'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 08:11:44



I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is'' is
easier said than done.
The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to meander
down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for some
new scenery all together.

But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
because I didn't have direction to begin with.

They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with a
different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough of
any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
not very baby-ish.

How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

chipper :-/

--
http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by ..Mickie Swall. » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 08:28:59


Gee, Chipper, after looking at all the creative quilts on your website
(not to mention that lovely garden) it should be US asking YOU for
pizzazzy design advice! LOL
I would suggest working on something else while these blocks
are displayed on your design wall, maybe they will start talking to
you eventually?   Oh well, it works for me.
Mickie


Quote:
> I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is'' is
> easier said than done.
> The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to meander
> down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
> there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for some
> new scenery all together.

> But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
> because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
> I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
> willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with a
> different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
> now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough of
> any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
> full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
> but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
> not very baby-ish.

> How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> chipper :-/

> --
> http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/


 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Diana Curti » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 08:57:07


Oh my, Merry is right. You have a  color sense that is wild and exciting and
asking us for help is odd....
Its hard to say what you should do because invariably what we can say is
what *we* would do... but again Merry is right, put those blocks up on your
design wall and give them a chance to talk with you... perhaps put some
sashing material up between them as a test. The first one may be all wrong
but give you an idea of what might be just right. Maybe it needs another
pieced block to go between the snowballs, or maybe one solid block. It might
need to be turned on point...
Have fun, and let us know what you decide. This is my favorite and most
frustrating part of the quilting process.....sometimes...
Diana

--
Queen of FAQs
Royal Peace Maker
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44

Quote:
> I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is''
is
> easier said than done.
> The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to
meander
> down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
> there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for
some
> new scenery all together.

> But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
> because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
> I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
> willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with
a
> different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
> now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough
of
> any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
> full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
> but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
> not very baby-ish.

> How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> chipper :-/

> --
> http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Kate T » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 15:26:02


Chipper:  I can't suggest anything because I don't know what your blocks
look like.  All I can coment on is your finished quilts...  WWOW!!!!  I also
took a peek at your garden. WOW!!! again.  Like Micki said, put them on a
design wall and they will talk to you.  I had a quilt top that told me I
don't want to be quilted by SITD.  So I put it on the spare bed till I
figured out what quilting I wanted to do. Oh.. and that Wild cat quilt, if
it gets tired living in your house it can come live at mine.

Kate T.
South Mississippi


Quote:
> I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is''
is
> easier said than done.
> The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to
meander
> down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
> there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for
some
> new scenery all together.

> But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
> because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
> I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
> willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with
a
> different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
> now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough
of
> any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
> full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
> but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
> not very baby-ish.

> How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> chipper :-/

> --
> http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Patt » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 17:20:43


Hullo Chipper
Mmmm ...

If you don't have enough of any of the individual fabrics to make full
alternate squares, do you have enough to do 'pieced' alternate squares?
What I mean is, could you use the fabrics in the snowballs, to make -
for example - four patches or rail fences (four sets of three strips
each turned through 90 degrees) or Roman stripes.  As the snowball
itself is not a busy block, this should be fine.  Also, you could use
the smaller pieces in the alternate blocks to provide visual links
between the snowballs' differing sashing .  If you don't have quite
enough fabric for these, you could at this stage introduce one or two
'new' fabrics.

If you set blocks on point, the quilt will always turn out larger.  So,
if you decide on a satisfactory - for you - method of doing an alternate
block, you could do the whole thing on point.  Your outside setting
triangles could be plain ones of any 'new' fabrics you introduced to the
alternate blocks, if you are still running short of fabric.
HTH
.


Quote:
>I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is'' is
>easier said than done.
>The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
>obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to meander
>down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
>there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for some
>new scenery all together.

>But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
>because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
>I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
>willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
>because I didn't have direction to begin with.

>They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with a
>different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
>now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
>together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough of
>any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
>would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
>full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
>but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
>not very baby-ish.

>How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
>process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

>chipper :-/

--
Best Regards
pat on the hill
 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Diana Curti » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 21:52:24


OK... brain died early last night .. .thats suppose to be Mickie.. not
Merry...
Maybe I had Merry Christmas on the brain.. who know..
Sorry Mickie!
:-)
Diana

--
Queen of FAQs
Royal Peace Maker
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44

Quote:
> Oh my, Merry is right. You have a  color sense that is wild and exciting
and
> asking us for help is odd....
> Its hard to say what you should do because invariably what we can say is
> what *we* would do... but again Merry is right, put those blocks up on
your
> design wall and give them a chance to talk with you... perhaps put some
> sashing material up between them as a test. The first one may be all wrong
> but give you an idea of what might be just right. Maybe it needs another
> pieced block to go between the snowballs, or maybe one solid block. It
might
> need to be turned on point...
> Have fun, and let us know what you decide. This is my favorite and most
> frustrating part of the quilting process.....sometimes...
> Diana

> --
> Queen of FAQs
> Royal Peace Maker
> http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44


> > I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is''
> is
> > easier said than done.
> > The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> > obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to
> meander
> > down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow
that
> > there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for
> some
> > new scenery all together.

> > But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm
stuck
> > because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never
did...rather,
> > I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put
together
> > willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> > because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> > They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed
with
> a
> > different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble
is,
> > now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> > together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough
> of
> > any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> > would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or
small
> > full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not
colorwise,
> > but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking
florals,
> > not very baby-ish.

> > How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> > process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> > chipper :-/

> > --
> > http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 23:37:28



Quote:
> OK... brain died early last night .. .thats suppose to be Mickie.. not
> Merry...
> Maybe I had Merry Christmas on the brain.. who know..
> Sorry Mickie!
> :-)
> Diana

That's ok Dana!  We knew who you meant.
chirper ;)
 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 23:43:19



Quote:
> Gee, Chipper, after looking at all the creative quilts on your website
> (not to mention that lovely garden) it should be US asking YOU for
> pizzazzy design advice! LOL
> I would suggest working on something else while these blocks
> are displayed on your design wall, maybe they will start talking to
> you eventually?   Oh well, it works for me.
> Mickie

What a nice thing to say!  But my quilting inspiration comes from the folks
here.  Otherwise it would be a lonely enterprise!
chipper :)
 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 23:49:38


WEll, everyone seems to think I need a design wall, and I suspect you're all
right.
My QIs mean well, (at least I tell myself that), but everytime I put my
blocks on the carpet they re-arrange them, and NOT artfully, if you know
what I mean.  I think it has something to do with playing hide the rattley
mouse under the pretty fabric....
My sewing room is small, but I guess I could do something retractable with a
curtain rod over the closet mirrors....
Thanks all!
chipper


Quote:
> Chipper:  I can't suggest anything because I don't know what your blocks
> look like.  All I can coment on is your finished quilts...  WWOW!!!!  I
also
> took a peek at your garden. WOW!!! again.  Like Micki said, put them on a
> design wall and they will talk to you.  I had a quilt top that told me I
> don't want to be quilted by SITD.  So I put it on the spare bed till I
> figured out what quilting I wanted to do. Oh.. and that Wild cat quilt, if
> it gets tired living in your house it can come live at mine.

> Kate T.
> South Mississippi



> > I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is''
> is
> > easier said than done.
> > The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> > obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to
> meander
> > down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow
that
> > there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for
> some
> > new scenery all together.

> > But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm
stuck
> > because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never
did...rather,
> > I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put
together
> > willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> > because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> > They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed
with
> a
> > different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble
is,
> > now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> > together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough
> of
> > any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> > would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or
small
> > full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not
colorwise,
> > but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking
florals,
> > not very baby-ish.

> > How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> > process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> > chipper :-/

> > --
> > http://home.triad.rr.com/chip16/

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Tue, 25 Nov 2003 23:58:45


Thanks Patti!  I've always thought a roman stripe would be fun to do.  The
snowball fabric was a remnant and most of the borders are what I have left
of one yard pieces.  But I could combine them willy-nilly that way and use
another fabric altogether for the remainder of the block...Besides, I love
stripes, so working them into this wouldn't make me cry at all.  I think
I'll try the rail fence and roman stripe in EQ5 and see how it goes.  My
first mistake was probably in bordering all the snowballs, since it isolated
the corners design wise, and made such strong color statements in several
different directions to boot....but it makes for an interesting challenge.
Must go!  I hear the rattley mouse!
You know what that means!!!
chipper


Quote:
> Hullo Chipper
> Mmmm ...

> If you don't have enough of any of the individual fabrics to make full
> alternate squares, do you have enough to do 'pieced' alternate squares?
> What I mean is, could you use the fabrics in the snowballs, to make -
> for example - four patches or rail fences (four sets of three strips
> each turned through 90 degrees) or Roman stripes.  As the snowball
> itself is not a busy block, this should be fine.  Also, you could use
> the smaller pieces in the alternate blocks to provide visual links
> between the snowballs' differing sashing .  If you don't have quite
> enough fabric for these, you could at this stage introduce one or two
> 'new' fabrics.

> If you set blocks on point, the quilt will always turn out larger.  So,
> if you decide on a satisfactory - for you - method of doing an alternate
> block, you could do the whole thing on point.  Your outside setting
> triangles could be plain ones of any 'new' fabrics you introduced to the
> alternate blocks, if you are still running short of fabric.
> HTH
> .

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Diana Curti » Wed, 26 Nov 2003 01:14:13


Chirper?  ok.. LOL.. you are a rather chipper chirper...and we all knew who
you meant too. :-)
Hugs,
Diana

--
Queen of FAQs
Royal Peace Maker
http://photos.yahoo.com/lunamom44

Quote:



> > OK... brain died early last night .. .thats suppose to be Mickie.. not
> > Merry...
> > Maybe I had Merry Christmas on the brain.. who know..
> > Sorry Mickie!
> > :-)
> > Diana

> That's ok Dana!  We knew who you meant.
> chirper ;)

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Emili » Thu, 27 Nov 2003 07:04:15




Quote:
> I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as
> is'' is easier said than done.
> The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities
> become obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to
> begin to meander down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path
> becomes so narrow that there's nothing left for it, but to pack it
> away for later and head for some new scenery all together.

> But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm
> stuck because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never
> did...rather, I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I
> just put together willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not
> sure what to do next because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed
> with a different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.
> Trouble is, now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't
> just sew them together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I
> don't have enough of any of the materials to do alternate squares or
> anything very large.  It would take several sizeable borders to bring
> it up to decent twin or small full size.  To top it off, I think the
> blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise, but graphically.  I'd make it into
> a crib size, but we're talking florals, not very baby-ish.

> How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in
> the process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> chipper :-/

Ok. I have an idea...

Think the borders on the snow balls are too thick.  The snow balls are cute
and should stand alone. The the borders should be really thin and completly
random. making like three thin borders or so around each snow ball then
randomly sash the whole thing. I know it sounds wacky but in my head it
makes total sense... I've wiped it up in EQ.

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'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Nbhilya » Thu, 27 Nov 2003 21:03:44


Chipper,

#1   You don't have to finish these blocks now, or ever--give yourself
permission to put them away.  If you unearth them in six months or three years
you may view them completely differently and discover that they practically
assemble themselves. OR you can give them away and let someone else put them
together.

#2 You don't have to make a bed-sized quilt.  You can make a tablecloth or
placemats or a window valance.

#3 You could re-design the blocks.  What if you cut them across both diagonals
and piece the resulting triangles with the sashing fabric in the center?

Just some out-of-the-box ideas....
Nann in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that
one is always making exciting discoveries."
A. A. Milne
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Chippe » Sat, 29 Nov 2003 01:45:44


Wow!  You need to give a class on thinking 'outside the box'!  I've got a
couple extra blocks that I'm itching to try that last approach on!  Thanks
Nann!
chipper


Quote:
> Chipper,

> #1   You don't have to finish these blocks now, or ever--give yourself
> permission to put them away.  If you unearth them in six months or three
years
> you may view them completely differently and discover that they
practically
> assemble themselves. OR you can give them away and let someone else put
them
> together.

> #2 You don't have to make a bed-sized quilt.  You can make a tablecloth or
> placemats or a window valance.

> #3 You could re-design the blocks.  What if you cut them across both
diagonals
> and piece the resulting triangles with the sashing fabric in the center?

> Just some out-of-the-box ideas....
> Nann in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
> * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
> "One of the advantages of being disorderly is that
> one is always making exciting discoveries."
> A. A. Milne
> * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 
 
 

'the evolving quilt' or 'when winging it goes wrong'...

Post by Dr. Quilte » Sun, 30 Nov 2003 02:21:16


one common sashing even if each block is already framed in a
coordinating colour + borders?

Quote:

> I've discovered that following a pattern through to completion ''as is'' is
> easier said than done.
> The more of the quilt I see taking shape, the more possibilities become
> obvious.  It's at this point that I lose focus and tend to begin to meander
> down 'the road less travelled'.  Sometimes the path becomes so narrow that
> there's nothing left for it, but to pack it away for later and head for some
> new scenery all together.

> But enough of that, that's not my problem this time!  This time I'm stuck
> because I DON'T have any particular pattern in mind.  Never did...rather,
> I'm trying to stretch and evolve a set of blocks that I just put together
> willy nilly, and they're not cooperating.  I'm not sure what to do next
> because I didn't have direction to begin with.

> They are snowball blocks, which is simple enough, and each is sashed with a
> different color compatible with the colors in the 'snowball'.  Trouble is,
> now I'm stuck.  I can't decide what to do next.  I can't just sew them
> together, because the quilt wouldn't be big enough.  I don't have enough of
> any of the materials to do alternate squares or anything very large.  It
> would take several sizeable borders to bring it up to decent twin or small
> full size.  To top it off, I think the blocks are humbuggy, not colorwise,
> but graphically.  I'd make it into a crib size, but we're talking florals,
> not very baby-ish.

> How can I make this thing a respectable size and add some pizzaz in the
> process???  Ever come up against this one, and what did you do?

> chipper :-/

--
Dr. Quilter
Ambassador of Extraordinary Aliens
(take the dog out before replying)