Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Scrap Dance Minuet Step #4

My regular blog readers know that I am a quiltaholic, always have many (hundreds?) of projects in various stages in production, and I adore mystery quilts. They are just pure fun! 
Step #4 of Carole's Scrap Dance Minuet was posted last week and these are my blocks.
step #4 blocks

I challenged myself in making this mystery quilt to use up old fabric, most of which I don't like, in an attempt to see if I could "make a silk purse out of a sow's ear". And do you know what?
The more I have cut and sewn these old fabrics, the more I have come to like them! 
Some people worry about making mystery quilts and think it might be a "waste of fabric" if they don't like the quilt when it's done. 
But it's the process that I enjoy so much. It's like a surprise adventure! And if I don't like how the quilt turns out, I am happy to donate the project to a worthy cause. There is always someone out there in the world who will like it and be thankful to have it. 
Next month is the grand reveal of the quilt layout and I can't wait to see what my "silk purse" quilt is going to look like!
PS...even easy sewing sometimes requires a seam ripper!! (bottom right block!)


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your right there is usually someone that will like a quilt that we do not - so far those pieces look good - but I always wonder what well they be next to in the end - will it be "color clash" and have me cringing? but I am so glad I finally tried one of Bonnie Hunters to try out this past fall and so happy with it.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Looking good!! It is true too many quilters worry about color placement for mystery quilts, which is why I only do scrappy ones. Using up the leftovers clears out space in the closet, and you have nothing to lose. In general, totally scrappy quilts won't have anything that clashes, so jump in!!

Chris said...

Please tell me that unit in the bottom right corner is not sewn together. Unless there will be a surprise element in this mystery.

Janet O. said...

Oh, I see some very familiar fabrics among your "sow's ears." LOL
My resistance to mysteries is that I have so little time to quilt, and I don't want to waste that precious commodity. I am not so worried about the fabric. If I have time to sew, I want to love what I am making, or it loses its therapeutic value for me.

Sandy said...

What a fun idea. I've never done a mystery knit or crochet because sometimes I need to see a picture when the directions for a strange new stitch don't make any sense, and sometimes the patterns just aren't written very well. But, I like the idea of silk purse. Will be looking forward to your reveal.
Sandy's Space

Karen said...

Like you, I might not have been wild about those fabrics but I can see how they would grow on you when adding the plainer fabric with them and creating the flying geese.

Karrin Hurd said...

I can’t wait for the reveal. I’ve liked this one as I’ve been able to keep up. I think I have some of those same fabrics!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Ya know, if they don't like the quilt, they can always donate it to a good cause. Nice flying geese. Silk purse is turning out nicely.