Monday, 20 May 2019

Sugar and spice

I started off thinking I might keep this quilt really, really simple and used scissors to cut some square-ish bits. I let the size be dictated by the magpie fabric - this was as big as I could get before I started hitting another bird.
 I used this as a rough guide for some more.
At some point, still just cutting squares and not making any decisions beyond that, I noticed a couple had fallen on top of each other.
So I followed that thought, which got me here. 
I should add a disclaimer at this point, to the effect that no fabric was ironed in the making of this block.  I would iron, if only I could remember where the iron had been tidied away to.  Ah well.

I made some more.  I am cutting with no attempt to keep things straight/neat for the moment.  At some point I will probably add strips and wedges to square up before I try joining any of these together.
Now, I like these but a whole quilt would be too much for me.  Too much sugar in one place.  So I need to find some spice, or contrast, which means either a slightly mismatched colour, possibly, or some choices which extended the value range.  I have added in the bird shirt I bought a few weeks ago, but need something dark now.  Obviously I have the black fabric with the flowers but I haven't figured out yet how to use it.  It could just go into the mix with everything else or I could use it in some other way.  For now I'm just mulling things over, as there's no great hurry.

8 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

The black will add a nice punch and tie easily with the color of the magpies. Happy cutting/sewing (and ironing when you find that iron again).

Janie said...

You're off to a good start. And what's next I wonder?

patty a. said...

The magpie fabric is so cool! I like that you share your thought process. I can see how this so far was sweet and needed some spice. I will wait and see how spicy you make this!

Diane N. said...


Love your creative style. Diane

Ann said...

What a great way to start - use the fussy fabric first to set the size. And I sometimes avoid ironing, too. I know where it is but I'm too busy sewing to get it out. Yes, it needs spice now. It will be fun to see what combination of spices you choose. Will it become burn-your-mouth spicy or just tangy?

Sue McQ said...

Birds of a feather quilt together!

audrey said...

Yes to the black flower fabric! Can't wait to see what you do with that piece. Sometime ironing is an annoyance. Kudo's to you for posting the 'real' pics.:)

QuiltSwissy said...

Love the name