The challenge in our guild this year is to make a small quilt with the theme of Celebration for our guild’s 40th anniversary year. These little quilts will be displayed in March for National Quilting Day on the third Saturday. We are provided with a fat quarter of the challenge fabric with the instruction to use at least a quarter of it, and as much as we could. You know what they say about best laid plans, LOL, and my brain was misfiring when I began cutting fabric. I showed you my design idea last time, and needed 8 pinwheels 4-1/2-inches square. OK, so 8 x 4 half square triangles for the pinwheels meant 32 HST units. So I needed 16 squares of light and 16 dark. I put the fabric on the cutting table and began cutting 5-inch squares to make the HSTs. Yes, that was my first wrong choice but I didn’t realize it then. Of course, you cannot get 16 squares that size from a fat quarter, but that didn’t dawn on me either. At the end of cutting, I was short two squares, so I pieced together the bits left over, all the while scratching my head as to how I ran so short. Then my brain short circuited again, thinking I needed only 16 squares (instead of 16 of each) and I only sewed 8 squares together, leaving the other 8 squares on the table. That turned out to be a good thing.
I laid out the design, and it wasn’t until I laid out the pinwheels that I realized I cut them too big. The whole pinwheel was to be 4-1/2 inches, not the HSTs! Oh holy crap on a cracker. Now I have cut up the entire fat quarter, and pieced together bits for more than I can use given the parameters of the challenge. If I go with my original idea, the center will be too small in proportion to 8 large pinwheels, and the perimeter will exceed the limit. So, what do I do now?
OK, I have four so I’ll use only those. I sewed them together.
OK not too bad, but the butterfly no longer has the space I wanted for it. Plus, it is beginning to look like a two-fabric quilt will be a bit boring.
As I pondered weak and weary, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the remnants of the shooting star fabric I used on a Safelight quilt. Oh, wow, the turquoise and purple stars were a perfect match for the challenge fabric. Plus the black background adds drama and contrast to the design. As I often say, there are no mistakes, only design opportunities!! I placed the elements on top of the fabric to audition it.
Wow, I love it! The contrast is fabulous and iit really enhances my fireworks idea.
So, now to do something with the rest of the fabric that won’t be too much, and stay under the overall 140-inch perimeter limit of the challenge. The larger squares reminded me of making no waste flying geese. But I had to reverse engineer the math to get the smaller squares right. You cut the larger square 1-1/4 inches larger than the finished goose width, so I measured the square and subtracted 1-1/4 inch to get my width. Then I divided that in half to get the height, and added 7/8 to get the smaller size square to sew on top. No, I’m not going to give you all those measurements, they were weird sizes.
I marked the backsides of the small black squares, and constructed 16 geese.
Now that I have all the elements I need, I can put the top together.
More on this when I get farther along. I won’t have any sewing time this week, so it will be next week before I get back to it. Have you ever had a bad cutting mistake turn out to be a design opportunity?