Wednesday, 1 August 2012

WIP Wednesday- Nuts and Bolts

I'm loving these funky wrench nut and bolt blocks. Not only do they look pretty cool, but you get two different blocks for the price of one.


As this quilt grows bigger and bigger I am beginning to think about the next stage of the process and turning the blocks into a quilt top.

Since a very early stage in the project I have wanted to join the blocks with no sashing and create a sort of checker board effect with the dark and light blocks. BUT there is quite a discrepancy in the sizes of the different blocks. Some are 13"; some are 12.5" and some are 12" (or even smaller). I guess that I COULD add borders to the smaller blocks to make them all the same size, but some of the borders would be TINY and I think it could become quite bulky and messy very quickly.

I have heard that by using sashing I can compensate for these discrepancies in size, but then the next question becomes "What colour should I make the sashing? I don't really want to add any more colours into the mix and am not convinced that I want any of the existing colours to dominate any more than they already do.

Hmmm... I really don't know what to do.... Any and all advice or suggestions very very welcome! I am petrified that I will make a terrible beginners blunder, which at this stage in the project would be a real real shame!

Anyway, here's the collage as it stands:
I'm joining in with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

16 comments :

  1. I'm a fan of putting blocks of fabric interspersed with the pieces blocks. I struggle with sashing. I can show you a picture of one or two if you like xox

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  2. hmm In adding borders to the smallers (it can't be any more bulky than a lot of the Dear Jane blocks I work with - just go slow with them and you'll be fine) - maybe just add more of the outermost fabric? It looks like most of them might play nice with that method, leaving you with just a few to agonize over which fabric to add to the outer rim.

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  3. Your blocks are looking so beautiful together!

    I'm not sure on what to do with the blocks at different sizes - I tend to cut mine all down to the smaller size, but in this case it might mean losing some of the patterns so might not work.

    I wonder if you used sashing and set the blocks in staggered rows, so you can add more sashing where needed and it won't affect the overall lines? I don't know - that's the only idea that came to mind! As for sashing colour, can you get another grey - maybe a medium colour?

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  4. Oh my goodness - what an amazing selection of blocks you've created!! Great work!
    Sorry can't help you with any quilting advice - but I can't wait to see this one finished! Gorgeous!

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  5. Some blocks appear to have a lighter orange/yellow tone in them. That might be a colour you could use for sashing...maybe ?

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  6. I'm more than happy to have a get together with you at some stage and help you figure out how to put them together

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  7. It's looking amazing. Love your colours. I like Deb's idea of throwing in squares here and there to make all the blocks fit together. It'll be a nice, random finish, I think. Good luck with whatever you decide. :)

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  8. I really like your color selections. I am a big fan of grey lately.

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  9. I have no suggestions - I just like looking at the pretty mosaic ;-)

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  10. What a cool block - great colours!

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  11. as always, i love your blocks. as far as the sashing goes, i'm not sure :-/ I love the checkboard, but I can see the trouble. can you trim down the bigger blocks? (probably not...) what about white for a sash? make it a grid instead of a checkerboard?

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  12. Your colours are absolutely beautiful. I feel inspired! What about a lighter grey sashing in a solid to even out the blocks but not add another colour?

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  13. This will be stunning. As a novice I can't give any advice but I love your blocks and colours.

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  14. Your blocks are AMAZING!! They all go together so well. Great job!

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  15. Wow, this is an amazing collection of blocks! Good luck putting the quilt together! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

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  16. Maybe a sashing of the lighter grey? They all look so great together! :o)

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