Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Couple Quilts That Didn’t Make the Cut

I made a couple quilt tops that I decided not to include in the book. 

Both were set on point and they were the only two on-point quilts in the book. I knew that if I included them I would need to write involved instructions for on-point settings. But more than that, in each case there was something that I didn’t like about the finished quilt top. Don’t get me wrong – I like the quilts. I just didn’t think they were up to the standard I’d set for other quilts in the book.

Can you see what went wrong in the first quilt in reds, golds and greens? I used the same gold background for the borders and edge setting triangles. But I had bought the fabrics from two different sources because neither online store had as much as I needed. And, wouldn’t you know it, they were obviously different dye lots. It wasn’t so obvious in person – but when photographed, the variation in value shows up. And, unfortunately, it shows the piecing in the triangles (which I wanted to blend together – and it didn’t).

red green quilt with caption

The other quilt uses all Kansas Troubles fabrics. I had a layer cake of 10” squares and extra yardage for background and borders. Unfortunately, I was limited in the fabric combinations I could do for the stars and some didn’t have as much contrast as others. It was a fun quilt, and I’ll probably make another one some day using the same star block design. But it didn’t make the cut for the book. So, in reality, I made 32 quilts for my book – not just 30. 

new star quilt with caption

I can’t imagine that I’ll ever do that many quilts in less than a year. Yes, that’s 32 quilt tops. And 30 finished and bound quilts. Oh how I wish I could share them with you. I think I need to create a countdown timeline for my blog with the countdown until the book is released. But that will probably make the time go slower with the constant reminder.


Loraine said...

I love these quilts! The gold one is stunning, and I like the variation of the golds. It adds interest and makes it look sort of tea dyed. I also love the triangle border. Such a great idea.
I'm so excited to see your book now. Your quilts are unique and fun, and I know I'll want to recreate some of them.
I cannot believe you have made 32 quilts this year! That is a lot of work!
Waiting for the book to come out is really hard! Hopefully you can start on quilts for a second book in the meantime.
Have a great one!

Linda said...

Hi Nancy
Great to have you blogging again. these quilts may not have made it, but i like them anyway. Cannot wait for your book to come out.


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