Wonderful things happen when you think far enough ahead to cut down scraps as you make them.
I LOVE boxes of individual squares, whatever size they are.
They are quick to grab for simple Leader & Ender units, and I can ALWAYS find places to use a four patch or a nine patch ---
If that scrap on my cutting table is big enough to cut a square from it I will.
The best thing about this little box? VARIETY!
Variety means I don’t have to comb through boxes of fat quarters, yardage, or untamed scraps and head to the ironing board to press before I can cut what I need.
They are already ready!
Last night during Quilt-Cam I was able to assemble these four blocks ---while chatting away and answering questions and sharing emails from those of you who were with me via the wonder of Google Hangouts.
Four down, many to go!
These all started as simple 4 patches, many of them made from that box of squares, using pairs of squares to start and end each line of chain stitching – just leave the pair under the presser foot, and snip your work off from behind the foot ---they grow on their own!
I have many many more of these to make. I’ve cut plenty of turquoise triangles and am baggy-ing these up for my trip to Kansas and Washington State.
My flight leaves tomorrow afternoon!
More fun with squares:
My Idaho Square Dance Blocks are growing!
This is the block featured in my Addicted to Scraps column in the May/June 2015 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine. This would make a TERRIFIC Leader & Ender project! So I plan to make more of these, keeping my handy box of squares at the ready. You can see here that a couple have blue centers and the rest have red..I’m still in the experimenting stage. This block is based on an antique quilt in my collection, I love it for all of its scrappy goodness!
If you are looking to start a Leader & Ender project, feel free to join me!
My Saturday has been a restful one. I hope yours has been too!
It’s not often that I get a Saturday home alone to putter in the studio, rearrange things, sort things, CLEAN THINGS ---I’ve spent time taming some gifted scraps, cutting them into strips and squares and squirreling them away for another quilty day.
I also took the trimmings and leftovers from assembling yesterday’s blue orphan backing and cleaned those up, slicing them down into my most useable sizes so they are ready to go for another project.
I spent a couple of hours kitting up the 40 handwork projects I’ll need for my mini workshop that I am teaching for my travelers in TUSCANY, ITALY in just a couple of weeks! I’m so excited, and I’m glad these are ready to go and now off of the “to do” list.
I really haven’t sewn today ---it’s just been a day to putter, and I needed that.
However, that does not mean that there won’t be some stitching tonight!
Love from the Basement --