12/16/14 ETA: The blue/tan/red/white top was partly a Leader and Ender project. Because I was quilting this month I didn’t do much with current LEs. But I hope you enjoy seeing what LEs can become. Linking With A Quilting Chick’s Leader and Ender Challenge.
When the lotto-block squishy arrives in the mail, the first thing I do is try to find groups of 9 or 12 that go well together since that is the easiest and quickest way to make a top. Then I group what is left into possible top combinations and set them aside for adding “something” to “sometime.” Because I have the lotto box out, I’m looking at all those groups that have been patiently waiting.
And this is one that I chose to work with. These were from two projects, an ancient bright lotto and a misguided challenge. I’d issued the challenge when I wanted to make a sampler quilt of very random blocks, colors, and sizes. What I received was neither random enough nor coordinated enough. So I made groups and set them aside. I did finish one that sort of hit what I had had in mind. It was helped along by the extra stuff in auction packets. There were some cut and trimmed HSTs and some red and tan squares. I started making pinwheel and 9-patch blocks as leaders and enders, then I used some squares in three 54-40-or-Fight blocks and ended up with this top.
That was fun. But you can see I couldn’t have combined the pink and aqua small pieces into it. So they waited. No new blocks came my way to try to mingle with them, so I went to my stash to see what might work.
Plenty of potential here; however, most pieces are fat quarters, eighth-yard cuts, or left over scraps. So I can’t do anything that takes a lot of one fabric. I am lucky in that the two aqua/rose blocks were the ones I entered, so I have some matching fabric still. They looked bright to me at the time, but are a totally different bright than the clear crayon colors that most of the other bright blocks used. And an aside: I am pleased to report that the new organization made it easy to dig in the stash.
The only progress I have made is to eliminate the pink smaller blocks–nothing wrong with them; I just didn’t have enough to work with them. And in its place I made an Old-Tippecanoe block.
Better. A little disappointed that my Old-Tippecanoe block isn’t as saturated as the Sawtooth-Star block, but it will do. Symmetry remains very appealing to me, though I do work on asymmetrical sometimes. I’m thinking square-in-a-square and courthouse steps, but am not committed to either. Nor am I committed to the 9-patch arrangement. With something so open ended, I clearly needed some instant gratification somewhere. So I assembled a set of 9 that went together all by themselves, using what we in Sunshine (see link to right) call the “Tammy” setting. (She says it was inspired by something she had seen in the distant past and modified–have you seen it before, and if so do you remember where?)
Tammy usually uses squares to make a pieced border, but this quilt (and quilter) wanted the simplicity of 12 whole pieces.