My blue period continues…

This week I got a little side tracked by a pile of scraps sitting around my sewing space.  Most of the time I do a good job of keeping my creative urges under control – I usually jot the idea down in my note-book and go back to what I should be doing.  This week the “should be doing” was quilting my sister in laws quilt... instead I took the scraps from that quilt and made some of these…

log cabin block

Yes the scraps from the project I SHOULD have been finishing tempted me into making log cabin blocks.   In my defense I had a whole pile of 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric already cut and lots and lots of scrappy little ends of fabric.  They cried out to be made into a log cabin, and I could not ignore it.  The end result of this diversion is this lovely little top…

baby blue quiltThis 40 x 40 inch quilt top took me about 4 episodes of “Top of the Lake” to make and came together really easily.  I already knew the colours worked together and all the cutting was done I just had to make log cabins.

baby blue quilt detail 3

I am really beginning to love what you can do with solids.  I struggled with the first quilt with the lack of pattern, but now can not wait to make my next solids quilt.  I have a cunning plan already.

baby blue quilt detail 2

This fun little exercise not only distracted me from my quilting to do list, but also added another UFO to my pile, but it was worth it.  The only hard thing about this quilt so far has been photographing it in the howling wind this morning…

blowing wind

Going with the flow…

Last Friday I became determined to make my sister in-law a quilt.  I had spent months procrastinating, putting idea after idea up on the design wall and pulling it all down again.  All I really had to go on was that she loves blue and is a no-nonsense, straight talking, fabulous woman.  Finally I decided to do a blue trip around the world quilt.  I delved into my stash and pulled out all my blue solids, which I was surprised to discover was a substantial wad and set to work.

blue fabric pull

I spent Saturday merrily cutting 2 1/2 x 16 1/2 inch strips from my pile of solids.  I loved the colours together but I was becoming less and less sure about the quilt design.  As my darling husband commented on Saturday evening “don’t those trip around quilts tend to have patterns in them”.  Yes my nervousness at the lack of pattern in my fabric was getting to me.   I had made a solid trip along before which turned out nicely…

Trip around pastel quilt

but I was still nervous about it. With no other viable options at this point,  I continued the process – sewing the strips in groups of 6, then sewing it into a tube, then cutting the tube into 2 1/2 strips.  If you have done a Trip Around the World you know the process… if you do not know what I am talking about Quiltsville is where it all started.  So now I had a stack of strips of squares…

block pieces

Usually you pull your tube’s apart and put them back together in just a way to get this block…

trip around block modern bright quilt block

but it was at this point in the process I threw out the instructions and went a little wild.  I started sewing random strips together so my blocks look more like this…

blue quilt block

I was not sure if it would work, but the idea of doing another Trip Around quilt all of a sudden was not at all appealing.  So now I have a wild, pixelated, modern quilt that is coming together like this…blue quilt wip

And I love it.  I am so thrilled with how my deviation from the plan is working out.  I am embracing the random and the crazy and just going with it.  So far I have 8 blocks done and have 22 more to go.  My design wall currently looks like this…

Blue design wall

and I am so thrilled.  It was not how I planned things, it is so much more cooler.