Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sort of Selfish Sewing

Since completing a series of quilts destined for other folks it seems that most of my sewing of late has been speculative. I've wanted/needed to deal with the scraps those quilts generated and was inspired to make some log cabin style blocks. So these starts that you may have seen in my last post... 

Became these:

They will finish at six inches each unless I decide, down the road, to make them bigger. 

After I'd made that set I started another batch of log cabin/courthouse steps style blocks.

These will finish at eight inches each - unless I decide to build them up to twelve inches. 😉

Making these blocks has fulfilled the goal of using up scraps and satisfying my need for fairly mindless sewing, thus also fulfilling the objective for Bee, Myself and I selfish sewing. Except that all of these blocks will probably eventually end up in a quilt I give away in the end. Oh well, you can't win them all!

On a little more selfish note, about 18 months ago I started making Turkey Track blocks out of some of my more favorite prints with the intention of making a quilt for myself. Depending on how I decide to lay them out I either have enough or more than enough. The typical layout for these blocks does not appeal to me but so far I haven't been able to pin down anything I like better or am willing to attempt. I got them out the other day and tried once again to figure out what to do with them.

I did not succeed in creating a definite plan but I did find yardage I didn't have when I was making the blocks that might work for setting and/or borders.

So, progress by baby steps. 😊

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  1. I do like the other fabrics, they will both fit in so well. Turkey Tracks, super with the blue and the green.

  2. I've always felt Turkey Tracks was an un-pretty name for a pretty block... I like that red feathery pattern yardage for setting, it would give a cohesive feel to an otherwise scrappy arrangement. I haven't started my month's selfish sewing block, perhaps because I feel that the hand-stitched hexie quilt I'm slowly facing is selfish enough! But no, I really must make another Parterre block or that quilt will take 4 years to finish too!

  3. You continue to put all your lovely scraps to good use. I find, when I'm making things up as I go along, thinking it will be something quick and easy to do, I make more mistakes than if I was following a pattern - even a more complicated one. I write this after winging it yesterday with some 4.5 inch HSTs which then had to be unpicked and became 4inch HSTs which then weren't big enough to make the block I needed so I had to devise a cunning plan to bring it up to size. *sigh*


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