I ordered some fabric scraps from someplace that I can’t remember. Unfortunately, I can’t remember when I ordered them, either – sad statement about my stash organization. I do remember that it was a really good deal and I got a bunch of small pieces of all kinds of different fabrics. Not having a plan for them, I just tucked them away.
Anyway, I was cleaning up in my office/craft room the other day and found them and decided they’d be perfect for making some little sample quilt blocks. Having seen some really pretty (and simple looking) whirlygig-type quilt blocks here and there, I thought I’d give it a try. True to my standard form, I didn’t print out a pattern. Fortunately for me, it was just a little simple geometry/arithmetic (what quilt block isn’t, right?).
This was really quick and really fun. I machine quilted around each block and then added little squares and rectangles of quilting here and there. Far from perfect by normal quilting standards, I still really like it. It has that homemade look, I think. It really isn’t quite as wonky as it looks in these pictures. Something went awry when I took them – could be related to the speed at which I rushed through the task.
Because I had such fun with this first little guy, I had to make a second one. This one I just sketched out and made up. It turns out that it looks like a bunch of little windows. I really like the sashing – I used a linen blend (as suggested by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!). The difference in texture isn’t terribly visible in the photo, but it looks and feels really interesting in better light and in person.
I do think I went a little overboard with the color. Oh well, these things happen, right?
I wish I’d had a dark solid or pattern for the bird, but no such luck.
I think I’ll be trying another one like this soon – maybe with slightly different proportions.
There would be more (and better) photos, but I am having trouble uploading pictures from Flickr again.
(I can’t believe how terribly Flickr has been acting lately – just awful. Very frustrating. I always thought the Pro account was worth it – definitely not feeling the love these days).Tags: quilt, sewing, stash