Originally, I wasn't going to share this small quilt but as I thought more about it, this humble little quilt reminded me that quilting doesn't have to have rules and sometimes I make a quilt far too difficult with my own preconceived ideas.
This project started when I was given the below fabric panel to use for one of my charity quilts. I am not a fan of panels but charities always love boy themed quilts so I thought I could easily make a quilt from it.
Well, this panel hung out in my sewing room for months. I would frequently go to my fabric stash and try to get some inspiration but all I did was drag out tons of fabric that only had to be put back away.
The panel is actually quite large at about 30 x 40" and I just couldn't come up with any ideas on how to make a quilt from it. I even put the project on my Q3 FAL list thinking that might motivate me to finish the project....Nope!
Then, one day while I was looking at block ideas, I came across some paper-pieced airplane blocks and the quilt finally clicked into place. Why does the panel need to be part of the quilt top? Instead, why not incorporate it into the quilt backing!
So I went to my fabric stash (because I don't like to buy fabric for my donation quilts) and pulled some red and blue fabric and a colorful text print for the background and made these cute paper pieced blocks from a pattern I found. I had just enough to make 5 blocks of each color. Finally, this project was moving forward!
Except it stalled immediately. I needed fabric for the alternate blocks. I had originally envisioned clouds but I didn't have enough of any one fabric. And no matter how deep I dug, there just didn't seem to be any fabric in my stash that would work.
After a few weeks, I finally came to my senses and heard my inner child say, why do the clouds have to match?! Simple as that! By the end of the day, the quilt was pieced and quilted.
And the panel, now residing on the back of the quilt, looks great with the light weight striped denim I used. I quilted fun clouds all over the quilt so now its new owner can decided which side he (or she) likes best. I even used a higher loft polyester batting that has been hanging around for years so the clouds are puffy and the quilt feels really squishy!
Thanks little quilt for reminding me to keep a more open mind. I wanted to make a quilt to bring comfort to a child in crisis, not be scrutinized by the quilting police. Even though I fought this quilt through the whole process, I am glad I stuck with it and learned the lessons it had within it.
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