WiP Wednesday – The Last Donut

Oh my sparkles! I am learning a lesson in subtlety like you wouldn’t believe! If you’ve worked with lots of whites on whites before, I know you’re feelin’ me. If you haven’t, grab your glasses because you’re gonna need ’em! What’s back to front is really just you, in. side. out., oh honey. All that being said, I am lovin’ this sick. As I mentioned last week, I was on track to make thirty-eight blocks. Well, those are all finished, and I taped some up on the wall for you to see. 
I’m actually going to use thirty-six of the blocks, and make the finished quilt 72″ x 72″. I thought this would make a nice square quilt (referencing all the squares it is composed of), that could be used more as a decorative piece, rather than a bed quilt. Because let’s be honest, even though there is no value (does not equal free) in this quilt, there is high drama. It’s like that unspoken tension that you sometimes feel when there’s three of you on your coffee break, and you’ve all already had a donut, and there’s one left, and each of you really want it, but you don’t want to say you want it because you’ll think your other colleges will think you’re a hungry hungry hippo, and you didn’t pay for them anyway, but you skipped breakfast, and it is cream filled, yummy, but you think colleague number two is a lazy fat slob anyway, but then again colleague number three was really nice to you today in the carpark, but God you’re hungry, but you just lost three pounds, is it really worth it, and, well, yes it is. So you pick up the donut and just walk out of the room without saying a word. You thought there was high drama tension before? Now you’re known as the girl who ate the last donut. Shame. Yeah, my quilt is kinda like that.

As I’ve said before, I’m keeping track of the cost of this quilt so I can determine the true monetary value of what we quilters are creating. So far, with materials and time, the cost is hovering around $1,000.00. This does not include the final ironing of the blocks, sewing the blocks together, quilting, backing fabric, and profit margin. That $1,000.00 is just for the materials and creation of thirty-eight blocks. Molli don’t come cheap, y’all! I will do a full breakdown of my cost analysis during the final reveal, but I’m gathering it will be around the $1,800.00 mark. Let’s hope someone has cash in hand because I don’t accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday! 
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20 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    God I love you. I am totally the girl who ate the last donut, because let's be honest, I ain't gonna let no guilt drag me down. Loving your no volume! That's gotta be fun to photograph. 🙂 And if it ever gets old, you could always dye it. I hear white on whites are fun for that!

  2. Pip says:

    I'm likiing your quilt Molli, so subtle, I noticed that if I tilt my laptop screen back and forth I can see the lines of just slightly different whites that you have running through each block,

  3. The O's says:

    after doing your MSBHBQAL with white I have to say I am a bit hooked on white on white… love this but sorry darl, aint no way I'm going to eat that last donut… if I did you'd have to make mine 92 x 92 to accommodate my girth and that would come at an even higher price… and that's money I don't have!

  4. Charlotte says:

    love the doughnut analogy – it's perfect!

  5. Looks like my favourite run at Chamonix .. almost the same price too!

  6. Geo Mama says:

    White on white in tiny pieces so so addictive. I LOVE your blocks

  7. Nicole says:

    This. Is. Awesome. What a great Trip! Donut!

  8. Sabrina says:

    Great… Now I want a donut! 😉

    Ps, the blocks look gorgeous all lined up!

  9. CitricSugar says:

    I think with this one you're bumping quilting up into the couture echelon. And that means drama like pristine white powder makeup, bright white lights, and scathing cat fights out of sight! Or a bridezilla.

    Either way, it's sumptuous! It's the jam (the best part of the doughnut…)

  10. rappy says:

    Perhaps too late, but I've just (FINALLY) put a bit of white-on-white fabric in the post for you today. I think there's about half a meter in it and it would have cost somewhere £10 including the shipping, so tack that on to the tally ;). Can't wait to see this finished. Will you do the back in whites, too, or pop in some sparkle there?

  11. Vera says:

    I have no idea how you'll put your blocks together but I'm definitely liking the non travel pattern. It's so snowy and dreamy.

  12. Katy Cameron says:

    $2k-ish? Pfft, nothing…

  13. Drama. Rama. And I love it. Hard. I've only been quilting for two years, but when people say, "you should sell your quilts" they don't understand that it's simply not profitable. I'm so looking forward to your expose.

  14. ~Diana says:

    You're killing me, Sparkles! I truly think die of boredom making a quilt like this…but I do appreciate your perspective. With regards to the cost, I'm putting my fingers in my ears and yelling LA LA LA 'cause I just don't want to know. IF I ever sell anything out of my etsy shop, I'm just hopeful that it justifies my fabric addiction…I never expect to make "what it's worth". Thanks for the smiles, as always.


  15. How much are you "paying" yourself in this calculation? I'm just wondering because it could vary wildly. I mean, is it what you would like to make, is it a "living wage", minimum wage? Are there data available for what someone who sews professionally, at your level of experience, might expect to make? Just curious about this whole process.

  16. Althea Dene says:

    No worries. Let's just say, "The More You Pay, The More It's Worth!"
    (Don McClean wrote that song and it happens to be about a snow-White mare. White mare? White quilt? …(close enough).

    Thanks for sharing and being so open and honest about the cost. (I feel like I just attended my first "Quilter's Anonymous Meeting). The "satisfaction" we get creating quilts is priceless, we know that!!

  17. Books_Bound says:

    My favorite part of this post was seeing the all-white quilt directly underneath the headings "Rainbow Bee #1" and "Rainbow Bee #2".

    This is a fascinating idea! I'm excited to see the finished product, and how you end up quilting it. I've seen all-white quilts before, usually done by older women, with minimal piecing–it's usually meant to be a way of featuring some spectacular quilting (and it's very effective!) I've never seen anyone use whites and have the pieced design be a major feature. You're a innovator! 🙂

  18. Paula says:

    Gosh, how did I miss this last week. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this is going to be one stunning quilt. The may be subtle differences in all the whites but there ain't going to be anything subtle about this quilt when it's done!

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