What do you do when you piece a quilt top and don’t like it? I pulled out a UFO to start working on again. I had bought the fabric on sale and I was not crazy about it. It has an oriental red background. Months ago I used it for a “one block wonder” which used the stack and whack technique and equilateral triangles. After I got it pieced, I just did not like it and put it away. Then I inspired to use it and try a technique that Cynthia Corbin ( http://www.cynthiacorbin.com/ ) shared at the NC Quilt Symposium. She called it “Structure and Variations”.
First I took a digital photo of the top. This is what it looked like.
Then I printed the photo, drew lines, cut it up and taped to purple construction paper. This was my plan.
Yesterday I finally laid out the top and used a metal measuring tape and a rolling chalk marker to mark the cutting lines.
I cut strips of purple ( 2” , 2 ½ ”, 3 ½” wide ) and bravely cut up the pieced top.
I pieced in the purple strips graduating the width.
Adding the last strip through the middle vertically was the toughest.
Next I had to square up the new pieced top. I was not scared when I first sliced it up but now I was scared to cut. After a few words of encouragement from my sister, I cut. Now I am please with how it looks, much better than before. I have plans for borders and may tackle them tomorrow.