I impulsively purchased this layer cake in early 2019.
I shared my plan in this July 2019 post
I followed up with this post in December 2019.
Earlier this year, I finally pieced 42 blocks.
When I put them on the design wall,
they did absolutely NOTHING for me.
I took them down in frustration
without taking a single photo for the file.
They were packed in a box
(with the unused strips)
to be shipped off to Covered in Love
and their future life as a hospice quilt.
But then the pandemic and stay-at-home happened
and I haven't been to the post office since.
* * *
Yesterday I emptied that box
after making a decision NOT to allow
those layer cake fabrics to defeat me.
(enter my love-hate affair with pre-cuts . . .
their hopeful possibilities inspire, frustrate,
and paralyze me all at the same time
as witnessed by this project)
I quickly sliced the blocks apart,
cut the larger pieces into smaller strips,
sorted them into 'yes' and 'not-now' piles,
added the 'yes' group to my project box and
filed the 'not-now' strips into their crumb boxes.
That was the easy part.
Making a choice and coming up with a new plan
on how best to use the 8" long strips
was a much greater challenge.
(insert hours of contemplation)
I have long admired this quilt named Nancy
made by Lynn Carson Harris.
(her process posts are linked
at the end of the linked post above)
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Kaja's challenge includes this suggestion:
"what about working with a block
that makes you feel happy,
for whatever reason, or in a way
that is comfortable and familiar?
Hmmm . . . .
I love strip/string quilts . . .
I love HSTs . . .
I now have a box of strips/strings
in colors that make me happy . . .
And, just like that,
my decision for this challenge was made.
Aside from the overall impact,
my favorite element of Nancy (the quilt)
is Lynn's bold choice of chartreuse for the HSTs.
I could do that with my project,
but I only if I could do it my way.
What about using these scrappy greens from the stash?
Oh, yes . . .
To flesh out the rest of my plan,
I pulled 2 yards of blue-violet and
several shorter lengths of red-violet
for the quilt-to-be's scrappy backing.
The possibilities in this combination have me excited,
something the other approaches never accomplished.
* * *
I'm thinking LOTS of positive thoughts
for this project which I've named Otsego Revisited.
(in honor of the number of times Otsego's design
has changed during this long and winding journey)
* * *
And maybe, just maybe, by the time
this new challenge period ends,
I'll have quilted/finished London Fields,
the fourth quilt from our AHIQ Flowers challenge.
The other three finishes are linked below: