If you haven't figured it out yet, I am of course referring to the blocks I made in The Farmers Wife QAL. Like many people the chance to make traditional blocks using modern fabrics completely seduced me. I bought the book. I made blocks and blogged about them here and here. I created a flickr set of blocks and then I got completely distracted by something else and they have been shoved in a bag in the bottom drawer of my fabric chest.
Don't get me wrong I like the blocks. I enjoyed making them, but I do not want to make the hundreds more that would be required to make even a modest sized lap quilt. The blocks are only 6" square and so you do need an awful lot of them. I've felt bad about having them orphaned with no home, but not so bad I actually want to make more.
Then over the weekend I saw these two blocks that Judith made for Fiona in the Brit Bee. I'd been seeing lots of low volume stacks of fabric appear in my flickr stream over the last few weeks and they do appeal to me. Maybe because they seem the exact opposite of what I'm normally drawn to with the rich jewel bright, rainbow colours. Having seen these too blocks I'm wondering if I could take some of my Farmers Wife blocks and enlarge them to bigger blocks by using low volume fabrics until I could actually make a quilt out of what I have. I have a couple of other small practice blocks that I could add to the pile. The overall effect would look like a few pops of colour were floating on a mixed neutral background. I'm thinking this would be the sort of quilt that would benefit from a mixture of machine and hand quilting in different threads.
So I pulled some low volume fabrics from my stash to see if I had enough to make things work.
A mixture of low volume/neutral fabrics including linens
So that is what I'm thinking. Is it a good idea? Or should I just hide away those blocks until I come up with something better to do with them?