Friday, March 07, 2008

Think..."Raindrops Keep falling on my Head"....

now substitue in the word "scraps"...and sing along with me *VBS* What's on my cutting board today???? A new project... mile a minute blocks(crumb) that will become a spring table runner or square. That Aunt Gracies type fabric will be the setting blocks and triangles.
And just to complicate my scrap cutting, a side trip into the tin of mile a minute blocks...lots of new pieces and parts added and that completes many of them to 6.5". It's amazing how fast they pile us as finished blocks!!
You didn't really think I'd cut ALL those scraps into sensible useable shapes and sizes, did you? That would be too predictible and slightly anal. I love the idea of having stacks and stacks of already cut strips and squares and triangles, but I also love the stitching with NO cutting except the squaring up. I came across the picture of my first Mile A Minute quilt, given to friend Jean the Christmas of 1998. I'll post that tomorrow.
Having given my most recently completed MAM quilt to a pint sized grandson in January, I feel the need to have another one made and ready to utility quilt this summer. That one was twin size and made while I was 'between homes' back in 2002. It's a pretty long time not to have made another, so I am going to change that. One nice result from the 'over time' scraps and piecing is that you get lots of variety in the blocks. I favor smaller pieces patched together. Eventually you have to use larger scraps or strips to finish out the size. With the vintage fabric, the blocks are only 3.5" finished, so no bigger pieces are needed.

8 comments:

Elaine Adair said...

We quilters must all be nuts. I am sitting here slobbering and salivating over all those lovely scraps!

Have fun!

QuiltedSimple said...

Wow - love your scraps, and looks like you will be busy.

Kris

Ila said...

Thanks for the bright and beautiful pictures! Just what I needed on a far-too-cold-for-March day.

cher said...

whatever you like to call them-maverick blocks, crumb blocks, mile a minute blocks-they are some of my most favorite to stitch and play with. There must be something in the air that is getting us all inspired to play with scraps and start new projects.

Clare said...

Lovely lovely scraps and crumbs. It is amazing how quickly they become a quilt.

Granny Lyn said...

And all is right in the world when we dig in our scraps! Have fun, and come up for air once in a while!
lyn

julieQ said...

Your crumb blocks are piling up pretty fast, Finn! You will have enough for a King soon! I love all your colors and pieces...Yum!!

Sue in western Washington, USA said...

I have so many prints that have been waiting so long to be used! I would be really smart to take a page out of your book and start cutting them up for MAM piecing. It may not be this year (or at least not until later in the year) but you are an inspiration to me Finn!