PLAYING IN SCRAPS
I spent the weekend just playing in my scrap barrels and scrap basket. People asked me about my "In My Own Words" quilt - how did I make the floating stars? That quilt had fussy cut centers for the stars - this group I am making tiny 4-patch centers. You need eight 2.5" squares for the background. Can be all one fabric or use up those scraps. I am using all the same lite fabric per individual block. Center is also 2.5" no matter what you decide to put in the center. And then eight of a variety (or all the same) of 1.5" squares - I laid them out on the squares where they will go.
Next, use the technique of drawing across the diagonal and add those tiny squares to your 2.5" backgrounds - I do these so often and they are small, I just aim and shoot across. Trim the extra from the points and press out.
Then square those up. Lay out your units as above and stitch up as a 9-patch. Floating star points that you don't have to worry about losing in a seam!! These become 6.5" unfinished blocks. If you used 3.5" base squares with 2" star points - you will have a 9.5" unfinished block. 4.5" base squares with 2.5" star points will give you a 12.5" unfinished block.
I made more scrappy 9-patch blocks using those 2" squares - making sure I have a light running from one corner to the opposite diagonal. I have these pinned in groups of 10 blocks - makes it easier to keep count. I have 60 of these now - need to draft that quilt out so I know how many more I need to make.
And 16-patches using 1.5" dark squares. I don't have plans for these yet - just trying to keep that barrel down, it does have a tendancy to over-flow!
And as long as that scrap 2.5" barrel and basket of lites was out - I pulled my drawer of scrap blues and made some more Churn Dash blocks. Yes, they are pinned into groups of 10 , also. I have 40 of these now. I am going to set these on point and have a ways to go with the number I need.
So it was an enjoyable weekend of just playing in fabric - adding to those long term, leasure projects. I am not in a rush to get them done, just enjoying the journey with them. ** linking up with Patchwork Times ** See what other's have on their design wall.