cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot

As far back as I can remember in school, as long as they gave you any choice in your class schedule, I choose art classes.  Art history, art appreciation, ceramics, drawing, painting, etc.  Always.  All through elementary, middle and high school.  Even community college.  All art classes.  
When I got to Radford, for some dumb reason, I thought it would be a great idea to branch out and try something new.  Break away from my art mold and do something different.  
Music appreciation it was.  Never-mind that I have NO natural rhythm or any kind of musical knowledge.  I was in big girl college now and was going to branch out, ok!?

Fail.  Big fat huge fail.  I was terrible at it (surprise!!).  The basic class structure required me to be able to hear a selection of music and be able to name the composer, genre, etc.  
I am certain that I have never studied for a class more. 
In fact I know it.  My entire educational career required very little studying on my part. 
If I showed up, took good notes and paid attention...I could pretty much just review my notes come test time and do great. 
Hours and hours I spent listening and listening.  Only to fail miserably at exam time. 
I was doing my best and still failing.  This would not do.  I would not compromise my awesome GPA for some dumb elective class.  But I was at a loss for how to do better.
Then one day I was talking to a friend, whose mother had gone to Radford and taken the same class.  And had the same troubles.  So how did she get through with an A?
Turns out...that she memorized what songs were on which records and the order that they were in.  So come test time, when the professor would grab the red record and play it...she knew the order of the selections.  Great idea.  Except the class I was in came with two four CD sets. 
I had to work a little harder at it.  But in the end I aced the class.  
I was awesome at THAT kind of memorization.  I knew the play list of each CD, sat at the front of the class and could see which CD he pulled from come test time.  He would put it in the CD player and then I would count the forward clicks.  Hello A.  Good bye bright ideas and back to what I knew...art.

So cheating or not? What do you think?  Not exactly one or the other, right?
I wasn't copying answers or anything like that.  I took advantage of the system.
And that was the closest I have ever come to really cheating on any test.  Ever.
I think this "quilt" is a little like that. 
Not quite quilt, not quite mass produced.
But the result is awesome and desirable.
Even if the means to get it weren't exactly what you would expect.
Eventually I want to make a quilt for my bed...but this lovely will do until then.  I imagine the boys will both be long in school before I actually get to that project.
So I thought outside the box...broke some sewing rules...and got what I wanted.
Something pretty, somewhat handmade and lovely.
All I did was sew some squares on a down comforter we already had.


And I will sleep well under it at night knowing that sometimes you just have to work a little differently to get what you want in life.

xo

UPDATE!:: Here's a link to how I did it! :) Go here to learn how to make your own cheaty quilt!



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41 comments:

alyssa said...

no way! i love this quilt! love love it!!

Janel said...

That is the MOST brilliant idea yet Crystal!!!! Seriously, briliant! I want to buy a sewing machine just for this project alone..

SarahRachel said...

1) That story about the music class is too funny. That's how I would fare in any art class! =)
2) I LOVE IT. I couldn't figure out what you were talking about with cheating because all I saw was a beautiful quilt and then you explained how you made it and I got it! It's beautiful!!

mommy2luke2008 said...

I LOVE that quilt!!! It is so beautiful!!!!

Jingle said...

You are awesome. I don't think it is cheating - if you can figure that out, you deserve the grade! LOL! As for the quilt - I love it! Seriously! I have a layer cake that I want to make into something, but I didn't want tiny little quilt pieces and this design would be PERFECT! I can use the full squares and just border it and make the whole thing a puffy comfy happy quilt! I'm excited! Now I just need to learn how to use my sewing machine! HA!

Christy said...

Hilarious! That is something I would do, had I thought of it first. Love it.

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Luv it! looks so comfy..

Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

That is a great idea. How did you keep the feathers from bulking up in a spot?

Rachel said...

Wow, that really is a cute idea! Do you have to buy a feather bed that is already stitched in that pattern, so you just sew the squares on by sewing in the ditch? I was also wondering how sewing through feathers felt. Great job though, it looks fantastic..as does all your work :)

C'est La Vie said...

what an absolutely gorgeous quilt!

Mimi-n-Moe's Mom said...

Oh, and did you use stitch witchery or a product like that before stitching it on?

We have a smaller down throw, and I am totally going to do this. It is super awesome, and NOT cheating at all!!!! I just hope the feathers cooperate with me!!!

Have a great week!

Mama Thompson said...

Seriously brilliant...I LOVE that quilt and never would have thought that's what you did... just brilliant!

erica said...

Not cheating, in either case. The professor should have figured out a better way to shuffle the songs if they wanted to avoid the counting. I'm sure you weren't the only one doing it. Crafty, yes. Cheating, not so much. Same thing with the quilt. Beautiful.

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

You brilliant brilliant girl! I LOVE it!!

sara luke said...

I'm a total sewing moron, because I have no idea what about this is "cheating."

Parrotts said...

That's not cheating...that's clever (and cute)!

Mary Elizabeth said...

OK Cyrstal-
DISH IT!!!!! We all want to know how to do this. Did you you something to hold the squares in place? How large is each square? Is this going to be tomorrow's tutorial? If nt it needs t be .., SERIOUSLY!!! I want to go stitch one up tonight!!!

sandandstarfish said...

THANK YOU! My hubby has the most ugly most blah most ick comforter that he just will not part with... now I know how to make it look desirable! Thank you!

Shelly said...

Fabulous, as always!

And no, I don't think you were cheating...you were working hard in your own way! ;-) I'm totally impressed that you were able to memorize all that!

Ben and Taryn said...

I love the quilt! Could you share a few more details about how you did it? I would love to try something like this! Way to go!

Ribbons and Pigtails said...

I LOVE this!! Makes me want to curl up on the couch and read. Awesome!!

Jars of Giggles said...

Awesome story! I am a teacher I would look at this as a sign of intellegence and applaud it. Use what you got to get what you need! KUDOS sassy quilt!

Sophia & Cameron said...

Not cheating, re-purposing or upcycling. Way cute!

Whimsical Creations said...

I don't think it was cheating...you figured out what you needed to do to learn the material. =D

That quilt is an brilliant idea!! I LOVE the quilt!! Definitely share more details on how you made it, please. =D

Beth said...

incredible!

Linda said...

I love it!! So bright and happy. :)
Everyday as I make my bed, I think about how much I want to make my own bed-sized quilt....but agree that a project like that might need to wait until the kiddos are in school. Oh well - love your temporary fix. :)

Tauni said...

Ha, ha. That's awesome (both the memorizing and the "quilt"). This is my first visit to your blog (via Today's Creative) and I LOVE it. Not only are your posts great, but your blog is so pretty to look at...

.jimaie.marie. said...

You are absolutely BRILLIANT!! I would've never thought to do this, LOVE!

Lace said...

Love the story and how it all ties in :)

& I love your quilt! My grandma did the same thing for me when I went off to college(squares on a down comforter) & I loved it as though she had taken half of her life to make it! Yours is gorgeous and dreamy! xo

Katie said...

Brilliant! Love that idea!

Casey said...

that is really, really a cool blanket! just sewing onto a comforter is a great idea!

mommy2luke2008 said...

I love this comforter!! And I can't believe that it's not fully homemade!!! I featured this on my friday favorites
http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/03/friday-favorites_26.html

zippy said...

Being resourceful in how one adapts to a given situation isn't cheating, it's doing the best with what we've got. Way to be creative in both your approach to learning AND productivity.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the quilt! Thanks for the great inspirational idea...I just may give it a try.

Shelley said...

i absolutely love adore and am envious of your quilt...darn I wish I knew how to use my sewing machine!! ugh...wish you lived next door so you could make me one!

Jenni said...

PLEASE tell me if you explained more of what you did in another post! I can't find a search button on your blog. :( And I just found you via pinterest. I have a down comforter just sitting in a tub in the basement, and would love to do this, but I want to know if you hand stitched the squares on or if you machine sewed right through all the feathers. Also, did you sew the rows along your comforter, or were they already there?

Melissa said...

Brilliant!! I needed to find this. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

pamb said...

I LOVE THIS!! I am SO doing this to my down comforter!!! Than ks for sharing!!!

Yolanda said...

That is great and possibly better than any quilt. Your music class story is a hoot. Cheating--no. Learning--probably not either. Clever-yep.

Elena Toledo said...

This idea was in my head some time ago, but never made it!!! love it!!!!

DOLORES said...

Aside from loving the quilt - I will make this eventually as I have collected embroidered patches from places I have visited and will sew them on...someday...I wanted to comment on your art vs. another subject (music) learning. You are a visual learner. Anything that requires visualization you can do. Audio things completely escape you, right? With this knowledge you will choose things more carefully for learning. I too am a visual learner - art teacher, photographer, designer. I cannot fathom the music stuff at all. I like it, I appreciate it, I cannot tell you anything about it. And I too graduated with a memorable GPA. So you didn't cheat. You did what you did best - you learned in your visual way and fortunately it worked. You did it!

Mrs. JP said...

You just solved all my problems!!! I love to make blocks and really don't like to make the rest of the quilt! So, this is perfect for me. I can use up the comforters I'm tired of..talk about re-purposing. Bravo!

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