Cut & Run

This is one of those quilts that started out as something completely different than what I ended up with.

Originally, I had an idea sketched out on graph paper that I thought was going to be great!  I got my fabric together, started cutting and laying the blocks out, but a couple of hours in it wasn’t coming together how I envisioned.  I should have stopped right there, but I was determined to make it work so I kept going.  Bad, bad idea!

These were the original blocks I started with.


I went on to waste way too many hours cutting fabric before I finally admitted to myself it wasn’t going to work, so I pulled the plug on it.

I then proceeded to spend a couple of days annoyed with myself before I finally regrouped and tried to salvage as many of the blocks as I could.  I did a little brainstorming, sorted through some scraps of solids, and finally came up with this.


Because I was trying to use as many of the blocks that I had previously cut, I decided to try and use as many of the solid scraps that I had, too.  This quilt became an effort to scrape something together from a bunch of castaway fabric.


For not having planned this, it turned out much better than I thought it would.  Funny how that works sometimes.


I should mention that all of the fabric – minus the solids – is Denyse Schmidt fabric.  I still have a lot of leftover squares from the original quilt I planned to make, but I’m confident one day they will find their way into something.


Also, I haven’t completely given up on the original quilt I sketched out. I still think it could work with some minor edits.  I think it’s about 90 percent there.


Back to the drawing board!




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  1. You have an eye for color!!! I love all the pretty pastels. I can’t imagine how you can get all those little blocks to fit together so perfect. It’s so fun to see what you’re working on. My way of keeping in touch. Still love my quilt the most!!! Thank you, again!!!

  2. This is beautiful! I’ve also had the experience of the reality not matching what I saw in my head…part of the process of being creative, I think. Your lemonade from lemons piece is lovely.

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