Sunday, February 7, 2010

Having fun............

My friend Wig suggested that I just use 16 blocks but the problem with that is the sizes I cut the blocks. There were 3 widths I ended up with, but many different heights to the blocks. That is how I decided on 3 vertical rows and I could use 15 of the 17 blocks for them. But she got me thinking........I decided to see how many heights of blocks that I had and tried horizontal rows. I have 3 rows that match up and the bottom row is several different ones but I can trim them all to match. With this version I can use 16 of the blocks.
I looked in the books again (see Thursday's post) to see what Gwen and Freddy had used to separate the blocks. I went through my stash and came up with a few candidates.
The one I was specifically looking for is the many triangles below. I only have a fat quarter of it so I could use it to add a strip to the sides of individual blocks to space them but I wouldn't have enough of any one of the sizes to do sashing.
The first one I cut was the circles. I was cutting from the wrong side to get 1/4" seam allowance on each side of the circles and was surprised when I turned it over to see they were all in the cool colors. The next row is warm colors but I have to skip that one because it has the seam allowance for this row cut out of it.
Next I tried this black and white stripe which I was sure that I would like. Then I decided to try different widths of the black and white and was too lazy to remove dots and realized I like the combination of the dots and stripes. (See, laziness pays off sometimes.)
I can tell there will be some more playtime with this one and meanwhile I am starting another set of blocks (quarter log cabin squares) since I have all of the scraps sorted into short, medium and long lengths. I'm also adding some dotted fabrics and some other bright tone on tones. I'm excited about this project. The last one, the stars in the rich color palette was too planned. With this one I don't know what will happen next and that is the exciting part to me.

18 comments:

Bunny said...

It amazes me that you are so organized with your scraps all mine are in a bin and I hate to open it up LOL. I love these blocks and your black and white sashing is wonderful but somehow I do love those dots too. Maybe the dots can be in the border somehow. I know you will come out with something wonderful.

karenfae said...

very colorful and yes as Bunny says very organized! You seem to be able to find what you want from your scraps so easily.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Marit said...

Love you combination of the colorful Kaffe with the black and white!!
Have fun playing around with different layouts. This will be a fun quilt!

Colleen said...

I am enjoying each post on this quilt, your border fabric choices are endless. Your stash is amazing and so organized. Looking forward to next post!!!
Colleen

elle said...

Oh, I wanna go fabric shopping and find these graphics. I am seriously gonna be changing the way I do things. This would be SO much more fun! Shoot, I wonder if hubby is up for Freddy's house decor style! 8^) But then Gwen's is also a great foil for all that is vibrant. yes, I could have it all! Blogland is so inspiring for this 'down on the farm' gal! Great job, Wanda

Cheryl Arkison said...

This is a fun project. I wish I could come over and play with you, such a challenge and so interesting!

Lurline said...

Just gorgeous and the circles/dots do it for me - I really love it!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Joyce said...

I love the combo of the B&W with the big circles. This one just keeps getting better and better.

Anonymous said...

As always it is fun to watch you work. Checking in with you always brightens my day.

J~MT

Vivian said...

I'm endlessly entertained by your playtime, which you so kindly share with us.
What fun to see this quilt being created.
This question is only slightly related to your quilting. Is your home traditionally decorated? mid century modern? eclectic? My guess is that there is color galore on your walls and in accessories. But that's only a guess.

sparkle jars said...

Oh, my gosh! I love this!!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love the blocks. I actually really love how they looks without any sashing at all.

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wordmama said...

That black and white is Michael Miller's Reeds, isn't it? I love love love that fabric! You always come up with such great combinations. I'm learning every day.

Jean said...

I like the black and white using the different widths. It fits with the randomness of the log cabin type blocks. The dots fit too, somehow.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Those blocks are so gorgeous Wanda. I'm sure I'll like what you do with them.

Cathi said...

They are fun -- and dots and black and white triangles both work. I love the idea of them both being used as sashing!

Purple Pam said...

I love to watch you play with your blocks! It is so much fun.