Monday, January 22, 2007
Ugly no more :-)
Looking through some fabrics today I got the idea to cut some of the ugly fabrics from the other day to strips and start a strip quilt. I am on a fabric diet this year, even if it does not look like that right now ;-)
I have just found a good fabric for the outer border for my NI quilt on the internet and ordered it. I had a fat quarter from earlier and I have been looking for more for a while. I found it here - and I am a happy camper! It is in the mail as we speak, 3 meters :-)
It gives a total purchase of 9 meters in January, which is a lot for me, but all are for a purpose and not just to put in the fabric collection.
Well - my plan was to make 4 rectangular strip blocks, just as a step in the right direction for a care quilt, inspired by Mary's Heart Strings Quilt Project.
What I did not think about is the fact that you can not turn a rectangular block like you can a square one, and it is important to make blocks with mid strips in both directions.
To see the pattern effect I had to make 4 more blocks, so now it is half a quilt and it is looking good :-)
For a good string quilt you have to have those uglies too, to make the colours sing.
My DH, who does not know about the uglies, passed the blocks on the floor and complimented them as cool. I am aiming at a quilt that can be liked by both boys and girls, so I guess I hit home :-)
The quilt blocks are a deeper blue in real life and I have not yet cut them down to the right size, 9,5" x 12,5".
The scrap strips interfered with NI sewing, but I have made one block today. Another step in the right direction :-)