Second Chances Quilt: Odd Blocks To Visual Treat

I was excited to have a package of blocks and some extra fabric come my way. The tulip blocks were intriguing. However, there weren’t very many of them and the seam allowance wasn’t quite standard, making them an odd size. But, much too nice to throw away.

First I tried a variety of possible layouts, just seeing what might happen.

It needed a few more blocks.

And sashing.

What next? Sometimes with something like this you just need to experiment. The centers of the tulips were created with 2-1/2″ squares, so I started playing around with ideas to keep the blocks on point and make the quilt larger at the same time.

The math took some thinking, and an inner border was needed, but I added large “setting triangles” made of 2-1/2″ squares.

Then a binding that matched the inner border (which, in its turn, matched the center of the tulips). It seems to bring unity and help the quilt feel truly finished: 40″ square. A visual treat as a wall hanging, a table topper or a lap or baby quilt.

I enjoyed the challenge and surprise of discovery as I worked on this project. I hope you enjoy it, too. Maybe take a look at an abandoned project of your own…Could it be finished by giving it a Second Chance?

NOTE: This post also featured in the Online Quilt Magazine.

Green Update

The green crumb quilt is moving along.

I have completed 25 blocks and am really pleased with how they look.

Given the inspiration, art murals created by our art teacher and kindergarten-grade 5 students at school, I decided on a low volume print for the setting and a “tilted” look.

Those are all coming together.

I hope to start assembly by this weekend.

Twelve Years: Happy Anniversary To Wedding Dress Blue

***NOTE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: Wendy, Deborah and Vicky***

Twelve years ago today the first post appeared on Wedding Dress Blue. I had no idea we would come this far and last so long. Amazing!

Thank you to all who have traveled any part of this journey with me.

So, let’s celebrate with a GIVEAWAY.

THREE lucky winners can choose between a pincushion, a quilty name tag, or a set of potholders. We can discuss colors, etc and I will make them just for you. YAY!

Leave a comment here and winners will be selected on Saturday, May 23.

Thank you gain, and good luck!

Purple Petals

Quite a while ago I got the most amazing boxes of scraps (Thanks, Stephanie) and have had so much fun making them into quilts. A lot of it was 2-1/2″ strips, some from jelly rolls and some hand cut.

These scraps caught my eye.

Beach Cottage, a pattern from Scrap Basket Surprises seemed like it would work.

I did add a few solid fabrics to balance the purples and give a resting place at the same time.

I am so pleased with how it turned out. Purple is a fun color to play with.