An Arm & a Leg.

So… I had a lot of fabric left over from my table topper finish I showed you last friday. I can’t really explain why I bought so much, probably because I didn’t have a plan when I walked into the fabric shop.

* note to self – STOP That !

Anyways, high on my one block Swoon fast-finish, I started cutting 4.5″ squares, having in mind another quilt on my bucket list and using Cluck Cluck Sew’s little quilt as inspiration. I’m not sure but I think the layout of the blocks could be reminiscent of a Chimney Sweep block.

Below is a shot of the prints I am working with. You can click the image to make it bigger.


The coral and the yellow aren’t nearly as obnoxious in person – they play nicely with the focus prints below… trust me !


So, these are a few of the layout options I have been fooling around with :

PicMonkey Collage

You’ll have to imagine a tone-on-tone cream print in the white squares. There are a few surrounding the centre square but I haven’t cut all of the squares yet.

These are the layouts that appealed to me the most:







Can you see the fabrics I have pinned off to the right ? I’m still trying to decide if I will add borders. As it is, the quilt will finish 60 x 60. I could add borders to make it into a twin sized quilt. I roughly figured out that will cost me an arm and a leg…

Any suggestions ????

Here’s your chance to tell me what to do 😉 . The comment thingie is on the left up at the top by the date.

I’ll be linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. 


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allisonreidnem
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:18:42

    I can’t put my finger on why but I like the first, all blue, option. It’s amazing how expensive ‘leftovers’ can become when they morph into the beginnings of another quilt!



    • Colleen
      Jun 11, 2015 @ 06:21:58

      I think the way both the yellow and coral print photographed makes them off putting. They look better in person. The blue option is quite staid looking it doesn’t/wouldn’t hold a viewers interest – not that I’m going to enter it in anything ! This is just all the stuff that runs around in my head ! I decided not to put borders on it – I wanted to keep it more modern looking even though the borders would have really highlighted the focus fabric.



      • allisonreidnem
        Jun 11, 2015 @ 07:12:43

        It is very difficult to get true colours from photos – definitely go with your instincts!


    • Colleen
      Jun 11, 2015 @ 07:23:08

      I think my daughter is coming home this weekend and I’m going to see what she thinks of all the options – this quilt might be for her. If she’s so/so about it then I’ll just do my own thing but if she appears to like it then I’ll do what appeals to her – problem solved !



    • Colleen
      Jun 11, 2015 @ 11:46:47

      p.s., not that there is anything wrong with staid !! I just meant that one is the most quiet and well behaved of the 3 ! I would bet that is the one my daughter likes as well. We’ll see.



  2. lapaylor
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 12:34:02

    omgosh I can’t make decisions on my own quilts! I like your writing style, and that you are having fun with your stash, and decided you are to potholders what I am to pin cushions. I love ’em. See, potholders would pile up around here since I rarely cook anymore. I would like a food fairy to drop by every day. I would like people chow. Hello, personal chef? YOU use the potholder, lol! I get it… some people enjoy cooking…. and I enjoy looking at your potholder art. LeeAnna at not afraid of color



    • Colleen
      Jun 11, 2015 @ 06:25:31

      ohhh, I wish I could just walk away from cooking ! but still make pot holders… thanks for the thumbs up – there are definitely more potholders in my future :))))))



  3. Linda Dutch
    Jun 10, 2015 @ 14:40:45

    Gorgeous focus fabrics! I love pic #3, with that little ‘pop’ of coral! Looking forward to seeing what you end up doing!



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