Yes Indeedy is a song that my kids loved from their childhood days in which the characters cannot make a decision. See this link. The verses say that "Uncle Fred could make up his bed but not up his mind " and "Uncle Zeke... would sit for days just wandering in his head". I too am similarly noncommittal in my quilting. I waffle back and forth often enough, however, that I have come to the realization that I must enjoy playing this game of "what if" fabric choices. If it was so distasteful, I would change. Planning and playing is half the fun.
Take, for example, this little pink mini-quilt of thirty 5 inch charms squares that I joined in a 5 x6 array for my first grandchild, a little girl due in October. I bet I spent three to four times the amount of time positioning the squares, as I did sewing them together. See more about it here. The border fabric, a brown and rose tree limb quasi-stripe, I knew immediately would be perfect. But then I had this great idea of offsetting the border with a thin strip of "something" to delineate the inner squares. I generally like the look of a mini-inner border. To use a picture analogy, if the border is the frame, the thin inner border is like the beveled edge of the frame. Now I have spent time playing with the selection of this 1/2" to 3/4" fabric insert.
I originally thought to use a rose pink like the dark one in the squares, but none of my pinks were quite right. I rejected a signature polka dot print I originally had in mind because it seemed to get lost against the pink squares, falling short of having sufficient contrast. Then I thought a chocolate brown, but all of mine were too dark or too golden and clashed with the border fabric. I thought a pea pod green, like the accent wall of the nursery, would add a pop of color to the quilt. The green really did pop, but, when not viewed from within the walls of the nursery, it seemed odd man out.
|Auditioning pink, green, or brown for accent strip.|
|Love the pea pod green accent wall as backdrop for black crib. Photo does not do it justice.|
I love the look of a stripe, running crosswise to the strip length; I did this on my doll quilt and liked the results. See doll quilt before quilting here. I went through all of my stripes but, again, the Goldilocks syndrome, each was either too wide, too thin, too light, too dark.... I even considered just plain white but thought that was a cop out. Then I found this beige subtle stripe. It has white like the blocks and is a less harsh tie in to the brown in the border fabric. I think this is it. What a lot of trouble to go through for just beige! (Oh, what the heck, I had fun playing.)
|I think the beige uneven stripe is the winner. Yes, no, maybe so.|
That song I talked about in the beginning? It is written and sung by Joe Wise who was quoted as saying, "Yes I am the author, though if any kid sings it all across the country in the car on the family vacation I'll deny authorship in any court." Here is the chorus. I can't get it out of my head. But then again maybe I have not made the decision if I want to!
by Joe WiseYes indeedy, pumpkin seedy
No siree bob, hey diddle corn cob
Yeah but, no but, wait a minute, could be so
Maybe baby, chicken and gravy
Don’t be silly saspirilly
Hardly yardly, bailing up barley,
Pick a little, I don’t know!
- Pink squares baby quilt- add borders, back, FMQ myself (eek!), and bind
- Little witch girl quilt to be.. sneak peak here hidden in June 20th post
- Duck, Duck, Goose - completed binding- will FMQ (again, eek!) by self
- Doll quilt - attach binding and call it good
This week's stats:
Completed projects - 0
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 4