The following image is what my Miniatures fat quarter pack looks like now that I’m mostly done cutting into it. I’m keeping the design a mystery, still, until I get further along with the quilt.
Out of the 18 fat quarters, right now I have:
- 128: 2.5″ × 18″ strips (7 each of 16 prints, plus 8 of the last 2)
- 20: 2 7⁄8″-legged half-square triangles (that will become 10 2″ final size square blocks — see my post on how to do the math)
- 16 pieces (one each of 16 prints) that are roughly 15″ x 3.5″ which will probably get cut down to 2.5″ strips as well, if needed
All 128 strips will be sewn together in groups of three, then sliced into 2.5″ pieces and will eventually be 6″ square nine-patch blocks. The half-square units are part of the mysterious “twist” I’m throwing in. I’m going for scrappy without using scraps, sort of. I don’t have near the scrap stash to come up with the 885 or so individual 2.5″ squares needed for this design to be truly scrappy, not to mention strip piecing is so much faster.
The Bucket List
I keep finding wonderful quilters’ blogs to follow, and am amassing a bit of a bucket list of types of quilts to try based on what they’ve been posting about.
For instance, Little Bluebell just blogged about a very easy way to cut hexagons. Set-in seams don’t scare me now that I have a ¼” piecing foot, so my brain is spinning about doing a Grandmother’s Flower Patch someday.
You know, almost all of the quilts I want to do are super scrappy. I don’t have enough scraps though. The moral of this story is that I need to keep sewing, and sewing, and amass tons of scraps! Yes. I think am up to that challenge.
And then there is the old tale about how girls would have to sew 13 quilts between getting engaged and married back in olden days. (I don’t remember where I read that… I believe a quilting history book from the library). I feel like that is rather romantic sounding, even though I’m not engaged or thinking about marriage. So I kind of have this idea in my head to finish at least 13 quilts in the next few years, just because. And, I’d like to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt someday. And a two-color trapunto quilt. (Both were mentioned in the tale, if my memory serves.)
Then, starting with our trip to NOLA over the holidays, I decided to try to visit a quilt shop on every vacation Carl and I take, and hope to use some of those purchases in a album quilt of sorts with a star for every state (it seems like every state has some sort of traditional star block associated with it), or some other very appropriate block for the location. So, I’ll call that my Travel Album quilt. I have some fleur-de-lis fabric to start with for New Orleans/Louisiana.
So that’s a start on my bucket list. What’s on yours?