Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Warming up

Starting a new quilt is a bit like getting ready for a run (though I don't run - dodgy knee).  I can't just sprint straight off from the front door, I have to do a bit of bending and stretching, cutting, tinkering and looking before I get properly underway.  

This time round I don't have any idea of where I want to head, so I have started by cutting some simple shapes and seeing how they feel.  

I wondered if I might make some nine patches, so I cut some squares.
The strong colours in this plaid might make this tricky to get right.  I'm not saying I won't, but cutting these few squares made me think twice, at least.

Then I thought, maybe another Coins variation.  These two fabrics sit nicely together.
Then, for some reason, largely to do with dropping one piece on top of another and liking what I saw, I made this.
This last piece is my favourite so far, but mostly I'm just figuring out how the different stripes and plaids relate to each other.  Some, all or none of these may end up in the quilt, but they are mostly biggish pieces so if I don't keep them as they are, it won't be too wasteful to find new configurations for them.  

9 comments:

patty a. said...

The plaids and strips are wonderful! So many possibilities. You make me want to stop by the Goodwill store on Friday that I pass going to the salon and see if they have any plaid or striped shirts.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Ooh, that last unit is definitely interesting. I hope the warmups are fun and I look forward to seeing what they lead to.

Julierose said...

Great plaid beginnings...looking forward to seeing where this journey will lead...
hugs, Julierose

Ann said...

Dropping fabric is my favorite way to plan. So many unexpected results. Have fun with this step.

Robin said...

Creativity is such a workhorse sometimes. You've got some good beginnings. I'll have to try that dropping technique. Between you and Ann - it sounds like it works.

audrey said...

Oh I just love a good play with directionals. Always something interesting to see!:)

Mystic Quilter said...

So this method of yours could be described as a Cut and Go project!
Like your use of the stripes and interested in your idea of dropping fabrics and seeing how they fall and interact with each other. I usually gather them on the cutting table but might just try your method next time!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Excited to see where you are going with these repurposed fabrics... actually I waited before posting, in case you did an update!

Doris said...

Its always interesting how patterns and colors go together. A good start at least.