Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wide Sashing


It's time for the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies once again, and no, this is not Moth in the Window, as previously promised.  The only progress on Moth has been that I decided I didn't want to make 90 blocks after all. My original plan was for 56 blocks, and all the fabric was carefully chosen and balanced, and I feel like it will go off track if I add to it now. I think the best plan will be to skip the border, and make it throw-sized.

Right now I am full steam ahead on my improv hourglass project, "Nettie." All 24 blocks are finished, including this tricky zig zag block:


I actually sliced the hourglasses in half to make flying geese, and then re-assembled as you see here. I won't lie, it took a while. But, I love it!

Last time I theorized that wide sashing would fix all my concerns with the dense hourglass blocks. Today I cut all the sashing, including that butterfly fabric above:


And, I put it up on the wall:


Now, I debated whether to show this photo or not, because it looks like a wild jumble. But I am really, really happy with it, and for now you will just have to trust me. It works, and it will calm down when it's all sewn together.

Hopefully that won't be too much longer, because I already have a finished design for the next AHIQ challenge, a two block quilt. But I refuse to start it until Nettie here is a finished top.

Back in March I was actually worried that I didn't have any new projects in the works! But, with Moth in the Window, Aunt Millie, this new solution for the hourglasses, and the two block quilt waiting in the wings, I think things are back to normal around here!

17 comments:

  1. like how you have played around with these and got different blocks loving the floral fabric too it is so delicate

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  2. Oh my goodness, this doesn't look like a wild jumble to me. I love it.

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  3. Oh I am so glad you decided to show the picture! I love the wild jumble look. In fact, that would make a good title. I just love it. My kind of quilt!

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  4. Such a vintage feel from the colors and the style. I love the way you cut up your Broken Dishes. It looks like some were cut on an angle while others were cut perpendicular. Very interesting to detect your cuts - or at least, try to. Love the layout, the sashing changes, the revised blocks. What fun!
    I'm inspired by Nettie's layout, too. It will be fun to see how different they are.
    Thanks for linking this with Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.

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  5. Love it, love it, love it! It's just so sweet and spontaneous. Love the make-do look going on, but somehow it all fits and gels together so very well! Very inspiring! So glad you showed your work!

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  6. Nettie is gorgeous, not at all a jumble. I think she makes perfect sense.
    Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  7. I love how all those colors, shapes and patterns are playing together. It has the feel of a well loved make do quilt. God you're back to normal with lots of projects to work on!

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  8. You have a genuine talent for using a variety of prints, patterns and colours. Those fabrics in my hands would give new meaning to the word "jumble". You work magic with them.

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    1. Thanks very much! I admit, I am thrilled with it. It much better than I dared to hope. I can't wait to get it sewn together!

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  9. Oh goodness I love this quilt!! It is most certainly not a "wild jumble" but is so very interesting and reminds me of quilts in days gone by. Wonderful.

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  10. Those zig laggy blocks are just the ticket to this top! I wouldn't have thought of cutting the hour glass blocks in half! What a terrific solution. BTW, that AHIQ challenge is pulling at me. . .I'm trying to resist!

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    1. Thanks, Terry! Don't resist. AHIQ has totally changed the way I think about quilting, and unblocked a lot of creativity. Just make something small!

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  11. I love how the block looks after cutting up the hourglass ones. I never would have guessed that was the origin!

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  12. Did I miss the "wild jumble"? What I see is fantastic!!!

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  13. Love the zigzags - and love how they were created. It amazes me how the sashing fabric actually blends - magic!

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    1. Thanks again! Yes, I like the zig zags more and more myself. And, I'm amazed at how different all the blocks look, given that they started in more or less the same place. That willingness to experiment is a big benefit of improv!

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