After having a crisis of faith in a bundle I pulled years ago, I reworked and went ahead to make the pattern, using the FREE tutorial for the Squares and Strips Bed Quilt put together by Cluck Cluck Sew.
The pattern itself is fantastic. Like all patterns by Cluck Cluck Sew, it designed to look more complicated than it is and the top comes together very quickly. The only blip I had on my radar was that I really needed my fat quarters to be 21" tall and they were not. As in, all but 3 of my 12 fat quarters were too short. What the heck is that about?
And I got the blocks made in no time and I put the top together and...
|Too short meant I had to do some improv.|
...I don't dig it. It's okay. The pattern is great. It isn't ugly, I don't think, but it just isn't me. Despite the use of many fabrics I love. Despite that fact that turquoise and teal are so my thing. I just don't really like this quilt top. It is intended for someone in my family, and I will finish it, but nothing in my stash works for the backing and I just don't have the heart to work on it anymore. This is the first time ever, I think, that I'm putting a finished quilt top away in the closet and shrugging my shoulders over getting it done. It can stay a WIP longer. My heart just isn't in it.
|Orange, turquoise and teal in real life.|
Which taught me a lesson. I had some other bundles I put together ages ago, with fabric I probably would not buy now. And seeing how this top turned out and how I just don't love it, I'm breaking up those bundles and putting the fat quarters I like back on the shelf and the rest in the "Maybe someone else will like these fabrics" box in my closet.
Like this penguin bundle here. No idea what possessed me. I might fussy cut a penguin or two, though.
And for a long time I was planning to make a rainbow circus sort of quilt. I built up this combination over many shop hops:
|It is those beiges that kill me. Just no.|
Do you have any bundles languishing somewhere in your stash? I have more that I haven't reviewed yet that are going to get a hard look very soon. Why make things you don't love?
|But no. Too much. Too bright. No. I don't want to make this quilt.|
If you don't love it, put it away. Someday, you'll find a home for this quilt and then you can finish it.ReplyDelete
You are the queen of quilt finishers, so I think it's courageous and brave to put this away until you're more inspired. The colours are you, but I don't think the pattern is, but I can't put my finger on why. Spend your time on something you're in love with.ReplyDelete