Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Diving Back Into Improv.

I've been feeling a little lost without a new AHIQ prompt, but that's just absurdity. There have been several improv. ideas hanging around on the back burner for eons and I never seem to find time to get them started. So this week, instead of doing all the million and one things that I should be doing, one of those ideas finally got going.
2 finished rows for Score #5
I've been looking at Score #5 in Sherri Lynn Woods ' The Improv. Handbook for Modern Quilters' for a very long time. There's just something about the utilitarian look that is very appealing to me. The fabric has been gathered up for ages and it's all stuff that I shouldn't agonize too much about chopping and hacking to bits. The biggest problem has been that I'm a scaredy cat. I've read through the chapter so many times, but after a little bit, my brain just sort of shuts down. I DON'T GET IT. Blah, blah, blah is about all that gets processed. Okay, fine. I decided to start out by copying one of her vertical rows {only in my own colorway of course} and see where it might go from there.
The first row
Aha! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was already a major mistake. If you look at the previous picture, you will see that the dark orange strips don't extend out to the edges of the block on either side. Things would work so much better if at least one of them did! It really makes this {Rhythmic Grid} Score idea a bit problematic.*sigh  That single row remained on the wall while I went downstairs and did normal life things. Apparently I can't even copy correctly....
Considering adding in another fabric
The next day found me diving in and starting to play regardless. Who cares if I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing? Anybody with an quilting eye and a playful spirit can figure out a basic grid, right? I tried to add in some random bits, switching up fabrics from the original four. I don't have a lot of the lighter orange so will run out sooner than I'd like. But no, it's not time to introduce it into the equation yet. More green please!
Going back to the original four
I free cut and sewed, and just pretty much let all the anxiety slip away. The beauty of working with improv. {and something that is destined to have a utilitarian look} is that nothing is 'too precious'. It took awhile, but eventually I started getting a feel for the flow of a 'grid'.
Trying to figure out the grid
Is it going to be what I originally found to be so appealing? I honestly don't know, but it feels like I'm learning something, even if my approach always feels so completely backwards from what the instructions might be. Does anyone else have trouble following quilting instructions like I do?

This sort of play is {still} sometimes amazingly difficult. I find myself wanting to rely on things like, A + B = C, but it's so helpful to occasionally break away from precision and formality, from rules, have-to's and should-do's. There's something very freeing about breaking things down and learning the basics of relying on instincts and our quilting 'eye'. Again. And again and again. And then from a different starting point altogether. Does it feel like stepping out on a very wobbly limb sometimes? You betcha! And posting pictures of my very doubtful progress can make me positively squirm. But learning is such good stuff when we consider the end game. I still maintain that everything we learn {whether it's what we set out to learn or not} is a valuable gem for our quilting toolboxes. I am still so amazed and gratified to see the finished quilts getting richer and warmer, deeper and more complex--in technique, layers, texture and a wonderfully personalized feeling. That never gets old!
Not enough room on the wall
Another improv. project I attacked recently is 'Shattered'. It was way past time to deal with this problem child. This project has often made me scratch my head and wonder what in the world I was thinking. It's been years in the making and I am so very tired of it. The entire middle of the quilt is made out of 'made fabric' squares straight from the scrap bin. That was an awesome idea. Until it got tedious.
Shattered finally a completed quilt top!
The plan was for the whole quilt to be made in that vein, but somewhere I just folded things up and said enough. Then my brain couldn't really find a way forward because nothing else made sense.
Looks better close up...
Finally, emboldened with a long awaited laissez-faire attitude, I just approached the project with an idea to make it large enough to call it a proper quilt. However that happened, I could really care less. Just get it off the UFO lists! Honestly, I was surprised at the fabrics and colors the quilt wanted to include into the quilt--Older than the hills Debbie Mum country blue check? Reproduction yellow gold? But it was an easy fix and also used up most of the remaining scrappy triangles which really gave me a rush. It's kind of an interesting quilt and not one I'm sorry to have tackled. Just wish I could have finished the quilt top back when the interest was running high. For the record, the quilt top is now around 57" square, which should easily translate into a nice comfort type quilt. Linking up with Kaja and Ann for AHIQ #33. Neither of these projects had anything to do with 'playing with scale', but everything to do with improv. I'm gonna say that's good enough.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trying to Move a Couple Quilt Tops Forward

Vintage Red is finally getting its turn in the quilting queue. I found time last Saturday to have my guys get the dining room table moved out of the way and then was able to get this thing sandwiched and pinned.
Vintage Red getting sandwiched and pinned
This quilt top has been waiting in the wings for about 2 years. I have wiffle waffled around about how to quilt it and now have made the decision to do both machine and hand quilting. Pinning took approximately forever, but hopefully, it will do the trick and puckering will not be a problem. And machine quilting a grid first will move the hand quilting along at a slightly faster pace as well. The newbie quilt tops ratio to finished quilts these days? Sadly slipping again.....
A full picture of the quilt top
The red fabric has been causing me a bit of anxiety as to the possibility of bleeding issues. I can't help but worry these days as I've had some bad luck. In looking back, I found the pertinent post where it shows that I had actually soaked the border fabric. What do you know? The question is, did I ever soak the red solid fabric the flowers are made out of?*sigh....  Don't think so. It was definitely washed, but soaked and tested thoroughly for bleeding issues, not likely.
Loving the vintage look of this one....
Oh well. What's done is done and for now, I'm so looking forward to adding some lovely perle cotton stitching to this. Just soaking in the sparky, fun loving vibes of my alien looking flower.
And a closer look....
I've also started playing around with the leftover cream quarter circles that I pulled out of the orphan block totes earlier this year. I adore this dotty cream and black fabric for some reason that is totally illogical. So of course I couldn't just throw these bits away after they were cut from the back of another quilt. At this point I have cut out 64- 7 1/2" mixed print background squares and sewn {by machine} all the cream quarter circles onto the tops. Just a raw edge sort of stitching as I fully intend to do some applique work to cover, similar to what you see being auditioned there in the picture. Too bad that gold and pink print is just a scrap from the overflowing corner scrap basket. It could have found a lovely home with this quilt! Right about now I'd say this is the one quilt project that is definitely making my creative juices sit up and quiver. It just feels free somehow.
Auditioning some ideas...

And back to speaking of the potential of certain fabrics to bleed, I've been soaking some darker pink/raspberry colored fabrics all day. Getting ready to cut out the binding for Quilty 365!
Getting ready for binding
That's it for now. Just plodding along as usual. It's a tough time of year to really get in a good groove with any quilting progress though I try all the time. Our church camp-out is coming up at the end of the month and of course we are nowhere near ready. In fact, our camp trailer ended up with a massive leak in the bathroom area last winter so I can't even go get it cleaned and well stocked yet. We have taken on the t-shirt/sweatshirt orders these past three years as well and it's been more paperwork this year than I expected with all the pre-orders and changes. Fun stuff. So glad I have a permanent check list {for this particular camping trip} on my computer that I print out every single year. Couldn't manage without it.

Today was an off day all the way around. Wound up locking my keys in the car when I went grocery shopping and then later, about ran into a Man when I was trying to find an empty stall in the Ladies room at Walmart. Don't bother talking to me about inclusiveness etc. etc. as I'm not really asking for a political/social opinions rant. Most women would agree that it's very unsettling when it happens unexpectedly {definitely not a normal happening around here}, and leave it at that. Also, to top off the day, my daughter discovered a pretty determined line of little sugar ants invading my kitchen. Ughh.... Seriously? And I just went to town today. Linking up with sew-stitch-snap-SHARE!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Playing With Scale is a Finished Quilt Top!

Well, the Playing With Scale quilt top is done! So labor intensive sewing all the rows together. All those stitched, then cut-to-size strip blocks needing reinforcement along the edges. 
Looking at the centerpiece
I was very intrigued by the January challenge and had all sorts of ideas and intentions. Then as the centerpiece developed, the quilt took on a life of its own. Didn't turn out looking like most of the ideas floating around in my head at all! As per usual when playing with improv., the first thing needing to happen is a gathering of fabrics. This stack of fabric was a direct result of wanting to de-stash some of those older sage greens that had accumulated years and years ago.
Playing With Scale is a finished quilt top!
Working with these mellow greens as the basis of my color palette, all the other colors just sort of fell into place. The blue arrived when I was looking for a 'spark' and didn't work well in the first place it was added in. I really like how it works in the large strips blocks now. There's just a little bit of blue here and there in the quilt--not too bright and distracting--but doing its part to help to keep everything from blending a little too much.

Later on I also added in some darker, brighter pinks and greens as well. Just had to. Things had started looking a bit too mushy and tho I didn't want to lose the subtleties of the 'weave'. I also wanted to emphasize some of the energy and motion going on and thankfully, intensifying the color range seemed to take care of that beautifully. Did you notice that some of the blocks are not adhering to a strict weave {or rail fence} pattern after all? It's something you might not notice right off the bat, but I like it ever so much better for not playing by ALL of the rules. Whatever those 'rules' may be. {Don't think we really had any here for this quilt!} It's a bit of whimsy that we often see in antique utilitarian type quilts and something I love trying to capture in my own quilting efforts.
Not all the blocks follow the proper rail fence look....
The 'playing with scale' part should be obvious. The background of the centerpiece is small coin strips and then the brown/light pink border and subsequent rows are slightly larger with chunkier strips. When I settled on the idea of making large strip blocks for the main background of the quilt, the plan was for even chunkier strips to happen. Turns out, my natural inclination while free cutting is to go more narrow when cutting longer strips. And after awhile, I just quit fighting and cut whatever and however it felt right. Remember, I most often cut from fat quarters or remnants of fat quarters. Wonder if that might make a difference in how I instinctively want to cut into the fabric?
It's a long one....
All along, I was hoping for an old fashioned make-do look. I wanted a very simple repeat of a single element, but something with the ability to take blendy, almost boring printed fabrics and make them shine. Proponents of saturated solid fabrics would say its just not possible and that I was wasting my time! Uh uh. I am such a printed fabric fan! I say there are always hidden depths within a good mix of printed fabrics!

A big thanks to Kaja for her suggestion to consider adding two brown/lt. pink border units at the bottom instead of the one. As soon as I read her suggestion, the idea was practically set in stone. Just made so much sense in regards to how busy the quilt was beginning to look. Those two border units grouped together give the quilt a perfect spot of focus and really, it's much more graphic and impactful this way!
Loving the finish!
The quilt top ended up being about 72 1/2" by 107", a crazy size for a quilt. And tho I tried {more than once}, there was no getting rid of one row of blocks between the centerpiece and the double brown/pink border units. With one row removed, the proportion of the quilt looked really 'off'. So be it!

Overall I really enjoyed this challenge. It's another one of those learning/processing/just-doing parts of the creative journey that should make me a better quilter in the long run. Attempting the making and building of a project from this completely different place makes such an impression. I have many more ideas percolating. Little granules of 'playing with scale' inspiration will no doubt be working their way into future quilts whether I do it consciously or not!
In other news, look at my early Mother's Day gift from my kids! A brand new roll of Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom batting. They really love me! And hint, hint, want more quilts from mom.....

Friday, May 4, 2018

Little Bits of Progress This Week

There hasn't been nearly as much hand quilting as I would like lately. Too many interruptions in our normal routine and also, I've been reading a lot more. I'm easily seduced by those 25 cent books from the senior center thrift store...
Quilty 365 in the hoop
Looking ahead to when this quilt is ready to move out of the hoop, I settled on the next quilt top in line. Then I decided that it obviously needed another border on the top and bottom. Of course it has to be applique. Never go the easy route when there's a more complicated option! That's me on the nose, but in my defense, I'm not a huge fan of ignoring the insistent pleas from an unfinished quilt top aspiring for 'more'. If there's work to be done in pursuit of its betterment, so be it. Better to buckle down and do it now than regret the lack forever.
Another border...

Hemming and hawing over the Solids Challenge quilt once again. Finally went with the white printed sashing of which I am not exactly thrilled about. But it's better than any other option I could come up with from the stash. And I like how it helps keep the quilt sweet and happy looking, so that's a bonus.
Getting the middle part of the quilt sewn together
This quilt--oh this crazy quilt. I like it {even love it sometimes}, but it hasn't been easy to move forward at any particular point in the journey. I cut out the white triangles in the same creamy white used with the solid colored {little} triangle sashings. Then I ran out before I could cut enough for the very outside of the quilt. Will have to come up with some sort of solution soon so the sewing can commence and frankly, I'm tired of having to take up the entire living room floor for this sort of thing. Might do what Cathy normally does and just wing it. Her quilts usually turn out to be pretty amazing even without fine-tuning the layout every step of the way!
Auditioning the outer border
I really, really want to get this quilt wrapped up and behind me. Maybe, possibly, hopefully, there will be more time next week. Do you ever feel like the quilts that you most want to work on haven't even been started yet? Linking up with 6and6 in 2018 and sew stitch snap SHARE.

Friday, April 27, 2018

A Freehand Applique {Process} Post

*Warning! Picture heavy post! If you don't like talking about the details, better skip this post. lol  Yesterday, after sitting in a mechanics waiting room for 3 hours, I finally finished up the applique on my Big Basket quilt. Yay! After getting home and taking care of dinner, dishes etc., I naturally stuck it up on my design wall to check things out.
Ready for more applique stitching
Hmm.. It obviously needed another leaf. And I obviously needed some creative re-charge after my very long day. It wasn't any time before I was totally in the zone!
Thinking it's done
Okay. That leaf was a huge addition. Completely changed the look of the quilt! {Heavy sarcasm inserted there}. My heart was sinking at what was quickly shaping up to be just a little too boring. But you have to start somewhere! It's really rare that the greatest ideas are thought of right off the bat. We generally have to work UP to the point of a fabulous, light-bulb sort of idea!
Adding one more leaf
So I started playing--for almost two whole hours! And this process post is for all you people who think applique and design just come naturally to some of us. NO! It is work. Play. Total immersion. Curiosity. A desire and willingness to keep tweaking something until our gut says enough. Sometimes we even have to come back at it from a different direction on another day. We'll know when we know, but until then?

In cases like this I sort of cock my head to the side and think 'what can happen here to make me smile?' Whimsy. Something interesting and maybe unexpected. And so I got out my trusty scissors and free-cut a bird. {You totally knew it would be a bird}. Just grabbed a magazine subscription card out of the trashcan and started cutting. It was placed/auditioned all over that basket, let me tell you. Every place imaginable, turned this way and that. Trying it in paper-form first is a good way to leave color out of the equation and see if the element is good.
Playing with the addition of a bird
I liked the bird. It's a happening thing. But it's so much easier to play with some bits and bobs. And so I got out my applique parts and pieces totes. These are precious quilt dress-up props that occasionally work themselves into a quilt. Leftovers and too-small cuts. Wrong color parts that just feel wrong to throw away. And why should we? They are essential to the freehand, design-as-you-go quilters toolbox. Go get your own if you haven't already, mine is years and years in the making!
Digging through the parts and pieces totes
In the interest of full disclosure, I think you need to know that I took absolutely zero pictures while in the middle of this design immersion. It was late, the lighting was terrible and quite frankly, when I'm in the zone, pictures are usually the least of my concern! The results were very carefully deconstructed this morning, after thinking of all you dear readers who might want a tiny peak into my quilt room crazy quilting mind. I was crossing my fingers it would all go back together like it was before!

You can see that at some point I decided the bird needed to be holding a flower. It gives it attitude I think, which helps create some of that whimsy I love to pursue. I wasted a bit of fabric cutting the bird in other colors like peach and purple etc. Ughh. Tried out a nifty little wing that might look cool. Finally settled on a fussy cut blue bird with no eye because all the eyeballs auditioned looked creepy. Ditched the wing which did absolutely nothing of import anyway.
Adding another flower
But the flower was too blendy with the rest of the flowers. Meh. Maybe a different color, shape of flower all together? The simple lollipop flowers are always a safe bet, so that went up on the wall for a few minutes. Nope. too simple looking and maybe, just a little too predictable as well. We all have our style preferences, but no reason to get stale....
Or maybe this one?
Just had to admit it. The other shape was better, so change it back and move on. I started adding more leaves. That inside part of the basket just looked too barren and well..., lacking. I played and played and played with pre-cut leaves from the parts and pieces totes. Light ones, dark ones, skinny ones, fat ones. And finally, I found what seemed to look best. What you see below is AFTER I went digging through the stash bins to find suitably matching fabrics to cut the new leaves out of. Because, and this is important, those leaves were looking good at the size they were already cut out at, and that doesn't include a seam allowance.*sigh  It was much harder than usual to find the appropriate greens too, as all the parts and pieces fabrics had been used up long, long ago. Somehow most of the green fabrics I was finding were too 'sour' looking or not grass green enough. It's a dilemma for sure, but it finally got sorted out. Love how the darker greens perk everything up, makes the flowers start looking happy{er}. Why do we always forget about value changes and keep going with the matchy, matchy, oh-so blendy look? Because it's easy and we get in a rut.
It really, really needed these leaves....
But that flower.... What if I changed out the ugly green color of the stem for something a little more true-green instead of something so drab? I only have a few narrow pieces of bias stem in the tote,  but if I had too, there's always the option of making brand new. Just don't wanna if I don't have to! While at it with the scissors, that flower might look better in a brighter red fabric too. Cut, cut, audition, contemplate, play. There really is no limitation except what your minds eye wants to see happen.

You see how this works? The process of creative play isn't something special only to a few of us, this is how quilts can get made everywhere! The more we engage in it, the more instinctive some of our decisions become. Our confidence builds and we open up to something that expands our quilting results to something that can't even be measured! Our quilts become our own instead of carbon copies, which feels really, really good.

 Somewhere along the line, I decided the bird needed a friend as he was looking lonely. I used the same template from earlier, but I cut it narrow, about a seam allowance inside the traced lines instead of a quarter inch on the outside, and then chopped a little extra of the tail. Both are fussy cut from the same fabric, with the little floral design landing on the birds belly. That's the sort of detail that will always and forever make me smile! It was an impulsive decision to make the second bird smaller too, but once it was up on the wall, there was no going back. Don't you think the size difference adds a sweetness? A personality? Maybe a relationship?
And another bird?
Okay... that flower... It was really bugging me guys. And so I went digging a little deeper in the stash totes and found a Kaffe fabric that I could fussy cut to make a little more jazzy of a flower. Still that simple shape that will be super easy to applique. LOVE Kaffe fabrics for fussy-cut fun, and though the colors are a little 'off' in regards to the rest of the quilt, everything within me sighed in total creative satisfaction. Yes! I'm not ever afraid to add in a fabric that clashes just a tiny little bit. Love how it changes the energy in the quilt ever so subtly.
This flower is so much better!
So yeah. That's the story of me making one of my applique quilts. So many design decisions from one setting to the next--it just keeps evolving! I went from thinking it was done to adding thirteen more pieces to the quilt top that would need to be stitched down.  Uhhh... make that fifteen. Wouldn't you know it! Today when I was deconstructing the quilt top for the purposes of pictures, I had another creative brainstorm. Hmm... could it possibly use some side handles on the basket?
How about handles?
I drew out some options on paper and auditioned them carefully. Yes, no, maybe so.
Or this shape?
Finally decided I like how it looked and went digging for more fabric. Ended up choosing the same fabric that is on the very bottom of the basket. I like it's stripey detail and how it should tie-in color-wise and at the same time, not distract from the more fun elements in the quilt. This chunk was all I had left of that particular fabric and so had to make best use of the smaller striped part of the fabric--that part that seemed like a good fit for basket handles.
Drawing on the fabric and then cutting the pieces out...
It would have been better if these basket handles could have been sewn on before the larger handle and the rest of the basket were stitched down to the background handle. I like for applique pieces to be 'layered' as opposed to the less neat option of butting up against. Oh well. Too late to fix that now unless I want to get out the seam ripper. Not!
Ready to be stitched down...
Now in looking through all these pictures, I see where the flowers and other details are clumped together on the right side of the basket. I'll have to check this out a little more thoroughly and see if there's something to be done to add back in that balance or if it's even necessary. My quilts are never, ever perfect anyway. How boring would that be?*wink

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Probably Not My Best Work, But Having Fun Anyway

It's Ahoc. Improv. time again and I am still 'playing with scale'. It's gotten a little out of hand as you can see. So chaotic it's almost to give me a headache, but well..., there's maybe? possibly? a vintage vibe trying to peak through.
Trying to decide if the large blocks are a 'go'

I went ahead and ripped the blue tabs off the centerpiece. Oooh, that's much, much better. Thought that might happen, but when I decided on the big blocks, it was time for the tabs to go. Then I went ahead and added some blue back into some of the blocks. All the fabrics as a whole are so mellow and sweet {truly}, but in this particular grouping of blocks, the energy is practically surging. There was definitely an attempt to get value changes wherever possible {you know me!}, but I tried very hard to keep green in every block for unity. Or something important like that. Somehow it just didn't quite do the trick like I wanted and needed it too. So much for using up bits and pieces of a million fat quarters and expecting to get something that looks like background.
Laying out the blocks....
So yeah. This is not exactly what I set out to do, but of course, there are always deviations and distractions, quirks and surprises when working improv. At least in my quilting room. Guess I can't say for sure about yours! Can I calm things down with a strippy border around the centerpiece?
Considering other options...
Nah... Not working for me in any of the colors auditioned, tho deep red was the best bet. I do like the light pink and dark brown strippy inset border there on the bottom though. Maybe if I repeat that on the top of the quilt, just one row into the quilt? I threw these leftovers into a rough looking row just to 'see'. There's nothing quite like having it right in front of us to help make up our wishy, washy minds.
Probably not....
And the railroad tracks border idea was definitely intriguing, but just too much, too much. Can't handle all this strong 'look at me stuff!' And now I'm back to the strippy bars border minus one row of blocks for the length of the quilt. It's a really busy look, but somehow ties everything together regardless. Not a design to win any awards, but it will still probably keep someone nice and warm some day in the future.
Maybe a yes....
We have been gone several days in a row and there has been lots of craziness going on since we returned. This was farther than I expected to get today, but still not nearly far enough to satisfy. When the middle of the living room floor is the only design wall that's big enough to work with, time for auditioning becomes very limited. As it was, I had several of my family carefully walking across the quilt blocks. What to do? Once it's picked up, then it's who knows how long till there's another opportunity. So be it.

I did go ahead and start sewing rows of the quilt together tonight, randomly turning quilt blocks in a different direction when I got the urge. It was annoying to me that they were all placed so purposefully in a 'weave' pattern--that carefulness was the unintended result of hurrying to move things off the floor. I prefer a bit more randomness, but it might be too late to make it happen. 

Hoping to lay it all out once again with enough of the strippy lt. pink and brown border sewn to make a difference.  Wish you could see the true colors of this quilt--it's not nearly as mushy looking at it looks in all these horrid pictures! This project has been fairly mindless, surprisingly fun and also, really good to get rid of {more} sage green fabrics stock piled so many years ago. What was I thinking? There's nothing wrong with working with the old and languishing when we're focused on design possibilities, right? And it's always good to practice with the pieces we won't cry over if we mess up too terribly. Linking up with Kaja and Ann for AHIQ #32! Hopefully tomorrow I'll have time to catch up on the emails and blogging comments too...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Vintage Lily

It was rainy, gray day when I tried to take these pictures. Really a shame, because this {now finished} quilt top looks much more vibrant than the pictures might indicate. Vintage Lily was started sometime in the fall of last year. Kaja got me started on this particular color palette with two different quilts of hers that just sorta pulled me in and made me long to play.
Vintage Lily is a finished quilt top!
At first there was a fabric stack {probably started much earlier in the year?} pulled directly from my stash of course. That simmered for a very long time. It slowly attracted like-fabrics into the stack, and occasionally, kicked one out that didn't quite gel. I absolutely wanted a old time/vintage feel to the quilt, which isn't as easy as it might seem. Throughout those months, I carefully added in several shirting fabrics. A few came from second hand stores, one directly from my sons closet and another was a shirt he wore as a toddler! There were many vintage-look florals and/or prints tossed in and out, but it wasn't until after the fall quilt show though, that the initial 'start' to this quilt finally happened.

The overall approach to this quilt almost eluded me forever as I had great difficulty in being able to see the entire look and feel in my minds eye. How to start, how to start? Sometimes that is the greatest struggle of all--making sure that those carefully gathered stacks of fabric reach their best potential. It's a very common theme around here. In fact, at this moment in time, there are probably seven or eight stacks of carefully collected fabrics sitting around my quilt room. Just waiting for that perfect storm of inspiration and motivation!
Trying to determine if I like it.....
I used the 'Cultural Fusion' book as to the formula for making the simple improv. blocks in this quilt. There were similar blocks in the Scrappy Tulips quilt, but those little corner bits came straight out of the scrap bin. I loved that particular snowball border solution so much, but wowsers, lots and lots of extra cutting. Very time consuming! Sujata's method, tho involving lots of trimming after the blocks are sewn, is a bit more streamlined in terms of cutting and piecing. This seemed to work very well with the limited color palette going on here too. All I had to do for this 'look', was adjust the cutting in the block formula to get the smaller corners I wanted. The imperfection of the corners {that I love so much} is built right into the formula.
Testing, testing....
And one wonderful thing about getting all the blocks trimmed up after being sewn, is the rows go together very fast. It would've been even faster if I hadn't had to remove one row from each side of the quilt while it was still in the large unit stage. Miscalculation in my rough diagram.*grr  In the end, I didn't like the proportion of the finished quilt top either. There was an exact repeat amount of blocks radiating out from the centerpiece, and in person, it looked a little odd. Even to my no-opinions-about-quilts {haha} husband, it was something that needed changed. This just made me grit my teeth to think of getting out the seam ripper again. Oh just let me think about this for a minute or two, surely there's another solution! And thankfully there was. I decided on a whim to fold the edges of the quilt over and see what it looked like with a smidgen of those rows chopped off.
Making a minor adjustment...
And it was all decided in a matter of minutes. Yes! to cutting the blocks in half at the sides of the quilt! Me, the frugal, don't-want-to-waste-any-fabric-ever kind of quilter, happily chopping off the sides of a quilt. It simply boggles the mind.....
Vintage Lily
Gotta love the end result though. Somehow all the elements that I was originally inspired with translated into a good thing. Makes me feel sorta warm and fuzzy honestly! Linking up to Koka Quilts and JulieLou at sew, stitch, snap, SHARE!


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