Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Now, MY Project

I originally scheduled last weekend's trip to Angel Quilters in order to get some advice from the very creative & knowledgeable women who work there.  As you know from my last post, we accomplished some shopping for my daughter too!  I was able to spend a few minutes with the gals, and got my questions answered.

Yesterday, I began my project.  It started with old fabric samples that I used in my redecorating business.  I have about 20 books and rings of these swatches, all color coordinated.  Doesn't this look like a project just waiting to happen?

I spent most f the afternoon, laying and re-laying the swatches into a design that I thought was just right.  The future recipient of this soon-to-be "throw" decorates with lots of green, so I mostly used those swatches, adding in rosy-pinks & some blues. 

I am telling you, this was definitely the hardest part!  First, I am a very novice quilter.  I have made clothing for myself, sewed slipcovers & drapes, pillows, etc.  Laying out a "crazy quilt" is another thing entirely!  I'll have to add several rows & columns as I get the swatches cut to remove the metal ring and stiff paper at each end.  Then, there will be more editing of the colors/layout.

When I finally quit working on it after supper, it looked like this. 

Guess how I am spending my day? :)  I am actually having fun with this, and who knows what I might think of to use the rest of the swatches!

Any ideas?


  1. Swatches like these are so durable and will do well. I love the colors! Have fun! Cant wait to see when you are finished. blessings,Kathleen

  2. Pot holders? I like pot holders because they work up fast. =)

    This is really an inspired project. What a great way to use what you have and create something truly memorable. You've done a wonderful job deciding the layout. Hope that you'll show it off when you're done.

  3. Oh, boy, Chris...this is a bigggg undertaking!!! Best wishes with it! I just got rid of a huge box of these things...I just don't have the time to make I can't wait to see your end product!!! FUN! :)

  4. Hey Chris, your fabric swatches would make great eyeglass cases ! In case I don't talk to you before Christmas, you and your family have a blessed day on Christmas day.


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