You call might remember I’ve been working on the Frolic Leftovers. I was to the point my block were done. It was time for me to come up with a design. I decided to focus on these white background blocks first.
I was tempted to do these at the same time but told myself I’d be best off to focus on just one of the blocks. I grabbed one of the white background blocks and headed to the computer. I use EQ8, Electric Quilt 8 computer program, for designing.
As I was grabbing one of the blocks, this basket of leftovers also caught my eye.
Oh, those four patches. Maybe they could make a chain block…I had all of that in mind as I headed to the computer…A short 20 minutes later, this is what I came up with…Oh my…I had nothing in mind when I sat down but WOW. I loved this.
Here it is after I erased the lines. YEP. I really do love it. So this is going to use some of the white background blocks and some of the aqua background blocks.
I was actually impressed with myself. Below is the block that I ended up coming up with to act as the chain block.
I made up a few blocks to make sure they would work and then I cut them all out over the course of two naptimes.
I already know that I’ll need to make a few more four patches.
I almost backed off and didn’t go with the design as now I have weird numbers of blocks left over from both the white background blocks and the aqua background blocks…but then I love the quilt enough that I didn’t care. In the end, I guess I’ll just have to design a different quilt with the leftovers.
The other thing I worked on this week was to finish tackling that big pile of scraps. Here is one of three piles of trimmings that accumulated over the course of getting the blocks under control.
Here is the treasure trove of strips I got out of it all. The postage box in the back is overflowing with 2 1/2″ strips. The bag is 1 1/2″ strips. The lower right is 1 1/2″ strips. Next to them are 3 1/2″ strips. There are 10″ squares, 5″ squares, and two fat quarters that came out of it all.
It took a long time but was totally worth it. As I said in a previous post, all of this was sent from blog readers. The pieces were all odd shapes and sizes…most smaller than fat quarters. Charity groups don’t like messing with it. Me, I do. So I kept this and over the course of a week, I tackled it all and put it into my scrap bins. These will likely be used in fundraiser quilts that I make for our local community.
Remember me saying that I needed to make more four patches for the Frolic leftover quilt?? Well, how great was it that I could dig in the bag of strips I just cut and immediately started sewing? I think AWESOME.
That ease is EXACTLY why I keep strip bins of fabric strips sorted by size. It might be a pain to cut them all but the ease comes later when I can easily grab a few pieces and start sewing.
This week the plan is to finish up making the chain blocks for the Frolic quilt. I have to make 64 but already have 12 done. Then I’ll start assembling. I’m so excited about this quilt. Who knew that a but of leftovers could turn into a great quilt?