Sunday, October 16, 2011

Building Blocks....the journey

Once upon a time there was this wonderful quilter and blogger princess and her name was Lynne. She lives in a far away land known as Lily's Quilts. As talented people often do, Lynne wanted to share......so she invited all of us...people she had never met!........to join her in a journey. She gave this journey a name-Dead Simple Quilt.



Well, that didn't scare me off!....much...I signed up for the first time EVER! What have I gotten myself into?  Lynne said..."Go forth and find yourself a palette." You mean I have to do this myself? Don't you think you should do this Lynne? After all it was your darn idea!! Silence from Lynne...well, CRAP! Okay, here I go.First stop (well, only stop really) is Design Seeds. I look at the website all the time, never expecting to have to use it. I am the collections kind of quilter. I just want to look at pretty pictures.
Lynne said " Have you gotten your palette? Now, go forth again and this time match fabric to your palette!" Do I have to do freakin' everything? When will you jump in and save the day?
Well, as all good stories go, there is a happy ending. Myself and many others learned that yes, we can do this ourselves. We need to take ourselves away from what is safe and comfortable and try something new. Nothing bad is going to happen after all! The worst thing might be that you don't like your quilt. Not so terrible, because someone else will love it and appreciate your efforts. So, thanks Lynne, for giving us the push we needed. And I hope you don't mind the goofy story!!!
My personal journey started with this palette from Design Seeds.

I wanted to use only fabric from my existing stash, so it took me a very long time and a considerable amount of angst to make my choices. I thought I had narrowed it down to a manageable amount...
When the time came to cut it up, I got a wee tad anxious about all the orange, so I made a few changes and started cutting it all up into 5" squares. Easy peasy.

Princess Lynne...Lynne gave some very helpful ideas about layout once her own fabric arrived from Never, Never land!
Since I had narrowed down my fabric to 4 colours, I decided (all by myself, thank you very much) to make my "blocks" 4x4.
It's probable very difficult to tell, but each block had 2 colours forming an x, with the remaining colours filling in. Then the order was reversed and alternated. Good thing I have a large wall !
Backing was the next thing to think about, but I knew I wanted flannel.I don't know why...I just did! Winter is coming? Yeah...that's why! Then I spent a lovely evening with Inspector Lewis and Hathaway, and put on the binding using Kona Mahogany. Done and Done!
 Thus ends the longest post I have ever done. And really, truly, thank you Lynne.

5 comments:

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

And thank you for doing so much hard work and for writing such a wonderful and hilarious post which really made me laugh this morning!

piecemealquilts said...

Great post, and really beautiful finished quilt. I like that you used stripes, which can sometimes be challenging. They give a great sense of movement and, oh, let's call it whimsy to the quilt. Your colors look great - congratulations on stepping outside the collections box!

Rebecca Lynne said...

Patti (trying to CATCH UP from being MIA) I am loving this quilt! How cool!!! I think your palette worked out perfectly...yum. Are you psyched or what?

lrstitched.com said...

LOVE this quilt, wow! The colors are brilliant and it shows that you don't need a fancy pattern to make a stunning beauty!

Karen said...

Love your quilt. The simplicity of the design suits the gorgeous fabrics perfectly. Very nice.

5 comments:

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

And thank you for doing so much hard work and for writing such a wonderful and hilarious post which really made me laugh this morning!

piecemealquilts said...

Great post, and really beautiful finished quilt. I like that you used stripes, which can sometimes be challenging. They give a great sense of movement and, oh, let's call it whimsy to the quilt. Your colors look great - congratulations on stepping outside the collections box!

Rebecca Lynne said...

Patti (trying to CATCH UP from being MIA) I am loving this quilt! How cool!!! I think your palette worked out perfectly...yum. Are you psyched or what?

lrstitched.com said...

LOVE this quilt, wow! The colors are brilliant and it shows that you don't need a fancy pattern to make a stunning beauty!

Karen said...

Love your quilt. The simplicity of the design suits the gorgeous fabrics perfectly. Very nice.