Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Much better


I took heart (and inspiration) from Finn's comment about cutting up the strippy top and decided to make a version of another of Bonnie's patterns from www.quiltville.com, Strip Twist, which I've made before. So I cut up the Simply Strippy top into squares and triangles and put it back together like this.

I am so pleased with how it came out, I like it much better than the strippy one that I started off making and this one will lie flat. It used up all of the top that I had made but I am going to carry on and make a bigger quilt - I just love the randomness of it.

21 comments:

Linda_J said...

Fiona, I like this version better than the one you showed the other day. The fact that it also lays down better is good too.

Not sure if you were doing this but sometimes when you are adding strip after strip together in the previous version it helps to alternate the direction of your seams---like if you start on one end when you join the first two, start sewing on the opposite end on the third one. Works on strip sets too---the middle piece eases in and you don't get the bowing strips--do the same thing when you add say chunks of three or four strips to another chunk of three or four strips.

Does that make any sense at all?? Describing it is harder than actually doing it!

Hedgehog said...

What a great save!

Lisa D. said...

Fiona - that blue quilt is gorgeous! It just comes to life with the new block and settings. Well done!!!

Libby said...

What a terrific solution. Your top just sings now. Can't wait to see more.

Passionate Quilter said...

I love how that is turning out! It has so much movement to keep your eyes moving--yet not in a busy way.

Marcie said...

You are so right--your new version of blue strips is great! Very, very clever!

Tonya R said...

Perfect solution - this is much more interesting. Fun quilt.

anne bebbington said...

Lovely Fiona - a real swan from a not so ugly duckling - I'd also been taught the same as Linda J about alternating the direction of stitching and it does work - but those triangles are so much nicer than the strips, and I just love the lavender blue overall colour of the piece - very restful to the eye - a very pretty scrap quilt, can't wait to see it finished :o)

Ali Honey said...

What a great transformation. The blues are lovely; fresh and crisp looking. I like what you did. You should be very satisfied that you fixed a problem so effectively. Keep smiling. Hugs from Alison.

McIrish Annie said...

finn's idea worked out perfectly. love this version. it looks super soft!!

Marilyn Lara said...

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Your quilts are beautiful and your comments are well taken.

My daughter, Lynn, is a quilter and she sent the link.

I have a website and I offer free E-cards. If you'd care to check them out, here's a link.

http://graphicsbymarilyn.com/Index37LarasDen.html

Cathi said...

I love the way you "saved" the quilt...and that it is from recycled clothes too! It looks great!

Patti said...

When you get lemons, make lemonade! This is a great looking top! Looks so cool and peaceful - like a mountain lake. You've done very well - Finn usually has great ideas, doesn't she!

dot said...

This is really unique. I like it. You did a great job, thanks for sharing the great results with us.

Lois R. said...

Beautiful!!!

Finn said...

Hi Fiona..I love,love,love it!!!! You would never know it was the same top as the Simply Strippy!
Much much more fun! Good for you for daring to experiment! Not always that easy to do, I know.

I think it was well worth the extra effort and time to cut it up and re-sew it! And it sounds like you are happy with it also, or you wouldn't be making more blocks..*VBS* You just made my day!! Thanks! Hugs, Finn

EileenKNY said...

My favorite color is blue, the more blues the better. So I really like this quilt.

Shelina said...

I have a quilt that could use this kind of treatment. It is just so boring. This is a beautiful quilt. I don't remember the before so I'll be going back to look for it.

Lynn S. said...

Fiona, I spotted your lovely quilt top and it was the perfect inspiration for a spring-board for a new quilt top for me. Thank you for sharing your project and for the inspiration.

I sent my mother your blog-link and also sent her a few of my 'in progress' photos as well.

I have been working on my quilt top quite a bit, using only scraps and leftover fabrics. I, too, chose to work in blues because I have sooooo many blue fabrics that remain from past projects. You see, I have 3 grown sons and blue was a big color in our household. :-)

I put some photos into my blog so if you have spare time, please stop by!
Lynn

Judy said...

A perfect ifx for a problem and it looks even better this way to me!!

SO sorry about the first day of term being missed! It happens to us all and we get something in out brains and that is what sticks there for ever!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow - is that really the "same" quilt? Same fabric, at least! It looks totally different - like Cinderella after her fairy godmother paid her a visit!

Cheers!

Evelyn