The macaroni effect

I’ve started on the bear quilt and I’m very glad I have…

There’s something very enjoyable about the cut, stick, repeat way these quilts come together. There’s no sewing and I can be more sociable- I can do batches in front of the TV rather than out in my sewing room all night. It’s exactly like being at primary school with poster paints, glitter, pasta and pritt sticks on sugar paper, it feels like ultimate creative freedom of expression, with the fun of making a bit of a mess at the same time.

Also you can use colours and fabrics that you might think are a bit bleugh and by being just the right shade, it transforms into something you actually really like. It’s quite addictive to watch it grow and it makes me want to do nothing else.

I have some donations of dark green coming very soon, I have only the tiniest scraps of those and I need a half yard or so for the tree line. I will have to stop at some point, but for now, this is less than an evening and an hour before work’s progress.


  1. Posted November 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Looks like fun and you have a great selection of fabrics for him!

  2. Posted November 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice browns! That woodgrain one is lovely- I have something similar but darker if need…

    Can’t wait to see him finished 🙂

  3. Posted November 28, 2014 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    wish i was that arty, looks like so much fun too!

  4. Posted November 29, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    This will be fabulous when you finally get it finished, as it is fabulous NOW! Like you, I love how mooshing together fabrics yields an interesting and intriguing result. I assume you are doing freezer-paper piecing? It reminds me of a class I took and made a quilt of pansies in my garden. The gal next to me was doing a bear, and I loved her quilt. Have fun!

  5. Posted November 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget to stick the glitter on the pasta first ;o)

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