As with many quilts I do I had no intention of immediately starting a second Scrappy Trip just hours after finishing my first one. But I came across this quilt - go here and check it out - on the Flickr feed and I was a goner. As I was putting the blocks together from my first Scrappy Trips I has contemplated making a double bed size quilt with this technique and this quilt gave me a game plan. First I would make the blocks 8 X 8 like she had and by increasing the size of my blocks to a finished 2 1/2" square, I could make an 80" X 80" quilt from 16 blocks.
So I immediately started pulling fabrics. The white I'm using is a tone on tone with a variety of different sized dots. My first thought was to keep this quilt "quieter" - use fabrics with low contrast and that's what I did for the first 2 blocks. If you look back at my first picture they are the blocks in the upper left and the lower right. However while the "quiet" choices are nice they don't make my heart sing the way the "noisy" choices too. To my way of thinking "noisy" fabrics are the party animals, the happy campers and I LOVE them!
So the original two "quiet" blocks may or may not find a place in the finished top. I may put them around the edges or maybe on the back. It is too soon to tell.
Now the other day someone asked me where my color sense came from since the quilts I made 20 years ago are by no means as bright as what I make now. I have to say that this book
totally changed my quilting style. This book was published in 1999 and I had never seen quilts with such a variety of saturated color and busy pattern. Freddy considers red to be a neutral and I've developed my own palette where yellow is my neutral. Freddy loves polka dots and well, you know I adore them. Freddy's quilts are some of the happiest quilts I've ever seen. I've made a couple of quilts from this book. I will take some pictures and show you my version of one of her house quilts.
So to wrap this up today, I leave you with a picture of Big Dude giving my Scrappy Trips 3 Ring Circus a final inspection before I take it to the guild meeting tonight to drop it off to my long arm quilter.