Monday, October 21, 2013

Challenge Fabric and Quilting Along

My sister gave me yards of this navy and white print fabric a couple years ago to use as I saw fit.  She had bought it to make a dress (in the '80s, I think), which obviously never happened.  I, too, stashed it away so far back as to be off the radar.
Recently, I found it again and prewashed it.  As it lay on my cutting table waiting to be refolded, I contemplated whatever to do with it.  Perhaps a two-color quilt in flying geese, or maybe stars, or half-square triangles?  But I worried that all by itself, it might make a brand new quilt look instantly dated.  Maybe just use the yardage for a border, or a backing?

It's mostly cotton, from what I can tell.  It may have some poly, judging from how it didn't wrinkle in the dryer and from the feel of it.  But it is a nice weight and seems stable enough to quilt with, is the point.  The selvage says The Manes Corporation, which I believe is no longer in business since a couple decades ago.  I guess that makes it vintage.

Then I thought maybe combining it with other fabrics might be a better idea—you know, sort of losing it in the shuffle.  On a whim, I decided to make a trial Dresden block with it.


And I liked that.  However, maybe I wouldn't do a traditional Dresden but something else, like a diagonal squiggle with quarter blocks.


Still undecided about how to put it together, but I went ahead and cut more pieces, so we'll see how it evolves.  I'll still have loads the navy/white print left.  Any ideas?
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If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen this skirt I pinned from JCPenney recently.  I don't wear short (or any) skirts anymore, but I loved the design and thought it'd make a cool quilt.


JCP - $9.99 y'all!
So I experimented with a couple different methods for how to make the blocks, including a drunkard's path (which worked okay, but matching the arcs where a thick seam meets was a challenge).

I also tried a one-seam flying geese block and then folding the sides back, cathedral windows style.

I tossed these in the odd blocks bin for another time.  A couple days later, however, I saw a blurb about an upcoming quit-along hosted by Megan at City Stitches.  Serendipity!


CityStitches

I have downloaded the pattern, which is basically a modified drunkard's path block.  Now I need to get my fabric together.  Check out the post here for some cool variations.
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Here's a tune from the vault, circa 1977, which I found myself singing along with the chorus ("no no no no nooo no no no...") in the car the other day.  Such a pretty song for the saga of a deadbeat (and only slightly remorseful) dad.

5 comments:

Mom Wald said...

You are adorable. You just tossed those fab pieces! Sigh... they'll never surface again.

Cannot wait to see what you do for the challenge. Seriously.

Sarah Craig said...

I love the wavy line of dresden plate pieces - I've got some left from my apron foray, maybe I'll try that next! Thanks for the idea!!

Pokey said...

Oh, so many happenings since I last popped in, I'm glad to see the lovely creative gears are still whirring maddeningly along. I can see why you were humming along to the no-nos...quite catchy. Sending hugs along, pokey

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I love what you did with that blue print! Mixing it in really did disguise its 80's-ness. Love your Dresdens (but you knew that ;).

And how cool that your skirt-turned-quilt-inspiration met up with the Hemispheres quilt along! Can't wait to see!

xo -E

Kevin the Quilter said...

Stop tempting me with another quilt along! LOL I LOVE the Hemispheres pattern!

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