What I’m Working On…

I am still plugging away on the Frolic leftovers.  I don’t want to start in on sewing blocks together until I have all of the blocks made.  Then I’ll better know what to design.

You might remember that I had these little pieces that are also Frolic leftovers.  These were all bonus triangles.  They needed to be trimmed.  I’ve been working on that over the last month.  I cut a few over naptime or while supper is cooking.  I had the ones on the cutting mat left and decided that was it.  I was trimming until I was finished and that’s exactly what I did.

Here they are all done.

These are all 1 1/2″ half square triangles.  There are four patches too.  I am not sure at this point what I’m going to do with them.  They could be their own quilt, or they could be incorporated with the other Frolic blocks.  We’ll see.

At least now they are trimmed and ready to go should I need want to use them.

Speaking of Frolic blocks, YES…I am still working on them.  I feel like I am never getting them done.  But then I remind myself that I had a busy October with very little sewing time…and between all of the different types of blocks I’m making, I’ve really sewn a lot of quilt blocks.

Then…this happens.  I went to iron the block and oops.  I have the top piece of the star block on the left turned around.  UGH.

I ripped it out over naptime.  Then the next morning I sewed it together.  I opened the block to iron it and LOOK.  I did the same thing all over again.  Some days are like that.  AAAHH!!  Yes.  I finally did sew it together the right way.  What do they say??  Three times the charm?

I got everything  (for the most part) sewn into blocks.  Here is where I was at with the pink/white ones.  52 blocks.  Hmm.  I could set two aside and end up with 49 to make a 7 x 7 quilt…or I could make four more blocks and have a 7 x 8 quilt.

I made some more blocks…
and then thought…
Heck with that.  I’m going to make enough extra so I have 64 blocks which could be an 8 x 8 setting.

I have 64 of the pink/blue combo and 30 of the blue/aqua combo.

I have 20 of the blue and white.  These will be a baby quilt.  I have 73 of the green background blocks.

So…now what am I going to do with them all.  It’s design time.  Hopefully, I’ll come up with something and have at least one set sewn into a top by next week.  I’m relieved to have all the pieces sewn together.  I still have a few more pieces but not a lot.

Being I finished trimming the small half square triangles I showed you at the beginning of this post and I finished the frolic blocks, I decided to pull another nap time project.

I pulled a big box of scraps.  In the push last month to clean out the mail and find everything a home, I ended up pulling small scraps and throwing them in a box.  Most charity quilters don’t like bits and small pieces.  They are time-consuming to use unless you’re making string blocks.  I threw them into a box and allowed myself to keep them.  I got it all trimmed and ready to into my scrap users system.

I finished those and then had a box of batiks that also needed trimming.  Here are just a few.

I cut down anything that was smaller than a fat quarter.  I know I am going to make 2022 my year of cleaning out my scrap buckets and my focus is going to be on my 2 1/2″ bucket first so I cut mostly 2 1/2″ strips.

I still have a lot more trimming to do and will work on that over the week as my naptime/downstairs project.

I almost forgot.  Kalissa did get my “Sew with Jo” edited.  You can watch it here.

If you missed my Youtube channel, you can find that HERE.  There are many other videos there.

If anyone has some layout ideas for my blocks that I made from the frolic leftovers, I’d love to hear them.  I’ve been so focused for so long on just getting them done that I’m having trouble shifting gears and being inspired to design something.  Please leave a comment if you do.

10 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. I am glad I am not the only one who rips something out and then sews it wrong again! I know how it happens in my case: I refuse to simply focus fully on the task at hand. I like to do something else while I sew—talk on the phone or listen to a book on tape or television show—and my mind “jumps the track.” A detail gets missed. Something goes in backwards. A seam becomes a tad skimpy…It is the price I pay for multi-tasking and I am totally willing to pay it. And over time, I learn new things, nice quilts still get made, and my trusty seam ripper is still my best friend.

  2. Margaret in North Texas

    That’s a lot of nice blocks–can’t wait to see what design you choose! Could not get the link to work with “Sew With Jo”

  3. Judith Fairchild

    Jo my only suggestion is to sew the pink and blue blocks in one quilt and the green background blocks in another quilt. And the 20 blue and white blocks into a baby quilt. They are all so pretty by themselves.

  4. I so hear you! I am fighting with my scraps right now. I am into week two of working on scraps in between quilting and the rest of life. I made a cheat sheet for sizes, a layout board from upcycled foam core for piece piling and have lots of ideas swirling around in my head! Remember, quilters like to cut things up and put them back together! Stay safe and sew on !

  5. I loved your Sew with Jo video. So glad you hadn’t lost the first 40 minutes of it! Such pretty colours in the different blocks. Great to see how you work, making piles of units, then adding the sides to the centres etc. I’m looking forward to seeing what designs you magic up to use all those different blocks. You certainly make the most of every minute of your day.

  6. Hi Jo
    Can you make an Ombre effect with pinks at the top? I would use the diddy ones 1 1/2″ ones for a border around. They all look gorgeous. Love the YouTube #9 edition. I’m just going to see the others you have done.

  7. I just had to laugh out loud when I saw that you had stitched the same wrong pieces together again! I’ve definitely done that before. In fact, I think I did it 3 times in a row wrong!

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