Saturday, 21 March 2020

coming along nicely

In my bits and pieces post, I showed some bits and pieces (!) I was sewing together with a view to making a quilt top with them. This was how the baskets of bits and pieces looked then - 29th February this year:

This is how the baskets looked yesterday - 20th March:

I had thought I'd make 20 blocks but, when I had made 20, there were still so many bits and pieces left, I decided to keep going until I had used them all up. I didn't quite use them all up, there were still some strips left but I decided that 40 blocks - enough for 2 quilt tops - was enough to be going on with ... for now!

Not only were there a few strips left, but also some shapes - circles, drunkard's paths and tumblers - which I decided to leave for another project on another day.

I was pondering how to put the blocks together - I want to put some sort of plain colour around them. I decided I'd use navy blue as I had a navy sheet in my stash which would do the job perfectly. Then I came up with the idea of doing the quilt as you go (QAYG) method to quilt these. What that means is I'd only be quilting 12½" squares and not a big quilt. I've used the QYAG method a few times before (here's one and here's another) and was very happy with the outcome and let's face it, quilting 12½" squares is much easier (for me) than quilting a 62½" by 50" quilt!

Anyway, that decided, I got to thinking about what I'd use on the back and had a brainwave - or was it a crazy idea?? - to use some of my massive collection of 4½" squares. I'd need 9 per block so for 40 blocks, I'd need 360. Totally do-able!

Today I got started sewing them together. At this moment, they're in rows of 3 just waiting to have their seams pressed to one side.

Next job is to make them into 9 patches and start quilting the blocks. I'm quite looking forward to that - mind you, after doing 40 of them, I can imagine I'll be well and truly sick of them!

Finally, I think it would be remiss of me to not say anything about what we're *all* facing just now. Please stay safe. Stay away from people - staying away from my wee girlies has to be the hardest thing for me to do but I will do it for their (and my own) safety! Be sensible. Wash. Your. Hands!

6 comments:

  1. Finally! An answer to the question - what will you do if you're required to self-isolate?! 🤣 But love the blocks. So pleasing! 😘

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    1. Thanks, Beanie! If I have to self-isolate - and I'm fairly sure I will - I won't have any problem finding things to do ... and still have stuff left to do afterwards!! 🤣

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  2. Wow what a good job done. I follow 'Just get it done quilts' and watched one of her you tubes using scraps yesterday and she finished up by saying, just keep on top of your scraps or they'll have babies, which I thought very funny.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I follow Karen as well and have learned quite a few interesting things from her! She is definitely right about the scraps breeding! LOL

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  3. That sounds like a huge job, but very enjoyable if you enjoy sewing. And we've all got a bit more time on our hands at the moment anyway. A great self-isolation project.

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    1. It does sound huge, Jo, but you're right, it is enjoyable. It's like getting something for nothing - if you don't count the time it takes! Take care of yourselves!

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