Friday, March 25, 2016
Here's the recipe:
Cut 3.5 in squares from scraps in matching pairs. You will need 100 pairs, to make 50 blocks. The blocks measure 6 in. finished (6.5 in. unfinished).
For each broken dishes block, use your favorite method to make 4 squares consisting of two triangles each, one scrap and one white. I used the Easy Angle ruler, so I could cut the triangles from the 3.5 in. strips I already had. Make 49 blocks.
Arrange the finished blocks in 11 rows of 9 blocks each, alternating the 4 patches and broken dishes blocks. As you can see in the photo, I started with a 4 patch in the odd numbered rows and a broken dishes block in the even rows.
I added a 5 in. finished (5.5 in. cut) green border on each side.
The finished top measures approximately 64 in. x 76 in., making it roughly a twin sized quilt.
In spite of recent weather, it really is springtime, even here. The plants and trees will survive the snow, and bloom. We'll walk outside without our winter coats, and the farmers markets will open again.
In the meantime, it's a good day to sew.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Friday, March 18, 2016
I thought I'd share with you today some of what I've been working on.
Here are some things I finished:
In spite of appearances, I have also been getting some quilting done, although nothing is finished yet.
When Joey was here last fall, she showed me how she sews scraps together to make bigger pieces, kind of like Bonnie Hunter's crumb quilts. (Check them out: Crumbs, Crumbs, Crumbs.)
I have just not been able to do this. I didn't like the process, and I especially didn't like my results (Joey's were great!). I'm a librarian. I like order. I can't do random. And I can't waste anything either.
But--I CAN make log cabin blocks. (In fact, I love it!) Most of my scraps were rectangles, so I sewed them together and added more rectangles, working roughly around the block, to end up with not-really-log-cabin centers for my stars. When I needed longer pieces, I either sewed two little ones together end to end, or raided the string basket.
All of this came from my stash. Next I raided my drawer of 2.5 in. strips, and surrounded each block with them, which made the blocks 13 in. finished.
I still have to add the borders and quilt them, and then bind it. I've got the borders picked out from my stash, and they will be different on the front and the back. I'm also leaning toward binding the quilt with more of the 2.5 in strips.
So how's that for scrappy?
Spring is coming, which will bring sunshine and gardening and hanging out the wash, and a new baby! What could be better?
Keep smiling, keep quilting.