Seriously, I am borderline insane. My ability to make things complicated knows no bounds.
Remember the Rainbow quilt scraps? There are so many of them that I knew I could make another quilt from them. I don't NEED another quilt but they are perfectly good fabrics and I like playing with them.
So I started sewing the small bits together into crumb blocks. That's no problem.
But once I got them sewn together I started playing with ideas for the quilt and everything got completely out of control.
I had some big triangle pieces and played with them on the design wall a bit. I kind of like the wonky pinwheels but got stifled when I tried to figure out where to go next with the layout. So I pulled out EQ.
I saw some quilts on Pinterest that have this kind of look. Assume that the hideous stripe blocks are crumb pieced chunks. But this is way too buys and too fiddly and I don't like the gradient border (which I really want to use). I did 4 or 5 versions of this before I moved on to the next rabbit hole.
The next rabbit hole had nothing to do with my project. I was at the beach and Anne was working on a quilt design and I got involved in 10 version of this. We're still working on this one but I sure do like it!
I'm not sure even what I was thinking with this disaster. The stars would have been the scrappy fabric but it wouldn't even come close to using even half of the scraps. Oh, and it's ugly.
Then I thought about working with big blocks and I like this one a lot. The red would be the scrappy part. I tried several large blocks and liked this one the best but I realized it would be a pain to piece.
Getting back to simple I thought that maybe I'd just make some scrappy rectangles and sash them.
Then I started going through my quilt books, especially the scrap ones. I saw an antique quilt in a Roberta Horton book and saw the "O" blocks from Anne's quilt above. I like this a lot but it doesn't use enough fabric. I went through 6 more versions of the "O" block.
Then I found this in Weekend Quilts by Judy Laquidara. I actually made a kit for this quilt for a customer in another colorway. This is exactly the effect I wanted for my scrappy blocks and I can use the gradient for the border.
Hallelujah! Now I can sew again.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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