this was an exercise in experimentation. firstly because i was playing with improv piecing, or piecing as you go; secondly because it was my first fmq adventure. when i made my "out on a limb quilt", i wanted to keep the look mostly primary colored. therefore, i pulled a lot of the pink jelly strips from it. looking back, i think i actually meant to make a baby quilt because i bought a yard of the pink owl floral, another of the green and pink bandanna-looking floral, and half a yard of the yellow dot for binding to mix in with this quilt. but that was two years ago and i didn't process that thought until after the two little quilt tops were done and i thought, "hmm. i wonder why i bought so much of that other green floral?" this is why i need to start documenting my purchases and intentions more clearly.
i didn't have a pattern or particular look in mind, i just started sewing strips together and cutting away. i did rather intend for it to have a more asymmetrical feel. But at the finish, it looks like i cut the two smaller side strips evenly! oh, well.
the binding is not my favorite choice. not because of the color, rather the print. i have learned i like prints that blend with themselves better. very structured, linear prints, like this dot, end up with a choppy look rather than seamlessly flowing together. you get one portion of the pattern for a bit, then another portion when the strips meet up. maybe if i cut on the bias, this won't be an issue?
i have been feeling a bit silly for making a doll quilt. shouldn't i do a table runner or wall hanging? (not my thing,) that would be more "normal." then i found this little beauty while browsing books at joann, etc the other day:
|pretty in patchwork doll quilts by cathy gaubert|
and it features these darling dolls throughout, which lark offers free bonus patterns for here and here.
a finish means linking in with crazy mom quilts for finish it up friday and quokka quilts for TGIFF. see y'all in quilty blogland.