Monday, April 9, 2012

How assumptions determine quilt decisions on Design Wall Monday

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. My plans for a big meal at lunch time were altered to a big meal at dinner time so my oldest son could go into work for couple of hours. The beef tenderloin was lovely and we had lots of tasty side dishes. By 6pm everyone was napping which I take to be the sign of contentment. Life is good!

So yesterday afternoon I had a little time to play and I decided to get out that lovely Phillip Jacobs cabbage print and whack it!

I had decided to do 4 repeats since the square gives you 4 different possible design combinations and I like possibilities. So I examined the selvedge edge and marked off 4 repeats. As I went to cut them apart it I thought "Wow, these are big repeats. Maybe I should measure them." Oh noooooooo...... the fabric isn't an 18" repeat it is a generous 24" repeat. I figured out how much fabric for 8 repeats based on 18" and if you do the math correctly with 24" I am over a yard short- acckkkk!!!! Well, my totally inaccurate assumption on the length of the pattern repeat has made the decision for me - any quilt made with these fabrics will be no more than 6 repeats. So I sighed and measured and whacked and I got 30 blocks out of 4 repeats. Not bad at all.


And I think they are wonderful! It doesn't look like cabbages, it looks more like roses and that plant with the pretty leaves - begonias I think. Here are a couple of my favorite blocks so far -




My first thought was this would need a aqua-y green sashing, but after putting them on the design wall I'm thinking another color would be better. You know where I'm going, right??? Yellow- yellow sashing would be lovely and a pale mottled yellow for the setting triangles. Oh I'm loving this plan. I'm not sure about the border. I'd love to use the cabbage fabric but I won't have enough of it unless I piece it. I need to see what solution I can come up with. I hope to have some time later today to whack the other 4 repeats.

Well off to do the Monday driving event. No guild meeting tonight so that cuts out some miles and gives me more time at home. I love the time I spend at home. Check back this week. I have some socks that are almost finished and I started a new sampler that I need to take some pictures of. It is a very different style from the BBD's I've been doing.

Happy stitching-
carol fun

15 comments:

  1. Your blocks look great! I agree...they look more like flowers than cabbages! :0)

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  2. All of those blocks from one print? Amazing! I love those abundant floral prints.

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  3. I love that technique! The last quilt my mom and I did together was one like this.

    glen: cabbages, lots of fun

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  4. SNW awesomeness!

    I made one once with Rodeo fabric. All of my blocks ended up with the horses behind in it. Don't know where the cowboys and cattle heads got to. Haven't made one since....but aren't they fantastic?!

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  5. All I can say is that I LOVE it!!

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  6. Wow, what a wonderful transformation! Love the yellow and am sure sashing in yellow will work perfectly.

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  7. Just beautiful! I am planning on staying tuned to see how you progress with this really cool project. So far - looking very, very good.

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  8. Love the yellow idea. Will set them off nicely. That fabric really is lovely. Have fun!!Hugs, Doreen

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  9. Carol, I love your color choices! Wish I could 'hack away' at something and have it look so great.

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  10. What a great variety of blocks. Almost hard to believe they all came from the same fabric.

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  11. Oh my oh my--how lovely is your flower garden!!! and yes they do look like flowers now==and it is just beautiful the way that you did them!!!
    Hugs, Di and miss gracie

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  12. These are lovely, and yellow would look very pretty and cheerful.

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  13. wonderful! I love the four patch posie and this one is fabulous.
    I'm hoping to do another on too, with a halloween print -
    The colors in this are lovely -

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  14. Great looking blocks. I can't believe you did them so quickly and they look like beautiful flowers. Amazing they are all from the same fabric. I love the yellow idea. Will be watching your progress.

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