Like I NEED another project…………..but I just can’t resist a “scrappy project”. Yesterday morning, Carole – From My Carolina Home on WordPress posted her Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along . Of course, I was hooked as soon as I read her blog post! If you comment on her blog post you might win a prize! Carole has Aurifil Thread as a sponsor!
I went out to my sewing room over the garage, and I diverted my time from Mittens! ( I swore I wasn’t going to let anything interrupt me…..)
I pulled out the bins from the cabinet that hold my “scrap storage system” . (Thanks Bonnie Hunter and Joan Ford ); collected some already cut 3″ and 2.5″ squares in the Autumn colors. I even had the neutrals, already cut, in those sizes.
(note – Bonnie and Joan have similar approaches; both have books and blogs. My system is a combination of both, which I have previously written about. Links at the bottom of the post to both Bonnie & Joan, and my previous post about scrap storage.)
I laid out a block; dug in my scrap baskets (sorted by color) for pieces to use for the stems, and got busy. While I was digging in the scrap basket, I pulled some other pieces that could be cut into squares and starched, ironed and cut them too.
I got these blocks together before dinner.
They all need squared up to 6″.
**Carole just sent me a note – the blocks finish as 6 inches, at this stage you square them to 6-1/2 inches to allow seam allowance.
I went “back out to the garage” after dinner. (The dishwasher was running and I left dishes in the sink, but hey, I was on a mission and dinner really interrupts my flow……)
I decided I wanted more blocks. Carole said – “If you want to make all the projects in the quilt along, you’ll need 24. “
So, I got busy! Since I pretty much pulled out of my scrap storage box all of the colors, I dug into the scrap bags for the oranges, golds and browns. I did a little more starching, pressing and cutting. While I was at it, I cut some other sizes to go into my scrap storage boxes; things that were too small for this project, like 1.5 & 2″ strips and squares. (I always cut the biggest size I want first, in this case 3″, then I cut the remaining into the next usable size).
I built a few more stems, sewed some more half square triangles (HST) and looked at the clock. It was nearly 10:30 pm. ( I swear I was only going out for half an hour!) Time flies when you are having fun! I brought my small cutting mat and trimming tools into the house with me and will do a little squaring up of the HST’s this morning.
I think these will give a bit more variety to the leaves. I might have to dig in my boxes again for greens for another round……. I really don’t know how many I will get made. At least another 6.
I don’t know what the project will turn into. That is part of the fun of the Quilt Along that Carole does. Next block won’t come out until next Friday, and I am leaving for Texas at the crack of dawn the next morning, but I will at least have a start. It will be nearly Halloween when I get home, and I won’t be able to keep up, but I will follow along while I am away. I think these alone will make cute place mats or a nice fall table runner (which I need), or 4 together for a table topper. I will have to “wait and see” for now.
What are you working on?
NOTE: NO YARDAGE WAS USED IN THIS PROJECT……all scraps!
Bonnie Hunter – Scrap Users System – http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrap-users-system.html
Joan Ford – http://hummingbird-highway.com/do-you-need-scraptherapy/
My scrap storage posts – https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/10/18/scrap-storage-containment-system/
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