Is it just me that struggles with ‘random’, I’m talking quilt piecing here! My heart sinks when I see the instructions to arrange squares in a random pattern…I don’t think random really exists in quilting, I mean you need an even spread of colour, patterns, tones, you don’t want two pieces the same next to each other…I can spend hours trying to arrange squares randomly, I just think I’ve cracked it when I spot two pieces that need to move and that’s when the fun really starts, which ones do you swop without causing more chaos!!
I’ve just started a baby quilt for a friend, I decided to make the ‘100 hugs’ quilt by Deanna at http://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com I thought the name was very apt for a baby quilt. I chose a Moda Storybook jellyroll which I hope will be ok for a boy or a girl. The centre is made up of 100 2 1/2″ squares arranged in a random pattern…
I thought it would be a piece of cake this time as I had over 30 different patterns in the jellyroll, but no…there’s about 8 different patterns in 4 colour ways, well you don’t want blue castles next to taupe castles! I spend ages arranging the squares looking at colour and pattern, I thought I’ve finally cracked it, I carefully sewed the squares together, pressed it…only then did I spot one row had three clouds and three cherry blossoms on it!
Hopefully baby won’t notice 🙂
There’s four borders to go round the centre so hopefully it will grow fairly quickly now and be ready for when baby arrives.