Monday, January 29, 2018

Hmm, What to Do?

I so wish I had a super exciting project to show off today, though maybe you'll disagree. Unfortunately, I feel I'm at an impasse since Friday. The last bit of progress with the improv freehand cut fused stripes was left laying like this on the cutting mat,


improv stripes and hearts version 2

because it's my pick at the moment.

Other options include a different orientation of the rough cut hearts,


improv stripes and hearts version 1

or a four square display for a wall hanging.


improv stripes and hearts wall hanging

Anyone notice those pretty new heart fabrics

heart fabric

are NOT in the pictures? After auditioning those with the stripes, none of them sang to me. So, back to the pile of original heart prints,

heart prints

finally choosing the red with a small, white hearts. I'm a bit disappointed the new fabrics didn't work out, but eventually they'll find a home.

Since I'm still undecided where this project is going, do I continue as a table runner? make the wall hanging? how about four place mats? combine these with other blocks for a lap quilt? maybe something else?? I'm open to any ideas or suggestions - leave a comment below with your thoughts!

Have a great day quilting!


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21 comments:

  1. Must be coming up on Valentine's day. Hearts are nice, but since you speak of orientation, how about turning them so that the top of one meets the top of another - and that looks like kissing lips. I know I am naughty :-p

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    1. That's a fun idea! Would that be making them straight and not tilted? Ultimately, what I want is two hearts to face one side, and the other two to face the other side. Not all four in the same orientation. The other issue is the stripes. I was hoping to have those to go in opposite directions in each block, chevron style. I've still got work to do.

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  2. Mixing them with other blocks in a lap quilt would be nice. My first choice would be a wall hanging with a black border.

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    1. That was my original idea, though it also needs work. Ugh.

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  3. How about trying a white or tone on tone white background square behind the red hearts, just wondering if there is too much stripe overpowering it. Just a thought.

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    1. Not a bad thought at all Vicki. I do feel it needs something else but not quite sure what, so I'll play around with that idea.

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  4. Hi Susan,
    I love, love, LOVE the table runner and the first picture you shared. You have to do what makes YOUR heart sing! Whatever you choose, it will be great. How can it not be?! Love those stripes . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thanks Roseanne! Though this one is not making my heart sing just yet - eventually it will.

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  5. Rather than a square wall hanging, how about using the long runner idea as a wall hanging (hang it by the short end)? Maybe add a solid for a border (and sashing between the blocks?) to quiet the eye a bit?

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    1. That's another good idea, though I think I would do 3 blocks, not 4. And maybe that's what the problem is - too many blocks. I'll play with that idea too.

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  6. I'm agreeing with Stitchin at Home to mix these blocks with others. I'm wondering though about the starkness of the black and white with the red. Perhaps auditioning purples or maroons or pinks to go with the stripes? You'll figure it out Susan.

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    1. Originally, I wanted to use the new black/pink heart fabric, but I don't have any other pinks, hearts or no, to go with it - how can that be? Have yet to check the purple stash. Could possibly squeeze out two more striped blocks, then make a 9-patch design. Lots more playing to do!

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  7. I like the second layout and the 4-patch layout. Good luck with your deliberations and final decision.

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    1. This certainly has potential - it's a matter of finding the right pieces for the choir!

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  8. LOL over not using your new heart fabric purchases! The right project for them will come along and you will have them ready when you need them.

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    1. Totally! It may be a year or two, but they're pretty to have on hand!

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  9. I like the bottom picture all 4 facing each other.

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    1. That was my first idea, though it still needs work. Thanks for the vote!

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  10. I like the wall hanging because it sets off the fun fabrics!

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  11. Quick post - I wish I could look at strips - triggers a migraine so I cannot comment on the cute hearts! Darn

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  12. Whatever you decide I really like them! Do you need any particular style quilt? For instance, I could put a small wall hanging up on a hanger where we display seasonal quilts. Or maybe a table runner too. Hum, maybe I should be sewing something to take care of those ideas! I will be back to see what you do.

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