Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Platypus Problem


Well, this morning bright and early I popped over to Marcie's blog to see what she was up to. She did not disappoint. She has the most marvelous cowboy quilt, baby size, that she just finished. The more I looked at it, the more I realized that this design is exactly what I have been looking for. For about four years, no less!
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I bought the platypus fabric and the accompaniments when I was out at White Oak at a retreat. I'd stopped at the Bird in Hand shop, which is a place one visits not for price, certainly, but for selection -- they have things no one else in the area has. I looked at those platypuses on three different visits, over a twelve-month period. I was trying so hard not to buy fabric without a plan in mind. Finally I succumbed. Bought four yards of platypuses and a couple yards each of the coordinates. And brought them home and put them on the shelf.
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Meanwhile, during the past year, we scraped the hideous wallpaper in the guest room, and had it painted these warm honeysuckle and paprika colors. Without having the platypuses in mind, I'll have you know. But they will be perfect in there. I'd been trying to decide what kind of a quilt to make for the double bed. And Marcie's cowboy design struck me this morning as just the thing. So I sat with the calculator and it became clear to me that I have been right all along: I should never buy fabric without having a plan, because when I develop a plan, there isn't enough. AAARGH!
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I started by figuring 12" blocks with a nice 12" wide border, using platypuses where Marcie has used cowboys. Nope. Seems I don't even have enough for the border, let alone the squares and setting triangles. So I'm back to the drawing board, rethinking block sizes, rethinking borders, rethinking placement, but still loving the original concept. If my buddy Sharon lived nextdoor instead of in Kansas, for crying out loud, I'll have her over for a cuppa cocoa and a consult. She's been known to do a long-distance consult even without the cuppa. Haven't worked the math yet, but am thinking maybe 9" border and using platypuses where Marcie has the pale gold squares and using one of the coordinates for the solid blocks and setting triangles might do the trick. Of course, there is no way I will have time to start work on this before we go away on Friday. But ondering all of this is an excellent way to put off doing the laundry and other weekend tasks.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nancy,
Try missingfabrics.com, someone else may have your platypus fabric.
Kathy

Tanya said...

You're right! We NEVER have enough of a fabric when we need it. It can be never used fabric and it won't make a bed cover or whatever, or it may be a small project with left over fabric but it still is not enough! I need my friend in the next city to do all my figuring for me. She's the math whiz! Hope dwelling on it this vacation will get it all together for you!

Ms. Jan said...

Quiltshops.com girlfriend. They have it at Lapp-Elisa. Just put platypus in the search function. You will be rewarded!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I wish I was your neighbor, we could work this out. I love the platypus fabric, it's wonderful no matter what. Best wishes; are you off to Greece this weekend?

LoieJ said...

The Bird in the Hand link has a problem, although I was able to figure it out. There is an extra http in the front of the link and something extra at the end.

Sharon said...

Now, this is just a design opportunity, my dear! I have used a pattern called TicTacMo by Terry Atkinson which looks an awfully lot like Patchalots quilt (but isn't) that I think will let you use your platypus fabrics and your coordinates effectively. I'll send you a picture via email (and you can see it on my blog by searching for "tictacmo"

M.B. said...

The platypus fabric is adorable!!!

Susan said...

I'm sure you will figure out a terrific configuration. =) 4 yards is still a lot of fabric, and it will fit eventually. Maybe a strippie quilt is the way to go. =)

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh my, now I know from which you speak!

2008 Reply with Love, *karendianne.

LizA. said...

If I was smart, I'd join this too. However, none of my UFO's are as close to completion as yours appear to be.....