Monday, 11 October 2021

A game of fits and starts

One step forwards, two back.  Or sometimes one back and two forwards.  That's the way it's rolling around here at the moment.  This is mostly, I reflect now, because I wasn't listening to the quilt.  This had, quite early on, a medallion feel to it, but I had just done a medallion so I tried everything I could think of to avoid working in rounds.  Some things I tried were okay, but nothing fantastic emerged.  Still reluctant to give in I toyed with idea of building out on just two sides.  But you know what?  When I stopped thinking like a fool and just sat and looked, it was quite clear to me that this quilt wanted to be, if not a medallion proper than at least a fair imitation of one.

Amongst the bits I have made but rejected are these pointy triangles
and some Flying Geese which turned into these bits.

I rather liked those but sadly they looked too busy and didn't seem quite right there.  I'm keeping them though, on the offchance.  In the end, I settled for something simpler
The very pale strips were added in an attempt to counteract the distinct curves this has developed, due to a combination of some denim that I'm pretty sure had a bit of stretch in it and my habit of cutting every last bit of fabric from a shirt, on the bias if that's where it needs to be.  I quite like them though, so it's all good.

9 comments:

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh, I hadn't thought about how many denims these days do have a bit of stretch in them. I'm already curious to think about how heavy the quilt will be and what quilting will be like with the denim.

Robin said...

This has a lovely feel to it. Looking good!

Kim said...

Blasted quilts! They have their own minds, don't they. =) Yes, best to keep those bits that aren't quite right...just in case. Loving what I am seeing. 'Enjoy' your playing.

Mystic Quilter said...

The pointy triangles just don't look at home with the other components so I'm pleased you ditched them. The quilt-to-be looks happy!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

This is looking so good, sew far! I've stumbled across stretchy denim lately too, you found a good way to work with it! Another of your wonderful quilts where I think someone someday will ask themselves "now why did she do that?".

patty a. said...

You are coming along nicely with piecing this top together. I like the lighter strips you added.

Ann said...

I don't think any "unstretchy" denim exists and most have some added lycra. I love medallions and don't make enough. This one looked like that to me, too. I can't wait to see what you do next.

Kris said...

I am glad you listened to the quilt and went with it. Looking great.

QuiltGranma said...

I really like this randomness of this quilt beginning.