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