From lemons to lemonade, maybe

In a continuing effort to finish UFOs, I recently came across a bag full of these units.

tricorners1 From lemons to lemonade, maybe

The problem was that I couldn’t remember what they were for. A mystery quilt seemed to ring a bell, so after poking around the web, I decided maybe they’d been intended for a Bonnie Hunter mystery, probably the first one, called Orange Crush. I’m not sure why I would have completed Step 2, when it seems I didn’t complete any of the other steps. I guess that’s part of the mystery.

So I looked through Bonnie’s steps and decided on a color scheme of sorts and started sewing. I made these:

yellows From lemons to lemonade, maybe

And I made these:

fourpatches From lemons to lemonade, maybe

I wanted to incorporate these yummy poison greens:

greens From lemons to lemonade, maybe

The blocks started coming together. There are two sets of blocks. One set looks like this on point:

grnsonpt From lemons to lemonade, maybe

Up to now, I’ve been happy. I love the way the indigo blues play with the poison greens, and I love the accent of bubblegum pink.

The other set of blocks looks like this on point:

ylopt1 From lemons to lemonade, maybe

I don’t like these quite as much, but I have high hopes for putting them all together. Except that when I put them together, I didn’t like the effect at all!

together From lemons to lemonade, maybe

So what would happen if I set the blue/green blocks straight?

grnsstrat From lemons to lemonade, maybe

Or what would happen if I set the yellow blocks straight?

ylostat From lemons to lemonade, maybe

At this point I’m letting it all percolate. I’m not sure they’re exciting enough when separated, but I don’t like them all together either. So in a fit of creative rebellion, I put them all aside and made these funky doodads.

circle1 From lemons to lemonade, maybe

circle2 From lemons to lemonade, maybe

They’re cut freehand and they’re weird but I think they have potential. Or maybe they’ll become part of a guild program called “Miserable Failures.” I’ll keep you posted on both fronts. If you have suggestions for any of these projects, I’d love to hear them.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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3 Responses to From lemons to lemonade, maybe

  1. Lori says:

    I have to agreee with you. I really like the green and blue blocks on point but I think it is the yellow that I don’t like when you add them to the quilt. How about an alternate block besides the yellow ones? Or remake them in a color that will be more soothing. Just what you wanted to hear, right?
    Your little circle blocks will be cute. I can’t wait to see more of them together.

  2. Sheila says:

    I like the blue/green/pink straight set. You may be standing too close to the all-together one; it looks OK if I lean back and squint.

  3. Karen says:

    Love the blue green. The other is ok. Both look like they would make a nice lap quilt for someone in a nursing home or recovering at home. (I belong to a group and we make quilts to give people that need a hug for whatever reason-illness, surgery. grieving, new baby, nursing home etc.) Everyone needs a hug or a quilt.

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