Happy Monday, friend! I hope you stayed safe and dry during the storms that ripped through the Southeast last night. It's true, I now live in earthquake country, but I do not miss the tempestuous weather of Tennessee -- so scary!
I wanted to show you what I worked on this weekend: progress on the Wedding Quilt for my cousin Clarisse. The weekend turned out to be quite busy, hence this isn't as much progress as I would have liked to show. But, I did some experimentation with scraps and love the way it turned out!
If you need a refresher on my wedding quilt project, here's my original post explaining the project, looking at inspiration and seeking input. And here's my work in progress post from back in September! (September?! Whoa, time flies!!)
I like the quilt block pattern I'm working with (Kathy's Block by Gwen Marston in Liberated Quiltmaking II). It's fun and different for me. I am putting fabrics together randomly and stitching them together as I go. My only rule is I can't have the same fabric twice in one "corner" block. The result keeps on surprising me.
However, the colors are so muted and the block piecing gets monotonous after a while. And it started affecting my perception of the project. "Oh crap, is it going to be totally boring?" So, inspired by all the scrappy goodness I've noticed around the blogosphere lately, I decided to piece together the scraps left over from my block construction to create interesting side triangles in some of my blocks.
I starched the hell out of those scrappy pieces so that the blocks would keep their shape once sewn, pressed and cut to size. It worked great!
I got through 4 whole "corner blocks" incorporating these scrappy pieces, which brings me to 4 large squares total at this point. (Each square is made from 4 corner blocks.) Based on my measurements, the quilt will likely feature 3 large blocks in the width by 4 large blocks in the length. So I am one third of the way done with the piecing. Oy.
I am starting to see this quilt coming together though, and it's getting me jazzed up to finish it. I'm hoping to power through a few more block-piecing sessions while the kids nap this week and next. And I can perhaps work on assembling my quilt top before long... I'll keep you posted! I'm horrified at how long it's been since they got married. I need to finish and mail off this puppy already!!
Angel, how are you doing on your quilt? Can't wait to see some progress, mama!
Dear readers, have you successfully incorporated scraps in quilt projects before? Was it intentional, random? How did it work out? Do you prefer to plan your quilts very carefully, or do you improv as you go? Would love to read your stories in the comments!