I hate you so much right now.
I have been fighting with this quilt for the past two weeks. I really don’t think we’re speaking to each other right now. She could be pissed off at me because I wadded her up into a ball and shoved under the couch, but whatever. I’m mad at her because she’s just not as fabulous as I thought she was going to be. You should know, if you go on a blind date with me, you best be fabulous, or I will turn on my heel, and walk away like I’m on a mother-effin runway.
So what’s wrong with this quilt top? Why is it not love at first sight? My goal was to “toughen up” all those Kate Spain fabrics into something that wasn’t so … precious. I made a zillion and one HSTs (and used about a third of them), and then put them on point to enhance the geometric line they created. I added Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in blue to create a large amount of negative space, designed to balance out the fragmented business of the HSTs. I also thought the linen would masculinise all those pretty, pretty motifs in the Kate Spain fabrics.
Maybe it’s just all too much, too soon? We’re not in the same head space, and we need some time apart? Am I still thinking about my previous quilting love affairs? Will it never work out? Were we never meant to be? Are Kate Spain fabrics only destined for delicate debutantes? Am I a square peg, and this Kate Spain quilt is my round hole?
I’m not blaming this on Kate Spain, or her fabrics. I’m still quite enamoured with a lot of them. Girl can work a tone-on-tone print like none other. That giraffe kinda makes me want to stab myself in the neck, but all is forgiven with those seedpods. I’ll take full responsibility for our current separation, because Lourdes knows you can’t win ’em all. But what went wrong? It looked so good on paper.
This is the print I’m thinking about for the back. Again, I’m trying to pull it in that geometric, rough and tumble direction. I even thought I’d quilt this sucker myself, with some vertical, wavy lines. I’m sure she’ll slap me with some tension headaches, while I’ll take my frustration out on her. Maybe a screaming match is what we need to work through our issues. What do you think about the whole thing? Go on, Truth Tea me for heaven’s sake. Give it to me hard and rough, I can take it.
Linking up to Ms. Midge’s Kate Spain Charm Along Linky Party!
Postscript: I fully realise my dreary, cement stairwell pictures are not helping.