Quilting Adventure

I’ve started another quilt and it is turning into quite the quilting adventure. Such fun, such frustration!

I saw a quilt online that I really liked, sort of a modern fan quilt, and decided to try my hand at something similar. I lost the link to the original post (which had a tutorial) and couldn’t relocate it, but thought I could recreate it with out their instructions. Well, I’ve never made a fan quilt before so it has been quite an adventure trying to get this to work out the way I wanted.

I have been hoarding this lovely saffron fabric and finally thought this would be the perfect project for it. My thought was that 4 yards would be plenty for the background. That was not true. My measurements obviously were wrong! I also decided that I would put squares in the centers rather than applique circles. NOT a smart move. That brings me to where I am  now. I have 16 full size fan blocks and 8 half fans, and it’s time for another decision. Do I add sashing or not? I am going to add boarders, since I don’t have enough blocks to make it the size I want.

Auditioning fabrics for the fan quilt

Auditioning fabrics for the fan quilt

I picked colors for the fans by laying them out on the saffron. I measured several of the fabrics and designed my block based on fabric measuring 42″ wide after cutting off the selvedge. Turns out this was a mistake too, since some of them were closer to 40″, meaning I didn’t get as many fan blades from those narrower fabrics. Sigh.

Circular fans cut to be octagons.

Circular fans cut to be octagons.

I am actually glad that my plan to put squares in the center didn’t work out. I went through the audition process again, trying to find a fabric that would work as the center of the circle. I had a piece of green that I picked up at a garage sale. I’ve regretted that purchase since I got home with it, thinking it was an ugly green, but it was the only color that said “use me!” when I laid the fabrics out. It seems to act as a neutral.

Here is where I’m at in this adventure…… trying to decide if the blocks should have sashing. If so, I will use the green. If not, should I put a green dot at the intersections?

 

 

Do I use sashing?

Do I use sashing?

Trying to visualize how it will look if add sashing strips. My original plan was to have them without.

No sashing.

No sashing.

IF I sew the blocks together without sashing they will look something like this.

And my last photo is an alternate plan, to sew without sashing but add a green dot at the intersection point. s-20131122_IMG_4102This is the one I am favoring at the moment.  What do you think?

If you have an opinion, please feel free to chime in, I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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