Seeing RedWednesday, December 19, 2012
As if I don't have enough to do, I started a scrap quilt. Idiot. I know. But while I was waiting for quilts to be quilted I just couldn't stop myself. Those red scraps and fatquarters have been tempting me for ages now.
I've been following the herringbone trend in clothes. I guess herringbone is a follow-up to chevron, some would say. Or maybe the same thing. I've been looking at tutorials for herringbone quilts and decided I'd take ideas from 2 tutorials I really liked. I armed myself with some pretzel sticks and cut strips in widths from 1.25" to 2.5". Then I cut the strips into 11" lengths. You can look at the two tutorials I blended from Rachel at Stitched in Color, and the other from Jess at SewCraftyJess.
I opted to sew my strips in duos and then setting each pair back 1.5" from the edge of the previously sewn rows. See above. But remember, you have to make 2 sides going from left to right and the other from right to left. Read the tutorials, they say it best.
I also opted not cut the ends off my strips at an angle like Rachel. And I cut my strips in different widths like Jess. It took about 18 (give or take) strips to clear the ends of my 6"x24" ruler. Then I made sure the ruler was set at the correct angle. Triming was very fun.
This is what the right and left side of the herringbone pattern look when set together. I will make 3 rows down and I'm not sure how many wide. I like the fact that the different widths of the strips add to the scrappy look. I pretty much stayed with a red and white theme. Controlling the color helped control the chaos of widths and angles.
I started this quilt because I realized I have so many quilts that I don't put on beds because they are made from my original designs or special patterns. I'm going to make this quilt in a large queen or king size and then use it on a bed in my home. This quilt makes me feel like I'm getting back to my scrap roots. I like that.
Meanwhile, this will sit in my sewing room and it will call to me while I make binding and bind 3 other quilts. Busy busy. My fingertips are not going to be pretty come Christmas Day.