June 24, 2011

Fit For A Princess Quilt in Progress

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As a wedding gift for some young friends getting married next month, I have begun a Fit For a Princess quilt.  It is a very simple quilt pattern to sew yet looks striking when put together.  You can find the tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew.  The tutorial shows how to cut fat quarters into 8" and 4" squares and uses 20 FQs for an over-sized lap quilt.

Back in March I posted here about some new fabric I had purchased.  I used the FQs in the two right-hand columns in the picture in that post.  Very modern, slightly weird fabrics that I never buy, but I was looking for modern that day.  It was fun to open up the little FQ rolls and see the fabrics in all their beauty and weirdness uniqueness!  Many different colors and styles, a lot of chaos, and just a tiny bit of matching here and there, but not everywhere.  I dove in and cut ... and sewed.

8" squares with 4"corner squares sewn on with two seams for extra half-square triangles for another project.  My new walking foot was great for this, and the squares stayed put - no need to trim the blocks up!

Then cut apart.

Pressed open.


Chaos.  No other word for it than chaos.  This is the random layout the tutorial suggests.  I kinda majorly cringed when I saw it on the design wall and wondered ... what.have.I.done???  The budget says ... use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without ... and there is no alternative to buying other fabrics.  So, experimenting I go.

Ahh, much better ... but still very, ahem, weird.  The matching corner triangles are arranged to join together and create a bit more cohesion to the quilt top, if that is possible with this mix of fabrics.  There are nine bow-tie blocks {blocks that have two matching large squares set opposite each other}, and I am contemplating putting them together.  I'll decide after I get the squares sewn into blocks. 

Hopefully Mrs. Long-Arm Singer {and her operator} will decide to get their act together and work properly because this quilt is too big to quilt on my regular machine.

ETA:  This quilt, after a year-and-a-half in the closet, was restored and took on a completely different look!  You can see it HERE!

Linking to:
Nifty Thrifty Things
Between Naps on the Porch
Organize With Sandy
Made By You Monday
Don't Waste Your Homemaking
Home Stories A to Z
Handmade Tuesdays
WIP Wednesdays


Pamela said...

I think it's very princess-ish! The colors made me smile.

Christine said...

I think that this turned out so cheerful and fun! Weird isn't the word I would use to describe it.....maybe energetic.

Marcie @ DWYH said...

Very cute, I'm sure the lovely couple will love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Unwasted Homemaking :)!

Ashley said...

this is so fun looking! i love it

annies home said...

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Robin said...

Stop fretting! It looks great. You've inspired me to use up my scarps in exactly the same way. Thank you.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Very cute!!
Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!

Lee said...

I don't think it's weird, I love it! So colorful and rich. The "Fit for a Princess" pattern is on my to-do list! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )