Friday, April 6, 2012

We have a flimsy

I was on a blog one time and the writer was describing their process for making a scrappy quilt - said they just put all the pieces in a bag, shook it up, and then used whatever piece they grabbed when they reached in, even if it was the same as the one they last used. This blogger was obviously male, because females don't work that way, do they? No, control freaks that we are, we carefully lay out every piece & study it, rearranging it to be sure no two colors match



And no two patterns match




And certainly identical fabrics next to each other is an absolute no no




And I guess if it happened twice in one block, we'd just break out in a cold sweat and throw the block away



But then what females do sometimes, this female anyway, is pin things late at night when there are no kids around, when we're tired, and subject to mistakes. And then when we make those mistakes, we're just plain too tired to care.

I did, actually, very carefully line things up. I was certain that no two patterns, colors, or identical fabrics were touching. Except I matched the bottom part of the block to the top part of the block instead of the middle portions, so it had no bearing whatsoever on the final outcome.

Luckily, there are enough different fabrics in this quilt that it turned out pretty scrappy anyway.



I'm still loving this quilt, but I'm considering adding top & bottom borders. The current size is 64" square, and that just sounds like cold toes to me. My scraps are pretty tiny, so we'll see what I come up with.

One last gratuitous shot:



And have a good weekend.

(Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for her Finish it Friday series)


14 comments:

  1. I actually pull my scraps out of a stack and use whatever I pick, unless it matches... or is the same color... or is the same pattern....

    So maybe I'm not as scrappy as I thought.

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  2. So pretty! Love the colors:) I did a warm cool quilt (on my blog) and I CAREFULLY selected the placement of each piece...it was time consuming but was worth it!:)

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  3. That is really pretty! I'm with you on square quilts - I never know what to add to top and bottom though. Just a nice solid?

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  4. lovely - and you can always say that those few identicals are part of the 'I spy' game you built into your scrappy quilt!

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  5. I do like this! Is this your design? I would very much like to know the sizes of the squares and the half square triangles. Cute!!!!!

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    1. Cathy, this is not my design - in an earlier post I mentioned that it was a tutorial by Don't Call Me Betsy called Patchwork Squares. Here's a link if you want to check it out: http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/2012/03/patchwork-wheel-block-tutorial.html
      I made mine 4" finished, but I think she made hers smaller.

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  6. This is beautiful. I love the white square centers. I just might have to copy this pattern sometime soon :) Like I don't have enough ideas already, lol. Congrats on the finish. I learned my lesson the hard way about not sewing when I'm tired, heehee. It doesn't turn out as well for me :)

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    1. Ohiomom, it wasn't until the comment directly above yours that I realized I failed to give credit for the pattern in this post - here's a link to the tutorial if you'd like to do one yourself: http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/2012/03/patchwork-wheel-block-tutorial.html

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  7. The things we put ourselves through! I get all annoyed with myself when I do the same thing, but I'm usually beyond caring as well. It's adorably scrappy and you did a great job. What bugs you won't even be noticed by anyone else.

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  8. I think it looks gorgeous! You have done a great job!

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  9. I think it looks great - you'd never notice the bugs you pointed out!

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  10. ha - loved this post! I am waaaaay too analytical to handle random or improv well. In fact, I spend more time trying to create scrappy than anything else :)

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