I was very close to sewing the 9 patch blocks together for my son's quilt, when I found this tutorial. It's like the disappearing nine patch, except it's cut on the diagonal. Cool! So naturally I jumped right in and started cutting. Except now I have to sew them all back together again. Not cool. Sometimes I should just leave well enough alone. When I had originally laid the 9 patches next to each other, it looked okay I guess. This cut-up version has more movement, but I'm not so sure I like it all that much either. (I think it's the fabric. All these blues, grays and black are not my thing) Too late now! Maybe when I get the blocks sewn together with some lattice strips, I 'll change my mind.
The funny part is my son doesn't know a nine patch from a log cabin. He only cares that the quilt be long enough to reach from his chinny chin chin to his big man feet, and that there's no pink fabric in it. I could have saved myself some trouble. But in a way, that's what I love about quilting. Sometimes it's more about the creative process than the end result. I think that's why so many of us have oodles of projects on the go at once. It's the initial excitement of pulling fabric, arranging and rearranging, until you hit the sweet spot that becomes a quilt top.
It looks like I have more work to do before I reach that point on this quilt. Including taking care of the mess on my cutting table.
What about you? Got any good creative messes going on?