I feel really goofy .. which isn’t unusual. As I was looking back through my blog for the picture for this post, I found this one.
That’s where those extra blocks came from! Not like this quilt isn’t hanging across the banister upstairs; not like I didn’t use it to cover up with on the sofa last night. Don’t know how I ended up with 14 extra blocks though. Maybe there’s another quilt somewhere that used these blocks . . like maybe on my bed! 🙂
OK . . back to the planned content of this post. What kind of quilter are you? As in . .
- Do you mostly use kits?
- Do you mostly use patterns and try to match your fabrics with those shown on the pattern?
- Do you mostly let your quilt shop ladies choose your fabrics?
- Do you mostly make scrap quilts?
- Do you mostly try to use the stash and improvise where needed?
I’m sure there are more options but those are the ones that come to mind.
And more important, are you happy with where you fit into those parameters? Have you been in one of the categories but for some reason have moved to another? Maybe you do some of each of those things with no particular preference to any of them?
Kits have never interested me. I can think of several reasons – (1) I lose everything. I often have to go back and cut second pieces because I can’t find the first ones I cut. That’s just life for me . . I’ve accepted it. (2) It makes me real nervous when I’m cutting and have just enough fabric to get it right. If a pattern says I need 2 yards, I’ll usually buy 3.
I don’t think I’ve ever been much into trying to duplicate what’s in the picture.
When in Kentucky, I would sometimes hand Betty at The Village Mercantile a pattern and say “pick the fabric”. She has great taste in fabric and she has so much fantastic fabric, I’ve always been happy with everything she picked. If you have Nine Patch Extravaganza, there’s even a quilt in there that has Thimbleberries fabric! I love Thimbleberries’ quality but it just isn’t my type fabric. Betty chose those fabrics for me when I was making a quilt for a lady I didn’t know. I wanted it to be a surprise so I had to ask her husband what she liked in her home and he told me kinda country, kinda antique so Betty chose the fabrics. I really liked working with those fabrics and would never have chosen them on my own.
Now, here’s where I have conflict with myself. You see . . there’s never enough conflict in this house so I just have it with my own self . . and if you believe that . . well, don’t believe it!
Bonnie Hunter is the best scrap quilter I know. I’m amazed at the quilts Bonnie and other scrap quilters make. I want to do it but it just doesn’t work for me. It may work later. I’ll keep thinking about it. I suppose in order to make a dent in this stash, I need to be a stash quilter and a bit of a scrap quilter.
This is a quilt that our guild in Kentucky once made. It was designed by Michelle Wyman and was in a magazine but I can’t find the reference to the magazine or to Michelle’s web page.
It was supposed to be scrappy. We were supposed to put all our pieces into two bags . . the backgrounds in one bag and the colored pieces in another. Pull a piece out and use it. You can see that I couldn’t do that. I found my border stripe, then chose brights that matched the stripe and all my background is the same. And, in the probably 10 years since I made this quilt, I haven’t gotten any better at scrap quilting. There’s a knack to it and I don’t seem to have that knack.
I think I’m a decent stash quilter though. If the pattern calls for 4 yards of background fabric, I can use several similarly colored pieces. If it calls for 2 yards of red or green or whatever, I don’t mind combining the reds or the greens to get the 2 yards. It doesn’t all have to be the same exact fabric.
This isn’t the kind of thing that keeps me awake at night but I have been trying to cut my leftovers into usable pieces – 3-1/2″ squares or whatever. But . . what will I do with them now? My 3-1/2″ box runneth over and I have no interest in making something really scrappy. I guess the squares can just age for a while longer and eventually something will speak to me.
I’m content being a stash quilter and I suppose that’s what really matters, right?