Don’t you hate it when you only need inches of fabric, but all you have are slivers?
Let me tell you how I ended up there……
At our last guild retreat, my friend Linda made amazing blocks for a Quilt of Valor project…..
After making 5 of these intricate blocks, she decided that she would turn them over to the local QOV committee here and let them plan a quilt around them. I asked if I could take them instead!!
My original plan was to line them up along one side of the quilt, but first to border them with gold fabric to make them shine.
I pulled out one piece of fabric and roughly calculated that there was enough to add a 1-inch border around all of the blocks.
I added the borders to the top and bottom of each block and then pieced the remaining fabric together and started cutting the right and left borders. That is when it happened…..
I needed ONE more strip the size of the ones at the top, but I couldn’t quite get it!!!
AND, all I had left was this small pile…..
While I stood there, chastising myself for not calculating more accurately in the first place, I started wondering what would happen if I made it more scrappy in nature.
So, I pulled out my 1.5-inch scrap bag and found several gold fabrics that would work equally as well!!
In a short time, I had the blocks bordered and on the design wall…..
…and I really like the scrappy values!!
Now it was time to figure out the quilt design. Normally I would pull out a scrap of paper and doodle my design, but today I had the idea to use a whiteboard and it worked SO well.
I was pretty sure that I wanted to surround the blocks with strips of red, white, and blue fabric. The first design used 2-inch strips, meaning that there would be SIX strips per block. I was afraid that it would be too fussy…..
Next, I planned with 3-inch strips, so only 4 per block…..
….but that might be too plain!!
So, how about if I split the difference and make most of them 3-inch but add some 1-inch white accents along the way…..
If you have read this blog for any time at all, you will know that I LOVE scrappy quilts and there were several at the International Quilt Festival that caught my eye and my camera!!
There was a large exhibit of “Dear Jane” quilts and most were a cacophony of colors, but this one had a lower volume feel and I LOVED it. I mean, how can you not love something named “Chocolate Bar with Creamy Filling”!!!
This one is a super simple pattern….
but evokes memories of quilts piled on top of a tall, fluffy bed……
These next two quilts were unbelievable!!
The blocks in this blue wonder were about 6-inches in size…..
….and pulled together to make this amazing quilt…..
And in the “how small can you go”, we have this quilt with 1.5 inch blocks…..
Each pineapple block had 49 pieces for a total of 21,609 individual pieces in the quilt.
In particular, I loved the little bits of color that were strewn thru the quilt…..
Now from the miniature to the gigantic…..
She completed it as a leader/ender project and it contains 12,800 triangles that are 1.25 inches each. The most interesting thing about this quilt was the way that the quilting changed its look. The quilting was simple……
…but the way the lights shown on it, each of the triangles looked like they were made from two different fabrics. It was an unexpected look!!
When we looked at these quilts with SO MANY small pieces, we all wondered which Insane Asylum the quilter is now checked into!!
This “Sunshine and Shadow” quilt was from the 1890’s…..
It was a fun layout with the blocks being divided into different color sections.
This quilt was not only beautifully pieced…..
….but the quilting was amazing and added so much to the design…..
The same goes for this quilt…..
The other amazing part of this quilt was the threadwork that was done to change the fabrics and make it look MUCH more complicated (not that it wasn’t already complicated enough)……
Look at the purple point in the middle of the photo above. There are two strips that have been thread-painted to add much more dimension!!
Finally, there was a special exhibit called “The Noble Menagerie” that featured quilts from Timna Tarr. She did a wonderful job of portraying her animals using pieced squares as the basis for the quilts…..
Come back tomorrow for a look at the STITCHING of IQF…..it is truly astounding!!!