Whenever my pal, Blogless Kimm (Hi Kimm!), finds herself in a creative quandry, she's taken to posing this question to herself: "What would Laura Ingalls Wilder do?". and then she figures it out another way and moves along. I love that! And posed that same question to myself today!
You may remember I was inspired by this quilt...
Lovely! And planned to feature this fabric as the main 'chintz' print...
But oh NO! What the HECK??? I only had TWO YARDS!??!? Seriously...what is wrong with this picture? I NEVER buy two yards of anything. It's 1/2 yd, 3 yards or 5 yards typically! I suppose maybe two yards was all that was left where I purchased it. Now, I found some more of this online and was going to purchase more so I could make a close simile of the quilt in the picture. But then decided I would just ask myself "What would Laura Ingalls Wilder do?" and the answer was...she would make do.
She would figure out a way. So I whipped out my 'tools' and got busy.
I decided to morph the quilt in the pic with a version of Strippy Stars from Jo Morton and started working the math.
Since I was doing my own block size..different from either pattern, my Quilters Need to Know card came in handy dandy! Do you have one of these?
I have had mine for many many years and it never fails to come in handy! It has measurements for setting triangles and the like, all based on the finished block size. I wouldn't be without it!
After the figuring and cutting, this is what remains of the main bird chintz print...
Not MUCH! I used as much as I could! and I made do!
And I must say, I'm pleased.
The quilt isn't huge by any stretch (approx 50 x 65).
But it's the perfect size for hand quilting and to display artfully on a wall...
I took the best parts from the quilt in the book....the fabric choices, including that unexpected pop of blue in the middle strip. And I called it good. And named it "Busy Is As Busy Does". Because it IS full of busy prints...and I stayed busy to get it done!
Next time you find yourself in a creative quandry....ask yourself "What would Laura Ingalls Wilder do?" and then get it done! It's always a great feeling to know that you 'made do'.
Of course I waaaay over-cut in preparation for the bigger version of the quilt. Hmmm...I wonder what Laura Ingalls Wilder would do with these??
Looks like the start of another scrap quilt to me!