I’ve been making so many things lately that require me to write out the directions or take photographs throughout the progress or even design the whole project. The other day I just rebelled. In a very typical Angela way of procrastination… I chose to make a quilt that had NO purpose. NO directions. No deadline. NO predetermined fabrics.
I started with my scraps and stayed there. This ENTIRE top is from my scraps and sadly they hardly look like they have been touched. I wanted to do something “wonky” but my personal version of wonky is all straight lines…they are just not all pre-measured. I squared up every block at 12.5″ unfinished but just enjoyed the freedom getting there.
At first, I was going to do the entire quilt with green blocks with pink centers, no sashing. There was no particular reason why except that I felt like I hadn’t used my green fabrics in a long time. So I made a whole slew of green blocks. Then I decided to give the quilt a purpose. And Not surprisingly, my purpose became her.
We are getting ready to transfer her to a “big girl” bed and I decided to make this her big girl quilt. And that changed the way I was approaching the quilt just slightly. I opted to add pink blocks with green centers and then eventually also added some yellow and blue blocks. The white sashing was from a jelly roll that I won from the Moda Sliced Competition. Which makes it SUPER simple to sash a quilt.
I deliberately forced myself to use fabrics together that I wouldn’t normally pick because I know that it adds more depth to the top as a whole. And each block blends together when seen in the quilt top whole. I honestly don’t find any fabrics that stick out even if it “killed” me to add it into the quilt. In fact, this is a great way to use up fabrics that aren’t always your favorites. I’m amazed at how well fabrics play together when put in a design like this one.
I do use a lot of precious fabrics I suppose, but I was just so happy to actually use them. A good number of prints I had at least a 1/4 yard of hanging out in my scrap box. That is soooo not a scrap and they were begging to be used. So I happily chopped them into strips and threw together this quilt.
I spent a whole other day piecing together a back to look like a large wonky log cabin using fabrics all in my stash. Now the quilt is basted and just waiting for me to quilt it. I will get to it soon because I think we’re going shopping for her mattress today! So maybe tomorrow?!
But I love it and it was soooo nice to make something just for me (or as it turns out for Caitlyn) and not have to worry that I get the directions right or take enough pictures, etc. This was just for fun.
And it’s good to have fun. 😉