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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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