One of the problems with being a creative person is overstimulation. I get too many ideas to work on in this lifetime. When I'm working on a quilt I am often distracted by the pieces that get trimmed off (that normal people would put into the garbage).
I start getting ideas of what I could do with those scraps and before you know it, I'm designing another quilt in my mind while I'm still trying to focus on finishing the one I'm actually supposed to be sewing.
This happened with the Square Dance mystery. In trimming the Allemande Left blocks there were several cute little bits cut off.
Here they are. So cute!
They can't possibly be tossed in the garbage.
And so, two new quilts were started from the scraps!
The larger pieces on the bottom of the above photo were put into a scrap box and you'll see what they become next month. But the top tiny bits became a mini quilt this week.
They were sewn together and then background fabrics were auditioned. The neutrals were too boring and the raspberry was pretty but a bit too dark. The pinks seemed to be best, and I went with the patterned pink on the left which wasn't as "flat" as the solid pink.
I strip pieced the pink background to the sides of the units on my Lucy my 1953 Singer 301. Even though she is 65 years old, she still sews like a dream and I love how her "long bed" has an indentation for your wine glass (well what else would it be for?) These units looked like little tents and I had lots of ideas for layouts with that shape, but decided to go ahead with the diamond shape.
Because they were cut off scraps, all the units were slightly different sizes and a lot of trimming went on. The diamonds were 2" by 4" unfinished.
Drop by tomorrow to see the finished quilt!
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