Monday, June 17, 2013

Picking over the pattern...


I am beginning to think to myself, what have I started here with Love Entwined?

The energy around this quilt is so enthusiastic and keen, I love it, but I also can't ignore how much I completely underestimated everything about this quilt: the time it would take to create the pattern, the time it would take to break down into a BOM, the interest it would arouse, and (most frustratingly of all), the time it would take to select fabric for this quilt.

Both editions, mine is the bright orange one on the right
 
You see, a friend showed me her Patchwork edition of 1958 (I'm amazed how many quilters have this book in their library, isn't it great?) and the image is much clearer than my own, in the 1956 edition.


Can't believe the clarity difference!

Much clearer. So of course I've been nit picking as much as I can over the finer details
....it's addictive!
 
Already I've scrapped 2 birds I was sure 'were there' but in the clearer image have proven not to be.


My sketchbook of images to use in this quilt, I've tinkering away at these for months
the previous working sketch, I've already updated it!
A lot of you are asking if I can put up the fabric requirements for the BOM so that you can go ahead and purchase your chosen range. All the fabric requirments and break downs will be provided in full in Part 1 of the BOM. I will not be adding snippets of info on fabric requirments anywhere else first as I have learnt from previous BOMs that this only leads to confusion.

 I know we're all impatient to start and will be updating this blog as soon as I am ready to launch!



25 comments:

suemluvsquilts said...

Hi Esther, I am sooo excited about starting this quilt alongside lots of other interested quilters around the world. Thank you for the massive amount of work you are putting into this. Can't wait!
Sue Maddox, Cotswolds UK

Kirsten said...

Yes, I would like to add my appreciation for the work you have done and your willingness to share it with us. I have often wanted to draft a quilt from a picture but just never got beyond rough sketches! So inspiring to see you do it. I look forward to it - it will be lots of fun!
cheers, Kirsten :)

Glenda said...

Oh Esther if I complete this quilt I will feel like I have made some thing to leave behind that will be ME for my family . As you know me well it will be a little different to the original design but it will still be LE> Thanks so so much for sharing again, you are one very very generous women.. Cheers glenda

Every Stitch said...
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Every Stitch said...

Am looking forward to this one Esther but appreciate you must be feeling a bit stressed by the task! Am sure you will do a marvelous job :)
Hilda

Rene de Koning said...

Hi Esther,
I have been an admirer of your beautiful quilts for a number of years having seen them at Vic Quilters Showcase. I am looking forward to making this quilt and agree with the above comments that you are being very generous in sharing your bom. Thank you, warmest regard, Anne de Koning

Glenda said...

I'm back again drooling over those last 3 boarders, they are so so beautiful. If you blow them up it looks like 3 years to me LOL. Thank you thank you. Cheers Glenda

klara said...

Take your time Esther, it is becoming absolutly stunning, you are so generous so we only can wait patiently until you are ready to launch. I know we all have plenty to do in the meanwhile. Lol

Jane in Wales said...

Oh, Esther, it is just soooo beautiful! I have a very old hardback, and the picture is all grayed out, but your pattern is stunning!!
I shall be patiently waiting, and finishing some other things in the meantime. You are so amazing, and so generous to share all this hard work! Thank you!

Elaine said...

It will be a stunning quilt I am sure - well done for creating the pattern in the first place, the photo in my old copy of the book is anything but clear, you have done an amazing job. I am tidying my sewing room while I wait and thinking about possible colour combinations, all great fun :)

Sheila said...

I'm happy to wait a while , i have a few projects to finish up before i can begin another

jjthor said...

Wonderful looking quilt!! You have done a splendid job with this. Take your time and don't get stressed it will take as long as it takes to get ready !!! We will all be here still and it won't hurt us to wait! It will actually give us the incentative to get our other projects cleared away!!

step back and have some quiet time for yourself or as Grandma likes to say sit and have a cup of tea and it will make everything better!!!

Heather said...

Oh, the excitement is mounting. Ester, you are truly leaving a legacy in the quilting world with this pattern. Your work is remarkable but what is most inspiring is your generosity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, not only for this pattern but for your incredible sharing spirit!

christineschoon said...

Thanks for all your work, Esther!! Your blogpost gave me an idea to google the book. I just ordered a 1982 edition. If there are any clearer pictures again, I'll let you know.

Bunny said...

Esther I am aww struck at your talent and generosity. The hours that you have spent on this is mind boggling. I even ordered that book Patchwork from Lancashire LOL. You sure have had me possessed these last few weeks. I hope to do you proud with this quilt. I can't thank you enough for the challenge. I will take a very deep breath and jump in whenever you release this work of art. Thank you thank you. Bunny

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

You are doing such a huge amount of work, and I know everyone is excited...but it will be well worth the wait. I will be watching for the launch.

AprilR said...

Esther, you are such a treasure. I have learned so much from you in the previous BOM you have inspired me to be a better person with both you dedication to your craft and your generosity. I appreciate that you are sharing your process and struggles as you recreate the Love Entwined quilt. I must admit that I am impatient to begin this BOM with you and the other quilters. However, I now that it will be well worth the wait as your work is exquisite. You are so brave and generous. Thank-you, thank-you, April

Janet said...

It's so very generous of you to share this beauty Esther. It's an astounding quilt and it must be so much fun making new discoveries about it.

Calgaryquilter said...

How I agree with all the previous comments of gratitude and anticipation!
Thanks for including us in your creative efforts!
Take whatever time you require to rest along the quilting journey. We can wait!

Charmaine

Carol Sanin said...

Esther I have to agree with all the comments you're a very talented lady and a wonderful person for sharing this beauitful quilt with us :-)

Miriam said...

This is a massive undertaking on your part Esther!! Thank you very much for sharing how to make our own version of this quilt with you.
The quilt is amazingly beautiful!!

ConnieB/CA said...

the word that comes to mind is gob-smacked, that pattern is amazing, the number of hours into that must be astronomical! Love it! And thank you.

Annelein said...

You made a great effort in designing the pattern just from a black and white picture...

I just love your previous working sketch!!!

Can't wait for the launch....

Annelein said...

I would love to show your pictures of the quilt en your sketch on my blog. Ofcourse giving you all the credit and a link to your blog...

Hope to hear from you...

Willeke, The Netherlands

liz said...

How do I get to take part in this? It looks like such fun

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