December 6, 2012

The "What Was I Thinking?" Quilt Top

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Bear with me, this is a blech-y project.  I really didn't want to put the Technicolor Tidings scraps leftover from this quilt back into my stash closet.  Sew, I whipped the various width strips together and got this.  {Pretend you can't see that it is already cut up again in this picture.}

Before I cut it into equal 7" wide strips, I seriously though it would look awesome to just flip the center strip.  Not so much.  I think I made the first quilt top too balanced, so when I flipped the center strip, it looks BLECH!!

So, figuring I could easily remedy this, I started thinking and remembered the Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern by 3 Dudes tutorial that the Missouri Star Quilt Company has on YouTube.  I began cutting and sewing and cutting some more and came up with this.  {I do love my spinning cutting mat and can't believe I didn't buy one sooner!}

And came up with this.  Yes, more BLECH!!  Simply BLECH-Y chaos!!

{And, this is no fault of the tutorial.  It makes a gorgeous quilt, but you have to use equal width strips!!  Oh, duh!!}

Quilting has taught me this about myself - I like order much more than chaos, and I find it nearly impossible to make quilts that do not have a semblance of order.  I still haven't finished the "Fit For a Princess" quilt from July of 2011 for this very reason.  You can see that I have tried to make order by positioning the same fabrics in a diamond on each block.

I am going to try to salvage this mess with white sashing.  Maybe make a few pillow covers or pot holders.  Surely there is beauty in this for someone?  Any other ideas?  Or would you TOSS IT?


April said...

Don't toss it! But if you need balance try 1" or 2" navy blue or black sashing. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful, much like stained glass. and I love Missouri Star Quilt co. tutorials! Have a great weekend. -April@Little Mama Hen

Judy said...

Stitch the pieces together and use it as a backing for a scrap quilt.