Thursday, 26 February 2015

figure-it-out-as-you-go method


















I'm making a liberated log cabin quilt at present, and actually, the 12 log cabin blocks came together quite quickly. The fun started when I came to put it all together. While I was sewing the blocks, I had in my mind that I would use the same fabric for the sashings and the borders, but I didn't have enough fabric! So then I looked at maybe not having top & bottom borders, but I didn't like that effect at all when I laid it out.

Although it was improv fabric play & quite random, I did want to finish this, and feel ok about the end result too of course. I was aiming for some sense of balance and, I figured I'd just know when to stop. But in truth, I was beginning to feel a bit out of my comfort zone here!
So, I went back to my inspirational source... Gwen Marston's 'Liberated Quiltmaking II' and 'Collarobrate Again' by Gwen & Freddy Moran. Both these books are full of ideas, there's certainly more than one way of doing most things, thank goodness!

In the end I opted for three borders - thanx to Julie here I remembered this great way of keeping that beige-y colour going. But that wasn't the end of it! The fabric I chose for two of the borders was a light check, which I thought I had enough of, but it was touch & go there for a moment, and I had to make a few joins. And then lining up the checks & lines was tricky too! Oh well I guess, in the words of Mike Hoskins {Seven Sharp} 'the magic takes time' ... and ain't that the truth! Oh and I do have enough red for the binding, I've just checked!

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10 comments:

  1. your quilt looks great. love the red and beige.I'll have to see if our library has those books.
    Colleen @ piecemakerquilts.wordpress.com

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  2. I ALWAYS figure things out as I go - guess I like to keep things challenging. Log cabin blocks are so fun, aren't they?

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  3. I often seem to end up making it up as I go, as well... little changes or fabric runouts always make me have to think! I love the tones in this quilt!

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  4. You did some good figuring. It looks good.

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  5. This is so lovely!!! And the red binding will be perfect! Sometimes making do is better than just buying more. :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, one of the things I love about patchwork is being able to use up my fabric stash here at home. I also do enjoy all those little ‘challenges’ along the way {like making things fit, maybe changing your mind about direction, or having to substitute fabric} it’s all part of the process! And, you end up with something unique! Thanx for popping by, Linda

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  6. Sometimes problems push us to our best work :-) this looks great.

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  7. Looks absolutely fabulous, amazing. Well done . sue

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  8. Looks absolutely fabulous, amazing. Well done . sue

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