Sunday, September 2, 2018

Unassuming Quilt

Quilts don't really talk to me, but sometimes describing the conversation helps explain the mood and feel of the quilt.

This quilt has always been unassuming and flexible. It made no demands and was willing to go along with the first thing I suggested.

I made some blocks (mistakes from the On Ringo Lake quilt), and when I decided to put them in the orphan box, there was nothing to compel me to do anything else.  But, as I was taking the blocks upstairs to put them in the orphan blocks box, I spied the sashing fabric that would be adequate for the quilt. There was nothing compelling me to find the perfect fabric to match.

Then I laid the blocks aside, and while I was looking for fabric for some other quilt (or cleaning up the sewing room), I found the other sashing fabric. Same situation for the border fabric.

When I went to get the Droid quilt, this quilt was a stowaway, as it was sharing a hanger. It was more than happy to just wait until I got around to quilting it, but as I was looking for batting for the Droid quilt, the piece I picked up was the right size for this quilt, and the backing fabric was sitting on top of a pile. Again, it was perfectly adequate, and there was nothing compelling me to find a better backing. I am really happy with this fabric as the backing. It adds a fun touch.

The quilting was also easy. There was nothing compelling me to try hard, so I made the leaf shapes.  I did practice feathers in the wide sashing. I was thinking of straight lines for the border, but am glad I decided to make hills instead. I decided to let this quilt keep things easy, and folded the backing to the front. I think the busy fabric keeps a casual look to the quilt.

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne 

15 Minutes to Stitch

I managed to stitch 15 minutes a day's worth this week on this quilt. I didn't do much stitching the previous week, and since I don't remember for sure, I will go ahead and call it 0. I just wasn't motivated to do much stitching last week.

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  198 out of 245 sessions
Success rate: 80%

This makes my success rate at 80%. I'm hoping not to go below that, so hopefully I will continue the progress for the rest of the year.

Linked to:
15 Minutes to Stitch - Week 35
What I made Monday 
Design Wall Monday 
Main Crush Monday 
Monday Making 
Friday Finishes 
Let's Bee Social


Libby in TN said...

Some quilts are like that -- they just happen.

Miaismine said...

I loved reading the story behind your quilt - it seemed like an easy going and relaxing process. I learned from you. Thank you for sharing!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

It sure sounds like that quilt was determined to be finished.

Kate said...

It almost sounds like that pretty little quilt just made itself. You had a good week on the stitching front too. Hopefully you will not have any more weeks with little to no stitching and can keep your 80% success rate.

Mcirishannie f/k/a quilt til you wilt said...

I l Love when a quilt almost makes itself. Thanks for sharing this story!

Kaja said...

I like that this is a quilt that just happened and it is very lovely, in an unassuming way. I hope you feel more like stitching this week.

Brooke said...

love how you took what could have been called mistakes and turned them into something so lovely!

thanks too for linking up!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This one was meant to be-- yes, sometimes quilts just HAPPEN! I am so happy that you were listening, what a joy-filled quilt this turned out to be; well done!

Becca // Pretty Piney said...

A serendipitous quilt! I love it! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

Allie said...

I enjoyed the story behind that pretty little quilt, the sashing and border fabric is so perfect!! What a treat for the eyes. Love the pic of the butterfly too - I've seen a record amount of those this summer, but they're too quick for me to get a pic!

Nancy said...

I really like the colors in this quilt. Isn't it interesting and fun to see how quilts evolve and fabrics catch our attention?