I mentioned previously that I had "rediscovered" my flannel stash. Fondling flannel is so sensuous. :-) I was tempted ... and I succumbed ... to making "something" with the flannel, even though I have pre-assembled projects to work on.
At this point, all of the following are strictly *tops*, as I still need to quilt them. But after months of NOT piecing, it sure does feel wonderful to be doing so! Yes, I do love having the tops quilted but although I deeply appreciate having the ability to quilt my tops myself, it's not an easy process for me. I'd really much rather be piecing! :-)
In any case, here are the three flannel tops that I've actually finished in January (and here it is, only January 19th!).
The original fund-raiser toddler top, done in all solids.
I distinctly and specifically chose this layout because of the *minimum* of seams and intersections. I figured that using flannel would make everything overly bulky and heavy, so a simply layout would be best.
I like the result.
BUT THEN .... I think the Pod People took over my brain for the next top.
I had a bunch of 3" strips leftover from the above top. I wanted to use them up. So, did I chose another layout that also had a minimum of seams and intersections? Heck no.
The only consistent aspect of the 9-patches was that I used red flannel for the center square (the one that gets sliced into four pieces). Other than that, I tried to make the rest of the 9-patch totally random. I did have more of some colors than others, so they show up more in the finished top.
Once the blocks were done, I simply plopped them down in a random manner, trying to make sure that similar blocks weren't adjacent to each other. The result is something that absolutely, positively jangles my poor eyeballs. This top isn't anything that I would normally construct but since I was using the scraps I had on hand, I was limited as to what I could use. The good news is that my scraps of flannel was steadily decreasing. :-)
But the top? Geez, Louise ... I really don't like looking at it. It is simply too much all over the place for my taste. Hopefully some toddler will like it being so .... colorful. :-)
A Little Folk Tale", which is the name of the fabric line used not because the layout is reminiscent of folk tales.
What attracted me was the simple graphic-ness of the layout. It is also a very good way to showcase any nifty fabrics that you do have. Because I was still working with the 3" strips I had previously cut, my finished top is slightly smaller than what the pattern calls for. But at 51" x 63", I think it's still a good, useable size.
Now that I've got that bug about using my flannel out of my system, I really must turn my attention to the construction of a quilt for my nephew, that has been very patiently waiting for it's spot in the sun. :-)