Saturday, January 1, 2011

Any Quilters that can help me, please???

So, I have an issue and I need some help.  I am sure that it isn't a huge problem and I think I know how to work myself out of this situation, BUT I wanted to get your help and insight into how I should go about it BEFORE I screw it all up and thus causing havoc and mayhem in my brain...


because we all know how fabric obsessed, people feel about their goods and I have been holding on to these gems for quite some time, trying to find the guts to cut into them...


Well, I did finally...and I decided to take all the fussy cut rectangles and make a lap quilt to be a present for next year...problem...I have all these built up rectangle blocks and I need them to be square so I can make them into rows, right?


I like the split rail fence blocks I made to off set the fussy blocks, but I want those blocks to be bordered, as well.  I have more than enough yardage to keep on going...I just need some help in what will be my next step.


Of course, I am not using a pattern.  I am just randomly making this up as I go along.

Do I build up my fussy cut blocks one more time in white and then cut them back down to equal the height and width of the rail fence block once that is bordered in white?


Help me...please.

I am going crazy and I made myself a promise that I would not sew with any other fabric, but my small Christmas stash until it is all gone.

This is Home Girl in need of Starbucks and some guidance from the more experienced quilters out there.  So, guide away...

 FYI: The fabric featured above is a combination of Holly Jolly Snowmen by Kathy Schmitz for Moda and Dear Santa, by Diane Knott for Cloth Works.

8 comments:

Deb said...

your quilt is really beautiful...wish I was a quilter but no can do without sewing machine!
Happy new year!

Mental P Mama said...

I got nuthin'. Sorry:(

Sharon said...

I don't think I would build up your fussy cut blocks. I would audition the red in your rail fence (if you have enough)for sashing in between each of the blocks so you can distinguish between the blue fabrics. I'm not sure I'd go with white. I could see a gold as sashing too. Please post what you decide. I'd love to see it.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

I tend to agree with Sharon - the white might drain the colour out of the blocks where as the red or gold would compliment it - I am tending towards the gold, something the colour of the angel's wings but if you want to stick with your stash then the red . Hope I haven't added to your confusion! Good luck! I am sure whatever you choose will look great in the end!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I know what you mean about cutting a piece of fabric and not being certain about the way to go. I think Sharon is right about the red and blue contrast. If you have enough........

Suzan said...

I know I am late to the party but my suggestion would be to dig through your stash and see if you can find some green that coordinates with the green in the Santa's sack. I would enlarge all of the blocks to the same size as the rail fence block and then join the blocks. If you want this to be larger when finished, sash each block and then slap a border or two on the outside. I disagree with the others regarding sashing in white. It looks like there are more than one shade of white in the fabrics. I would choose one and sash with strips cut at 2.5". (But that's just me!)

Marlene said...

I'm not a quilter, so I can't help you out, I'm afraid...but dang, what you've done so far is smashingly BEAUTIFUL!!

Be on the lookout for CHOCOLATE today. I sent you a couple of Coffee Crisps. ;)

West Side of Straight said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Oh, I've had this happen to me before also, when I made a cloth baby book with pictures of family; so it's a little different as I didn't have all sewn together. Another problem of trying to complete a project with what you have on hand, it's never enough and you'll probably have to go buy some more material to finish!!!!
I agree with the other suggestions on color choices and I think I'd take your material to a shop and see what matches best, I think a green or red, adding to each square to make all same size, and then sew together or then add a 2" border to each on one side, then sew a next square, etc. to make a row, and then sew a 2" border between each row and then around the whole outside. Love your material, it'll turn out great whatever and however you decide to do it.