I love this QOV quilt. Normally the QOV tops are sent to me by our awesome coordinator, but this time I was able to pick them out and take them home during our long arm guild meeting. They were all ready to take home in large zip top bags, so I couldn’t really see the pattern. But I did try to pick out ones that looked like they had lots of negative space so I could play.
This one was quite a surprise when I got it home and opened up the bag. Each block was designed to look like an open envelope with a letter home in it. How AWESOME is that?!
The only problem was I was STUMPED as to how I should quilt it. I really wanted to show off the envelopes. So I didn’t want to create a secondary pattern. Which meant thinking INSIDE the
For the sashing I considered writing different words. But not having been in the military myself, I was worried that I might pick words that either weren’t meaningful, or worse actually caused offense. So I put that idea aside.
But these are letters right? And letters have to go thru the post right? So they get post marked! I could make a post mark shape in the sashing! That would keep with the spirit of the quilt! Awesome!
Now, what to do in those darn blocks. I really didn’t want to do anything elaborate in the envelopes. 1) I didn’t want to do a bunch of color changes and 2) I really wanted them to stand out as envelopes.
I could just do a fill in the white space. But that would be sooooo plain.
I could do different fills. But there were 63 blocks on the quilt. No way I wanted to come up with 63 different fills.
Now what?! Dang it.
Well, there were nine blocks per row. 9 different fills are totally doable. Then I could just do those fills randomly on each row. I liked that idea. It would give me good pratice on different fills. I wouldn’t get bored. AND it would give good variation to the quilt. Yea, that’s the ticket!
only one problem. I have issues with random. Um, well, you see, I am an engineer by training. Mechanical Engineer specifically. We like things in order, very precise order. Random? Ug, gives me the shudders!
Why? Well what happens if I am randomly picking my designs and two adjacent blocks end up with the same pattern?! ARGGGGGGG! The horror! Disaster! (Well at least in my head).
So what did I do, the same thing I always do when I am working on a “random” quilt. I plan the randomness! That’s right. Hey, I have to cope with my issues somehow!
So I made a mini layout. And planned out what fill would go in each block. I put this on the top of the quilt as I was quilting and used it as my guide. As I finished each row I would cross it out so I wouldn’t forget which row I was on. It worked like a dream! And kept my in check. Yea, yea I know I don’t have to do this. But really it keeps me from being all wierded out, and the 5 minutes it took to do this was worth not fighting in my head the whole time.
I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Its rained for the last 3 days, so I couldn’t lay the quilt out on the grass, or anywhere in the yard for that matter. But, hey, what about on Hubs military jeep? HA! Sure.