Sunday, February 5, 2012

Big Roses part one

I was recently given a box of fabrics that a neighbor picked up at a yard sale. It had a lot of gaudy roses printed on a black background:
Most of that had been cut into various pieces when the original owner tried unsuccesfully to make a stack-and-whack type quilt. Since the pieces weren't cut in a way that would work for that, I took apart the partially assembled blocks and used the pieces to make churn dash blocks:
There was also some coordinating fabric with a smaller print (which was much more to my tastes):

That fabric had been cut up some, in various size strips, so I decided to use the pieces first in a setting block for the quilt I've got planned. I'll use what's left (if any) for another project down the road. Here's a partially finished setting block:

It will be interesting to see if this turns out as well as I think it will. I'm not usually into big florals, so it will be an adventure for me. LOL!

I'm sure some of you will wonder why in the world I didn't use BLACK for my background fabric. It's not like black is new to me, after all. But in this case I felt like it needed the white-on-white to open up the print so that it wasn't so heavy and dark. Also, the pattern peices are more defined going this way. We'll see if I was right when it's finished!

Happy Quilting!

Jean MaDan


  1. I wouldn't have thought to use white but it really does make the flowers stand out more and doesn't make it look as "heavy". I'll look forward to reading more on your blog.

  2. well first, I do like the fabric, but would not know how I could work it into a block, until I saw you doing it. I think they look really nice! I am not a fan of black, cause I have 3 long hair light cats inside, but I wonder if even a black would be nice instead of the white, or a solid pink (light). But i am sure glad I got to see this. Thank you for sharing your blog. I have let mine go a bit-lol

  3. I'm anxious to see what your quilt will look like. So far, I really like it, and I'm like you in that I'm not particularly fond of the first fabric.
    Good for you to be starting a blog. I've been toying with the idea but still haven't put my toes in the water!

  4. I like it! Great job of using the fabric and making it work for you!

  5. Looks great, but everything I've seen you do is great!