Friday, January 21, 2011

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

One of my goals this year is to use up fabric that I already have instead of buying new (boy, is that hard to do), so I've been making string blocks with scraps.

My scraps are organized into four categories -- fun scraps (novelty, kid-friendly, bright), solid or solid-ish, boring/ugly (country colors, Civil War, calico), and batiks.

The blocks you see in the photo are mostly made from my "boring/ugly" collection. Now remember, each one of us has a different definition of boring or ugly, so to some of you, these fabrics may be just fine. They just don't appeal to me on their own, but I don't mind them in scrappy quilts like the one these are destined for.


Mary said...

I love making string blocks. What are your plans for these?

Jackie said...

All those boring/ugly made beautiful blocks!!

karenfae said...

I think all the boring ugly fabric used in scrap quilts ends up looking beautiful because the pieces are small and mixed with white makes the colors pop.
I too plan on buying little this year and use what I have.

Cheryl said...

I think this ugly will make a beuitful one when done if you add the right sashing or boarder.Did you add these to a piece of muslim or just pieced with no back ?

Heather said...

It's amazing how the fabrics seem to change when you put them in different combinations. Will be looking forward to see what you do with them.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

The really good news is that they all will keep someone warm and that is so great. I have some truely ugly fabric and I know one day I'll find something interesting to put them in....I just have not found that project yet...giggles.


Barb said...

I like them Anya! I must get busy with my string my granddaughter and I accumulate narrow strips we are tossing them into plastic tubs...oh I have plenty to get going with! Have a great weekend, stay warm!

Vivian said...

You're absolutely right--each of us has a different definition of boring and ugly.
Your string blocks are anything but ugly. They're well on their way to being a pretty quilt.