Every few years, I get drawn in by some fashion trend. Chances are it has been around for a bit (probably the fact that I have started to be interested in it is proof it is on its way out!), and advertisements and sales tactics have had time to work on me. I begin to think…you know…maybe…my wardrobe is a bit boring. I should get out of my comfort zone. I visit my favorite shop…and the outfits do look wonderful…and I become infatuated with something that really isn’t me. Most recently it was green pants….The infatuation may last a season or two, or it reality may hit me after only a few wears.
This quilt is the quilt version of my unwise clothing purchases.
There are quilts made using this kind of random strip placement that I love. They are generally in solids. This top has about 30 fabrics, including a significant number that I chose because I just couldn’t envision using them in quilts I wanted to make today, and leftover strips from fabrics I still love. I loved cutting up the pile of unloved fabrics. I loved sewing the strips together randomly and making the basic blocks. I even re-discovered the beauty in some of my unloved fabrics. But…this quilt just isn’t me. Aside from the colors, which aren’t my favorites, it’s just…too busy, too disorganized. And the fabrics have been drinking! They are bleeding into one another everywhere!
After I had enough blocks for the top, I still had strips leftover so I began making half-square strip blocks. A little bit of sewing and I had this:
Or it could be this!
Why didn’t I do this with all the fabrics instead? The half-square quilt is so much more appealing to me than my random strip quilt. Of course, now I do not have enough light strips to make enough blocks for a full size quilt. I have been considering using the half square blocks with some borders to make the ‘front’ of a quilt, and putting my random strip top as the back, so that I will have something I find more appealing, but it might not work given how few blocks I have. It might just become a wall hanging.