This year I made a bazillion aqua and red blocks and then squirreled them away to become wrinkly and unloved. They were great skill builders – but they definitely were, um, random. Random block patterns chosen, and all random sizes because I was sewing beyond my skill.
So when I became determined to use up these blocks for some Charity quilts, I decided to embrace the wonky. Adding strips to sides to make everything fit together. I thought I was going to hate it, and decide after finishing the top if it was too ugly to continue.
I still thought it was bordering on ugly before I basted, almost abandoning to make something that wouldn’t cause people to avert their eyes for my next charity quilt. But I had put in a lot of time, a lot of pretty fabric, and made the critical decision to continue basting.
Boy I am glad I did. Once I quilted in a wonky spiraling rectangle and trimmed and bound, I loved it truly. The colors are a gorgeous modern classic combination – can’t go wrong with aqua and red. And the wonkiness works to make it cheerful, I believe. One of my best finishes for the year – a whole lot of personal quilting growth in this one little quilt. Hopefully will bring some comfort to a child and her parents
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Friday!