Thursday, October 17, 2019

Re-D0, Re-Work, Re-Think

Every once in a while I like to revisit one of my designs and see if I can make it better.  I'd like to think that once a pattern is written, it's set in stone.  It's so good and perfect that there isn't anything I could do to make it better!  That's what I get for thinking!

The first rendition of this quilt was six years ago.  It was one of the first patterns I wanted to put to paper, but it didn't quite get there.  I had rough measurements and block placement, but it always fell short of the 'worthy' category.

Here are a few posts featuring my brilliant idea:
Feverishly Finished, Finished and Loved, Pattern Revisited

I guess the reason I keep going back to this one is because it's unfinished business to me.  I know I can make it better, do better.  And so I did...again!


One thing I added were sashing pieces.  They not only made the quilt 6" wider, but they staggered the main blocks.

The idea for the new version is not to have any of the Shoo-Fly blocks touching.  Which ended up being a bit more difficult that I thought it would be!  There are five (5) different Shoo-Fly block sizes that combine together to make one large block.  Two sashing strips are added per row for the off set factor.  

I decided it was time to bust out the Alison Glass fabric for this version.  I have it, why not use it?!  

3" & 6"
I'm using Kona Silver for the background fabric.  It's a very light gray and frankly...I had a ton on hand!

I did get the top pieced together, but I need to tweak a few things before I can write/design/make the pattern.  

One thing I LOVE about this pattern, besides the blocks, fabric, design...Is how forgiving it is.  Quarter inch seams?  Scant 1/4" seams?  It doesn't matter how careful I am, which 1/4" seam I use or how careful and precise I try to be, my blocks are never perfectly square or the size they are suppose to be.  This pattern isn't going show the so called 'fatal flaw'.  Make your blocks, piece them into the large block and if you have to trim here and it!  I love that...did I say I love that yet?!  

The Shoo-fly block doesn't have points or precision piecing to worry about.  It's still going to look like a Shoo-Fly in the end whether you have to trip 1/8" or 1/4" off!

So, that being said...I'm working on it!



  1. Your -Re’s - are beautiful!

    1. Sometimes you have to work through something over and over until you feel it’s right! I am determined to make this right!

  2. I like where this one is going. I couldn't get your links to the previous ones to work.

    1. I may have worked out all my personal issues with this pattern…maybe! I’m still debating that! I fixed the links and thank you for letting me know!

  3. You sure can't go wrong with that bright AG fabric! I'm liking this and look forward to seeing the finish!

  4. I love it! would love to play with this pattern if (when!) you get it together

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  6. I don't think that any pattern is ever completely done. It continues to evolve. And then others interpret it differently. With changing fabrics, backgrounds, altering layouts the possibilities are almost endless. I do no remember the older one. This one is beautiful!!!

  7. Oh fun - I like where this one is going!

  8. I like this version the best! And it's a bit similar to my quilt this week!

  9. No points to worry about? - it sounds like I should make Shoo-Fly blocks! I love how you revisit ideas to add something or make it better. This quilt is fun with all the different sizes of blocks, and bright and happy, too! So are you going to turn this one into a published pattern? :)

  10. It is looking great! Sometimes it takes a few versions to get a design just right. Kudos to you for moving forward in writing the pattern.

    And thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  11. It's such a fun pattern, Jayne! Makes a me think of Cheerios confetti :)



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