…In Which I Create a Monster

It seemed such a good idea at the time.  I was in need of a decent-sized quick-ish quilt for a gift (…because when aren’t I, apparently?), and I saw a great pattern in the QuiltNow quilting magazine I’d picked up as lunch-break entertainment the other week.  Generally I am not a follower of patterns, but I liked the look of one in particular – Loominous by Lynne Goldsworthy.  Importantly, it looked straightforward and quick to assemble.  (It was.  It is a nice pattern!  Lynne did a great job!)  A note in the margin suggested using shot cottons instead of the prints used in the original.  I read the requirements list.  25 FQs?  Ah-ha!  I have 25 FQs of shot cottons, I thought to myself.  Perfect!  15 of them were a bundle bought a while ago, I think they’re by Rowan.  The other 10 were the stripey ones I picked up more recently from Calico Kate.  Since they were all end-of-bolt pieces, I have no idea who they’re by.

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I started off feeling fairly positive about my plan.  Having played around with the FQs as a collective, I knew that I could group them into fairly pleasing colour families, so I got out the rotary cutter and set to cutting.  It wasn’t until I got to piecing that the doubt started to creep in.  The pattern appeared to rely on having a good distribution of prints and colours, and with the extremely broad colour distribution – everything between (almost) white and (probably) black, that was going to be… interesting.  Regardless, I ploughed on, hoping that I was wrong and that this would be one of those “hate it now, love it later” projects.

Uhmmm.

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Oh dear.  No.  Very No.  🙁  Too many colours.  Far too many.  Just… argh.  The bright pastels (is that a Thing?) just can’t stop fighting against the murkier darks, and the whole thing is an eyewatering mess.  Some individual colours might be fine, but some of them are really quite weird, especially en masse.  I’m cross with myself because it’s a waste of fabric (the stripey ones, anyway; the possibly-Rowan solids were not actually very nice quality at all – we’re not talking Oakshott here by any stretch of the imagination!), it’s damaged my self-concept of being usually fairly good at colour use, and I *still* don’t have something ready as a present.  🙁

Shortly after I took this photo, the whole lot fell off the wall, possibly under the weight of all the Fail.  (It has convinced me that I *NEED* a proper design wall, though.  I am so over trying to arrange blocks and assess designs on the floor – it just doesn’t cut it.)

So, what now?  Well, I don’t want to completely waste all the fabric and effort in this, so I’m going to try splitting the blocks into smaller, more coordinated groups, to see if that improves things.  If it works out, I shall donate the resulting quilts to Project Linus; I know they’re always in need!  If it doesn’t work…. back to the drawing board, I guess?