Thursday, August 31, 2006

Weed-Whackin!!




I finished the top to the Weed Whacker Quilt today! I like it SO MUCH! All my favorite ugly scraps are in here....as I'm sewing these, I'll pick up a piece and look at it and think "Aren't you out of my stash YET?!??" Some of this stuff has been around for as long as I've been quilting. There are little VIP print hearts..white on red that I know I've had since the early 80's. I know there isn't yardage left....but when you start digging through strip bins, you will find the tail ends of just about everything I've ever worked with. Kind of fun that way.

Just for fun, I also laid out the bocks "straight" in strippy fashion. Wouldn't this be fun with sashings between? I like it both ways! Lots of options.

I also find it a challenge to work with stuff that I would never buy again. I am SO sick of white-on-whites and white-on-creams UGH! I think we've been sewing with them for about 15 years, and it's time for them to go. I much prefer a light print of some sort that has more depth and interest. White-on-whites read so flat to me.....and I just don't like the "painty" feel of them. However, I paid good money for these once upon a time, and they are in my scrap stash, and some still in the yardage stash, so it is a challenge for me to work them into whatever I've got going along with fabrics that I really DO like. (like the shirtings and stripes!)

Now I'm down to borders. And I admit that I am border challenged. I can do pieced borders as much as the next person, but do I really want to spend time doing it? Especially with scrap quilts, the center is so busy, that maybe it just needs a couple plain-jane borders to frame it and tone it down a bit.

The other thought is to go ALL OUT and use the bonus triangle squares in the border...look at this pile! They all need to be trimmed down and squared up, and that is a bit daunting to me right now, but they will be fun to play with at some point. I don't think the border.....maybe the middle of a whole "nuther" quilt! These turn out the same as the bonus tri squares from the pineapple blossom quilt on my website, so you can combine the bonus tri squares from both projects and REALLY have a gazillion!

Foot is still swollen, but I can walk on it. I stayed home from work today just to stay off of it. tomorrow I've got two clients, so I've got to go in...besides...I have bills to pay!

Bonnie

24 comments:

Tazzie said...

The quilt top looks wonderful Bonnie, and I like the alternate set too! I hope your foot starts feeling better soon, good for you for going to the gym tho, that's one place I don't frequent too often!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Dawn said...

Bonnie it looks wonderful! I love the strippy layout! I can't wait to see it done with borders. You always make the borders look so great even if they are just non-pieced borders.

Quilty Nurse said...

Bonnie I really love the first layout, althogh the strippy is nice too. I'm thinking it would also look fantastic in a limited pallette, like all purples and blues maybe. And I'm with you about the white on white stiff painty feel.

quiltpixie said...

The quilt is turning out wonderfully. I hear you about a border though. I generally use a non-pieced border with a scrap quilt, though may inset it with a pieced border on the outside. I like how it feels to bring all the scraps into a framed area...

Norma said...

I love this new quilt! I can hardly wait to make one of my own. Are you going to be sharing the technique?

Mary said...

I agree - plain borders will be perfect with this quilt - it doesn't really need anything more than a frame. Sometimes the easy thing is also the right thing for a quilt.

Patti said...

Oh Bonnie, I'm madly in love with this quilt! I can hardly wait for you to post directions for it. I've certainly got the strips and scraps!

Catching up on my reading - don't know yet what you did to your foot. Hope it gets better soon!

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floribunda said...

Bonnie, this is one of my favorites of yours (so far -- I know you'll keep coming up with new ones!). I think plain borders would be fine, too.

Patty said...

I love that quilt Bonnie, very colorful and very creative.

dot said...

Love the quilt, but I disagree with the white on white. I really like to use white on white, I think it adds to the quilt where you want white but not just white. I will continue to use it and I like the stiff feel. It is so funny how we like different things.

Tonya R said...

I love the motion in the top pic - you really get whirly whacking action that way. Stay off that ankle - hope it and the tailbone feel better soon. Lovely pic of you and Lucy!

Hedgehog said...

Bonnie, the top is great! You make me want to produce more scraps!

May Britt said...

It's lovely. I also once made a quilt using all my "ugly" fabric. And the result was that I loved it. Have to use some of my scraps again soon. No buying fabric in september, just using my stash LOL

Andrea said...

That's an interesting looking quilt.

I just finished making a Trip Around The World quilt using your instructions and loved it! I have pics in my blog if you want to see :)

Frederique said...

Very beautiful scrap quilt, and all your fabrics are just great !

EileenKNY said...

Bonnie,
Ooh, this quilt is awesome! I like both settings.
I wholeheartedly agree about the white on white. I especially don't like the stuff it leaves all over my machine.
I see a dark red as at least one border, I think. It'll frame the scraps nicely.

tami said...

I really like that pattern and I don't even notice any ugly fabrics because the overall is so nice.
Hope your foot is feeling better soon.

Darcie said...

Woohoo for "Weed Whacker!" Love both settings too.

I can already see it Baptist Fanned, can't you!

Your whole nuther project is going to be exciting to see come to life. (Thought I was the only one who said *whole nuther.*) LOL

Darcie said...

Forgot to mention...hope your foot in on the mend. Take it easy!

Joanne said...

I love it. I think plain borders are the way to go -- maybe use one of those WOW fabrics for an inner border. (;-)

McIrish Annie said...

love this quilt!!! hope the ankle is better soon.

nettiebear said...

Love this quilt and your name for it. Maybe two or three borders of different widths, e.g. one very thin saffron yellow between a wider lt blue and a red, could tie all the colours together.

nettiebear said...

oooh, love what you did with the diagonal stripey border! perfect!

what a sweet pic of you and lucy. Hope your ankle is all better soon.