Wednesday 13 March 2013

What to do with quilts with a mind of their own

I had a quilt that I had made a while ago that I just couldn't get to sit flat.  I tried a new way of constructing a quilt but it just wouldn't flatten out.  We have all had these quilts that take on a life of their own and no matter what you do it just won't work. I had put a lot of time and effort into this piece of work and did not want to just throw it out.  

I had done a lot of dying and stitching and I really loved the effect of all the blocking.  

So I decided to chop it all up.  It took a lot of courage but I am so pleased I did.

I have made 6 journal covers with the different sections of the quilt. 

Close up of the small journal

I also made dust covers for all my sewing machines. I just edged them with a satin stitch and put a piece of narrow elastic on each end to keep it into place.

I still have lots of wee scraps of quilted fabric left that I am going to stitch together and the consider the possibilities....... 

What I have learned

  • That when a quilt doesn't sit flat there are still many possibilities.
  • That there is always a way to make something work
  • Something beautiful can be created from something that seemed to be a failure
  • There is no such thing as a failure
  • You learn the most when something doesn't turn out the way you planned
  • You may start with a plan A and then move onto a Plan B or C but it doesn't make it wrong just a different path
I challenge you to take a quilt that hasn't worked and try to make something else from it.  You will amazed at the possibilities.

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful way to make what could have been termed a "frustration" into something that is most definitely a success!


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