Two hrs ago I was in a very BAD mood,ready to ball up every piece of fabric on the table and throw it! Good thing nobody came in to ask me a question or want something they might have got their heads bit off…. Not a very good attitude to have for a mature lady to have,well… I don’t know about the mature part but I did have a little integrity left. Here’s how it started…. I was given a box of fabric from my husbands aunt to make a quilt for her and hubby’s mama. It was Grandma’s scrap fabric,(By the way was such a dear soul) I very much want to do this for them,why saving vintage fabric is a passion.
So this is what was in the box….
With these three colors with the most yardage and lots of small pieces ,a fat quarter or less.
I started working with 9 patch blocks,with a snowball block
Not to bad.. Old looking..so I kept sewing ..with an uneasy feeling that this isn’t going right. I just didn’t like the pink and blue.
I’m beginning to not like it so I changed the pattern a bit…
Helped a little but it still gave the same color tone that just put my teeth on edge!! So I went to the bear paw block…
Even worst!!! So back to this…
By now I’m in a really bad mood for I wasted a whole day, and I hated it all… Went to bed thinking it will look better in the morning. Needless to say that morning did not make it better. Now I know I was to use only that fabric but I had had it!!! I went to my stash and started to pull fabric that I thought would help put these colors together with style,White ,cream,black and a black and red.
White wasn’t the answer nor was the black,but the red and black… I let you decide . 🙂
The black and red adds to each color and brings out it beauty,not fade it or clash.
I now have a little hope that these two tops will be something I can give to two dear ladies without wanting to hide in a closet when I give them the quilts.
So back to sewing with renewed courage!😀
I always find sewing with scraps and leftovers the hardest task. My scrap box is tiny because I always try to only buy exactly what I need. I’m sure the recipients will be very pleased with their quilts 🙂
I enjoy scraps but I think I need to learn to work with a limited amount.
The only rule is to have lots of fun with fabrics 🙂
I’ll take that rule! Lol!
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I think may favorite is the bear claw paw pattern with the light colored strips separating the blocks. You might be in a bad mood–but I love this post. It gives me a wonderful window into the process you use to design beautiful quilts. I never thought about it before, but it’s almost like writing. The first version (draft) isn’t very good, but by experimenting with different colors and arrangements you begin to create a work of art.
Glad you enjoyed the post.😊 I decided not to go with the white for one… Grandma Bears bedrooms are all in white, two … I want her to have the bear paw for she would like one beings her last name is Bear.
So interesting! I don’t make all that many quilts and I haven’t really made one from scraps so I haven’t faced the dilemma you did here. It’s fascinating to see you go thru the decision-making process!
I’m just hoping that Auntie has forgotten what was in that box. 😉 l love working with scraps and have a pile .. So as I work I have lots of scraps to work with not just a limited few, maybe I should do that more often. Might teach me something new about quilting!
Thank you for sharing this process, I too face often the dilemma like you in this case. Sometimes it is hard but rewarding when the quilt turns out quite good at the end. And for me those quilts with which I struggled a lot are more memorable than the ones I finished flawless.
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It is a good feeling when you have mastered a dilemma. I have the one quilt almost finished with handquilting. It is turning out very nice,and am excited to give it to Aunt.:)