At last, I've finally managed to get the side to side webbing done on this double 4 patch. It comes out at 40" X 46" and I think I'll add red borders.Then it can be off to a child somewhere...*VBS* It felt really good to get that VIP out of my stash, as well as making use of the odds and ends of 2.5" squares already cut.
I've had a stack of these, 4.5" HST's laying around for years now. I finally decided to sew them into these long rows until I had the width needed for a donation quilt and call it good! But with all those 4 patches from mismatched pieces....
I wondered about doing this instead...what do you think?? A row of HST's and then a row of 4 patches? Right now the rows are 48" wide.
I came across another rubbermaid type with tons cut 2.5" squares, and I spent an hour this a.m. getting them sewn into 4 patches. I'm past 400 finished 4 patches now, and I think it's easily 3 quilts worth. The VIP double 4 patch above, another one similar to Gypsy Quilter's Kitchen Sink, and maybe some of them going into the triangles quilt top. The end is in site tho, surely there can't be many more than the 1600 I've sewn up. And by the way....I didn't need to cut any to have that many...LOL. I've sewn up the odd strips(then cut pairs)and all the odds and ends of squares. While I was at it, I sorted other strips into sizes, putting larger scraps to one side to cut up.
My hope for 2008 is to finally get on TOP of my scraps, and have them in a more manageable form.
My dream would be to get them all into use, but I doubt that will happen in 12 months. And,actually, I don't want them ALL gone, altho I'm tired of seeing the same fabrics over and over.
I've never been a quilter who starts a quilt and takes it all the way through unless it's a "planned" quilt with limited number of fabrics. And I intensely dislike making that "type" of quilt.
As a scrappy quilter, I might work on a log cabin(shown as last weeks WIP)until I've exhausted my selection of 1.5" strips. Then I set it aside until the strip bin is fuller again. Same with 9 patches, or most anything else I make. If I find I have a tub full of pastel 2.5" squares(which I do right now) I'll make a baby quilt...9 patches using muslin and the pastels.
It's not that I can't "pull" enough fabrics from stash to complete a certain quilt, but I dislike ironing the piece and cutting a couple of shapes from it. I'd rather wait til I have more scraps cut up *VBS* Maybe that doesn't make sense to you, but it works perfectly for me *VBS*
Right now my stash is waaaaaay ahead of me and I've gotta get with the program and do some serious stash busting!! That's ONE resolution....LOL, there are more.
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