012

Inspired by this photo.

Montreal Metro

And I made a power station cooling tower which I am not proud of because I think it looks like amateur hour but I tried my best.  On the plus side, I made it from Oakshott shot cottons so the fabrics are beautiful and I made it using Jenny Pedigo's curve ruler so the curves are perfect and were quick and easy to do.  So please make me feel better, have you ever pictured something really cool in your head and then, when you'd made it, you just thought - well that's rubbish.  If so, please leave me a comment!


32 comments:

  1. Happens all the time... and that's with an actual pattern -not free form like you are brave enough to do.

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  2. My first thought was cooling tower but didn't say it as others already had so you can't have been that far off with it :) I still think it would have been a cool upside down tornado!
    You remember my Roadkill cushion?! My wonky snowbird?! Hell there are too many fails to mention here :)

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  3. Yes - I did an improv, Union Jck in Echo - posted last week. Not good.

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  4. I have to say 99% of the time I make something in a swap it seems to go from fabulous in my head to complete sh1t in the realisation. I think sometimes it's the pressure of trying to realise someone else's likes when really it seems they've entered the swap hoping they'd get a partner far cooler than me. Having said that I've been much happier with my two Brit Quilt Swap items. Although I'm not that convinced one of my partners was...shame as my mum loved it so if she hadn't been keen my mum would have liked her to send it back lol

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  5. That's what improvising is all about....this is just part of the thrill. I love the block...I have no idea how this will all come together but again, all part of the thrill. Thanks Lynne.

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  6. No. I can honestly say that I have never pictured something in my head and wound up with something terrible. You know why? Because I do not step outside the box and go beyond a simple pattern already made for me. I applaud you for giving it a try and I give you a standing O for moving outside the box with your quilting. I am always amazed when I see these types of things.

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  7. I can not even begin to count the many times this has happened to me!! I guess that is why there is such joy when I can actually translate the idea in my head to fabric or paper.

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  8. No never! Are you kidding me?! Way too often!

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  9. Me? Oh what do you reckon? I have a whole parallel universe of disastrous outcomes; like the 'You've Been Framed' of sewing.

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  10. Well of course it's a cooling tower - any fule can see that. The smoke might be just a tad solid, thus fooling us into thinking it was a flower stem ...but now, it's OBVIOUSLY smoke. Good on you for coming up with such a neat design.

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  11. Well of course it's a cooling tower - any fule can see that. The smoke might be just a tad solid, thus fooling us into thinking it was a flower stem ...but now, it's OBVIOUSLY smoke. Good on you for coming up with such a neat design.

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  12. Heh, now see, having got it right, I was rather afraid to ask what it was for! They'll all look fab together, I'm sure

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  13. Those blocks really go well together...same color scheme...same look...same feel and Thanks ;o)

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  14. While I don't think your block is anything like rubbish, I have SO been there, done that. I had this brilliant idea for a quilt in my head for ages. Drew it on the computer and still loved it. Tried it in fabric - totally blah and boring :(

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  15. I wish I had even a wee bit of your talent to bring an idea to life. Now that I know what it is...of course,it's a power station cooling tower! it will look amazing with the other blocks!

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  16. I like your cooling tower :)

    I've just sat down at midnight having finished a paper pieced block for the Mouthy Stitches pouch swap and I'm thinking WTF!! Hoping it'll look better in the morning!

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  17. knew exactly what it was. good job

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  18. Oh all the time! I pretend I'm all Bob Ross and they are just happy little accidents...then I cut them all up and re-sew them all wonky.

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  19. You bet! I'm in an art group right now, and I'm way over my head.

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  20. I think you are being too harsh on yourself! And I LOVE Jennys Ruler!

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  21. Hah! Your block looks exactly what it is supposed to look like. I didnt guess that because I couldn't imagine why on earth you would want to make a quilted cooling tower. Now I understand. Well done!

    As to the making things that just don't turn out as I had hoped.....my dh says that usually means I am spot on. I think he is crazy.

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  22. I CANNOT DRAW so it happens to me all the time!! I think editing is also my BIG oops! I either don't add enough or don't stop! Some day I will have an eye! LOL! maybe!!

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  23. Yep, usually I can see it in soft focus in my mind and it really doesn't match in reality. I haven't been brave enough to photograph them.

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  24. Yep, usually I can see it in soft focus in my mind and it really doesn't match in reality. I haven't been brave enough to photograph them.

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  25. Just about on every project. I currently have a quilt pictured in my head and its so beautiful in my head, I just can't make myself start it, as I know I'll be disappointed.

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  26. Lynne, Have you seen the "Faces" quilts in this gallery—>
    http://033cb23.netsolhost.com/WordPress/gallery/
    I think that you will enjoy them. They have certainly inspired me.

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  27. are you kidding? if i had made it, it would have looked like smoke coming out out of a ......... you got it .....a penis! that's why i don't do art quilts.

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  28. It's not rubbish! I am disappointed it's not a harry potter themed quilt with a cauldron tho! Did you see my leaning tower of Peesa?

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  29. Rubbish?! I think it's a cool block and would be very proud if I had made it.

    I've certainly had more shameful craft fails. I think it comes with the territory of creating and challenging ourselves.

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  30. I was wondering what you were going to do with a cooling tower block, now I know! And yes, it happens all the time, especially about things I'm really excited by - seems like the more I like an idea in my head the worse it'll turn out...

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  31. I usally think, "Well, that's crap." But I like the word rubbish, maybe I'll start using that instead. ;)

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