Tuesday, 28 March 2017

AHIQ - share your improv #19

Nearly there with this now.  I had the idea in my head that I wanted to do a round of pinwheels to finish it off, but to make them bigger than the little ones I've used in the body of the quilt (they are 3.5" square).  First off I thought this wasn't feasible as I had nowhere near enough left of the brown fabric that I had used for the little ones.  Then I wondered if I could use what was left of my shirts instead.  So this morning I did a first pass - making just a few so that a) I could see if I liked how they looked and b) I could get some idea of whether I would have enough scraps left even for this approach.  

Here's what the first few looked like.


This was working well enough for me to keep going and by the end of the morning I had done 19.  


Nothing's sewn yet.  I know I've got enough fabric to get around three sides, though I have more of some than others.  Where I don't have enough to cut a whole square at a time I am cutting individual triangles (no scrap goes to waste).  It's slower, but worth it, I think.  I will probably go around all 4 sides if I have enough but will reassess after the first couple and decide how much further to take it. 


14 comments:

Monica said...

Love the pinwheels! It's looking so good, Kaja. :D

Quiltdivajulie said...

I agree - the pinwheels add a lot to what is already a terrific quilt top!

Doris Perlhuhn said...

Wow that's it. The pinwheels make a frame and hold it. Perhaps that's why this "disorder" seems now so well balanced. I like how you came to this so far.

Doris Perlhuhn said...

Wow that's it. The pinwheels make a frame and hold it. Perhaps that's why this "disorder" seems now so well balanced. I like how you came to this so far.

Ann said...

The pinwheels make a good border for this quilt. It adds some cohesion to a more diffuse quilt. As Doris wrote, a frame.

Magpie Sue said...

Isn't is amazing how those pinwheels add interest to the strips! I almost hope you don't have enough to do all four sides, I think it would make for a more interesting quilt for the "borders" to be asymmetrical.

Janie said...

You're having fun with this adventure, Kaja.
Thanks for sharing the process.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

I love your latest round of pinwheels! Narrowing the colours down too (no pink) really creates a great border!

Sue Kelly said...

I also like the pinwheels. They contain the coins nicely, while looking as if they might fly off and need to be contained themselves. Dramatic tension at the edges! Well done!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

The pinwheels frame the quilt. A perfect border.

-Soma

patty a. said...

love the pinwheels around the outside! If you done have enough fabric to make enough pinwheels for the entire border, I would suggest just piece together what scraps you have left willy nilly and fill in the space. Since you are using the same fabrics it wouldn't stick out and you could use every last bit!

Cathy said...

I don't make quilts like you do or even use the same process because that's just not me but I have to say I enjoy seeing you work and have liked every single quilt you have produced (that I have seen since I've followed along). I seem to "get" your quilts but there's a lot of improv quilts out there that leave me scratching my head as to why some people seem to be drawn to them.

PaulaB quilts said...

The pinwheels make a really good border. I hope you can work them out to a finish you are,happy with.

Marly said...

I love your pinwheel border. I think the regularity of the pinwheel blocks and their larger scale holds the exuberance of the centre in check. A real frame.