That suits me fine - I'm enough of a novice for most things to be new and therefore interesting.
I am usually up for a challenge and I thought the blocks were salvageable so I brought home all twenty blocks, some wadding and some backing fabric. They were sewn onto foundations of calico or sheeting, most were not straight. Some had the shadow of the edge of the dark fabric showing through the light fabric (which would, of course, be less obvious once it was quilted and backed). Some needed some minor repairs (I hope my Nanna would be proud of me!)
DD and I have decided on a probable layout.
All the blocks have been quilted and cut to an regular size (9 1/2 inches).
I did make the novice mistake of cutting the blocks to a uniform size before quilting. This would be okay if I hadn't cut them to their final size! I may have to shave 1/4" (or even 1/2 inch) off all the blocks because some fabric disappeared in the quilting process but, again, nothing insurmountable!
DD and I are making these blocks in the quilt-as-you-go style. However, we have our own variation: we quilted the blocks so that some strips have dense quilting, some minimal quilting. I checked this with an experienced quilter (Hi S.; thanks for your help!) and it doesn't seem that it will be a problem. The reasons for this variation in quilting are:
- the quilting on the strip (as opposed to in the ditch) disguises the dark shadow
- both of us have come like the look of the parallel quilting we have seen lately
- it gives visual interest to what could be a very boring back (even though it is a variegated hand-dyed fabric)
|We both love this variation in quilting and find it visually and texturally interesting!|
I have two choices: either I wait until the next meeting (1st September) to get some fabric from the store cupboard (which may or may not contain the "perfect" fabric) OR I go to the local Big Box Store and purchase (read "donate") the fabric I want to use!
What would you do?