Its hard to believe the whole week has passed already, and it's Friday again. I've had a busy week, with lots of sewing and a fair amount of cleaning accomplished. I've taken this UFO to the next stage. The last two lattices were added and the outer border. I was prepared to set it aside, bit DD#1 decided she likes this one better than the newly begun October baby quilt top...so, onward to get this one tied and bound I guess...sigh.
While blog hopping earlier this week, I came across Libby, making little checkerboard quilts from her scrap basket. For me, that's like putting a piece of cheese in front of a mouse! I had a little baggie from Gypsy Quilter San. The triangles were all in the baggie, cut but unsewn. I couldn't resist having a little "Libby-style" play time. This little quilt is about 6" X 7". I'll do a quick baste and have it for one of my teddy bears or a little doll *VBS*.
When I posted the Odd Fellows All quilt earlier this week as UFO #2, I mentioned it had been an "ongoing" project. Quilt Pixie picked up on that statement and idea. So I thought I'd elaborate a bit more about my method. When asked what kind of quilter I am, I would have to reply "a scrappy, but traditional quilter". It was so in the beginning and over the 30 years, it hasn't changed. Most of the time that means I don't follow a set of directions or specific pattern to reach an outcome. I make some of those kind of quilts, such as Bonnie's Orange Crush quilt, or the new Tobacco Road. Mostly I end up choosing a "block" I like, such as log cabin, bow tie, flying geese, or the fungly block 'Jacks on six'.
Once I've chosen a block to make, its just a matter of making lots of that block from all sorts of scrap fabric(mostly). I pull from stash as needed, mostly for backing or borders. What I do next is establish a ziplock(and eventually a rubbermaid) for that quilt-to--be. Then as I cut scraps, I cut specifically for THAT quilt as well. I have alot of scraps, and as I whip them into useable shapes and form, I was cutting bigger scraps into a 6" square to become hourglass blocks. It's an on going process. What's in the last two pictures, are the "process". I'm cutting for the fungly blocks, a pile of left over 3.5" HST that will wander into an orphan quilt in works, the 3" 4 patches for Tobacco Road and a stack of odds and ends(3" squares)that will become a Disappearing 9 patch eventually. Because I have all the time in the world, I can cut for as many as I've a mind to. If your sewing time is more limited, you might want(like Quilt Pixie) to simple cut for ONE other quilt top *VBS*
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