Wednesday, January 6, 2016

QIP: Frozen Watermelon

My Monday was shaping up to be a rather normal day until I read this post by Kim from Leland Ave Studios. She had marvelous success combining a bunch of old projects into one, and I'm reading her post thinking, I have some old stuff hanging around. I could do that. (Maybe.)

You may recall, I tried to use these blocks in another improv project. But the more I worked on that project, the longer I realized it didn't want to be friends with those blocks, so the entire quilt top was made without a single orphan block.

Sheer determination just may have carried me through this project. I was going to use those blocks, so help me. (And I did! Yay!) I'm calling this one Frozen Watermelon since the temperatures have finally dropped out of the weird mid-60s that pervaded much of my December. (I hate cold. I hate snow. So you know when I think it's too warm in December that it's really, really too warm.)

This quilt measures 40ish by 50ish inches. I never felt like those star blocks were very me, so I dropped that project. This feels much more Audrey. And now that they've been used, I could maybe talk myself into trying the paper pieced star project again, but this time using fabrics more up my alley.

I have no idea how I'm going to quilt this baby. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll probably quilt it in straight lines on the diagonal because that's what I always do! But maybe in a pale pink thread?

I'm thrilled with this quilt top, not because it's my new favorite, but because it's the first time I did a large scale improv project and didn't stress out. I didn't throw anything or have to step away because I was getting too frustrated. It just happened, making me think that maybe, just maybe, pushing myself outside of my comfort zones has been a good thing. 

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!


  1. It looks great. I love the colors and the blocks. And now you have something already almost complete for the new year - six days in! Cool.

  2. Way to go! I'm so glad she inspired you to finish up something that was lingering around AND that you feel the project is more "you" now. Score!

  3. Very nice, love the colors and the pattern.

  4. Awesome! These are my favorite colors so I am a huge fan.


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