Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Serendipity at it's best

Don't you just love how some things just fall right in place? Not that it happens very often, but I love it. And my little adventure included NO NEW fabric buying, 1/2 my work done and about a 9 year old project being revitalized! It all started when our quilt group (who is ready to do another retreat) was discussing something we could do together. We normally do our own thing as of late, but thought it would be nice to learn something new together. All the rage around here is the One Block Wonder quilts by Maxine Rosenthal. We all agreed and I got the book. 1st panic attack--geez, I might have to actually break my no fabric buying (NONE for me since LAST July!). But as I was poking around some of my fabrics, I came across a beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabric and lo and behold, there was EXACTLY what I needed--4 yards. And that is unusual for me to buy that much fabric at full price with not a thing to do with it. I was set.
Then last week after perusing the book some more, I realized it is just like a Stack and Whack, only it's set together differently. She also uses fabrics that has fewer colors. My wheels started spinning again. Gee, I did 2 or 3 S & W quilts quite a few years ago (probably 8 or 9) and don't quite remember finishing all of them. So I went bin hunting and sure enough, there was a Stack and Whack and all the blocks were done! Perfect! Of course, I immediately took down what was on my design wall and had to start playing! I love it. I might not buy the same thing today to do it, but it certainly fulfills my love for brights! (fewer colors means more of the blocks will have the same colors, making it easier to make a "colorwash" look). The only thing is by interlocking the blocks, you need more of them to make a nice size quilt. BUT I had MORE of the same fabric. I vaguely remember thinking I was going to make a bunch of these baby quilts until I realized they take more work than usual, which is probably why I quit.
So there you have it: no new fabric purchased, 1/2 my work done (I'll make more to make the quilt bigger) AND an old UFO taken off the books.
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Gratitudes:
1. the unexpected treasures that can brighten a day
2. meeting deadlines and having time to spare
3. no-bake cookies

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19 comments:

paula, the quilter said...

How wonderful that the pieces all fell together! I love kaleidoscopes quilts and have that book and B. Reynolds books too.

quiltpixie said...

love those hexagons... they really go well together...

Marcie said...

That is so awesome! All you had to do was sew the blocks together! And it is turning out fabulous! I also love your pink quilt. The applique in the center really adds a lot. Great job!

Mary said...

I'm not usually crazy about S&W but I love these blocks and finishing a UFO is always good! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

computerpeach said...

haha - i just posted about that book too! I just bought it. I am planning on using my gift certificate I won from my guild to buy my fabrics for it. Yours looks GREAT!!! and even better that you had the fabric in your stash!

computerpeach said...

haha - i just posted about that book too! I just bought it. I am planning on using my gift certificate I won from my guild to buy my fabrics for it. Yours looks GREAT!!! and even better that you had the fabric in your stash!

ruth said...

Those blocks look amazing together, I love the bright colours.

Carol said...

What pretty blocks...love how everything just fell into place.

Gail said...

Talk about a win/win situation, you hit the trifecta!Aside from winning on three fronts, the blocks are terrific, good going!

Mama Koch said...

I bought this book in Houston and haven't run across the fabric (in my stash) to use for it yet.

Love your brights.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I love that big, fun, bright, cheery animal fabric - no wonder you bought 4 yards!!! Glad to hear that you've found the perfect use for it! And your stack and whack project - again, great, bright colors!

Cheers!

Evelyn

The Calico Cat said...

NEAT!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

AWESOME!

floribunda said...

very nice! I like how well the animals from the fabric disappear when you S&W them!

JudyL said...

That's turning out so cute!

Shelina said...

Amazing and great that you were able to find fabric and pre-made blocks that work so well with your new project. I am going to start my stack and whack after I finish my two quilts. I like your blocks, especially the one with the elephant eyes!

ForestJane said...

Cool fabric - and it makes neat kaleidoscopes too!

My problem with these hexagon quilts is that they never seem to end... How big are you going to make this one?

Samantha said...

Oh my gosh, you've got my Kaffe self ready to go start that project immediately! It's gorgeous!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Love the bright colours. The blocks look really great. It is something that I don't think I want to try, but whenever I see kaleidoscope blocks I think how good they look.