This quilt is a good example of what happens when you just play and create. You can evaluate the design and make changes more easily. It all started with two charm packs and some ideas.
Originally, I had planned a disappearing nine patch pattern. It wasn’t right. Half square triangles seemed to fit the quilt better. The change was a better move, but the overall layout wasn’t working. I put the squares away for another day.
While stuck at home on a Saturday, I busted out the squares to try again. The idea to try arrows struck and well, I liked it.
Adding the light gray borders created an offset look. Yeah, this will do.
Upon basting the quilt it was apparent I had no clue where I was going with the quilting. An offset triangle seemed like a good starting point. I repeated the triangle a few times before I realized it sucked. You can read about my decision here.
My quilting specialty is straight lines. I should have stuck to that in the first place as straight lines were my first idea. After recently playing around with free motion quilting, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t need to do something different, I needed to listen to my gut and just create.
I named the quilt All The Way Up. Maybe it should be named All The Way Fed Up. In all seriousness this quilt reminded me creating isn’t easy. Going through the process to create an original design allows for growth. Growth is what you want when you’ve been stuck in a creative rut.
Here is the finished quilt. I love the arrows created with half square triangles. Below you get a detailed look at the straight line quilting.
I found this Dear Stella stripe at a local quilt shop a while back and had it in my stash. When I started looking for backing I dawned on me that I had it. The colors coordinate perfectly and the stripe is vertical.
The quilt is listed on Etsy and ready to ship.
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