Now that the blocks are piling up, I need to figure out how this quilt will go together. The fastest way would be to cut the remaining scrap muslin into six inch blocks and alternate the lay-out.
Of course, when cutting the two inch scraps, I had leftovers that could be made into one-inch blocks. Well, not wanting to waste fabric ... why, I feel that way I don't know but I do toss anything smaller than a one-inch square.
So ... the plot thickens. If I decide to use the small blocks between the large ones, I will need to cut the remaining scraps into 3 x 6 pieces. Of course that also means some of the larger scraps might have to be chopped up to make more one-inch blocks and the quilt gets a bit busier.
As far as the quilting it would mean filling many 3 x 6 areas rather than fewer 6 x 6 areas.
Of course I could figure out some kind of a border to use up the smaller blocks. Straight or on point or using solids might work.
I rather imagine when I cut the leftover muslin, there will be some scraps that are small and I could use for the smaller blocks.
That would take a lot more piecing but it would also eliminate the amount of area to quilt once the in-the-ditch work is done.
I am now running out of small scraps to cut so I really need to figure out how the layout should go.
If it is any help in deciding, I have no plans for the piece I am working on. Probably large areas of light fabric would not be very good as a baby quilt. It is already too big for a table runner so probably a single bed cover is the best plan ... if I don't want to buy more muslin (and I don't).
No plan ... no deadline ... just take-along work for the new year. advice welcome.
Leia had school on Christmas and arrived later in the day with her father. Since she will have holidays through New Years, the children were assigned projects of their own choosing to finish and report on. Leia got out the craft book and found instructions for a pin cushion. She measured and sawed a section from a heavy cardboard core of a wrap tube. She had to go through my collection of saved tubes to find one of the correct dimensions.
Then she measured and marked a circle of fabric for the upper half.
She stitched carefully along the seam line with tiny even stitches. I have taught adults hand piecing and their stitches were never more small or even than those Leia was making.
When she finished, we used excess scraps of batting to stuff the top and she gathered her stitches tightly and glued the finished top into the upper part of the tube.
The pattern called for a bowtie on the side so I pulled out my boxes of saved scrap ribbon. Sure enough, she quickly found a good length of purple ribbon to go with the three purple fabrics she had dug out of the scraps from Ben's big boy quilt. That was quickly tied into a bow and ... as in the instructions, she cut the ends with V cuts.
Does she look happy?
Kind of a blurry picture.....
Hope you go into the new year with all your projects finished off too.
I think I will need to take a few lessons from Leya.