I am still working on making vortex blocks from thousands of tiny scraps. If you saw my design wall post from last week, you'll notice that the chaos has been organized into rows. Now it is starting to look more like a quilt.
How did I figure this out you ask? The comments from last week's post were very helpful, but it wasn't until I visited some wineries over the weekend that I could visualize the solution. I know it's a bit unorthodox to be inspired at the winery, but that's the truth of what happened.
I went for a wine tasting tour and saw these skids of bottles of wine. As soon as I saw these boxes, I thought they looked like quilt blocks, and my brain suddenly understood how to piece the quilt top. It showed me how to offset different lengths of blocks while keeping the block height the same. Now that is serendipity!
I came home and started to sew the blocks together in rows. I put an episode of Quiltcam on the computer and enjoyed some free form block construction while listening to Bonnie Hunter chat as she sewed in her basement. It was very relaxing.
The scraps I'm sewing now are from that giant jar that you see on the left of the photo. The jar was given to me by my friends at quilt camp. It's so fun to include scraps from the quilts that my friends have sewn.
The plan of the moment is to make the rows a bit wider than my design wall, which is 49", and then sew the rows together. I have 5 rows started and I think I'll make 7 or 8 rows, so I still have quite a bit of sewing to do.
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