Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Qwazy Queens. This year we were challenged to share our dirty secrets, I mean, sewing rooms. And mine is downright shameful, I admit it. When I do get in here, I’m so busy playing that I hate taking time out to tidy. I have begun a mass excavation of my space but, fair warning here, the OCD among you may want to just skip the next two photos.
Psst, it’s OK to look again. Now that I’ve had that reality check (maybe next year you’ll see a different view…one can hope), on to something I’m excited to share!
I love, love, love the idea of using up my scraps but I get discouraged when I see scrappy patterns that start with a request for 3, 5 or, yes, I saw one that took 7 yards of background fabric! My personal fabric buying issue is “so many prints, so few blenders”, you know? So, when I brought home a bundle of inspiration fabrics from guild, I set out to use them up without adding to the bundle.
I cut them into 2″ strips and 3.5″ strips and started making four patches from the 2″ strips. A little help from my easy angle ruler withe the 3.5″ strips and, here you go…
I did add one or two 3.5″ strip to this for background but just think of the possibilities! I plan to make this with an additional border of squares for an organ donor quilt. You could use a 5×5 grid instead of 4×4 for your setting blocks and use a 15″ block. Just think how fast that would grow! You could mush up the colors to match a baby’s room theme and add applique blocks or a theme print. Use 2.5″ strips (I have a drawer full of them) and only need a 3×3 grid of four-patches. The best part? These four patches make great leaders and enders. I’m already started on two more that will be larger and more “mushy” in their color choices.
Now, I’m sure this is not a completely original design, quilters have been using one-patch blocks forever. A lot of my ideas have been influenced by all the great quilters I follow and, if I have inadvertently come close to one of their designs, please know it was not intentionally.
Anyway, that’s my contribution for the day. This quilt is headed back to my guild as a charity quilt. Now, I can’t let you actually leave without a little bit of hospitality…thanks to our amazing Marian at Seams to be Sew, there are wonderful prizes for every day of this hop!
First off, the wonderful people at the Fat Quarter Shop (Oh, my goodness, I just LOVE them!) are giving away a $50 certificate. (OK, I’m seriously jealous because I’d love to win this!) Click here a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!
And, (don’t you just love “and”…), the fine folks at Northcott Fabrics are giving away, you guessed it, fabric! (Um, if you were brave enough to look at my sewing room, you might have guessed that I really, really love fabric!) They are giving away three fat quarters from the Garden Gate collections. Click here a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!
Now, as if that wasn’t awsome-ness enough, Marian has another more great giveaway stuff at her blog, Seams to be Sew.
Of course, the fun isn’t over yet…Terial Arts is giving away two bottles of spray per day at Seams to be Sew. And, each of us bloggers is giving away a different set of fabric so be sure to visit every quilting castle!
I’m honored to be sharing this day with
Words & Stitches – That’s me!
Now, I’m taking my flu-ridden self back to bed. (If I sounded any crazier than usual, maybe we can blame it on the flu?)