Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts!

Quilting circles in echo

I urge you to try to make a quilt out of your comfort zone! 

I was so happy to hear the news that my niece was expecting that I just had to make her a quilt!  But I almost backed out when she requested it to be in gray, black and white tones. That’s when I remembered that my best work was done when I was stepping out of my comfort zone.

Stepping out of my comfort zone

I accepted the challenge and went in my stash to see what I had available. To my big surprise  I had some 5” squares in those tones.

So I accepted the challenge and went in my statsh to see what I had available.  To my big surprise  I had some 5” squares in those tones.
This is what I found in my stash!

Still inspired by the book Create your own improv quilts (read my last post), I decided to do some creative improve: no rules. I picked two contrasting squares and cut them up to sew back together, making two rectangles.

I picked two contrasting squares and cut them up to sew tham back together, making two rectangles.
Cutting the squares in contrasting pairs

Now for the fun part!

I had fun trying to figure out the setting of these rectangles. After many hesitations, I decided on this design.

I had fun trying to figure out the setting of these rectangles. After many hesitations, I decided on this design.
I managed to fit 21 rectangles perfectly together

Once the block was done, I realized I didn’t want anything else in the quilt.  It had to be the main focus. I went to my favorite fabric collection for the background: Northcott canvas! I found some leftover strips from another project.  It added design elements to finish the quilt top!

I just love the simplicity of the quilt
I had just the right things in my stast to mix and match and finish this quilt

Once pieced, the quilting design came spontaneously and I am really happy with the result.  Best part is that I finished in just one session!  I simply had to make my first circle than I followed along with the attachment on my walking foot.

Quilting circles in echo
Quilting an echoed circle came spontaneously when the quilt top was finished

I finished my project in a month!

Hand binding included.

This is the first time that I actually finish a baby quilt on time to give at the shower.

Can you tell that I was stepping out of my comfort zone to make it?  You should really give it a try.

 

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