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:

Mary said...

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.

The Cozy Quilter said...

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.

scraphappy said...

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?

Julierose said...

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

Ellen said...

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!

Lesley said...

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

Kate said...

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.

Gretchen Weaver said...

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

Deanna W said...

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!!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

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?

Marly said...

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!

katie z. said...

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.

Cathy said...

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!!

Quiltdivajulie said...

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!

The Joyful Quilter said...

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

swooze said...

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.

Sally T said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Mystic Quilter said...

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

Angie said...

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

Cathy said...

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!

gayle said...

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!

kathy r said...

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

PaulaB quilts said...

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

Teresa in Music City said...

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!!!

Janet O. said...

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!

PeggyinNO said...

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!

Kaja said...

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.

Ivani said...

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