Saturday, September 16, 2017

Brain Worm

Have you ever had an idea for a quilt?  Not using a pattern?  Something you made up in your own little wee brain?  I know lots of my bloggy friends do, but I don't do it often.  Well, I had an idea.  Then I saw fabric that I had to buy, which would work with my idea perfectly, so I ordered it.  

I then sat down with graph paper, drew the design out, measurements of my different fabric cuts and figured out how much background fabric I would need so I didn't have to piece large strips together for my borders.

I am sure I am Fat Quarter Shop's favorite person as of late!

I ordered 6 different cuts of what appeared to be red Moda Grunge--  Cherry, Geranium, Maraschino, Raspberry, Rocacco, Sateen.  Colors Right to left, and yes I actually labelled them for future reference.  FYI post it notes do not stick to cloth well, will have to use some straight pins.  :D

 Threw my main/focus fabric on top and started eliminating.

Geranium, Raspberry, and Rocacco were out.  That left 3, thank goodness I was worried it was going to be tougher than that.

Laid the 3 on top to see which matched the best.  I will say that it is hard to tell, but the focus fabric has a dark red and a lighter red.  So the Cherry (far right) or the Maraschino (center) were great matches, but I decided I wanted to go with the brighter Cherry.

I went with the lighter red because my background is going to be Moda Grunge Little Black Dress.

Now to see if I can execute to make my idea work.


  1. good choice. I was going to pick that one too. cant wait to see the final product.

  2. Oh man, that print grabbed my attention. I totally love these fabrics together and can't wait to see what you are stitching.
    xx, Carol

  3. Sounds intriguing--can't wait to see your improv piece...hugs, Julierose

  4. Oooh......likey..likey.....With those fabrics it's gonna look great. I think of patterns too sometimes. I like working or hmmmmm....trying to work out the maths of it all. I still seem to get it wrong more times that right!!! ha!!!

  5. Great choices of fabric and color! Cherry and Little Black Dress make the red in the focus fabric pop.

    Yes, I have designed quilts inspired by fabric without a pattern. starting with an image in my head. I call it my quilty muse.

    Looks like your quilty muse is speaking and you must follow. Looking forward to seeing where you are going with this ... :-) Pat

  6. That's where the fun the journey! Look forward to seeing where you go, those grunge fabrics are sure pretty all lined up together :)

  7. Pretty. Looking forward to seeing what you create.

  8. I design lots of my quilts. Graph paper and colored pencils are my friends. I stink at how much fabric I'll need, but, since I always guess way more than necessary, I usually turn out ok. Have fun designing.


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