My FAVORITE time of the year in the south – SPRING!
I hadn’t driven up Hanes Mall Blvd in a few weeks, but my errands took me hither and yon yesterday and OH!! I’m stopped at a stop light here….I really wanted to jump out of the car and get up close and personal with the pink!
Those of you in the NORTH – It’s coming….it really is! Don’t lose faith yet!
Some more eye-popping and hope-SPRINGS-eternal shots:
Pink blossoms against that Carolina Blue sky!
A whole ROW of them! YEAH!
I’ve had pink on the brain ever since…..and I had to start cutting right away to capture the pink blossoms in a quilt….something simple….something timeless. Something that could come right out of the 2” strip drawers where pink and brown strips were overflowing.
This is my inspiration quilt, a simple 9 patch from about 1880:
I threw on “World Without End” on Netflix ((Good thing I’d read the series because if I was going by movie alone I wouldn’t understand what was going on!)) and began to cut.
I LOVE my cookie sheets for carrying my strips around from cutting table to sewing station.
It was so easy to pull the baggie of pink 2” strips, and pair it with the 2” baggie of brown strips --- all the variety I needed was already there. Not a single Fat Quarter was harmed in this process! That’s the beauty of tackling your scraps as you make them. I always have a variety of strips in color families on hand for starting a new project when inspiration hits – like the blooming trees I saw yesterday afternoon!
Sets of 10!
Each folded over bundle holds parts for 10 9 patches! This is going to make it really easy to take along and sew. I’m doing the same cutting method for these smaller 9 patches as I do for the center 9 patches on the Sister’s Choice quilt….my rectangles are 2” X 9” and I also cut one extra 2” square of whatever is going into the corner of the 9 patch block.
While cutting down the scraps ---any short ends of strips got cut directly into 2” squares:
Ends of strips trimmed into 2” squares!
My goal in working with my scraps is simply to not have a basket of odd shaped pieces when I am done. As I pulled a pink strip and matched it with a brown strip – I would use those strips until they were GONE. I didn’t want to put half a strip back in the baggie. As they get shorter, they are harder to work with, so use them up ---and trim the ends into 2” squares for the 2” squares bin. Aren’t these colors going to be great?
I know it was overkill last night, but I just couldn’t stop!
Today I am off to sew with some friends on an over night! We will start this afternoon, I’ll spend the night – and we will sew again tomorrow! Whoohoo! A mini retreat! I’ll be home by dinner time tomorrow ((Friday)), so Quilt-Cam should still happen at 9pm Eastern. It’s going to be a short retreat, but we are headed back up to the mountains on Saturday morning to look at some more properties. I’ll take what I can get!
Of course…if I get out of here early enough today ---there are a couple of antique places on my way I’d love to see--but most of all I need some "real-life" friends sewing time to recharge my batteries.
Have a great Thursday, everyone!