After I realized I am no longer inspired by many of the fabrics in my stash, I decided to take all of those fabrics out, sort them by colors, and then use them to make some scrap quilts, hoping that I will either make some things that I love, or at least make room for new fabrics that fit my current tastes. The first set of fabrics I am working with are browns (never a favorite color), mustardy greens and various yellows and florals I bought when I anticipated making more landscape quilts. Some were purchased when I planned to make a green companion to a blue star quilt. More on that in future posts. I’ve neither made that companion quilt nor continued making landscapes, so time to use up these fabrics. I also pulled any scraps I had in similar colors, even if they were fabrics I still adore. I then had a day or two of blissful and mindless cutting of strips, an antidote to a rather stressful few days dealing with banks, the IRS and luggage locks that refused to open.
Cutting and randomly sewing together strips is unbelievably fast. Although I usually prefer very controlled scrap quilts, I decided to just pull out fabrics randomly and hope that the initial general coherence of fabrics would be enough to create something I love, or at least like.
I made sets of strips 10″ wide and 20″ long, trimmed them to 9″x20″, and soon had this:
I actually liked it more than I expected to, but I felt like it was missing something, so I added 2 1/2″ strips made from addition strips sets to the blocks and started playing with layouts. Here are some of my current ideas.
Actually, I may like my original plain layout the best, but too late for that now! I will have to play with the layout to make sure that some of the fabrics that stand out a bit more are well distributed and there aren’t too many places where the same fabrics meet. This may turn out to be one of my least favorite quilts…but then again, quilting may change things significantly. We’ll see. I do have another idea for the mountain of remaining strips though, that is more controlled and may be more to my liking.