I just finished making 42 quilt blocks that just aren't working for me. They photograph nicely, but in person, are just so chaotic, it's a horrible sight to see. I had big plans to lay them out in the driveway but failed to take into consideration the lovely breeze we were having. Whoops! Chasey, chasey.
Anyway, I laid the blocks out upstairs and the crazy randomness of it all was making me cranky. (This is totally my own fault, I shouldn't have done something using 36-40 different fabrics and expected calm coolness. What a lesson learned.) So I've spent hours trying to find a way to make this work. I've got about 10 yards worth of fat quarters in this thing, about $90 worth of fabric, and to think that I just wasted it was making me even madder.
So today, I started messing around with the blocks and when I folded them in half, I liked them better. I'm going to change this into a stacked coin quilt! I think I'll be using white fabric in between each column and all around the 4 sides. Hopefully I have enough white fabric on hand, I think I do. I still have to do the math and figure out the size but at least I have hope again. Last night, I was in despair!
This is less than half- these are folded and some are being used to test which color I like best as the solid. I think I'll be using white strips. And I may remove some of those black strips.
I'm just happy to have found a solution that works for me. I still want to do the Old Red Barn Co quilt along, though. I will do it right next time, though and pick 12 fabrics all from one line of fabric.
Thank goodness for the advice and recommendations of my friends, they are so full of good ideas! Like potholders- I could have made 42 ugly potholders! lol Now I don't have to. Yay. Not that I have anything against potholders, but can you imagine the blurb I'd have had to write in order to get some sympathy sales on Etsy? "Please, keep me from shooting myself, won't you buy an ugly potholder?" I figured I'd have to sell about 20 to break even. And I still might, if I have any strips left over. Consider yourself warned!