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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kicking Some Glass Quilt

Ok, so I started this quilt back in early August and it’s been clinging to my design wall ever since. I had purchased some charm packs (Free Spirit – Kaleidoscope) and, without any plan, started making half-square triangles. Then I sewed them together to make a square. Ugh. Boring. Too traditional. So they hung there, neglected, for almost four months. 


I promised myself that I would work on this quilt over Thanksgiving. And that’s what I did. I had a bunch of blocks like the one to the left. In September, I bought some blue fabric and was just going to add some sashing and a border.


I cut a bunch of 3” strips and sewed them around the squares. Boring. Cut them wonky. Better. And here it is. I liked it but it wasn’t speaking to me. It was still too expected, which is not what I wanted. I did a load of laundry and came back…

half….then figured it out. I cut each block in half along the diagonal and sewed them together in no particular order. Perfect.

hang1Here’s the first go around with placement. I liked it. But the pinwheels look like swastikas.


The second placement. I liked this, but my eyes were drawn to the dark blue rather than the patterned fabric. So back to the drawing board.

Here’s a close-up of the blocks. It amazes me how inspirational some sunshine and a holiday weekend can be!

And finally, I decided on this one. I wanted it to be bigger. The only problem with a classic “make-it-up-as-you-go” quilt? I was running out of blue fabric. I made eight more blocks, then dove into my stash.

I found some green fabric that matched. And here’s what I ended up with! 

And the sun and warm has left me. It was snowing when I got up today. Perfect weather to stay inside and get this sewn together!


  1. Wow! You're left with fabulousness! Thank you for sharing the process of this quilt--it's very inspiring!

    1. Thanks Duff! I will put together a quick pattern for anyone else who'd like to make one. BTW, I named it Kicking Some Glass because it looks like glass shards (and I'm breaking through the glass ceiling!).

  2. Love the evolution of your quilt. It is very similar to mine. Some people just don't hear the quilt speak. Hugs.

  3. Gorgeous quilt - love the result of all of your choices!

  4. Hi, Found you thorugh the Sew Darn crafty linky party. Love this quilt and I love the way you change and mix things up! Fab! Maggie xx


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