On Monday I told you that I am frantically working on finishing this UFO that was gifted by blog reader Roxanna. At first I felt a little guilty for keeping the UFO myself even though I will be gifting it on to a benefit to help a young baby born at 30 weeks.
The minute I saw this, I knew I would love it.
Roxanna said she was tired of having these project hanging in her sewing area and that a weight was lifted to have them out…well let me tell you, you are taking a weight off me to let me finish it.
I started out by accessing what I had. I wanted to make something twin sized. For a benefit, I think a person needs to make at least that size…and on the short notice I had, making a twin size is the best I can do. Can you see that I have clips and notes on the fabric piles?
I snapped the picture above that you see and checked my camera to make sure the photo was okay and the lighting was good. When I looked at the pile of pinks in the lower right corner something caught my eye…the blocks weren’t oriented the same way.
I started grabbing the piles I had sorted and look. More. I tried to twist them around but ugh. They weren’t that kind of block. Some blocks don’t change when twisted. Now I can see Roxanna’s frustration with this project. I’d have likely set it aside too.
Well I thought this would be the perfect project for me. I could rip them out while I sat with the childcare kids to get them to go to sleep.
So I set a few aside and the next day at naptime I grabbed a few. I flipped them over to rip and noticed this….
See the cut in the brown in the middle near the seam? These had been clipped so seams would orientate the right way. I ripped on out and decided that would be a bad idea. The seams were clipped close enough that I couldn’t guarantee the seam when I resewed….So I sorted the blocks out that I couldn’t use and put them in a pile….these.
and went to my trusty scrap bin to cut more blocks.
The colored part is cut at 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. The white part is a 2 1/2″ square. The colored part matches the square can but don’t have to. Most of mine don’t.
Here’s what I had….This is easiest done by sewing the blocks into columns vs rows.
The original picture had a brown row and a couple more “white-ish” rows. I didn’t like them so pulled them out. I need to make a couple more rows than I have laying out. So far, I really love it.
I’m debating on putting a printed white based fabric around the outside… just 2 1/2″ to make it float but don’t know what I should do. Opinions?
Then I had a little helper come along…Gannon.
I guess he just wanted to help his Grandma.
…and so Grandma gave up and went on to cutting more pieces out to make more blocks for the extra rows.
I don’t know if this is someone’s pattern. Maybe Roxanna can chime in and send me a link to a pattern. I don’t know if it’s something she designed herself. If it’s not a formal pattern, maybe I could write up some instructions. It makes a wonderful looking donation quilt…and a great way to use up scraps. So far I love it and obviously I’ve had tons of fun with it.
Thanks again Roxanna….I can’t wait to show it all finished.