Saturday, November 14, 2015

Throwing fabric around

Yesterday I felt like I was playing a version of the cooked spaghetti game.  You know, the one where you throw a strand of spaghetti at the wall and if it sticks, it’s done. No, I don’t do this with spaghetti anymore though  do admit I tried it when I learned to cook, just to see if it was true. Yesterday’s version was to throw fabric at the wall and see what stuck. 

IMG_0132I pulled out my blue drunkard’s path units and snowflakes, determined to get this project to the finished top stage.  I got all those units up on the wall and finally, after almost a year of struggling with this idea, admitted that some ideas just don’t work.  It was a wonderful feeling to just let it go.

(Hmm, letting go and snowflakes.  Maybe I should have had the Frozen soundtrack playing in the background.)

Anyway, all those drunkard’s path units were neatly stacked for some future undetermined project, and the contents of the blue fabric bin came out, definitely not neatly stacked.  I cut big squares and little squares and stuck them to the wall, and cut more, and removed some and cut again, and put some back.  This was not a tidy process.

This is not my usual process to pull a quilt together.  I usually have a plan, and I don’t cut into fabric until I know precisely where and how I plan to use it, because I don’t want to waste any.  Maybe months of frustration with the now-discarded plan freed me to just cut with abandon, but whatever the cause, it’s what I needed to do for this one.

It doesn’t look like much right now.  Sewing up the seams will help, and looking at the picture I can see a few patches I need to move around.  However, it is closer to being a finished top than it has ever been.  And wait till you see what I have planned for the borders!  Those should pull everything together.  I hope.  It looks good in EQ, but then my whole drunkard’s path idea also looked fabulous in EQ…  Sometimes the look and feel of a design in a small scale drawing doesn’t translate well to actual quilt size.  I’ll just have to make it and see what happens!

PS:  Mom, I’ll post the fall quilt top soon, I promise.  I just need to add the top and bottom borders.


  1. I think sometimes we need a "don't know what we are doing until the end" style of quilt. I normally do them on a smaller scale although I did make a wall hanging by making it up as I went along. That was blue aswell. Perhaps it's something in the colour.

  2. I'm liking what I see! Glad you were able to let go of the original idea and let this happen. : )

  3. Looks like the new idea is working very well. I'm sure you will tweak it until you get it just the way you want it. ---"Love"

  4. Oh a blue quilt. Lovely! Happy to hear you feel liberated from a load of frustrating going-nowhere plan. I have to say Plan B on your design wall is beautiful so far. ;^)

  5. It is hard to let go, isn't it, when in your mind the idea was 'just right'. And sometimes that letting go is easier after some time out. Am liking what you're doing though...happy playing!

  6. I like the squares and four patches, they work well to show off the snowflakes. Sometimes, you just have to dig through everything to find just the right thing that works!

  7. Blue and white is always such a beautiful combination. Those snowflakes look great - looking forward to seeing it come together.

  8. Always good to listen to the blocks and do what they want. Occasionally they are pretty smart! Love how this one is shaping up.


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