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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. 

firstblock 


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.









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.


























hang2







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.

















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


























hang3
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.
























wall 
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!

6 comments:

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

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    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!).

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

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

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  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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