Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Old and New
This weekend I finished TWO quilt tops and started two more. The Simple Insanity quilt top was fun to make but I'm also happy it's finished. My sewing table was out of control with scraps for weeks!
The other top I finished was started way back in 2009. I made a bunch of blue and green log cabins and then put them in a box when I couldn't decide on a layout. But when I pulled them out this weekend, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It took just a couple of hours to finish up and I really like it. It feels "dated", though. Like, remember when everyone was making wonky log cabins on a vast white background? It feels like so long ago, probably because six years is a long time.
After two finishes, I was excited to start my Liberty quilt. A while back I cut most of my Liberty stash into 9" x 4.5" pieces. This weekend I made 50 or so 4-patch blocks until I ran out of white fabric. At that point I did some math and realized I'd cut enough fabric for TWO quilts! So, I guess I'm making two Liberty quilts now.
Since my Liberty plans were on hold until the new fabric arrived, I stared at my shelves until a tiny bin of fabric caught my eye. Inside were 10" strips/strings left over from cutting fabric for another quilt. So, I started sewing them together with no real plan. Maybe I'd just sew them all together into one big row of strings. Or maybe into big squares and then turn them into half square triangles? Some sort of woven effect? And then I remembered I had some Kona Snow that I've been trying to use up.
Let me just interrupt here to talk about Kona Snow. It's like white...so much like white that I have a really hard time telling the two apart, even when they're right next to each other. BUT! If you accidentally use the wrong one, it's totally obvious in a quilt! There are these little dirty patches in your otherwise bright white quilt. What a mess! (Hey, I just saw this post! See what I mean?)
Don't get me wrong, Snow is a great color...it's a warm white and it's been the perfect color for a few of my quilts. But I can't have both in my sewing room anymore. It drives me crazy! I need to pick one and I'm picking white.
So, I'm using up my 10" strips AND all my Kona Snow in one quilt. I just love it when a plan comes together!