Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Some of you, I am sure, are fans of the chldren and the flying dog in "The Never Ending Story" movies. I have my own version of the Never Enging Story, and I rather like it..it involves scraps of fabric. Cutting up small pieces of fabric into "scrap shapes and sizes" ala Bonnie's scrap saver system...as many of us are..isn't it amazing how fast the scrap bin fills up, and the stash looks the same???? I have way more 1.5" strips than I thought I did. And despite an ongoing project with 6.5" log cabins, a small blue and tan double 9 patch, I still have to have more than what ever fits in the bin. And most they are colors I don't want in my log cabins or the blue 9 patches..LOL. So, onward to a Railroad crossing block. I'm not particular that 6 strips of 1.5" each times 4.5" wide make one set of rails. Actually I toss at least one 2" strip in there, to make sure I end up at 6.5"..*VBG* So my rails look more like string quilt piecing, most of the time. I started this as a charity quilt on Sunday, I have alot of yellows, and many of them mid-sized amounts and quite a few fall into the pale yellow catagory. So they became the 6.5" setting blocks and triangles. I had 3 FQ's of the star fabric, purchased out of a sale box at a LQS. The challenge is: can I get enough 4.5" sqares and the corresponding HST's that I need and keep those all the same, while everything else is scrappy...*VBG* I love a challenge. I'm following(sort of) the layout in Trudy Hughes, book On Point. But she only makes her rails 3.5" X 6.5"...I kind of like the 4.5" better. Slightly bigger quilt and not really any more sewing. Without borders this is pushing 60"+ already. So a good couch size or whatever it grows up to be..Hope you all have some sunshine today...We've hit the halfway point in February...how are you coming on your Feb. goals??? Posted by Picasa

15 comments:

Dawn said...

Who would ever have guessed someone had so much yellow in their stash! This is coming along great!

Happy Valley Quilter said...

This is a great use of all those strips. The yellow is so bright and cheery!

February goals?! Are we supposed to have goals? LOL!!!

Laura said...

I can't believe all the yellow you have. I love yellow, I just don't tend to buy it. The quilt is looking great!

Tropical Screamer said...

What cheerful stars. And the yellow is so bright and happy.
Darilyn

Patti said...

Love this happy quilt - looks like it's filled with sunshine! I have quite a bit of yellow in my stash just because I always buy a yellow I like when I see it. So often it's really hard to find a good yellow when you need it. What a great use for all your strips!

Patti said...

Forgot to mention - I LOVE that star fabric with the yellow background. Just so happy looking it makes me smile when I see it.

cindyquilts said...

Sheeeez, Finn.

Another one for me to think about. Cuz we all know I have plenty of scraps. Good thing I joined that bunch over at StashBusters, huh?

Sandra said...

Oooh, I love the yellow as a background fabric - this quilt is such a happy one :-)

Tonya R said...

ch-ch-ch-choo choooo - here come the trains! Fun and bright quilt and wow, it's going together fast.

Passionate Quilter said...

I love it, and that yellow really makes those RR strips "pop". Great use of those strips. Reminds me that I just went through my strip bins and they too are overflowing! Sew much to do, sew little time!

quiltpixie said...

Thanks for helping me towards that fabric calculator.... I love the yellow in this quilt. And goals.... hummm how bout I just get back on track and to my sewing room each day :-) ???

Linda_J said...

Finn, I love the RR crossing with the yellow centers---I've done one in the past as one of my donation quilts for WTIL. There is one on my blog that I recently completed as well if you want to take a look.

Patty said...

and I just bought some nice sunny yellow ! You have given me an idea on how to use it.
I love your quilts Finn.

Bonnie said...

Way fun strippies!! And yes, the bins here are overflowing too.....and those are the most fun quilts to make for me..reckless wild abandon, sewing sewing sewing...and they look so great! I think yellow is the perfect backdrop for all those colored scraps to do their thing!

Bonnie

Kay said...

A great scrap quilt. I love yellow too, but wouldn't have thought of using it like that.