Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"HIDDEN WELL" crazy

Hidden Wells that is. Someone posted a link for a freebie pattern on the Stashbuster group, and leave it to me to have gone nuts for this pattern. This is my first time playing with this fun pattern. I was so enchanted with the designs that emerged, that I couldn't help but wonder what it would look like if I changed out the sizes and placements of the strips. So a second one just had to happen!
I learned that the top and bottom strips really controlled what the blocks focal point would be.
Also that keeping a wider strip toward the middle would keep from those little micro points that emerge and are a beast to piece from happening. A closer look at the top quilt shows the tiny little piece in the middle of the orange. Not so fun when they don't match up perfectly!
Since this pattern uses strips of fabrics, scraps is all you need. I used an assortment of 1 1/2 to 3" strips. All I needed for this size was 5 strips of each color (if your using the full width of your fabrics). I have a ton of old fabrics that I just can't seem to get rid of. Some are at least 15 years old. I had to get up and dig thru them yesterday, to see what I could come up with. And yes! There is a 3rd quilt now. These  fabrics that were definitely dated and while they weren't horribly ugly, I really didn't have any idea just what to do with them until now, and I am so thrilled with this little picnic cloth.
I admit that I am a Stack and Whack addict. I just love seeing the patterns come together, but this is so much better, it takes so little fabric and the thrill is just as great! I see many of these little guys happening soon. I have enough fabric in my stash to probably make one for everyone on the planet. Wonder if I will get tired of them before I get that many made????
If you are wanting to take the challenge and play, here is the link for "Hidden Wells".  Make sure to make your "best friend" starch. You will be glad you did! Nothing is hard, but your working with a lot of bias edges.  Enjoy!! 

4 comments:

  1. I really like the way the pattern shows in the red quilt. Wow, you are prolific! Great job.

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  2. They are all pretty BUT I really like the third one.

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  3. Wow, you really have been making lots of these quilts! Love them all and enjoyed reading that you even used 'ugly' fabric with wonderful results.

    wish we could have seen what your strips looked like before cutting them into triangles...hard to imagine the fabrics you used.

    thanks for sharing

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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  4. Excellent idea Fabricpixie. I have added a photo of the stip sets for each quilt. Accept that picnic cloth. Apparently I had nothing left over! Darn!!

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