UFO Sighting: repurposed
Baby Laura’s nursery is all decorated in a Winnie the Pooh motif [Disney version, please!] Not my favourite, but since Dad Kevin and Mom Stephanie still haven’t got their wedding quilt, I figured I’d better come up with a suitable baby quilt pronto! I found some Disney Pooh fabric at WalMart, but had no idea what to do with it.
Digging through the boxes and bins in my studio yielded a long-term UFO with dozens of half square triangles already cut and pieced. One small step for organization, one giant leap for a quilter: admitting that I’m not ever going to make that hand-appliqued baby quilt with the teddy bears peeking through a frame of triangles. The pieces have languished in a Ziplock baggie for a decade: I don’t even remember which baby I started this one for, but it’s safe to say she’s outgrown pastels and cute bears!
From UFO to work in progress: I fussy cut squares and rectangles from the novelty print, then combined them with the half-square triangles on my design wall. I remembered one reason I set this project aside: when I originally picked the fabrics, for this, I included some that were too grey. The overall affect wasn’t the bright cheery baby quilt I wanted. I added a handful of bright, clear pastels in peach, lime green and lavender from my scrap bins: I think they work beautifully to add sparkle to a somewhat dark focus print.
I’m planning to add a 3 1/2″ white border, then bind the quilt with remaining Pooh fabric. Now, I wonder what other UFOs I’ve got stashed away that just need a fresh eye and a little “repurposing” to make something special.
How ’bout you? Are you up for a challenge? What have you got tucked away because it didn’t work, or because you lost interest? Go for it! I’d love to hear what you come up with.
Entry filed under: Kim's Design Wall.