Thursday, March 1, 2012

Surprises

These are the blocks I made between finishing the Who Let the Dogs Out?! flimsy and cutting the fabrics for my text quilt.

I have the string blocks pieced now and needed to clear the wall so I could put them up. I got out the baggies I use to keep my parts blocks sorted. Most of them are simply sorted by size. All these nine inch liberated stars, for example, went into the bag with the nine inch Shoo Fly blocks I'd pieced some time ago. But I have so many six inch blocks now that I've got three separate bags for them. One has only liberated log cabins, one has only Shoo Fly blocks, and the third holds everything else. I was shocked to see how may Shoo Fly blocks had accumulated:

That's a stack of 70 blocks! Obviously it will be time to make a new puzzle quilt one day soon. :- )

The next surprise wasn't quite as pleasant. It wasn't horrible either though. Phoebe has an early warning system built in that lets me know wa-a-a-y ahead of time when the bobbin is running low. If only she also had a system to let me know when the actual spool of thread is about empty!

The only reason I caught this before it became a problem was because the bobbin did indeed run out and I had to wind a new one. Good timing eh?

I haven't used up all the pieces of fabric I cut for my string quilt but when I had over 80 blocks ready I decided it was time to see how they looked together. In order to make laying the quilt out easier I created four piles of blocks. I had one pile with a dark strip at the top and and another dark at the bottom (oddly enough, the shortest pile), one with a dark strip at the top and a light or medium at the bottom, a pile with light or medium at both the top and the bottom (the tallest stack), and a pile with light at the top and dark at the bottom.

There's been a real debate raging in my head over the eventual layout of this quilt. You'll get to see at least some of the options I'm considering in my next post. :- )

2 comments:

Quiltdivajulie said...

I would love to play with those 6" liberated log cabin blocks ... or the shoo fly blocks ... it is such fun to play with ready-made parts!

Good for you for keeping them organized and ready to go when inspiration strikes!

LOVE what I see with the text fabrics!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becca said...

No surprise here- I LOVE those text blocks!!!