Friday, January 6, 2012
New Quilt Project
I'm ready to start a new quilt. I'm excited but still a little apprehensive. I realized this week that I never really follow a pattern strictly. I always manage to tweak it a little depending on the size, material or pattern. I'm a great one for combining a couple different patterns, be it quilts, afghans, hats, pillowcases, purses or scarves. That's what becomes frustrating for me when I have nothing concrete to follow. I suppose I'll never change so I may as well revel in the fact that projects are truly mine. Anyway, I talked before about this quilt, I'll call Garden Twist, and where I got my floral squares. Soon after I retired I went shopping with a friend and bought 2 shades of green for the strips that intertwine (that was over a year ago). Since then I've made a bunch of fall table runners and some of that green fit in perfectly. I originally guessed as to how much to buy so now I'm faced with not enough, I think. I went to JoAnn's with a long list of fabrics to buy for it and believe it or not, found the 2 shades of green so I could buy more of that. I also lucked out with the outside border, which I wanted something in pink and green. I found some on clearance that was exactly what I wanted. Now the hard part - 2 fillers in different pink geometric prints. I needed something that wouldn't fight with those big florals but would still look nice. I ended up buying a small pink check and a pink with white polka dots. I'm still not sure about the pinks - time will tell on that subject. So today my project is to determine what width I want my green strips, cut all my strips and sew the green squares to each corner of the florals. Remember I'm making this up as I go even though I have two patterns I'm looking at but neither is exactly what I want. Sometimes I think I'm the only one going through these kind of decisions but when I was at JoAnn's I realized we're all the same. There was a mother-daughter team in there trying to decide what colors of pink and green to put in the little girl's room. At least I had only myself to argue with! Another lady and I kept passing each other, smiling and without saying a word, acknowledging our indecision. Wish me luck.