My quilting ideas have proceeded at a manic pace the last few days. I had these strips lying around from a project I’d decided not to do. Background: it was a “mystery” pattern revealed at a club event, and I realized I’d need a massive design wall – not just my floor – to make it work, and even then I was not sure I’d like the results. I elected to rethink. I came up with a pattern that I found in this book:
I’ve already done one pattern from this book, Garden Trellis. At first I wasn’t sure about it because it looked so busy. Later, I decided I loved it, and made two little play quilts for my daughters out of the blocks:
The 1930s fabrics are incredibly cheerful. Now I smile when I see them, despite the flaws that I made as a brand-new quiltmaker. (For example: in the corners of one quilt, I trimmed too deeply before I finished quilting the layers, and the back fabric wasn’t enough to cover up to the binding. So, I just added a patch there and in another corner, so batting wouldn’t pop out!) The girls love them for their beds, the couch, the floor, and around their waists as “mermaid tails” every now and then.
Now, I’m planning to turn my new red/pink/blue (carefully augmented with a few creamy neutrals) jelly roll into the Spiral Strips pattern.
The construction is similar to the Garden Trellis, but a little funkier. You sew four strips together (dark fabric, light fabric, dark, light – more or less!), then cut into squares containing four strips. Then each square is cut into two triangles (“half square triangles,” as they’re usually called). After that you pick 4 triangles from the pile you’ve cut and sew them together to create a large square block. The darks and lights contrast and the effect is almost like a kaleidescope, depending on fabric choices. It could look very busy, but I think it should be pretty.
One warning the book gives: beware bias edges. When you cut the squares into big triangles, you get edges cut on the bias, which can stretch and generally misbehave. Handle with care.
Also: dogs and fabric do not mix, as anyone in their right mind would know… I think last night our Corgi got a little too friendly with some of the strips and her shed fur is tell-tale evidence of this midnight rendezvous. I need to get these off the floor quick!
More pix will follow once I make a block or two!