Saturday, January 23, 2016

Scrappy Saturday

Blue month continues for the Rainbow Scrap Challengers. I have been sewing a few blocks using Bonnie's leader/ender technique as I have been working on other projects throughout the month. 

Here are two more double 9 patch blocks for Omigosh, and 6 more Alamo Stars. These are l-o-n-g term projects. 
I just know someone is going to ask me how many of these blocks I have now? I have 70 Omigosh blocks, and this many Alamo Stars...



How many is that?
I didn't count, but it's a lot!
I have been debating how to work on a layout for this quilt. No way am I going to lay out hundreds of 2" star blocks on a design wall to somehow organize into a coherent design! Today I am thinking it might be good to sew these blocks together into 9 patchs, so the design unit will be bigger to work with. Do you have any other ideas for me of how to create a quilt design from hundreds of small blocks?
To see more blue scrappy projects, hop over to SoScrappy.

29 comments:

  1. My suggestion it to use EQ and then put them in the row order and sew em together. The 9 patch idea is good too. Love the Omigosh blocks.

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  2. I love seeing the piles of colourful star blocks all stacked up so neatly! Hard to imagine how long it would take to lay out hundreds of 2" blocks! The 9 patch idea appeals to me too.

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  3. Oh so many Alamo stars! I am a huge fan of graph paper and colored pencils for designing quilts. I know that makes me old fashioned, but so is quilting. Are you using an alternate block with OMG?

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  4. I think that bigger block of 9-ers would work really well--9 blues, 9 yellows etc. at the very least a "chance" to get it up on your wall..hugs from snow-ey CT Julierose

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  5. I can't imagine trying to coral all of those 2" blocks on a design wall or anything else. Nine patches sound great to me!

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  6. Gorgeous blue blocks!I think your idea to sew the small star blocks into a 9-patch is brilliant1

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  7. I like Mary's suggestion to use EQ. Use it to lay out what color block you want where. Once you have a map, then you can tackle the quilt in sections using 9 patch or even 16 patch. If you so it in sections, you can lay those out on the design wall and then see if a you have any blocks that stand out before you sew that section together.

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  8. I bought the Oh My Gosh pattern, I must have been crazy! Anyway, I won't start her this year, I have too many UFO's to finish before I start a new project. This looks like a good leader project. Those blues are beautiful and so are the stars. Are the stars going to be a full size quilt? Blessings, Gretchen

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  9. Oh my where to start. Have you thought of a rainbow effect. Sew nine patches with the star blocks with some of the nine patches being two or three different colours. I can see the rainbow in your stack of pieces!!

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  10. I think nine-patches is a great idea. Are you thinking of doing the quilt like a color wheel or gradient? Or are you thinking of more like a mosaic with all the colors mixed up?

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  11. 9-patches sounds like a good idea for the Alemo Stars, or 16- or 25-patches, whatever you can handle most easily. It looks to me like you have enough for TWO quilts! Good luck putting them together!

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  12. When I made 3" spool blocks, I sewed them into 9-patches just as you are suggesting. It turned out well and was much easier to play with the layout.

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  13. You must have great vision (literally and figuratively) to work on such small pieces! I'd vote for sewing those little buggers into 9-patch units. Such wee cuteness!!

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  14. I'm with Angela -- find some graph paper and colored pencils (plus a good eraser) and have at it! You likely have some idea whether you prefer rows or random blocks or columns or diagonals already, so have fun playing with ideas!

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  15. Awesome additions to your OMG collection and those stacks of Alamo Stars are a beautiful sight to behold!!

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  16. I think I would use one block to represent the nine together and get a general layour idea then go forward with the nine patch joining.

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  17. After seeing your stack of alamo stars, I'm off to take a nap. Yikes! But I do look forward to the final quilt.

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  18. Look at that stack of blocks - wow! Such cute little blocks, they make a very pretty picture like that.

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  19. I can't believe the huge stacks of Alamo Stars - what an amazing quilt this is going to be.

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  20. I love seeing the results of all your "little" projects! I think the idea of assembling the Alamo Stars as 9 patches is genius.

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  21. I've never had blocks that small! And since I don't have a design wall...I usually just throw things in a bag and sew together what I pull out. (Unless I want all colors to be together...then there's the floor.) Good luck!

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  22. I was going to suggest a pixelated pictorial quilt or a watercolor one, but that's probably a bit... umm... goofy (which is why I thought of it,probably.) I love the idea of all those tiny little blocks!

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  23. I love making little things. Don't understand the attraction, but I do. Have a greatbtime with them.
    Kathleen Mary

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  24. You sure can produce good stuff, Kathy. Love the stars. I'm sure you will find a good arrangement for them. Good luck!

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  25. Wow! I'd be stymied too! So many luscious little blocks - you're rich :*) No matter how you lay these out, that's going to be one gorgeous quilt my friend!!!

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  26. Love that stack of stars. Don't have any advice for you, but I know you will work it out and it will be wonderful!

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  27. Wow, what a stack!! I like your idea of making it more manageable by making 9 patch blocks. I can't wait to see this all put together! No pressure!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  28. You have so many stars now! No idea how I'd go about sewing them together, but I'm pretty sure you'll come up with something stunning.

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  29. I know you will find a great way to turn these little blocks into a gorgeous quilt.

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