Random and my Zipper Quilt Top

By | February 22, 2020

I wanted to sew something bright and cheerful and straight forward.

So I found a bright fat quarter  from my stash that I am almost certain I picked up from the guild’s scrap box. Then I searched my scraps and stash for the colours in the print on that fat quarter. I found pretty good matches for nearly all the colours and as none of the colours directly touch the ones that are off a tiny bit aren’t noticeable anyway.

Then to Pinterest to find a pattern. I found what I was looking for in the Missouri Star Zipper Quilt pattern. Well sort of – this is a variation on that pattern It did me give  me the size of the blocks and off I went to the cutting table and then to the sewing machine. I sewed until I had a goodly number of pieces (I could count but that would take away my fun). Then I started laying them out on the spare bed working at “artful” rather than true random.  And of course back to the sewing machine to make a few more.

A bit heavy on the yellow and  greens and I could have done a bit better with the “artful” random but I had got to that point when if I moved one block to solve a “random” problem I created two more.  To me that’s always a sign to stop.

I’m now at the do I border or don’t I border stage.  I don’t have any more of the print and and it easily could be quite a few years old (and there was no selvage on it to get information from). Many of the fabrics in the quilt are  scraps and I can’t see doing a piano key border on this as I think that would be much too busy.  The dark green in the quilt might be an option as I do have more of that.  A narrow white and a wider dark green could definitely work.  I’ll ponder that for a bit.

12 thoughts on “Random and my Zipper Quilt Top

  1. The Joyful Quilter

    LOVE it!!! Your method for choosing fabric is exactly the way I’ve always told my students to work. A print you love, followed by as many of the colors as you would like to add. A perfect match is nice, but not really necessary! A shade lighter or darker works just as well. Borders? Totally not needed… unless you want the quilt to be larger than it is right now. Happy quilting!

  2. Bonnie in Va

    You’ve accurately describe the concept of moving one item and it causes a problem somewhere else. I think you did a great job on the layout. It’s going to be a fun quilt whether you border it or not. Sometimes I make the bordering decision on whether I need it bigger — ie who’s getting it, are there size requirements, do I have something in my stash. Good luck with the borders if you choose to go that route.

  3. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

    That’s how I do “random” as well. Love the result even if you did play with the fabrics and placement a bit. So bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  4. Dione Gardner-Stephen

    This is so cute and cheerful. Simple but so effective. I love it. Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration Tuesday.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *