This was the first quilt that I made and designed. Hand pieced and hand quilted. The block pattern is from the first book that I bought.”Quick & Easy Pot Holders” published by House of White Birches. I had no stash to speak of so I bought 1/4 and 1/8 yards of coordinating fabrics to make each block. The blocks are all different which also makes it a charm quilt.
The other night at our guild meeting, Mary asked “Random but pleasing? Does that mean it’s not random?”…….(tongue in cheek). She’s a great scrapper and was giving me that look, just being a smartie. So Mary, this is for you and all the others who may legitimately want to know. Random but pleasing is random but sort of. As I cut and choose my scraps, I like as many different options as I have available. Meaning many colors, styles( 30’s, civil war, kids etc.), patterns (stripes, polk-a-dot, florals, fruit, etc.). I like and use it ALL …whatever is in the bag, box or pile! When I’m sewing my pieces together, I usually have them randomly stacked in piles next to where I’m working and I “audition” the pieces as I am sewing them together. I want interest and balance but most of all I don’t want to lose the focus of my block pattern. So I look for diversity in color, fabric pattern, and value. So if one piece is the same color, same pattern (polk-a-dots, stripes, floral, solid), same value (light, dark, etc.), that piece is set aside and the next is “auditioned”. It’s a quick glance. No matchy match! No hemming and hawing about whether I like it or not or whether is goes……do I love it or not. Not important! Can I live with it and does it give me the contrast and balance that I want to have in my block. That’s what I’m looking for. Of course, when the blocks are finished there are always some that I really like and some not so much. When I’m down to assembling those last couple of blocks, there are always some pieces that just need to be put in there. They may not have that zing that I’d like. So I stick that “not so much” block somewhere in a corner of the quilt . The corner is usually hanging off the bed and you can’t see it that well anyway. The ones with the pop go in the middle where they are most visible. I hope that explains my “random but pleasing” theory. Happy Quilting, Everyone! BTW I love seeing your Clue #1 blocks on Flickr.
I have to apologize. The clue didn’t go out at 7 pm. Guess there was something I should have clicked and I didn’t. Sorry! I’ll have to figure it out for next time. But here’s the clue:
Sew (2) 1 7/8″ Half Square Triangles (HST) background fabric or (2) 1 1/2″ HST’s made with the Easy Angle Tool background fabric, to one 1 1/2″ colored square. Sew to make a right angle triangle with the square on point at the top and both background HST’s to make the base (see example below) Trim off dog ears. Make 82.
If using 2 7/8″ colored squares, cut them in half on the diagonal or if you are using the Easy Angle Tool, use the colored HST’s cut from 2 1/2″ strips. Sew one triangle to the unit sewn above to make a 2 1/2″ square (See example below). No need to match…..make them random but pleasing. Square up if necessary to 2 1/2″ square, trim off dog ears and press to colored side. Complete 82.
Stay tuned. Clue #2 will be on released Feb. 10, 7 pm EST.
It’s almost time! GO is tomorrow night at 7 pm EST. That’s when I present Clue #1 to my quilt guild, the Canal Counry Quilters. I’m excited to finally get this Scrap-In-A-Box out of the box…….LOL. When I’m doing Bonnie Hunters MQ’s, I always get a chuckle when “inquiring minds” try and figure out what the block will look like. I try and present the clues so the mystery may leave you thinking “What?!?”. It will be fun to see if I succeed. Post your progress on the Scrap-In-A-Box Flickr site and just have a good time. Until tomorrow…….Happy Quilting!
I wish you all a wonderful scrappy New Year! Our lives sometimes(?)…always(!) are a collection of bits and pieces. What we do with them makes a huge difference. Individually those scraps can seem worthless and unimportant but we can piece together a wonderful, colorful, creative, beautiful, warm and loving scrappy quilt! So Quilt On! my friends. May your scraps be plentiful and never ending and may you all experience great joy and peace in this coming New Year!
I’ve been busy! I finished my granddaughter’s quilt and delivered it to Michigan over the holiday. My (seaming) never ending hand quilting project is slowly getting to a point where I can see the end. I’m quilting the border now and have one and a half sides to go…..but then I have to do one more go around before I can do the binding.
I will also be doing a lecture on my scrap organization system with a trunk show and later some classes for Scrapitude at a local quilt shop. I’ve been rounding up my scrappy quilts to show just what all that scrapiness can do. It will be a good opportunity to take some pictures so I can add them here to my Finished Projects category.
Of course, I had to do Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion MQ. Like I needed another project! I’m not in love with all the busyness so I’ve decided to tone it down a bit. Some look great but mine just didn’t cut it for me. So I’ve picked the squares and sashing apart. New sashing will separate the blocks and the sashing she used will become an additional new border. I’ll post some pictures once I get a few blocks together. This is my third Mystery quilt of hers. Bonnie chooses her scrappy look with scraps within a certain color pallet and that’s fine. Somehow I have always ended up wishing I had used different fabrics or more likely not used certain fabrics that ended up lost in the design. In my own designs I like to use a wide range of colors and values creating a very distinguished pattern. Although some may be busy, the design is always very apparent. Different strokes for different folk, I guess. I do love some of Bonnie’s designs and they are in my someday pile. She surely does love scraps!
Ten days until Clue #1! Make sure you Subscribe so you get the latest and greatest and don’t forget to post your project pictures on the Flickr site. I can’t wait to see them! Wish I could post mine….hee hee!