But to quilting!
So my 'things I really must do' list looks like this:
*cut out pieces for new gift quilt which must be finished on a strict timeline
*cut out zombie quilt
*BIND HENRY FISH
The 'things I have done' list looks like this:
*none of the above
*started random new project
I have had the idea for a lattice quilt nagging at the back of my mind for aaaaages. I have occasionally looked around for inspiration but never found one that was quite right. Then I did find one I liked, but it was paper pieced. Ick. So I did what I normally do when something nags and nags at me and ignored it. I have learned this well from hubby.*
Anyhoo, given that I now had a list of only things I had to do, it seemed important to start something I wasn't supposed to be doing. So I thought I should put my big girl quilty pants on and see if I could figure out a lattice pattern for myself. Oh dear.
First, the vision. I wanted a scrappy looking, low volume background, with wide white lattice which featured a thin coloured stripe through the middle for a bit of contrast.** I also wanted the coloured stripe to weave. So I decided on two colours for the stripe. The idea was then that I could put some bold coloured appliqué on to the lattice.
I tottered off to Spotlight to get some cheap material for a trial run and managed to get there the only day of the year when there was no special on fabric. Ah well.
I hit on the bright idea of using some 2.5" strips sewed together for the scrappy background, which I intended to slice diagonally for the lattice. I love jelly roll friendly ideas. This is how the first effort turned out. Ah well. Again.
Even hubby noticed that the fabric went all spazzy. What can I say. And I thought the proportion of white to the stripes was wrong. So I tried again, this time with a nine patch as background. Much better, but still a bit small - see:
I was so proud. Despite, or because of all the effort, I felt like a real quilter.*** I went to put the wee man down for a nap and to ponder what size to make the nine patch. And guess what I found then. That's right. This tutorial on a nine patch lattice quilt using a slash method. I couldn't believe that Amy had nicked my idea. Like a whole year ago. Humph.
I got a bit grumpy pants at that point. But I soldiered on and made a bigger block anyway. I used 5" squares for the nine patch, 4" white strips, and 1.5" coloured strips and loved the finished size. It's nearly 19". Awesome. I wasn't a fan of my background fabric choice though.
At that point I had a big sulk about it. Because I hadn't thought of it all by myself I decided I didn't like it anymore. Which was a bit silly given I had cut up a whole layer cake for it. I went to bed to sleep on it.
The next morning I figured it wasn't really the quilt's fault I wasn't original. And I also decided I was being a bit silly given that every other quilt I've made has been based on a pattern or blog tutorial. So I made some more blocks.
When I had made two, with two not quite finished, I didn't like it again.
|Make up your mind already|
But then I finished all four and I've decided I DO like it again. I like the scrappy diamonds inside the lattice. I'm so contrary. I also can't believe how different the stripe makes the background fabric look.
|Yay I like it. Finally!|
So the current plan is to make 12 blocks, and then see whether appliqué is a good idea. At the moment I think it might be too busy. What do you think? All constructive criticism is welcomed! I'm still not massively in love with the fabric, but it's okay.
*hubby is oblivious to nagging. In fact he is oblivious to many things, including new shoes. This is an asset.
** I'm avoiding the word 'pop' here. I thought of using 'zing' but I think that's just as bad and I'm guilty of using both.
*** whatever a real quilter is. I imagine she can hand piece perfect teeny tiny little pieces into amazing patterns, and then quilt it like Angela Walters while drafting patterns and smoothly cutting appliqué pieces with her spare hand. All while raising three perfect children in a clean house after finishing her day job.