Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Back Blocks

Strange title huh?

I've been making blocks from all those flannel strips. I sewed all the like widths together then cut 30" strips. Now I'm sewing the strips together until I get a 30" square block.

I'm not sewing the blocks together yet. I figure someday when I need a back I'll sew the blocks together to the size I need. I have 12 made so far and probably have enough strips to make another 12.

I'm really enjoying making these: no precise cutting or sewing, kinda brainless.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I have QADS

Quilting Attention Deficit Syndrome

After I finished the Friendship Triangles quilt I started thinking about my next quilt, I pulled out the fabric and pattern...hmmm, fabric won't work with this pattern, need a different pattern...found a new pattern...No, can't start a new quilt until the Friendship quilt is quilted...thought I had back fabric for it already...hmmm, I have a lot of back fabrics (I keep large amounts of fabric on the cardboard bolt thingies) I should make up the backs and put them with the appropriate quilt so everything will be together...hmmm, don't like the back fabric I had for the Friendship quilt...actually I like it too much to put it on a back I'd rather have it on the front as a focal fabric I wonder if I have any fabrics in my stash that will go with it...I could piece a back out of my scrap flannels....pulled out the bin with the scrap flannels...there's a lot of scraps in this bin...Ohhhh, Mary of NeedledMom is so nice she sent me the paper piece patterns she used for her place mats....love the place mats I think I want to make them in pink...no, focus, you need a back for the Friendship quilt...hmmm, what quilt did these two back fabrics go to? well I know this fabric goes with this quilt so I'll put the fabric and quilt next the sewing machine...how much yardage of this fabric do I have? is it enough for the Hot Pocket quilt?...no, I got the flannels out I should do something with them first.

See what I mean...I've been going in this circle for the last 3 days.

Most of my quilts have flannel on the back, so I ended up with all of these really long pieces of different widths.  I cleaned up the edges some. I have an idea on how to put these together to make a back.
I also cut out a Turning Twenty quilt (okay, half the fabrics where already cut must have been a past QADS outbreak).
I do have some yardage that I didn't cut up.
Cut some 2.5 inch strips, 10.5 inch squares and some 6.5 inch squares.
Still have a little more in the bin to go through.
Now I have this pile of pieces and parts. I am NOT going to make a flannel scrap quilt.
Anybody want the pieces and parts?
Shoot, I still don't have a back for the Friendship Triangles quilt...maybe I should go shopping...
How did my sewing room get to be such a mess?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

And Another Done

My first finish for 2013 (depending on your definition of "finish", it's not quilted yet).

My piecing was pretty good (all the triangles have points) until I put the four quadrants together. I'm going to quilt it by stitching-in-the-ditch.

I did the math...1764 triangles, 840 1.5 inch squares. It started with a charm pack given to me by Nancy and it includes lots of my scraps. I followed Bonnie (Quiltville) Hunter's advise - ugly fabric looks good when it is cut small enough and there are some truly ugly fabrics in this quilt...but I bet you can't find them.

I love scrap quilts!