With the colder temperatures outside, I am more than happy to stay inside and work on this month's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt. The fun colors and playful fabrics I am using this month are also helping me find my sewing mojo. I can feel it slowly coming back!
Here is my progress so far...
This month I wanted to make an improv quilt without having to do all the quilt math to join together the blocks. To achieve this, I am working with the magic number combinations I shared in Part One.
I started with the 12 1/2" blocks. While I could make the blocks from stars or any manner of block designs, I decided to go with a simple log cabin or courthouse step block. Starting with a central focus piece, I simply sewed on varying widths of strips until I reached the desired block size. Many finished out a little larger and I simply squared them up to finish out at 12 1/2". You can make each block as detailed or as simple as you like.
The next blocks I made were some 6 1/2" blocks. The three across the bottom are simply cut from a single fabric. The two on the top are pieced. You really can sew together the blocks in any fashion you desire - you just need to be sure they measure 6 1/2" when completed.
The really small scraps, I am sewing into the 3 1/2" blocks. You will need quite a few of these to act as fillers when you go to construct the top (which we will cover next week). I also plan on cutting some solid white squares to make into 4 patches with some of these pieced blocks.
And remember, your blocks don't have to be square - they just need to have the sides measure one of your magic numbers. The two whale blocks measure 12 1/2" by 6 1/2". I am working on a vertical block next from the bird fabric.
As I finish each block, I have been placing it up on my design wall. This will help guide you on what sizes and colors are needed. I want my quilt to finish at about 42 by 48". My next step is to probably add in some solids to help break the chaos up a bit.
I am really enjoying playing with these adorable fabrics!
I hope to find some time this afternoon to make some more.
Hope you are finding time to spend on those things that make you happy!
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