Friday, June 8, 2018

Taking a Shortcut

From the minute I picked up Zen Chic Inspired, I knew I wanted to make the quilt On the Ball. I even had the perfect fabric in mind for it: a happy, colorful print with lots of circles on it by Cynthia Rowley called Paint Box.

But when I actually read the instructions, I was a bit dismayed ... because it involved slice and insert. The last slice and insert quilt I did was Think Pink, and getting those intersections to match was really difficult, if not outright impossible. And that one is a lot easier than this pattern!

So I put it on the proverbial shelf and didn't think about it any longer. But then one day, I suddenly got an idea after using a bias tape maker. What if, instead of slash and insert, I used a bias tape maker and then just appliqued the strips? I'd get a similar look but it'd be so much easier.

And it worked! The strips look totally continuous (because they are) and I wouldn't have been able to make them look so continuous if I did slice and insert. It was surprisingly fast to do as there was no pressing and no lining the pieces up.

I'm very happy with it, and I think I got a very similar look to the original quilt, but it's much easier! I'm going to call this quilt Pick-Up Sticks, because that's what it reminds me of.


  1. This is SO COOL! I can't wait to see how this progresses and I totally agree that this looks like pick up sticks!

  2. Very smart way to achieve the same look! I'm often surprised at how inefficient some patterns are and think, "There's gotta be a faster way!" It's that engineer's drive to optimize, I think...
    louise dot hornor at gmail

  3. Great solution! I like it when I can put something down for a bit and find a better path forward. :)

  4. I love your alternative version and if I were to make this quilt, this is the way I would go. I can't wait until you quilt it and see what beautiful quilting awaits for the negative spaces. The fabric is perfect.

  5. Love your ball of variegated yarn! What a great way to construct it.

  6. What a fun quilt! So cheerful.


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