why not?! (or tetris on grandma’s couch)


(why not add a floral print?!)

Hey hey! As usual, life got in the way of blogging, and despite thinking that I’d have more time to sew and blog once the kids were in school more, it seems I really just spend more time driving kids here and there and trying to get all my errands done while I only have 1 child. Though since turning two, Henry has been a bit on the challenging side, throwing tantrums and refusing to sit in shopping carts and not wanting to get in or out of the car. It makes errands difficult for sure. But I digress. There has been some sewing happening, though more of small things and less of quilts. I’ve been sewing itty bitty outfits for twin nieces, due next month, little sherpa hats to keep heads warm in chilly VT temps, and even a few new sweatshirts for myself. Oh, and a few new zip pouches, out of fun fabrics that have been in my stash for far too long!

I had a bit of a free weekend a couple weeks ago though, and decided a new quilt was in order. I had pulled a page from a recent Crate and Barrel catalog, feeling inspired by this pillow, and decided to see where that inspiration took me.

Initially it took my to my (somewhat limited, these days!) stash of Kona solids, so these colors are less chosen and more dictated by what was available. I made a bunch of these outlined squares, but then found that I was definitely not going to have enough to make this quilt rectangular or a useable size. I didn’t really want to order and wait for additional colors, so was happy to wake up one night thinking “a floral! what this quilt needs is a floral border!”. I found a couple yards of this older Hope Valley print in my stash and decided it would do.  I still can’t decide if it’s crazy and too far out there, or if it’s a nice juxtaposition. I like it, and I think that’s all that matters!

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9 Responses to why not?! (or tetris on grandma’s couch)

  1. 1
    Nick says:

    Hope Valley is always be my favorite line by Denyse, so I’m thrilled to see it pop up whenever, wherever. This is lovely!

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    Stephanie says:

    Great juxtaposition. That’s one of my alltime favorites, that Hope Valley print in that colorway. Well done on all kinds of sewing!

  3. 4
    Lori says:

    Love the tetris quilt. Great idea

  4. 5
    Roxanne says:

    I really like it too! Would make a cute pillow. lol

  5. 6
    Sarah A. says:

    I think your fabric choices here are so interesting, and kind of against the grain for “modern” quilting. Way to be you! Love the result!

  6. 7
    Tina H says:

    I love it! I admire your start to finish attitude and after all, it is YOUR quilt so it’s okay to use whatever fabrics YOU want!

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    Jenny M says:

    to me this quilt has a ‘make do’ feel about it ~ I love the floral working with the solids!

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