To make a quilt from your error . . is divine! 🙂
One of the quilts I was making for the new book uses two shades of Michael Miller’s Krystal fabric — a lavender and a purple. I cut all the strips for the book quilt and then decided I wanted to change the size of the block so all those strips were now too big. My first thought was to cut them down but there were quite a few . . maybe 24 total, and even whacking off just 1/2″ was going to mean wasting 12″ of fabric so I stuck those aside and figured I’d use them for something else.
The next time I was playing with Electric Quilt, I came up with a quilt that would use those rejected strips.
What was on my design wall on Monday were the blocks I made from those strips. Now I’ve completed the blocks. What a difference lighting makes! The colors in the top picture are more accurate.
I wanted something fairly quick and easy. No half square triangles. No quarter square triangles . . just squares and rectangles. The blocks will finish at 10″ and I had enough strips cut to make 30 blocks so the quilt will have 5 blocks across and 6 blocks up and down. That will result in a 50″ x 60″ quilt. This will be a donation quilt and those need to be at least 60″ x 80″. Wanting to finish this top quickly means I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on a pieced border, though lots of border ideas kept finding their way into my design. It’s easy to add a couple of borders that equal 5″ on each side and that would result in 10″ total which would make the width of the quilt 60″. But, the length needed an extra 20″. That’s too much space to fill with plain borders so a pieced border had to find its way in there somewhere. It’s never hard for me to come up with a pieced border! Love those things! Here’s what I came up with. The colors in the EQ drawing obviously are not the exact colors used in the top.
Blocks were added to the top and bottom only. But, if I take off the dark purple side piece on the pieced border blocks on the far left and right side, I get this:
I like this last one better. The quilt will now be 61″ x 81″ and I think it’s pretty darned cute . . if I do say so myself! Don’t you think this will be a great quilt to donate to the Louisiana children’s home?