Sunday, January 21, 2007

Will this work in a quilt?

When I first started out as a quilter, I bought "scrap bags" to start building my stash, because there wasn't that much fabric available in the local shops, and I knew I needed some kind of palette to experiment with. I did use many of those early fabrics, but some I have never cut into - the shade has never fit in anywhere, they are too floral, too theme related (teacups, nautical flags etc) or whatever. I love blue, but it is not always an easy colour to work with, so more often than not, when blue is called for in a quilt I find nothing in my stash that I can use, and end up buying new fabric. While I have some turnover in most of the other colours, the blue crates were so full I'd need a shoehorn to fit any more in...
I have long been thinking about making a blue scrap quilt, and now seems to be the perfect time: a whole bunch of us are going on a quilter's retreat next weekend and I need a project. Mindless cutting and stitching while chatting away into the small hours and I could end up with a new lap quilt - that's the general idea, anyway. So I have pulled out all the blue fabric I know I'll never use in another project, added a few greens and some yellow and hot pink for interest and the result is this heap on the floor. Far too many for that quilt, I know, but I'll use as much of them as I can, and see if I can find new homes for the rest. The remaining fabric in the blue crate can breathe more easily and I actually have room to add some more...
What I have in mind is a scrappy log cabin variation from this pattern by Pie in the Sky. With lots of different widths of strips and a pick-strips-as-you-go attitude I just might make it work... Or Not.

2 comments :

joyce said...

I think they will make a great log cabin quilt. I made a scrappy log cabin and it turned out fine. I just used any scrap I could put my hands on and somehow in the end they all went together. THe one in the picture you linked to is really nice. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

anne bebbington said...

They will make a terrific quilt - all blues can look a bit sterile but those pinks and green will just make it zing!!! Can't wait to see the results