Saturday, October 19, 2019

More Shoo Fly Love!

Did you start the Leader-Ender challenge with Bonnie Hunter this past July? It's never to late to join in! You can make a mini quilt, a table runner, a king size quilt... whatever you want.
I am making the 4" size of the Shoo Fly blocks and love making them. I always have a pile of pieces cut out and waiting beside my sewing machine to put under the needle between the other projects I am sewing.


I have been using up some charm squares leftover from other projects. This is how I cut the squares to make the background pieces for one block. There is very little waste and it's awesome to get these pieces used up. You can cut 4 to 6 of these charm squares at a time if your rotary cutter blade is sharp.

I do try to focus on the colour of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge when I'm sorting scraps to use. This month is using up the darks... browns, greys and blacks.
One of the down sides to using the leader-ender technique for sewing blocks is that sometimes pieces get lost because they sit beside the machine waiting for their turn to be sewn. The block on the bottom left is missing an HST. I wonder when that will show up?!? Eventually I'll make a replacement from other scraps if it doesn't reappear.


Here is the Shoo Fly block collection as of last week. 
Oh my goodness... every time I put these on the design wall I see a problem block to fix! Do you see the problem one this time?

Hop over to the RSC link up to see more scrappy projects in development.

16 comments:

Deb A said...

That took way too long to find! I tend to take a photo now as that seems to be the only way I can find mistakes. Lovely projects and I hope that little triangle shows up soon. Hopefully he is not busy making more scraps in a bin somewhere!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Row 6, 3rd from the right - an Oh Oh! LOL! Looks like you are having fun with this one!

Angela said...

So many fun fabrics. It took me the longest time to find the mistake, so I had plenty of time to enjoy all the pretty colors.

Kate said...

That is going to be such a fun quilt! Love all those colorful blocks.

MissPat said...

Your "find the wrong way block" puzzle helps keep the rest of us mentally fit. Better to find (and fix) it now before it's sewn into the quilt (been there, done that).
Pat

Louise said...

Such fun L/E's! I'm doing nine patches in the RSC color as my L/E pile. It's amazing how quickly the pile grows, isn't it?

Mary said...

Yep, those hsts can take a wrong turn. Oops! Thanks for sharing the way you cut from a charm square. Cute blocks!

Kat said...

Hi Kathy, I love and look forward to reading your blog every week. I have a question about how you store/keep organized with all the projects. I am wondering how you store these projects? In zip log bags? In plastic bins? On trays? Your process seems so efficient, and having an effective way to keep the projects organized seems key.

I’ve participated in the RSC for the first time this year, but only got as far as “orange” 😆. I will pick it up when it starts next year again.

Thanks again!

Angie in SoCal said...

Jumped right out at me, and I hadn't read your text I was so busy admiring how terrific they look in the RSC colors.

Jenny said...

I havent started making Shoo Fly blocks yet, perhaps I will some time. What I have been doing is making simple little house blocks. Like you, I have the pieces for each block assembled, ready and waiting by the machine. It's so much fun to see the pile growing as I stitch other projects.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are such a great idea for leaders and enders! Yours are pretty in every color, Kathy!

The Joyful Quilter said...

You are moving right along with these Shoo Fly blocks... LOVE them!!

LA Paylor said...

no I do not see a problem, if I could see it, I'd leave it anyway. Beautiful fabrics
Leeanna

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Lovely blocks Kathy. No I can't see anything amiss. But my eyes are old. LOL

Cherie in St Louis said...

Rogue Red HST, LOL! Love watching your block accumulating:-)

Marly said...

Your Shoo Flies are accumulating fast! I just picked a HST off my latest because I had it turned too. And not for the first time either!