Still working from my stash, I pulled a few fabrics - green, blue, red, white and a dark, which mirrored what the creator was using. I was a bit concerned, because these were novelty prints, but they all had similar primary colours, so I figured it would be OK. I happily went to work when the mystery came on line, and even finished it. But, about halfway through, I realized my error.
The "red" didn't look red when you cut 2.5" squares from it. Ditto for the other colours - the novely prints were so large and bold that in the smaller pieces, the novelty pics took over and the main colour was completely lost. I think you can see that from the pictures here - from top to bottom, "red", "blue", and "green".
The end result of that experiment was a complete disaster which looked like a random mish-mash of colour. I crumpled it up, stuffed it in the back of the closet, and swore never to speak of it again :) And, I didn't take a picture. Several years later, I came across the top while moving and tossed it. So, no evidence remains.
Fortunately, I didn't let that deter me on my quilting journey. I still loved the process (and now I knew that I loved the process of assembling a complete top). And I learned from that experience - that you can't mix and match a bunch of novelty prints cut into small pieces.
And hence my next quilt was born. I still wanted to use up stash. And I still wanted to do a complete top including quilting. So I did a reset, planned a small baby quilt, and used a combination of my novelty prints and a solid white to break up the jumble. This time I settled on an "around the world" layout - to try to help draw the eye to the background colours by grouping them.I pieced the quilt in 9-patches, after carefully drawing out the colours so I could make sure I made each patch correctly.
I backed this quilt with interlock - that was one of the purposes of making this quilt. To find out if that would work, because the other half of my stash was interlock fabric - mostly in solids, thank goodness. This quilt has a red back.
I discovered that it was possible, although challenging to do that. The quilting here was a free motion (marked) swirl pattern - I never was one to start simple :) The stretchy backing made it challenging, but I got through it with only one or two puckers in the backing. Not too bad for a first attempt, I figured. And still undeterred, I continued on my quilting journey. Next up - a Christmas present for my nephew, was 5.
Date: March 2004
Recipient: Charity quilt for the Linus Project
Pattern: 9-patch cream & colour, Around the World layout
Fabric: cotton, interlock backing
Size: 36” x 36”Quilting: machine quilted by Krista