Wednesday 26 February 2020

Not even scraps now

This is officially the closest I've ever come to running out of fabric completely.  Of the fabrics I started with I am out of all but three (the light brown with a white spot, the grey/brown with the animals and flower design and the cream background with different coloured spots).  I am also down to the very last scraps of the black and white stripe.  Not even scraps left to piece of anything else, though I have a handful of strip sets still to use.

As you can see from this photo, I still have a way to go (I'm aiming to cover that last tile on the right).
Luckily all the times when I have run short before have provided good practice and I am not panicking. 

I had already added one floral into the mix and though I am reluctant to cut into any more yardage I have had a good rummage through my scraps and come up with these.
At the moment the yellow and the smaller check have not been pressed into use but the other three have.

This is the one area I've worked on that includes all the new additions.
It won't be a seamless transition, but I feel happy that the new bits sit happily enough with the feel of what I have already and should, just, be enough to see me home.  I am piecing much more carefully now, so thinking about what I need next and making for a specific space rather than putting together strip sets in advance and then playing around with them.  

Slightly optimistically I had set myself the aim of finishing this before the end of the month, but it will be done not too far into March.

A brief update on the hand quilting seems overdue too.  I am still quilting (or not) my second lighthouses.  I'm not sure why I'm not feeling the love for this as I work on it - I still like the piecing but am so not into quilting it.  However, and in my own defence, I did quilt a whole lego quilt in two months over December and January, so progress is being made one way or another.


Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I think it is going to be very interesting to see the transition in the finished composition. I'm glad you have other scraps that will see you through to the size you would like.

Julierose said...

Loving those little pinwheel and hourglass additions sprinkled through; the flowery print and that lovely pastel (drool) plaid add a lot of light, I think. Running out of fabric you planned on is always a challenge...
hugs, Julierose

audrey said...

You have such a wonderful eye for proportion and color. It's good that you've been able to find a few fabrics that will blend well and help you finish this one out. I love that one of the new fabrics is a shirting print! Of course!

patty a. said...

I think you have come up with some great additions for finishing this quilt top. I love this top! I reminds me of what a scrappy vintage quilt would look like which by the way are my favorites. It is good you are also making progress in the hand quilting area too. I have been trying to get a few stitches in that double wedding ring quilt that I rehabbed. The lady it belongs to sent me an email the other day wondering if the top was ready for quilting. I told her I have it well underway with the hand quilting. She sent me a design she wants in the centers; it is easy, is what her grandmother had quilted in other DWR quilts, and I hadn't quilted any centers yet so that will work out. I have to take my car in for it's 18,000 mile service so I will take the quilt with me to work on while I wait at the dealership.

Ann said...

Again this is interesting to me. I would have not sewed all the columns together so I could blend the newer fabrics in further. But you always do it this way and it looks great. I think partly because you take more care with your replacement fabrics.
I have several quilt tops that need quilting, too, and just like you, I'm completely uninspired. Sigh.

Mystic Quilter said...

The new fabric additions seem to fit in well and like Ann I would have been wary of actually sewing the rows
together before having everything in place, but that's just me and I like the way you approach your quilt making, I'm too afraid of doing that I think.

Kim said...

Oh, I am loving your new fabrics, Kaja. You will make them work.....I just know it. Afterall, clever ideas seem to always be swirling around in that clever head of yours. =)