Pretty, or Pretty Ugly!

I love a good scrap quilt, and I love the surprises that come along with not knowing exactly how things will look in the end. However, working with lots of pieces and not a lot of planning can create problems of it’s own. When I made my Selfie quilt, I cut strips from every fabric in my stash, thinking that it would be cool to also make a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt that reflected my diverse fabric collection. I should be working on a completely different quilt, but it has problems too, so while I wait for paint to dry and ponder my options, I decided to start on the scrap quilt.

Trip Around the World 2

 

 

 

It soon became clear to me both that I had far too many strips for just one quilt and that all the colors together was looking more barfy than beautiful. Quickly, I switched to using mostly blues, with an accent of orange, and a bit of analogous colors for good measure. This is where it stands now and I’m not sure if it’s working or not. There’s still a lot of colors that don’t necessarily play well together, but that’s the charm of a scrap quilt, right?

Trip Around the World 1

 

I’m going to forge ahead, with a little more planning. In addition to blues, I have a lot of browns, so I’m thinking that I need to surround the brighter bluer blocks with predominantly brown blocks (with as many chocolately browns as I can dig up). I also have the same collection of fabrics in thinner strips which could make for a great change of scale in the center, especially if I control the colors even more — maybe the lighter blues, or maybe the oranges. Hmmm, this color combination is sounding vaguely familiar

2 Responses to Pretty, or Pretty Ugly!

  1. Gerrie says:

    LOL! It is kind of like organized chaos. Not sure that it is pretty but very cool, anyway.

  2. Vivien Zepf says:

    I don’t know — I kinda like the organized chaos…