Friday, December 28, 2018

PUTTERING - COUCH QUILT IN PROGRESS

I'm just puttering away the last days of 2018, making a couch quilt as an Arizona 'condo warming' gift for a family member.  
 I tend to break up the tasks of making pieced quilts into smaller segments. Piecing is not my preferred construction method so this approach is less overwhelming and works best for me.  My first step was to pull desert sunset colors from my stash and begin to cut the finished 10.75" blocks.
Despite the simple design, after making a few blocks I found it too time consuming to think about what colors and what pattern would be suitable for each one.  So I decided to cut each background square first...choosing the colors as needed as they were arranged on the design wall. 
After all the squares were cut, I only needed to concentrate on what colors the strips would be for each one.  So at Step Two: nearly all the strips are cut and paired with their specific block.  

On Step Three:  I'll decide the placement and sew the strip/strips into each block, keeping in mind the look of each surrounding block.  Yup, there's surely a faster way to work, yet this pre-planning way of construction is what works for me.

Come back won't you to see how this all comes together.

Also check on those dedicated stitchers who had time to work on projects this past week by visiting:  Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday and Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday.


9 comments:

Jo Vdmey said...

Beautiful colours! So rich and warm! Plus I think your method to make your blocks sounds perfect. You streamlined the process but still can make great design choices along the way!

The Inside Stori said...

Oh Jo....thank you for understanding my attempt to describe my unorthodox method!!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

It is your artistic eye that needs to see the balance in the final plan first. That is lovely, sunset colors really blend nicely.

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

What a great quilt for the "bleak midwinter"! And your method makes a lot of sense, particularly to those of us who don't do much piecing these days.

quiltedfabricart said...

Makes perfect sense to me. Looks like you’re doing improv piecing with the vibrant colors. Looking forward to see it emerge.

Kathy said...

Looks like another beauty! Your method is a great way to mix and blend so many colors and you have the discipline to plan it out so well. Can't wait to see the gorgeous result

Nancy said...

You'll warm up the winter with those beautiful colors! Your approach makes sense to me- not sure if that's a good or bad thing- ha!

The Inside Stori said...

It's been good to read how many of you recognize the construction method I use......speaking for myself...the days of multi-tasking are over!!! My brain functions seem to have left me about a decade ago.

Vera Holmgren said...

I agree with Jo, I think this is a fabulous way to go and I look forward to see the result.