I think this simple blog post is going to turn into a long story. Back in 2017 or so my uncle from St. Cloud Minnesota passed away. It’s a bit of a drive from here so we decided to go up the day before and stay overnight. I talked Hubby into going earlier so I could stop at Gruber’s Quilt Shop.
I had purchased this kit there. If you haven’t been to Gruber’s add it to your bucket list. The pattern is from Aardvark Quilts. It’s called Stripes Squared. I don’t think the pattern is in print anymore. I just completely and totally fell in love with the quilt. The fabrics are mostly Kaffe Fassett’s. I love how the geometrics of the stripes, triangles and squares all play together. My version was a 5 x 6 layout so it was 60 x 72. The pattern suggested a 4 x 5 layout but that wasn’t quite as big as I wanted.
This quilt ended up getting gifted to a friend when I FINALLY made it in 2012.
Well a blog reader loved the quilt and ended up asking me if I would teach this as a class at her retreat. I said yes, but ended up needing to make another quilt so I had an example.
That’s when I made this one.
This one is brighter with more oranges and fewer blues.
Well in the process of making these I had scraps. Well at the time I bought the kit back in 2007 or so I saw this quilt and decided it was perfect for my left over scraps.
I’ve had it in my mind to make this quilt for a really long time. It’s made with the exact fabrics…PERFECT.
I wanted to make it, got scared to do the applique centers but have still always wanted to tackle it. I finally got the templates cut to make it. I had them made over Christmas.
One day this week I decided it’s time to bring this project downstairs. I often cut projects out over the course of a week of while the childcare kids I take of nap. Well, I thought I would bring it down in case I got my things done and needed something to work on.
The saga of these Kaffe Fassett fabrics would soon be coming to an end…or so I thought.
A couple days ago, I finally got a chance to really look at the project. I had a nice tote of scraps. The whole little tote was full. I started sorting them out…..Check out all the fun fabrics.
In my sorting I found that this whole pile wouldn’t work for my quilt. All of the pieces are triangles…..UGH! There are LOTS of them!!
There was this nice little pile but it’s mostly plaids and the strips are only about 2 1/2″ wide….UGH! Again something that won’t work.
I had this pile but that yardage. I found them at the thrift store sometime back and had purchase them with the intention of being helpful when I ever got to this quilt. The big piece is almost six yards worth so it could be a backing…
This little big is the only part that seemed useful. UGH.
The colors aren’t the best…great colors for filler but not the bright vibrant. UGH.
I decided to not let that get me down. I’d take this to the cutting table and see what I could make of it.
So what could I make of it? Not much. UGH.
First off, I have to be SUPER careful about the direction of the stripes. The picture above is the wrong way.
The template needs to be oriented this way…which limits the amount of pieces I can cut out.
Then the scraps are awkward sized….See there will be a lot left over after the template is cut.
So what’s a girl to do?
I did get the templates cut from the mobile glass store and I hate for them to be wasted. I hate to go out and buy more fabric to make a whole quilt which I’ll have to do if I keep my mind set on this quilt. I didn’t make a resolution not buy fabric but did make a decision to be more conscientious about what I do buy. I have so much fabric here. I would rather use it.
So what to do?
After thinking if over for a couple days I think I’ve come to this conclusion. I need to come up with a design that will use the stripe scraps I have. I can include the plaids with it. I think it will be fun to design something with the scraps I have.
But do I make the quilt I originally intended? At this point, I think yes….but I think I’ll use my recycled men’s shirts fabrics….I actually think I’m loving the idea!!
What would you do if these were your fabrics?