Saturday, 3 April 2021

Starting on the bigger picture

This is ticking along now.  Here's a layout using tulips in groups and including a couple more big ones.

I have started sewing a few bits together, starting in the middle and working my way out.  It reminds me of why I don't often make so many small bits before I start joining them: I am poor at keeping track of where things have come from.  In some ways it doesn't matter, since I can always just lay them out again, but after a while that stops seeming like fun. So, if I am to keep going until an end, I need to get some bigger chunks done, to compensate for the fact that I appear to be a disorganised person with a poor attention span.

I have one more little tulip and five or six more string blocks currently under construction, but I am more or less decided that I don't want to keep going with either.  Instead, I am experimenting with dropping in squares of some of the floral fabrics that are in the pieced blocks. If I keep going like this there will be more squares and less piecing around the edges, though I might also consider a pieced border of some description.

For this particular quilt these decisions are being driven by the prompts Ann provided, my interpretation of them and, increasingly, by the contents of my scraps box.  If I want a border of any sort I may have to cut up a new shirt. I don't mind so much if that's where I end up, but I am going to have a good shot at only using what's in the box first.  

Clarelou - the tulips are improvisationally pieced; I looked at a few traditional blocks, did my own little sketch and then just did them by eye.  Nothing is measured as I sew.

8 comments:

Julierose said...

Love those pops of yellow/golds throughout--keeps your eye moving around...
this is really looking great, Kaja--nice work in progress Hugs julierose

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I'm impressed that you aren't sewing more chunks together yet. It feels like it's getting closer to the point you can commit to some layout choices, though!

Mystic Quilter said...

I think your idea of floral fabric squares mixed in with the strings and tulips a great way to go.

Quiltdivajulie said...

So glad that you are finding your way through this challenge. I absolutely LOVE your liberated free pieced tulip blocks!

Ann said...

Your tulip blocks delight my heart and the floral squares add some resting places. What fun to see how you interpret two ideas, mix them with your own additions and make something so original. And the buttercup yellow lightens everything.

Robin said...

I didn't realize the tulips were improv too. I should have examined it more closely. (And, I should have known better) Once an innovator always an innovator, that's you.

patty a. said...

You are moving along nicely with this project. Since you haven't starting sewing the blocks together the layout can still evolve.

audrey said...

Right now it's looking a little busy, but I know you. You're gonna do the magic thing that you do and I'm going to be so impressed! Love to see you work through the details and use up whatever fabric pull you start with. Like you say, you can always add later if need be. Lots of fun to finish off a stack of fabric and then move on to a new one totally fresh!