In looking back through my blog, I'm realizing just how many quilts I've failed to post about in the last year. I don't like this, because I like to have a bit of a timeline on the quilts I've made. So here' s another one that was made probably a year ago.
I used Thimbleblossom's pattern for this one, basically it's just a template to cut out the two different shapes needed. Don't let this pattern intimidate you, it's really easy! Also a great way to use up all those little strips from your scrap bin.
I did have a bit of a color palette in mind with this one, so I didn't use just any and every scrap. It can be tricky sometimes to keep to a certain look, but not let it get boring by being too strict about it. Like if you decide you want a subdued 'dirtier' look, you can't rigidly leave out all bright clear colors, because there might be a few that are just right. And sometimes these projects take on a life of their own and turn out differently than you had imagined. Those are usually the best ones!
I've talked about this before, but I think that to make a successful quilt, you need at least one rule. I do this subconsciously, but if I look back I can usually tell what my rule was. Often there is more than one rule, but in a scrappy or improv quilt, there will be less rules.
In this quilt, the obvious rule is the pattern. It's a spiderweb pattern, and I stuck with the exact pattern, making no changes to the layout. (other than the green of the stars changing, because I didn't have enough of one green)
The less obvious rule would be the color scheme, and it was very loose. It's a little hard to explain on this one, as it was intuitive. If I remember right, I made one wedge and really liked the feel of it, so I used that as my guide for all my fabric strips, trying to keep that feel.
Make sense? I think having these rules keeps your quilt lively but not chaotic. And it's more fun to make when you have some restraints.