Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hijacked

You know how it is, you see something and have to drop everything when inspiration hijacks you.  A family friend's son is finally getting married in October--we have both known Drew since he was born.  It was through this mutual friend that Grant and I met and Drew was the ring bearer at our wedding, so it's a special event and of course I want to make the happy couple a quilt.


The couple lives in San Francisco and I thought this modern quilt was a perfect choice (AP&Q June August 2012).  Except it was bigger than I wanted to make--each shoo fly is nearly 3 feet square and I don't have a lot of 3/4 to 1 yard pieces in my stash--so I redrafted the pattern to a size that works with what I have on hand.  A flurry of fabric washing and ironing and cutting began...



Kaffe Fausset olive dot, vintage stash Kona teal blue ginkgo leaves, and an Asian inspired red from a "scraps by the pound" quilt store find, along with a couple of neutrals to start.

The red was extremely leaky, the above sinkful was the third rinse, and the fabric required an overnight soaking for a total of five baths before the water was clear.

I cut my squares at 9 inches for the HSTs and 8 5/8 for the plain ones.

This Shoo Fly is over 24 inches square.  Isn't it fun?  Like the pattern, there will be six giant blocks altogether but I couldn't wait for all the fabrics to be gathered.  Can't wait to see how they all turn out.  Also while doodling on the shoo fly I played with an alternate idea of using tri-recs for part of the block.  Some MATH is required and maybe a paper pattern before I cut into any fabric, but I'm excited about working it out.  Stay tuned...

9 comments:

Cynthia L. said...

I love red, but it does have a tendency to leak! Good thing you tossed it in the sink for a good rinse (or two) I think this quilt will look great. I am not a modern person, but I am beginning to like some of the new quilts! I know you will do the newly weds proud!

Libby said...

What a great pattern - 36" or 24" blocks make no never mind to me *s*

Kate said...

Fun pattern. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Darlene said...

What a great project! I can see that those BIG blocks would be so much fun to make. :-)

Candace said...

Very pretty, Annie! Good that you washed that red first! I just finished a Loft Creations pattern with this fun block.
Cheers!

Michele said...

That will be one amazing quilt :-) I'm sure they will love it!

Pokey said...

What a perfectly modern quilt for a young couple, great fabrics, too! It will be appreciated, for sure.
I love red fabrics, but they are notorious for bleeding, huh? Good thing you took the time to rinse ~
:-}pokey

McIrish Annie said...

the name for you is a Dandylion - one who is easily scattered in whatever direction the wind is blowing-. I know because I am one tooo. Easily "hijacked" to another project.

This is adorable and will be finished, likity split. You are a smarty to wash that red. I sometimes hurry too quickly and don't prewash. A good reminder!

Stephanie Davison said...

Smart you, for checking that red! I thought most all fabrics these days were color-fast. Boy, would I have been in deep ca-ca!