Monday, March 22, 2010

decision made!

I wrote a post a while back that I've referred to many times.  It's all about procrastinating cutting into your fabric.  Do you want to read it?  It's what kept me from doing anything with this fabulous Amy Butler Love that I've had for a while.
I had some quiet alone time with my fabric and a clean kitchen table to use.  So I decided that I really should start this baby quilt if I want to get it done this year.  :)   I won a bunch of these fat quarters, but wasn't sure how they would all look together.  So I ordered some more, mostly blues and greens and several more of the dots.  Side note - how does Amy B. keep making such fabulous polka dots!?  I mean, they are just dots - but so cute, as always.

I ironed them all up and laid them out on the floor (as seen above).  It was a really good way to study the colors.  These prints are all very different, as is the color palette.  But it's amazing what you see when you start analyzing them all.  There is a speck of turquoise in the red prints, some red in the blues, some green in the purples.  I really think this is going to look so fun!

When deciding on a pattern to use, I decided I was just going to do a basic scrappy squares quilt.  Initially I thought I would separate each print with a cream square.  Then when I realized I had enough fabric, I decided to throw all caution to the wind and just smash all of these delicious prints and colors right next to each other!  I know, I'm so adventurous.

I'm going to strip piece this quilt.  Have you done that before?  The quilt will be 9 squares across and 12 rows down, the finished squares being 5" wide (finished quilt size 45x60).  I've cut these fat quarters into 5.5" strips and grouped them into 3s - I couldn't be totally random, so I tried to put a lot of contrast in each set and almost every set has one of the dots in it.
Next up, sewing these strip sets together.   If you are interested, I'll continue to show the process as I work on this.

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In other good news - I have had such a response on taking a break from sew & tell this summer that I am going to work something out where we can still do it.  I have many friends who have volunteered to guest post while I am recuperating/recovering/getting settled in to our new life with baby and move.  So it looks like we'll still be here every Friday!  :)
Thanks everyone!

23 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Angie said...

I love the fabrics and can't wait to see what you have when you complete! Love your blog!!

Angie

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Laura said...

Oooohhh I am proud of you. :) Can't wait to see it.

Katie said...

Amy, this is going to be beautiful! I'm definitely interested in seeing your progress/tutorials as you go. I'm a brand spankin' new quilter so any info helps. This looks like a fun and semi-easy pattern too! When you say you're going to strip piece the quilt...as opposed to what? I'm just learning the terms, so I think 'strip' piecing is what I'm doing, but what are the other ways?

Andi said...

Such a gorgeous fabric line.
Glad you're putting it to good use!!
Andi :-)

Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations on cutting into those pretty fabrics; I know how hard it can be.-) I would love to see the process!

- B said...

Love those fabrics! Can't wait to see your next steps!

Shontelle said...

I know what you mean. I did the same thing with Rouenneries by French General. But I finally took the plunge, hacked into it and now I have a quilt. Happy day!

Rene' said...

Amy, it's so funny that my post today is also called Decisions Made! Anyway, love what you have decided to do with your Amy Butler. I had the same problem with my LOVE fabric and am doing something similar. Too bad I had to put it away for the time being. I am definitely interested in seeing how you progress with this baby quilt. So glad you are keeping the Sew and Tell Fridays going. Happy Monday!

Leslie said...

these fabrics are amazing. they all look so perfect together. that is such exciting news about sew and tell. i think many of us would be lost without our motivation!!!

Natalia said...

Yay for Sew N Tell! How many weeks now till that little girl is due?

Candied Fabrics said...

Amy! I love that metaphor - uncut fabric is potential energy - you are so right!

What you're doing looks fantastic - combining the potential energy from the fabric with the nesting energy you've got right now, this is sure to be a fantastic quilt!

Beth said...

Yes, please keep posting what you do with your sweet quilt! :)

Mary said...

I can totally relate to your other post about the fear of cutting into fabric! I was smiling and nodding the whole time I read it . . . so, so true! But I'm super excited that you cut into your Love stash, and I can't wait to watch this quilt develop!

Mary said...

AND . . . hooray for Sew & Tell Friday continuing on! Of course I understand you'll be incredibly busy, but I'm excited that your friends have volunteered to keep it going. I can't tell you how much I enjoy it - it really keeps me on track and productive :-)

jaybird said...

i know your pain.. i have so much fabric that i'm afraid to cut into... including this same fabric you just did cut into!! congrats on taking the leap!

Dee said...

Can't wait to see how this turns out!

randi said...

i am the same way with my favorite fabrics! they just sit there being admired, rather that cut.

happy sewing! :)

randi
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Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Please update..it looks like it will be wonderful! That first cut can be painful:)

Colleen said...

I look forward to seeing the end result!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

yay!! It's going to be so adorable, and your baby girl will love it :) I love the pink/wine dots the best!

sewtakeahike said...

the suspense is killing me Amy! must see it now!! it's going to be awesome, and i LOVE that the fabric you're using for your new little one is called Love. so sweet!

bumblebeebags said...

this is ALMOST too pretty for a crib set!!! can you make it a queen size??? and send it...to me!

Debbie said...

look at those beautiful colors

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