January came and I had nothing to do.
-- no basted and layered quilt to put in a hoop
-- no applique blocks ready to stitch
-- no pieced blocks cut for me to sew
-- no particular idea of the next quilt to begin
And too tired to make any big decisions.
Well, I had a small stack of blue scraps leftover from my Gwenny medallion. Blue is one of my less-favorite colors but I do like this range of blues. I don't know if they're soldier blues, Prussian blues, peacock blues, or go by another name, but they have just the least touch of green in the dye and I like them.
And I had a stack of what I thought were medium browns, the ones in the photo below plus a few others, mostly cut from shirts. Perhaps my creative energies were mirroring the grey Ohio winter days (which I truly love -- so restful).
I decided to put them together and see what would happen. I often
second guess myself about cutting into fabric. What if I later realize I
would like it for some other quilt? But I made a quick decision to cut 8" squares and 2½" sashing and went to work with my rotary cutter.
This is what I've come up with so far. Only the star points are sewn to the sashing.
I chose uneven stars and I chose to set them on opposite corners of the squares rather than using a "Morning Star" setting where every corner has a star. A star in every corner, especially with these uneven stars, can become crowded.
Some may think this a boring quilt. I think my daughter used the words "calm" and "serene" to describe it. It looks restful to me. It may not become the most beautiful or exciting quilt I've ever made but I think it will be satisfactory.
Sometimes I get tired of jumbles of bright colors. Sometimes my eyes want a rest, want to see the rhythm of two colors and a pattern repeated across a surface. And I wanted to see if I could make a simple yet appealing quilt from these tans/browns and blues. I think these colors and this layout work, but I may have another opinion by the time I finish the top. I have more cutting and sewing to do to make it bigger.
In the meantime I'm trying out ideas for another applique quilt, considering how to make my Baskets of Plenty blocks play nicely to become a finished top, and searching for backing fabric for my Gwenny quilt. Finding/choosing backing fabric or sewing pieces together to make a backing is often a challenge, particularly so for this quilt because I'm looking for "that blue" -- the range in the above quilt -- which is not currently a popular color, or some fabric that will agree with the front of the quilt. And I don't have enough of any fabrics to sew together to make a back. Sigh. Until I can get backing for any quilt I don't have hand quilting to do, and this is the perfect time to hand quilt -- you know, cold weather, staying inside more than usual, etc.
But still, now I do have something to do!
I'm linking this post to
> Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
> Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework
> ScrapHappy January at talltalesfromchiconia
> Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
> Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
> Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
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