Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Scrabbled- A Mini Quilt
My initial plan was to make the letters and numbers black, but just as I was about to start sewing, I saw the very very last scraps of my Oakshott Cotton Lakes bundle. I had a quick change of plan and decided to use them for this quilt.
I decided to use my scraps of low volume fabric for the scrabble tiles. I really like the fact that most of these are text fabrics- it somehow seems very appropriate. I was relieved to discover that I had just enough different low volume fabrics to use a different fabric for each scrabble tile.
Finally for the edging of the scrabble tiles, I used some of the tiny scraps of kona black that I had left from my Utopia Quilt.
When I first dreamt up the idea of scabble tile patterns, I had a mini quilt in my head. The further that I got into the pattern, the more insane I knew this idea to be, each tile has a finished size of 4 inches which means that the pieces in the number 3 and 5 are pretty tiny. I stubbornly kept going because I was in love with the idea of a mini! I'm glad that I did, but I must admit that I won't be making another one of these in a hurry. I think I will also make the tiles bigger when (if) I release the pattern.
Once the tiles were pieced, I came to a screeching halt. What should I use for the background of the quilt?
I played with the idea of a patchwork of blocks, but the mock-up that I did in EQ7 just looked wrong. It was too busy and detracted from the scrabble times.
I thought about using a solid background, but that was too plain and boring.
Big scale prints were out as they detracted from the blocks too much.
Then I went to my fabric stash and had a look to see what I had. One fabric sprang out at me. It was PERFECT. I had loved Katarina Roccella's Indelible fabrics the moment I saw them and bought a selection of the prints to make a quilt. These fabrics had been lying together untouched for an increasing period of time and the longer they did, the smaller the chance that the quilt would happen.
When I saw the fabrics lying in my stash, I knew what I had to use as the background for my mini. I love it! It provides the perfect combination of colour, text and big designs for my mini quilt.