Although rare, it does happen from time to time that I dislike a quilt I start making. Usually it is because something is off, such as a color clashing and crying out that it doesn’t belong or measurements that are off by just enough to be a bit maddening.
I recently made a quilt that fell into this category, using the Trashcan Treasure technique and ruler which is designed to make good use of scraps. Since using up scraps and fabric that has been languishing in my stash is currently one of my major goals this pattern seemed ideal. Plus my sister-in-law had made one of these quilts and it turned out lovely. She seemed to enjoy the construction, and I was able to borrow her triangle ruler that is the key tool in the design.
I dutifully began cutting 5″ strips of random scraps, storing them in a small plastic bin and periodically taking them out to sew into long rows. When I had a sufficient number of these, each around 36″ long, I attached them to the white contrast fabric. I did purchase the white, and because I was trying to be “thrifty” I confess that I skimped on quality which contributed to the subsequent frustration.
There was just something about the construction of this quilt that left me less than satisfied. I felt like I fought a bit with lining up the blocks, and there were some hefty corners that almost baffled the long arm. But after completion, and some contemplation, this quilt began to grow on me. I was happy I’d taken the time to finish it. And I was happy to have used up all those scraps, as well as a large piece that became the backing and binding.
When I posted a photo of this quilt on Facebook it got lots of “likes.” The first person to respond was my friend Kathleen, “Love it!” she wrote. Her birthday happened to be the same week of the posting and because she lives in a rustic cabin I began seeing this quilt as being made for her. Thinking about the design and destination of the finished quilt I decided to call it “Diamonds in the Rough.” Sometimes things sparkle with a little change in perspective and a little reframing!