What a struggle to make this small quilt.
It began when I saw a fabric on Pinterest that I just loved and really wanted. It is called Treasure Hunt. Finding it was the problem. It only showed up available in Etsy. My problem with Etsy is that I’ve never used it much and was not well versed in using and buying from it.
Treasure Hunt is a grunge fabric. I do have a love for grunge. Not real life grunge so much but definitely in art. Marcia Derse has wonderful grunge fabric designs.
Treasure Hunt is being quilted and will take me awhile to finish it. So this post is about a little Art History and Curiosity quilt. (Those are the fabric names)
After making this little whimsical quilt , I wanted to make another. The size is so perfect for a single person to just grab and go sit on it in the park or the yard or at any event where seating is the ground.
Marcia Derse fabrics are obviously extremely popular and are out of stock everywhere. I could only find them available on Etsy. Even there most are sold out. I bought half yards of each of these pieces to put them together.
The ruler shown with the Curiosity piece on Etsy showed the color squares measuring less than 1” in size. In reality when the fabric arrived, the color squares measure about 2” each! That was a shock. I didn’t know there was a link to click on to get the sellers description of the fabrics...where the seller states the blocks are 2”. Etsy has been an expensive experience for me.
Now I needed to make them work. I was NOT going to buy another piece of fabric from Etsy with the shipping costs. Plus, the seller does not cut the fabric between panels or following a graph design. Add to that, the end of a bolt is where fabric is usually wound wonky anyway. So I lost more of the Curiosity fabric than I was happy about just to straighten it.
I won’t even go into the struggles I had with a simple grid quilting that was not simple in any measure of the term. I used a piece of grunge fabric from my stash for the binding (because I did not want to add fuel to the fire with buying another piece on Etsy). This quilt measures 40” x 41”
But I won the fight and it’s done! It is not fabric stashed in a drawer.