Quilt Transformation

I’ve made many quilts with strips and scraps and scraps of strips. It goes without saying that the goal is to use some of the fabric in my stash and create a beautiful quilt.

I began this quilt about a year ago.

 The quilt was achieving the look I wanted – colors bleeding into one another to form an asymmetrical rainbow – and I had great plans! But the corners were very thick with all those pieced parts and since I didn’t paper piece the blocks I had some wave in the quilt. But mostly the corners were making me crazy! They were unruly. I was starting to dread the entire project, including the quilting, and I was nowhere near quilting the darn thing.

So I put the quilt and all the extraneous parts away in a colorful little box.

Except for a few small pieces that taunted me for a year.

Then a few weeks ago I took a small square of strip pieced pink fabric and put a yellow border on it.

I liked the results but wasn’t quite sure what to do or where to go so I just looked at the block for a few weeks.

Then! An a-ha moment! What if I take apart my “rainbow” quilt and border each square in a complimentary color?  Armed with my seam ripper at a neighborhood meeting and a completely uncomfortable chair, my quilt was deconstructed into all these little parts.

I ironed all the blocks and starting sewing borders on my “new” project. Then I decided that a complimentary border was too orderly for me, so I mixed them up to get this.

I bordered three blocks, put them on the design wall but wasn’t happy with how my quilt looked.

I was, once again, a bit frustrated…then I looked at the rather large pile of red squares I’d made and put them on my wall. I didn’t want to make more blocks. So far I have this and I really like it.  I’m pondering a golden yellow sashing with red cornerstones but really I haven’t settled on anything yet.

I think it’ll look good. What do you think?

Published by Patty Murphy

Designer. Quilter. Fabric Hoarder.

5 thoughts on “Quilt Transformation

  1. Why any sashing at all? Just sew the red ones together, they will look fabulous! In fact it all looks fabulous. You probably want and need a bit more structure and orderliness than I would, so that is wny you want the sashing. But I don’t think you can go wrong with any of this. I love it!

  2. Charlotta, Thanks! The corners are SO thick and bulky…that’s the reason I took it apart, and yes, I do tend to like orderly, though I’m working on that. hehe. Hope you are well!

  3. Patty: You’ve always been great at process, now you are documenting it as well. Brava! I love going through this “with” you and the discoveries made along the way. Great work.

    1. Only because of you, Michelle. It has been great to document. It’s nice to follow how I get from start to finish in some sort of coherent manner. Can’t wait to see you on Wednesday and catch up!

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