Sunday, April 17, 2011

Too late for the Heather Ross QAL...but these blocks are for ME!

edited to link up to "Stash Project of the Month", since this is such an impromptu stash project and I'm so happy with how it's going!

A few months ago, there was a Quilt-a-long at Sew Sweetness - the Heather Ross Quilt-a-long.  I wanted to join it because I LOVE Heather Ross prints...but I'd used up most of mine in Angela's quilt and Megan's quilt. Then I won a giveaway of Heather Ross fat eights from Angela at Fussy Cut...and I went through my scraps to salvage whatever I could find that I had left, and then I bought a couple of additional pieces off of Etsy.  Then I ordered some FQ stacks of solids from a couple of different places. I really wanted to make a reasonably sized quilt for me - one that I could curl up under and admire close up.

But everything has just been sitting in piles in my crafty corner under other piles and projects for some time.

This past week I needed some basic OCD free-form creative activity. So I first cleaned off my sewing table, and then pulled out all the Heather Ross cuts and scraps I had pulled together and the solid FQs I've been collecting for the past few months and set out to work mixing and matching.  I am not using a pattern of any type or even a well thought out plan with a sketch or anything - I thought I'd use a basic "boxed in" and/or simple log cabin approach for the blocks with some wonky-ness and scrappy-ness allowed as needed or desired.  I plan to have 10-11 different solids (or maybe 12) with about 3 blocks using each color as the outside border to get at least 30 blocks. They are cut to 11", so will finish at 10.5" each - so I think a 5x6 arrangement with either sashing or borders will give me a big enough quilt for a decent lap-size. 42 blocks would be better especially since I've been leaving borders off my quilts for the most part, but I just don't think I have enough of the prints to cut it (punny - hehe). We'll see how it goes as I move along.

So here's the WIP from the past week or so. I've got 17 blocks so far and they are just as cheerful and happy as I had hoped they would be. This quilt won't be chock full of prints like the other two I've done with these Heather Ross lines, but showcasing the prints with solid borders really feels like it will make more of a story stimulating piece.

some of the blocks are more scrappy...

...and some are quite basic boxed in layouts.

I'm off for a business trip this week, but I'll be working on a new sweater for Wild Thing on the plane and during my insomniac wee hours, so perhaps I'll have a new knitted FO to post soon!

By the way - Sara's Heather Ross quilt at Sew Sweetness turned out absolutely fabulous!! wow - go check it out!


  1. Oh, what fun! Love the idea of just pulling a bit of this and pairing it with a bit of that!! I'm always happy with the results.

  2. Wow, I am really impressed with your quilt...actually all 3 of them! I love HR fabrics and think they make the best quilts. I also really like the mix of solids that you used! Awesome, thank you so much for letting me know about your project!!!

  3. Those are very cheerful and happy!!!! Love them!!!!!