Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Inspired

Last Thursday evening I attended a lecture at my LQS given by Annie Smith entitled "Help! My Stash is Growing and I Can't Make it Stop!". She showed photos of several of her friends stashes which made me feel quite a bit better about the size of as mine as it paled in comparison. She also brought several of her beautiful quilts. I came away inspired to work on mine and as a result I now have a near finished quilt top! All it needs now are the borders - I wait until the top is assembled before deciding on what fabric to use for the borders.

Over the weekend I sewed all of the X block sections together:

I cut and sewed the strips for the Plain blocks:

I assembled the Plain blocks:

I laid it out and it wasn't love at first sight. It didn't come out quite the way I had envisioned it in my head. Isn't that the way it always is?  It felt like the red and green were "fighting" with each other too much. 

I consulted my mom and a couple of friends and they said it was beautiful and to keep going. At one point I was going to scrap the whole thing! My sister pointed out that my friend would like to have it sooner rather than later and my mom said that quilts that you make for others that aren't in "your" colors tend to feel a bit "off". And my sweet husband said that adding the borders and the quilting will change the look of it too.

So I carried on and last night sewed the blocks into rows then the rows together:

Today I'm off to buy fabric for the borders. I'll try and learn from the lecture and not add too much to my stash :)

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  1. I'm glad you took the advice of your mom and friend! I think it's very pretty!

  2. I'd love to learn how to do that. I think its really pretty. Nice choice

  3. It looks wonderful! I can't wait to see it when it's completed!

  4. You are making this for a friend? What a sweet gift!

    I followed you from WIP Wednesdays and here is my WIP: